San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2014
1. There are 10 sections to this questionnaire. Each section
corresponds with the 10 Key Values of the Green Party.
2. Each section begins with a written question and ends with several
multiple-choice questions. Please don't skip the written question.
3. The multiple-choice questions are answered by checking the box in the
appropriate column to indicate which is closest to your position: + = Support / Agree / Yes
- = Oppose / Disagree / No
: = Undecided / Don't know / No opinion
4. The world is too complex to always break down neatly into
yes/no/maybe choices, so feel free to clarify any answers to multiple
choice questions with a few words.
Candidate Name: Michael Nulty
Phone Number: (415) 289-2024
Web site: www.electmichaelnulty.com
Name of Campaign Manager: N/A
Are you receiving public financing: I filed public financing form to qualify, have not yet raised enough funds to receive public financing.
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes.
Campaign Manager: N/A
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: Jamie Whitaker, Jane Kim
Major Endorsements: Most organizations have not yet endorsed, but to date I've received a
number of endorsements and will add more on my campaign website.
-Central City Democrat*
-District 6 Gays*
-Women's Virtual Community*
-Jerel Banks AKA Aja Monet Potential District 6 Candidate 2014*
-Dean Clark, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2010*
-Jim Charles, Dodge Place*
-Gilbert F. Criswell, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2000 & DCCC Candidate*
-George Davis, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2010*
-George Dias, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2006*
-Cathy Garza, former SF City Attorney*
-Amos Lee Gregory, SF Vets Mural Project*
-Dennis Isner, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2000 & DCCC Candidate*
-Garrett Jenkins, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2000 & 2002*
-Manual Jimenez, Jr. District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2006*
-Robert L. Jordan, Jr. District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2006*
-Kim-Shree Maufas, Board of Education Commissioner 2007-2014**
-Jim Meko, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2010****
-John Nulty, District 8 Supervisor Candidate 2014*
-Christiana Olague, Former District 5 Supervisor**
-Nate Payne, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2010*
-Marvis J. Phillips, Former President of Northeast Citizen Advisory Board for Mental Health Services, Inc.*
-Gladys Soto, Assembly Delegate District 17*
-Antoinetta Stadlman III, South of Market Redevelopment PAC Former Chair****
-Luke Thomas, Publisher & Editor Fog CityJournal.com****
-Jamie Rafaela Wolfe, Board of Education Candidate 2014**
*1st position rank choice
**2nd position rank choice
***3rd position rank choice
****not position rank choice
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: David Campos
Least favorite: Scott Wiener
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: David Campos
Who would be your second and third choices: John Avalos, Eric Mar
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011 (all 3 choices, if applicable): Jeff Adachi, John Avalos, Leland Yee
1) Grassroots Democracy: What are your thoughts on Instant Runoff
Voting, and District Elections? How have they worked to date? What
would you change in the future?
District elections has helped empower residents to obtain a stronger
voice in city government. No thoughts about Instant Runoff's.
+ - ?
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies,
Networks or District Councils Currently oversee a district wide association
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Some commissions should be democratically elected
[ ] [ X ] [ ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners
[ ] [ ] [X ] Supervisors appointed to fill vacancies should not
be allowed to run in the next election
They should be allowed to place their name on the Ballot, voters decide.
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Mayor Lee's efforts to remove Sheriff Mirkarimi from office
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Residency requirements for elected officials should be strictly enforced
I believe that it should be changed to at least a year
residency before filing for Supervisor. To avoid carpetbaggers. District 6
Supervisor races have seen to many carpetbaggers even this current
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Ethics Commission should be disbanded
Some of its functions are well intended other functions seem to be to political in nature.
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Ethics Commission meetings should be televised
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Ethics Commission should prioritize investigating violations from well-funded campaigns
[ ] [ X ] [ ] My campaign accepts corporate contributions
[ ] [ X ] [ ] My campaign accepts contributions from paid lobbyists or related entities having any interest in City and County of San Francisco
2) Ecological Wisdom: Please outline your view of the major
environmental and ecological issues facing San Francisco and your
proposed policies to address them.
a) Lack of open space, not enough trees, need for more community
b) Lack of ground water
c) Air, water, and noise pollution
Place stronger policies in future planning and development to mitigate and
improve and restore environmental and ecological impacts.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Phasing out diesel tour buses
[ X] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Aggregation
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Tidal power that might be harnessed in San Francisco Bay should be publicly controlled.
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new housing and commercial developments
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Artificial turf on City-owned athletic fields
3) Social Justice:
A) What is your assessment of homelessness in San Francisco, and what
solutions do you propose?
Ten year plan already created to handle this issue needs to be to updated
and funding for more housing and wrap around services in both supportive
housing facilities and shelters.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Care Not Cash
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Healthy SF
[ ] [ ] [ X ] SF's sick leave requirements
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Law against sitting down on SF sidewalks
B) What are your views on housing affordability, what public sector
strategies have worked, which have failed, and what are your proposals?
With median rents approaching $3,500 and real estate speculators
contributing to a steep rise in evictions, the stories of seniors,
disabled and longtime residents uprooted from our neighborhoods have
I've worked to pass laws that prioritize Ellis Act victims for our scarce
affordable housing, legalize tens of thousands of in-law units, make it
easier for tenants suffering financial hardship to be exempted from rent
increases, and provide more pro bono attorneys for residents facing
eviction. But we need to do more than build a safety net; we need to build
Yet dueling proposals aimed at the November ballot (and at each other) miss
the mark. Last month, Supervisor Jane Kim introduced a ballot proposal to
limit production of market-rate housing based on the total percentage of
affordable housing in the city. Critics say such strict limits will not
increase affordable housing, but will drive up prices for existing housing
In response, Mayor Ed Lee proposed a rival ballot measure that reaffirms
the city's commitment to building 30,000 housing units by 2020, with
"poison pill" provisions that would invalidate key portions of Supervisor
Kim's measure. Kim's supporters point out that the mayor's measure is a
policy statement that does not create funding sources.
Our energy is better spent focusing on a housing bond initiative for the
2015 ballot. In recent years, San Francisco has lost $70 million to $80
million a year in state housing funding, mostly a result of the governor
eliminating redevelopment agencies. The time is ripe for a local housing
In 2012, I joined tenant and affordable housing advocates, and market-rate
developers to establish a trust fund approved by voters that sets aside an
average of $50 million a year toward affordable housing and housing
programs. While this is a down payment, it won't come close to meeting our
city's 33 percent affordability goal for 30,000 units by 2020. A housing
bond would achieve our goal, particularly because housing finance experts
have identified an opportunity to take advantage of the growth in property
Also, to prevent buildings from being sold to speculators, several cities
have established the right for tenants to make a first offer to purchase a
building; if tenants were to receive financial assistance for such
purchases from a city fund and philanthropic contributions, we could
leverage several revenue streams to protect our most vulnerable renters.
Others have suggested changes to our city's inclusionary housing rules,
such as partnering affordable projects with market rate developments. These
and other ideas are worthy of consideration.
Let's find a way to put housing first.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid for in advance by fees on developers
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trusts
Member of San Francisco Community Land Trust, since 2002
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Rent Control is too strong
[ X] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
Berkeley elects their 9 member Board
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult
4) Nonviolence: What are your solutions for SFPD accountability while
making the streets safer?
Former Captain Garrity is the Tenderloin station's third captain since
October 2009, which means that a neighborhood suffering from too few police
and unacceptable levels of public drug dealing will have its fourth captain
in less than four years. Many community groups provided funding for the
major anti-violence initiative that Garrity failed to provide officers to
implement, and now it is up to Chief Suhr to enforce the captain's
commitments. It's also time for someone in the SFPD to be held accountable
for the lack of adequate police response to public drug dealing in the
Tenderloin which much of the violence is related to.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Support expansion of foot patrols
Encouraged Chris Daly to increase foot patrols in the TL, Southern, and Mission Stations
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Demand stricter accountability in future MOUs with the SFPD
[ X ] [ ] [ ] The Board of Supervisors should be able to set policies and priorities for the SFPD through legislation
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Support a public safety program modeled after NYC's "Stop and Frisk."
5) Decentralization: What are your thoughts on the Kaufman Charter
of 1996? Does it need revisiting?
Have no thoughts on this.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you?
District 6 has created all of these Community Benefits
Districts and has many other CBOs, probably more that any other district. A
formal District council was tried to be crated by Alliance for a Better
District 6 in 1999, some neighborhoods did not wish to participate.
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient
District 6 has many large corporations, large condo
complexes, many small businesses, and many CBOs, these are not found in
other Districts. And District 6 lost the Redevelopment Project Area
Committees which were truly functioning as advisory committees (structure).
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Charter amendment allowing voters to choose the replacement of an elected official being recalled on the same ballot as the recall vote
6) Community Based Economics: What economic policies, including
taxation and land use, would you propose that would drive capital into
our communities and keep that capital here for residents?
Form more business co-ops and community land trusts. And limit big box
stores and chain-stores, they are already in nearby counties in shopping
malls keep them there. Provide tax breaks for low-income families.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail outlets/chain-stores
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box stores
[ ] [ ] [ X ] The biotech payroll tax break
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Municipal broadband
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply only to residential properties
7) Feminism: Do you believe women are underrepresented in city
government? If so, why do you believe this is the case? Is this a
bad thing, and if so, what would you do to remedy the situation?
Increasing the number of women on/in: Board of Supervisors, other elected
offices, and appointments to boards, commissions, and advisory boards.
Support a political process that is transparent, accessible, and responsive
to better serve the needs and interests of women. And offer a livable wages
and pay equity for equal work. Elimination of violence against women.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] The City should help SFUSD provide child care for children of working parents
[ X ] [ ] [ ] The DPH should provide reproductive health services
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Require parental consent for minors seeking an abortion
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Require parental notification for minors seeking an abortion
Proposition 73 in the November 2005 special election and
Proposition 85 in the November 2006 general election - California voters
narrowly rejected these previous parental notification initiatives.
8) Respect for Diversity: Tell us what you believe are the best and the
worst aspects of San Francisco's diversity. How would you try to
protect the best while trying to change the worst?
Increasing the number of diversity on/in: Board of Supervisors, other
elected offices, and appointments to boards, commissions, and advisory
boards. Support a political process that is transparent, accessible, and
responsive to better serve the needs and interests of all minorities. And
offer a livable wages and pay equity for equal work.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Multilingual government and education
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Undocumented immigrants should have equal access to education and health care
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Non-citizen residents should be able to vote in all local elections
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Full rights for transgender persons
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Boards and commissions now reflect the ethnic diversity of San Francisco
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Boards and commissions now reflect the political diversity of San Francisco
[ X ] [ ] [ ] My campaign reflects the diversity of San Francisco
Go to my campaign website both the pictures and endorsements
reflects my commitment to diversity: www.electmichaelnulty.com
9) Global and Personal Responsibility:
A) What are your thoughts on the
Board of Supervisors taking positions on state, national and
As an international city San Francisco should use it's influence when
possible to should it's leadership and compassion.
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[ ] [ ] [ X ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[ ] [ X ] [ ] City government cooperating with ICE/Secure Communities
[ X ] [ ] [ ] City government should boycott Israel until it complies with UN resolutions
[ X ] [ ] [ ] SF supervisors should take a position on offshore oil drilling outside CA
B) Please describe how you make your political decisions. What is the
main basis for your decision making (e.g., consultation with your
constituents, political consultants, colleagues, unions, businesses,
donors, or your gut feelings)?
For me political decisions are made: First decided what I believe is right
for San Francisco. Then consult with the stakeholders to hear, listen, and
ask questions to better understand any concerns that I may not totally
understand. And finally seek factually information from neutral parties or
experts. I would weigh both the negative impacts against the positive
impacts before making my final decision (a process I learned in high
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[ ] [ X ] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
Gut feeling, constituents, and talking with those who have Post Traumatic
[ ] [ X ] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be suspended to create jobs
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Business taxes are too high
Business taxes are too high for small business owners. Large
corporations seem to be getting tax breaks unfairly. Talking with many
small business owners.
10) Sustainability: What does the Transit First City Charter provision
mean to you? How has Transit First fared in recent years, and how would
you enforce that Charter Provision if elected?
Transit Preferential Streets (TPS) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) use a
potpourri of means to speed the flow of buses. Traffic signals can be
programmed to give priority to buses. Streets can be designed with bus
bulbs and transit-only diamond lanes. Bus routes can be redesigned to have
fewer stops, and fares can be pre-paid. Elevated stops along a dedicated
transit lane can allow passengers to enter the bus at door level. For the
short distances in our little city, a combination of such improvements can
reduce running time nearly as much as major construction projects, and cost
only millions per mile, in contrast with billions for subways. When BRT is
well-implemented, it speeds up service enough to increase ridership to the
degree that new fares cover most of the capital cost.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be free to the rider
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Higher residential construction along neighborhood
transit corridors, which may include raising height limits by two to three stories.
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Diversion of money set aside for seismic retrofit projects into a solar energy incentives program
[ X ] [ ] [ ] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs
[ X ] [ ] [ ] I ride MUNI, bicycle and/or walk instead of driving on a regular basis
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Bus Rapid Transit on Geary
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain
[ X ] [ ] [ ] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak Oil Task Force Report
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Power more City vehicles using corn-based ethanol
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Residents should be allowed to park in the street in front of their own driveway for free
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Support expanding parking meter hours to include later evening hours and weekends
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Remove parking spots and car lanes to create dedicated bike and bus lanes or wider sidewalks
Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop A (Transportation Bond)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop B (Population-based Transit Funding)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop E (Soda Tax)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop G (Real Estate Transfer Surtax)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop H (Natural Grass in Parks)
[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2014 Prop I (Park Code Changes)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop J (Minimum Wage Increase)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop L (Transportation Priorities)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop 43 (Water Bond)
[ ] [ ] [ X ] 2014 Prop 46 (Malpractice/Drug Testing)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop 47 (Change some Nonviolent Felonies to Misdemeanors)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] June 2014 Prop A (Emergency Services Bond)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] June 2014 Prop B (Waterfront Height Limits)
[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2013 Prop B (8 Washington Development)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond)
[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)
[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2011 Prop E (Amendments to initiative ordinances)
[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)