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: John Nulty
Phone Number: (415) 820-3937
Web site: http://www.elect-johnnulty.com
Name of Campaign Manager: None
Are you receiving public financing: Not Yet
Signed voluntary spending limit: No
Campaign Manager: None
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: None
Dean Clark, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2010*
Gilbert Criswell, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2000 & DCCC Candidate*
Denise Dorey, TV Producer at Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)*
Dennis Isner, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2000 & DCCC Candidate*
Kim Shree Maufas, Board of Education Commissioner 2007-2014*
Michael Nulty, District 6 Supervisor Candidate 2014*
Chanh Pham, Nutritionist at Max Muscle on Polk*
Christina Olague, Former District 5 Supervisor**
* 1st position in rank choice
** 2nd position in rank choice
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: Kathy Tang
Least favorite: None
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: John Avalos
Who would be your second and third choices: Malia Cohen, David Campos
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011 (all 3 choices, if applicable): Jeff Adachi, Terry Baum, John Avalos
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? With Rank Choice voting we save money
for campaigns and government for elections.
We have for second time in San Francisco history district elections it
give the people one person to see if have issues in the district and
later deal with the other 10 Supervisors.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies, Networks or District Councils
[ 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
[ ] [ ] [X ] Mayor Lee's efforts to remove Sheriff Mirkarimi from office
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Residency requirements for elected officials should be strictly enforced
[ ] [ ] [X ] Ethics Commission should be disbanded
[ 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.
Environment Health more has to do be done when living in a big city to
help the people.
City has work more on air, light, noise, soil and water pollution.
Climate changes mitigations, reforestatation.
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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?
Stop criminalization of the poor. Fine better ways to take care the
homeless and help them since the current programs are not working.
Follow the 10 year plan.
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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?
Housing in San Francisco has been a problem for years. The market
price for units and ownership are hitting hard the middle class, poor,
seniors and disable can't afford to live here. We have plans on that
have been established for growth but how to plan for future growth in
this urban environment and still make a viable city.
Real estate and others have made big profits in buying and flipping
properties. We have to stop the speculators and give renters the
right to buy properties first and create more land trust and other
models of homeownership in the city.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid for in advance by fees on developers
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trusts
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Rent Control is too strong
[X ] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent 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?
Foot patrols get the police out of the cars and on the streets, and on
MUNI. Stop the over response to calls. Start making the Union,
Police Commission and officers more accountability with new tools to
record what they are during when on duty.
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[ X] [ ] [ ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
[ X] [ ] [ ] Support expansion of foot patrols
[ 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?
We have amended the city charter for the last 18 years. So of course it
needs to be reviewed.
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[ X] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you?
[ ] [ X] [ ] Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient
[ 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?
Need more small business and more relaxing of taxes on small businesses so
more people will want to start them in the city. Have to redo planning
codes on chain stores they are hurting the neighborhoods . Stop any more
big box stores from coming into San Francisco. Keep the chain stores in
the malls in the city. Stop making mini malls. Bring tax relieve to
working low-income/middle 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?
When we achieve 50% on all boards and commission then equality is achieved.
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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
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 diversity at all levels of government. Worse part is not making
more education on diversity and culture. Best part we have many diverse
cultures that celebrate culture events in the city.
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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
9) Global and Personal Responsibility:
A) What are your thoughts on the
Board of Supervisors taking positions on state, national and
Yes we should make statements on the global issues as they arise.
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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)?
First go with my I feel is right for San Francisco. Then consult with
stakeholders on the issues , ask questions and finally ask for neutral 3
parties/experts. The weigh both the positive and negative impacts and
future impacts before making final decision.
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[ ] [ X ] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be suspended to create jobs
[X ] [ ] [ ] Business taxes are too high
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?
41 years ago the Transit First policy was adopted. We still have not reach
100%! We need to work with MTA and others in finding solution for fixing
MUNI so the people in private vehicles will take public transit and work
with ABAG to fix transit to run 24 hours in all 9 surrounding bay counties.
We are redesigning road diet and sidewalks for the future and need more
done for the growing population for all to enjoy the city.
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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 retofit 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 (Ammendments to initiative ordinances)
[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)