San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2012


Instructions:

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.

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: Christina Olague
Phone Number: (415) 843-1118
Web site: www.chrsitinaolague.com
E-mail: info@christinaolague.com
Name of Campaign Manager: Shelley Bradford Bell
Are you receiving public financing: yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: yes
Campaign Manager:
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District:
Major Endorsements: We have received numerous endorsements. Here is a list (not complete, as we are currently in the process of apply for further endorsements).
Organizations
San Francisco Labor Council
United Educators of San Francisco
IFPTE Local 21
California Nurses Association
San Francisco Firefighters, Local 798 (#2)
District 5 Democratic Club (#3)
D5 Neighborhood Action Committee (#3)
San Francisco Tomorrow (#3)
Public Officials
Edwin M Lee, Mayor
Mark Leno, State Senator
Jeff Adachi, Public Defender
Jose Cisneros, Treasurer
Jane Kim, Supervisor
David Campos, Supervisor
Malia Cohen, Supervisor
Norman Yee, President, School Board
Sandra Lee Fewer, School Board
Emily Murase, School Board
Chris Jackson, College Board
Tom Radulovich, BART Board
John Burton, CA Democratic Party Chair
Terrence Hallinan, Former District Attorney
Petra De Jesus, DCCC Member
Rafael Mandelman, DCCC Member
Gwenyth Borden, Planning Commission
Steven Nakajo, Fire Commission
Steven Lee, Entertainment Commission
Joel Ramos, MTA Board
Claudine Cheng, Treasure Island Authority
Stephanie Tucker, Medical Cannabis Task Force
Community Leaders
Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, MD, NSCA-CPT
Dwight Alexander
Carl Williams
Charles Spencer
Jazzie Collins
Betty Traynor
Aimee Ellis
Kevin Reed
Agonafer Shiferaw
Shelley Bradford-Bell
Larry Griffin
Lisa Feldstein
Espanola Jackson
Carolyn Ito
Calvin Welch
Jose Campos


Favorite Incumbent Supervisor:
Least favorite:
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President:
Who would be your second and third choices:
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: Ed Lee.

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?

I am in support of the instant runoff voting system, as I believe they best enable all voices to be heard during political elections. Such a system empowers voices that would otherwise be marginalized and allows for participation by a spectrum of groups, which greatly improves discourse and enables the public to ultimately make an informed, directed decision at the ballot box.

+        -        ?
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]   Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office.
[  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  ]    [   ]    [   ]   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
[   ]    [ X  ]    [   ]   My supervisorial campaign is using leftover funds from a DCCC campaign

2) Ecological Wisdom: Please outline your view of the major environmental and ecological issues facing San Francisco and your proposed policies to address them.

While this issue extends beyond the scope San Francisco, San Francisco can have a significant impact on climate change policies within the Bay Area region. I was disappointed to learn that the MTC's recently released Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) fails in significant ways the requirement to reduce carbon emissions as required by state SB 375. The TIP, unfortunately, supports a number of road and highway projects that will only encourage sprawl and individual auto use in the Bay Area. I would use my position on the Board of Supervisors to make sure that our two representatives to the MTC would (1) support a re-examination of the Regional Transportation Plan that would support the goals of SB 375, including regional projects that are considered "committed" but unfunded and (2) encourage policies that concentrate greater levels of funding into Priority Development Areas.

+        -        ?
[ 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  ]    [  ]    New runways in the bay at SFO
[ 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?

I believe that homelessness is a major social issue and is reflective of the greater issues that face our community as a whole: that of economic inequity, a dearth of affordable housing, and a failing job market. As Supervisor, I propose addressing homelessness by working with these major issues. However, I also support programs that provide resources for homeless people. I believe that they deserve certain rights and benefits that anyone in our city would expect.

 +        -        ?
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]   Project Homeless Connect
[  ]    [  X ]    [   ]   Care Not Cash.
[   ]    [   ]    [ X  ]   Community courts
[  X ]    [   ]    [   ]   SF's minimum wage law
[  X ]    [   ]    [   ]   SF's health care mandate
[  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?

I believe that one of the biggest-if not the biggest-issue facing our city today is that of affordable housing. With rising costs, shrinking availability for quality housing, and recent state cuts in redevelopment funding, our city is faced with a tremendous task to recoup these funds and provide alternative, affordable quality housing. I fully support Proposition C and believe that it will ultimately benefit the city on many levels. From job creation to the establishment of numerous homes to reinvigorating the housing market, I believe that Proposition C embodies the greater concerns of the city and its dedication to those most in need.

+        -        ?
[   ]    [ X  ]    [   ]   Impacts of all new development should be paid for in advance by fees on developers
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]   Community Land Trust
[   ]    [  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?

I believe that accountability is essential in any governmental position, and I ultimately support any oversight that will ensure that the SFPD abides by its mandate: to keep our community safe. I propose efficient practices that reduce crime and prevent crime through attacking its sources. I believe that the SFPD should ultimately be accountable to the people, and I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that it accomplishes its mission without compromising its values.

+        -        ?
[   ]    [  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?

+        -        ?
[   ]    [   ]    [ 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?

I believe that the current strategy of expanding the tax base by bringing businesses back to San Francisco will ultimately benefit the public as a whole through an infusion of resources to social programs that need it most. However, in this process we must also be cognizant of working-class people and their struggles. To do this, I also believe we must focus on our local economy and our local workers and provide jobs for San Franciscans. Ultimately, I believe that our city has the potential to grow and prosper, but we must make the focus always on our own residents and community first.

+        -        ?
[  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?

While I see a rising number of women in government positions in the city, I think that we can do more. I believe it is very important to empower women through political representation in order to advocate for issues that matter most to women. With the current war against women's rights, I believe it is paramount that women stand together and fight for their right to choose and their right to their own bodies. This is an essential element of liberty and must be enforced. I will encourage further participation, and I will not hesitate to support any future female candidates who I believe will help promote these same issues.

+        -        ?
[  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?

I believe that our multicultural city is its greatest strength. From Chinatown to the Mission, I see a diversity of faces, religions, languages, sexual orientations, and opinions. From this, we ultimately have a greater discourse about our own identity, and our lives are enriched by our collective differences. From it we find unity and an understanding of our shared common interests and beliefs. And most of all, what I am most inspired by is the feeling of acceptance from the community. This truly is a community that fosters individual expression and differences, because above it all is the greater understanding that we are all San Franciscans.

+        -        ?
[ 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: What are your thoughts on the Board of Supervisors taking positions on state, national and international issues?

San Francisco is a global city whose reach stretches far beyond its borders. As a major economic hub, San Francisco is a major player in the tech industry, global trade with the Far East, and in biotechnology. Because of this, it is inevitable that San Francisco will play into state, national, and international issues. However, as stated above, as we keep our focuses on the inevitable large scale, we must still keep our attention on the local issues that matter most. We cannot lose focus of our local working class people, the issues of housing and health care that affect our community. My priority as Supervisor is ultimately my constituents and the city I live in.

+        -        ?
[   ]    [ X  ]    [   ]    City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[   ]    [  X ]    [   ]    City government cooperating with ICE
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]    City government should boycott Arizona until policies are changed
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]    City government should boycott Israel until policies are changed
[ ]    [ X  ]    [   ]    Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[   ]    [  X ]    [   ]    Business taxes are too high
[   ]    [ X  ]    [   ]    In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be suspended to create jobs
[   ]    [ X  ]    [   ]    SF supervisors should take a position on offshore oil drilling outside CA

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?

The Transit First City Charter provision is a great measure to provide public transportation and help reduce emissions. It is a great local program that will ultimately support our dual goals of providing efficient modes of transportation for all local residents as well as promoting the greater issues of our environment. As such, I believe that we must do more to work with local groups like the Bicycle Coalition and promote viable alternative forms of transportation in the city that will ultimately accomplish our objectives.

+        -        ?
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]    MUNI should be funded greater levels and be free to the rider
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Higher residential construction along neighborhood transit corridors, which may include raising height limits by two to three stories.
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Diversion of money set aside for seismic retrofit projects into a solar energy incentives program
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    State law change that lets bicycles treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    I ride MUNI, bicycle and/or walk instead of driving on a regular basis
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Bus Rapid Transit on Geary
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    I agree with the recommendations in the Peak Oil Task Force Report
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Congestion pricing for parking
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Power more City vehicles using corn-based ethanol
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Residents should be allowed to park in the street in front of their own driveway for free
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Oppose expanding parking meter hours to include later evening hours and weekends
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    Remove parking spots and car lanes to create dedicated bike and bus lanes or wider sidewalks

Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:

[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    2012 Prop A (City College Bond)
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]    2012 Prop B (Park Bond)
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]    2012 Prop C (Housing Trust Fund)
[  X ]    [   ]    [   ]    2012 Prop D (Consolidating Municipal Elections)
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]    2012 Prop E (Business Tax Reform)
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    2012 Prop F (Restore Hetch Hetchy Planning)
[ X  ]    [   ]    [   ]    2012 Prop G (Corporate Personhood)

[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)
[   ]    [ X  ]    [   ]    2011 Prop E (Amendments to initiative ordinances)

[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[   ]    [   ]    [   ]    2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)