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: Andrew "Ellard" Resignato
Phone Number: 415-823-6749
Web site: www.ResignatoD5.com
E-mail: ResignatoD5@gmail.com
Name of Campaign Manager: Nate Perry
Are you receiving public financing: No
Signed voluntary spending limit:
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District:
Major Endorsements: Justin Morgan, MD (check website for complete list)
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: John Avalos
Least favorite:
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: John Avalos

Who would be your second and third choices: David Chiu,
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: Herrera / Avalos / Rees

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 support IRV and District elections. They have worked by ensuring a
respectable voter turnout, reduced the amount needed to spend on runoff
elections, and engendered a large pool of candidates. I would not change
the current system except to lower the current amount needed for public
matching funds from $10k to $5k.

+ - ?
[ x ] [ ] [ ] 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.

+ - ?
[ ] [ 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?

SF needs to address and improve several key
facets regarding homelessness including mental illness, substance abuse,
and security/staff pay at SROs. The city should support and help replicate
successful neighborhood models for supporting the homeless like North Beach
Citizens - a neighborhood homeless drop-in center. There also needs to be
longer-term case management in the system for homeless people and more harm
reduction programs including pilot programs for wet shelters and safe
injection facilities.

+ - ?
[ 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?

+ - ?
[ 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?

We need to inculcate a culture of Community
Policing in our Police Academy programs. That means training police to be
present in the community, know and engage community members, and interact
with the neighborhood in many ways besides arresting people. SF must demand
this from our police force to prevent crimes and also improve civil
liberties and foster better relationships between police and
neighborhoods. In addition, SF should set a goal to reduce all arrests for
narcotics as a percentage of total arrests from the current level 25% to
10% in one year.

+ - ?
[ 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?

+ - ?
[ ] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of
Supervisors
[ ] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to
advise you?
[ ] [ ] [ ] Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient
[ ] [ ] [ ] 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?

Support for
small businesses is key to keeping capital in our communities. Small
businesses are being squeezed by excess regulation, an archaic permit
process, and competition from national chain stores. We need to look at
reducing the tax burden on small business and making city regulations more
flexible to adjust to the changing needs of small business owners.

+ - ?
[ 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?

+ - ?
[ 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 moved to SF because
of it diversity. San Francisco should prioritize preserving it's ethnic,
cultural, and socioeconomic diversity.

+ - ?
[ 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?

I think it is warranted regarding some issues. An
issue I would like to see SF take a stronger position on is ending the
"Drug War" and insisting on rational drug policies.

+ - ?
[ ] [ 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?

A Transit First provision
means the city should always be prioritizing improving our public
transportation access and affordability. This means improving MUNI, making
sure our roads and sidewalks are in good condition, finding new ways to
increase alternative forms of transportation that burn less fossil fuels
and improve livability for city residents.

+ - ?
[ X ] [ ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be
free to the rider (I believe MUNI should be funded more but only be free to
children under 18)

[ 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
[ ] [ ] [ ] Oppose 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 ] [ ] [ ] 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)
[ ] [ x ] [ ] 2012 Prop F (Restore Hetch Hetchy Planning)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop G (Corporate Personhood)

[ ] [ 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)