San Francisco Green Party Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire 2015
Due Date: Wednesday, August 19
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: Stuart Schuffman
Phone Number: 831-345-0679
Web site: BrokeAssMayor.com
Name of Campaign Manager: Amiee Kushner
Are you receiving public financing: No
Signed voluntary spending limit: Whatever the limit is, I'm not gonna hit it.
Campaign Manager: Amiee Kushner
Major Endorsements: Margaret Cho, The Gaslamp Killer
2nd, 3rd endorsements for Mayor 2015: Francisco & Amy
Who are you endorsing for Sheriff in 2015? This one is a real fucking pickle. I don't know if I'm endorsing anyone.
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'm all about it. We are using 1-2-3 to Replace Ed Lee
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[ v ] [ ] [ ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies,
Networks or District Councils
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Some commissions should be democratically elected
[ ] [ v ] [ ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Supervisors appointed to fill vacancies should
not be allowed to run in the next election
[ ] [ v ] [ ] Mayor Lee's efforts to remove Sheriff Mirkarimi
[ v] [ ] [ ] Residency requirements for elected officials
should be strictly enforced
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Ethics Commission should be disbanded
[ v] [ ] [ ] Ethics Commission meetings should be televised
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Ethics Commission should prioritize
investigating violations from well-funded campaigns
[ ] [ v ] [ ] My campaign accepts corporate contributions
[ ] [ v ] [ ] My campaign accepts contributions from paid
lobbyists or related entities having any interest in City and County of San
2) Ecological Wisdom: Please outline your view of the major
environmental and ecological issues facing San Francisco and your
proposed policies to address them.
We need to shrift to more green energy and escape from the clutches of PG&E
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[ v ] [ ] [ ] Phasing out diesel tour buses
[ v] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[ ] [ ] [ v] Community Choice Aggregation
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Tidal power that might be harnessed in San
Francisco Bay should be publicly controlled.
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new
housing and commercial developments
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 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 outline it here:
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[ v] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[ ] [ v ] [ ] Care Not Cash
[ ] [ ] [ v] Community courts
[ v] [ ] [ ] Healthy SF
[ ] [ ] [ v] SF's sick leave requirements
[ ] [ v ] [ ] 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'm for Prop I. We need to focus on specifically affordable housing.
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[ v] [ ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid
for in advance by fees on developers
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trusts
[ ] [ v] [ ] Rent Control is too strong
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult
4) Nonviolence: What are your solutions for SFPD accountability while
making the streets safer?
There should be body cams and police should be trained on how to better
tackle situations without using deadly force.
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[ ] [ ] [ v ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Support expansion of foot patrols
[ ] [ ] [ v] Demand stricter accountability in future MOUs
with the SFPD
[ v] [ ] [ ] The Board of Supervisors should be able to set
policies and priorities for the SFPD through legislation
[ ] [ v ] [ ] 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?
I don't know enough about this.
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[ ] [ ] [ v ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Will you create formal district councils to
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Charter amendment allowing voters to choose the
replacement of an elected official being recalled on the same ballot as the
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?
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[ v ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail
[ ] [ ] [ v] Conditional Use permit required for big box
[ ] [ v ] [ ] The biotech payroll tax break
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Municipal broadband
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
[ ] [ ] [v ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 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?
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[ v ] [ ] [ ] The City should help SFUSD provide child care
for children of working parents
[ v ] [ ] [ ] The DPH should provide reproductive health
[ ] [ v] [ ] Require parental consent for minors seeking an
[ ] [ v ] [ ] 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?
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[ v ] [ ] [ ] Multilingual government and education
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Undocumented immigrants should have equal access
to education and health care
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Non-citizen residents should be able to vote in
all local elections
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Full rights for transgender persons
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Boards and commissions now reflect the ethnic
diversity of San Francisco
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Boards and commissions now reflect the political
diversity of San Francisco
[v ] [ ] [ ] My campaign reflects the diversity of San
9) Global and Personal Responsibility:
A) What are your thoughts on the
Board of Supervisors taking positions on state, national and
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[ ] [ v ] [ ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[ ] [ ] [ v ] City government cooperating with ICE/Secure
[ ] [ ] [ v] City government should boycott Israel until it
complies with UN resolutions
[ v] [ ] [ ] 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)?
[ ] [ v ] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[ ] [ v ] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental
regulations should be suspended to create jobs
[ ] [ v ] [ ] 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?
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[v ] [ ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be
free to the rider
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Higher residential construction along
neighborhood transit corridors, which may include raising height limits by
two to three stories.
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Diversion of money set aside for seismic
retofit projects into a solar energy incentives program
[ v] [ ] [ ] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop
signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs
[ v] [ ] [ ] I ride MUNI, bicycle and/or walk instead of
driving on a regular basis
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Bus Rapid Transit on Geary
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without
getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain
[ ] [ ] [v ] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak
Oil Task Force Report
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
[ ] [ v ] [ ] Power more City vehicles using corn-based
[ v ] [ ] [ ] Residents should be allowed to park in the
street in front of their own driveway for free
[ ] [v ] [ ] Support expanding parking meter hours to
include later evening hours and weekends
[ ] [ v ] [ ] Remove parking spots and car lanes to create
dedicated bike and bus lanes or wider sidewalks
Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:
[ v] [ ] [ ] 2015 Mission Luxury Housing Moratorium
[ v] [ ] [ ] 2015 Short Term Residential Rental Regulation
[ ] [ ] [ v ] Nov 2014 Prop H (Natural Grass in Parks)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] June 2014 Prop A (Emergency Services Bond)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] June 2014 Prop B (Waterfront Height Limits)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 2013 Prop B (8 Washington Development)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 2011 Prop E (Ammendments to initiative
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[ ] [ ] [ v ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)