We can end street homelessness. Currently, San Francisco only has shelter for 40% of people who need it. Every night every shelter is full, no vacancies. In addition, there are over 1000 people on the shelter waitlist.
I pledge to build enough shelter that there will always be a bed available for a person who needs one.
Open Air Drug Use
We can end open air drug use. I will work with Mayor London Breed to open safe injection sites.
I pledge to facilitate police & community enforcement of existing public intoxication laws.
Open Air Drug Dealing and Police Accountability
We can address open air drug dealing, car break-ins and property crime with increased police accountability to the Board of Supervisors and and with more effective police staffing, like community patrols.
Currently, there is no mechanism for the public or the board of Supervisors to have insight into what the Police Department is doing. I will introduce a law that the Police Department has to prepare and present a report at least once a year that discusses the major trends in crimes, reporting, their strategies to deal with problem areas, progress on past strategies and also statistics about successful and unsuccessful deescalations.
No issue is more urgent in San Francisco than the overall shortage of housing at every income level.
I started the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation in 2014 because I saw an anti-growth, anti-newcomer mindset driving housing prices higher in the Bay. In 2016, I co-founded the YIMBY Party, which is now one of San Francisco’s biggest political organizations. I am nationally recognized leader in the pro-housing movement. Read more here.
The overall shortage of housing displaces vulnerable long-term residents, makes it harder for people at all income levels to stay here or to move here, and increases the cost of living for everyone. SFBARF has been nationally recognized as a pioneer in the YIMBY movement to densify our cities, and drive housing prices lower by increasing the number of available houses.
Traffic, Streets and Pedestrian and Bike Safety
In order to achieve the goals of Vision Zero, we have to put human powered and public transportation first. This means prioritizing non-car uses in our infrastructure. At the same time, we can reduce traffic and congestion. The goal is for all road users to have a low stress, safe feeling experience on our roads.
In the short term, this means we need more enforcement of traffic laws like “don’t block the box”.
In the long term, we need networked, timed traffic lights. This would allow vehicles and buses to travel at a steady speed, under 20 mph, catching every light.
In order to have timed traffic lights for the whole of SF downtown, we need almost all streets to be one way. In order to have safe one way streets, we have to reduce the number of traffic lanes to two where they are currently 4 or 5 lanes of traffic, and to one lane of traffic where there are currently 2 or 3 lanes of traffic.
Benefits of a network of 1 and 2 lane, one way streets
- Fewer lanes of traffic means more road space for other uses: dedicated bus lanes, protected bike and scooter lanes, loading zones for deliveries, wider sidewalks and parklets.
- One way streets mean drivers, bicyclists and scooters never have to make a left turn against oncoming traffic.
- One way streets are safer to cross, because pedestrians, bikers, scooters and drivers only have to look in one direction to avoid traffic.
- As mentioned above, a network of one way streets facilitates a network of timed lights.
Finally, I pledge to install more pedestrian crosswalks. SOMA has famously long blocks, but these are a result of the city refusing to recognize our smaller streets - Natoma, Rausch, Dore, Minna, to name a few - as streets. The MTA treats these streets as alleys and has ignored its duty to the people that live on them and use them to create safe crossing infrastructure where those small streets intersect with wider streets.
Treasure Island Toll
It it unfair and unnecessary for current Treasure Island residents to pay a toll to go on and off the island.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s governing board consists of the eleven members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. When you vote for Supervisor this fall, you are also voting for your representative on the SF CTA governing board. The SF CTA governing board is the ultimate decision making body on issues like the toll to and from Treasure Island. Your Supervisor has authority over this decision, it is not a done deal.
If I am Supervisor, I pledge to ensure that current Treasure Island residents will not have to pay the toll on or off the island.