While the city has been effective in the past few years in helping homeless people get off the streets, they have not done enough.
Temporary housing and shelters create a revolving door. Navigation centers should be scaled to meet the need in each neighborhood, rather than a one size fits all strategy across the city. Homeless individuals are able to get off the streets briefly, but the city is failing to move them into permanent housing and provide employment opportunities. Without appropriate resources, they ultimately find themselves right back out on the streets.
I promise to:
- Move our homeless off the streets with R.A.P.I.D, a system which streamlines pathways to permanent supportive housing and mental health services.
- Ensure funds dedicated to homelessness are being spent effectively.
- Build more permanent supportive housing.
- Expand long-term employment and mental health services.
We can make significant strides in alleviating the affordability crisis by building more affordable housing in San Francisco at all levels. As mayor, I commit to build 5,000 new units per year. Particularly housing for low and middle-income residents. Providing more middle-income affordable housing will enable our teachers, families, and first responders to live in the city where they work and remove an enormous source of stress from their daily lives.
We need to build affordable housing and expand public transit with a coordinated and intelligent strategy. We must be open to building new housing by prioritizing density over raising height limits on new construction.
My housing priorities are:
- Build over 5,000 new units per year.
- Build affordable housing for teachers, families, and workers.
- Ensure development and new transit lines go hand and hand.
San Francisco is a world-class city and we need a world-class public transportation system that is affordable, accessible, and reliable. Many of our residents do not own cars and rely exclusively on Muni to get to work, school, the doctor, and to buy groceries.
Every year we are seeing more and more cars on the road, due to increasing population and the proliferation of the rideshare economy. A strong transit system in San Francisco will go a long way to mitigating traffic congestion. As mayor, I will work with the MTA to identify the highest priority needs and focus on crafting and implementing smart policy to expand and improve service city-wide.
I will work to create transit solutions in San Francisco such as:
- Expand and reinstate service to underserved areas.
- Fast track transit infrastructure projects to our most heavily traveled corridors.
- Explore ways to make transit more affordable for elderly and low-income residents.
Over the past few years, we have seen a significant uptick in car break-ins and property crime and there is no end in sight. The SFPD needs to put safety measures in place to reduce crime such as installing more security cameras (city owned and privately owned), and adding more officers on foot patrol and bicycles, and more mounted police. Criminals must be targeted and prosecuted by the District Attorney and the City Attorney needs to find ways to create civil penalties as well.
San Francisco pulling out of the FBI Anti-Terrorism Task Force was utterly unacceptable for the safety of our residents. As it stands now the FBI is responsible for alerting the SFPD about potential threats, which was the process for the recent planned attack on Fisherman’s Wharf. We need to have a seat at the table so we do not have to wait for a bureaucratic government agency to tell us when our residents are in imminent danger.
To protect our police officers and the public from gun-related incidents, I support equipping the police force with tasers - as long as there is mandatory, comprehensive training and education on proper use.
As Mayor of San Francisco I will:
- Give SFPD the tools and training to safely do their jobs.
- Pressure the District Attorney to appropriately prosecute criminals.
- Use innovative technology to fight crime.
- Demand increased police presence - foot patrols, bike patrols, and mounted police.
While the school board is the only body that can set policy for our public schools, I will advocate that all of our students have access to the resources they need to excel. Recently it was reported that 88% of African American students in San Francisco public schools are failing in math proficiency – that simply cannot continue.
In a city that prides itself on promoting diversity and innovation, we should be applying those same principles in our schools. Not all students learn in the same way.
I believe we must:
- Implement creative curriculum that encourages students to further develop their strengths.
- Provide assistance in areas where they need a little more support to succeed.
- Promote educational equity and close the opportunity gap.
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. The Trump administration is working to roll back the progress made by the Affordable Care Act which will lead to millions of people losing health insurance. We must protect vulnerable San Franciscans from losing access to affordable health coverage.
We have a mental health crisis in San Francisco and services need to be improved across the board, including for the homeless, many of whom cannot get off the streets without proper treatment.
I am committed to:
- Increasing funding and resources for existing programs available to lower income and homeless residents.
- Working closely with independent providers to ensure they are able to offer consistent, quality care to those who need it the most.