London Breed Denies Her Anti-Tenant Positions

KALW asked London Breed about the San Francisco Tenants Union's criticism of her record, and it didn't go well. Breed said the SFTU lied when they said she did not support 2014's Prop G, the anti-speculation tax. But then she says she did not take a position. Isn't "not supporting" the same thing as "not taking a position?" That's not a lie. The Tenants Union asked Breed to support Prop G, but she refused to. We were super excited about Prop G to discourage speculators from buying up apartment buildings to evict the tenants and flip the property for a big profit. Unfortunately it lost 46% to 54% after the National Realtors Association parachuted with $2 million against it. Breed could've made a difference on it.

Then Breed said she voted for the ordinance regulating tenant buyouts. But the Board of Supervisors website (page 15) and press reports clearly show she voted against it! We join with the Tenants Union in supporting Jane Kim and Mark Leno as the best choices to protect tenants as our next Mayor.

See our voter guide for our full take on everything on the ballot.


What's Up with London Breed and the Republican Party?

Charlotte Shultz, George Shultz, London Breed
London Breed with George and Charlotte Shultz, January 11, 2018. Photo by Drew Altizer.

(UPDATED 5/17/18 with confirmation from Richie Greenberg.)

In case you hadn’t noticed, things are getting weird in the Mayor’s race! Our friends at the Berniecrats posted this shocking video yesterday of a KTVU report that London Breed’s campaign approached the Republican Central Committee asking them to endorse her as their second choice, but they declined.

WHAT??

Breed rightfully joined the other major candidates in denouncing Angela Alioto’s proposal to weaken San Francisco’s Sanctuary City ordinance, but she’s going to ask for support from our local Republican party who opposes ALL Sanctuary City policy—in addition to all of their other awful policy positions?

This is extra troubling considering Breed’s campaign just paid $9,000 to send out a fundraising letter from George Shultz, a local Republican who was Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State and Richard Nixon’s Secretary of the Treasurer! We would love to see the distribution list of who they mailed those letters to. We bet they went to a lot of San Francisco’s 35,000 Republicans.

It’s also weird that Breed would want the Republican’s #2 endorsement after she refused the local Democratic Party’s #3 endorsement! What’s going on here?

HISTORICAL SIDEBAR FROM OUR ELDERS

Republican influence on San Francisco Mayoral elections is nothing new. The Republican Party endorsed Willie Brown back when he beat Tom Ammiano in the 1999 runoff election. Gavin Newsom gave the Republican’s $500 to get on their slate card when he ran for Supervisor back in 2000. And while they smartly didn’t endorse Gavin in the runoff against Matt Gonzalez, the SFGOP ran a phone bank and paid for a mailer for Newsom, and it’s widely believed that the 58,000 Republicans in the City at the time provided Newsom with his 14,217 vote margin of victory.

Some Breed supporters are arguing that this is an example of Breed being a “big tent” politician who wants to represent everybody.  But uhh…we’re not buying that. It’s one thing to respectfully listen to the Republican Party when you’re Mayor and try to work with them when they’re not awful.

But it’s a whole ‘nother offensive thing to actively solicit support from our local Trump supporters and ask the San Francisco Republican Party to put your name and face on their slate card and spend their Republican dollars to mail that slate card to their 35,000 San Francisco Republican voters! That’s not cool, and that’s not our values.

London Breed’s campaign seemed to get that and sprang into damage control mode. The KTVU story says:

Richie Greenberg (the Republican candidate for Mayor) told KTVU after the debate that Clint Greiss, a staffer compensated by Breed's campaign, did approach the Republican Central Committee at their May 2nd meeting to request that they endorse Breed as their second choice. The Republicans asked if Breed would in return endorse Greenberg, the Republican, as her second choice.

Greenberg said Breed's campaign declined to endorse him and the Republican committee also declined the request from Greiss.

The story was updated with this comment from Breed spokesperson, Tara Moriarty:

"Board President Breed never reached out to Richie Greenberg or any other candidate regarding ranked choice strategies.” Moriarty added that the staffer was found to be misrepresenting the campaign and action was taken action to prevent a similar incident in the future.

Hmmm...let’s unpack this. Nobody said that Breed reached out to Greenberg about an endorsement! What Greenberg said was a Breed staffer attended the Republican Central Committee meeting and asked for their endorsement. And Breed’s campaign seems to confirm this, but says this staffer was “misrepresenting the campaign.”

We have serious compassion for all the underpaid, overstressed campaign staffers running around the City. We understand how they can be put in a position where they can easily mess up and misrepresent something. But let’s think this through.

How the hell does a campaign staffer *accidentally* end up at the Republican Central Committee and *accidentally* ask for their endorsement?! That seems pretttty far fetched to us. So for real. Can Breed's campaign explain what their staffer was doing at the RCCC meeting if he wasn't asking for an endorsement?

UPDATE 5/17/18: Greenberg confirmed this all happened on reddit today. (Also, this San Francisco Republican apparently loves the League.)

HEY LEAGUE! Youre league of piss off voters, right? I lOVE your work. So, the story is FACT. I along with nearly 40 witnesses at the monthly RCCC meeting heard Clint Griess pitch Breed and ask for us to give her the #2. (ahem). Who CARES if that staffer misrepresented the campaign, IT HAPPENED, Breed tried to cover it up, WE CAUGHT them , enough of the BS from Breed campaign. 

And this isn’t the first time Breed has suspiciously blamed staff error in this campaign. She told both the League and the Green Party that she supported Prop H, the Police Officers Association’s (POA) messed up, dangerous taser policy. But her campaign told the Examiner the questionnaires were “filled out improperly” and Mission Local said they claimed it was “inadvertent.”

We’re glad Breed changed her mind and decided to oppose Prop H. But we’re hella skeptical that her staff made the same mistake on the Green Party’s questionnaire, on our questionnaire, AND on a supplemental PDF they sent to us explaining their positions--especially considering how her position on tasers has repeatedly changed. (P.S. Breed's campaign never told us about this "mistake." We only heard about in the press. What's up with that?)

These questionnaires were filled out back before the POA endorsed Angela Alioto for Mayor. We suspect London initially supported Prop H in hopes it would win her their endorsement, but then she came out against it once they went with Alioto. That rings a lot more true to us than the idea that her staff would mess up on the same issue on multiple candidate questionnaires.

And when London’s campaign has already paid money to send out a fundraising letter from a prominent Republican, we’re hella skeptical that some campaign staffer went rogue and asked for the Republican Party’s endorsement on his own!

Taken all together, this sure does seem to establish a pattern of a savvy politician making power moves to win votes. But with this election looking so close, do we want San Francisco's Mayor to be decided by a few thousand Republicans? Hell no! That’s not what we’re looking for in a Mayor, and that’s part of why we’re voting for Jane Kim #1, Mark Leno #2, and Amy Farah Weiss #3. See our full take on the Mayor’s race in our Voter Guide for more on that.


The League’s Thoughts on the Housing Crisis

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One of the big topics in the Mayor’s race is the Housing Crisis. (Another is homelessness, which is totes connected.) We’ve been calling for reforming Prop 13 since we were founded and for building 100,000 new units of housing since 2014. We’re all about building more housing as long as we prioritize protecting vulnerable tenants and building as much affordable housing as is feasible, along with the vital infrastructure to serve all those new bodies.

We’re pissed off at those Forest Hill NIMBYs who blocked affordable housing for seniors, and pissed that the Mayor’s Office of Housing didn’t fight for the project. We’re also pissed off at the developers who are trying to use state law to build less affordable housing than our local laws requireand the state legislators that are enabling them.

You want to upzone the suburbs? So do we! But, we’re skeptical of this idea that, “if the government would just get out of the way and let developers build as much market-rate housing everywhere, everything will be better.” When in the history of capitalism has it worked out to fully deregulate an industry and “let the market decide??”

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June 2018 Candidate Questionnaires

The League thanks the campaigns who took the time to respond to our policy questionnaire. Our qualified members will vote on endorsements on Saturday, March 10.

See links to the candidates full responses below. Be sure to check out what they say about their self-care strategy for the election (here's a twitter thread summary)! And scroll down for a table of the Mayoral candidates responses to our yes/no and short answer questions. 

San Francisco Mayor Candidate

Angela Alioto

Michelle Bravo

London Breed

Jane Kim

Mark Leno

Amy Farah Weiss

 

San Francisco District 8

Rafael Mandelman

 

US Congress, District 12

Shahid Buttar

Barry Hermanson

Stephen Jaffe 

Ryan Khojasteh

 

California Board of Equalization

Malia Cohen

 

Mayor Candidate Comparison

 

  London Breed Jane Kim Mark Leno Amy Farah Weiss Angela Alioto Michelle Bravo
Have you signed up for CleanPowerSF? Green Green Super Green Green Super
Support SFERS Divest from Fossil Fuels? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support expansion of Charter SChools? No No Yes No   No
Do you support the parcel tax for SFUSD? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Implement vacancy controls in SF? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fund representation for all immigration deportation cases? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allow new Mayor to negotiate MOU with Police Officers Assoc? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Consider 5+ year old reprimands of police officers for promotions?   No Yes Yes No No
Renew SFPD's involvement with FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force? Yes No No Yes Yes No
Support congestion pricing for the downtown core?   Yes Yes   Yes No
Support increasing the TSF by $5/square foot on commercial property? No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Support a tax on transportation network companies (TNCs) and other "gig economy" operators? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Which gross receipts measure supported for June 2018? Homelessness Childcare Childcare Childcare Homelessness  
Support the SF tenant right to counsel measure on the June 2018 ballot?   Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Do you support the June 2018 ballot measure to provide SF police with tasers? Yes No No No Yes No
RCV for Mayor?   2nd Leno   2nd  Kim 3rd Leno 2nd Leno  
Board of Supervisors D2?       Stefani, Anderson Anderson Anderson
Board of Supervisors D4? Tang       Tang Kim
Board of Supervisors D6?   Haney Haney Haney, Johnson Trauss, Johnson Haney
Board of Supervisors D8?   Mandelman Mandelman Mandelman Sheehy Mandelman
Board of Supervisors D10? Walton, Ellington Kelly   Kelly, Walton Walton Kelly
Board of Education in 2018? Parker, Zhou Collins, Lope, Satya None Moliga, Chinchilla Parker, Satya Haney
Community College Board in 2018? Selby D'avila D'avila, Selby, Rizzo   Oliveri, Rizzo Temprano, Mandelman, Bacharach
Board of Supes D1 in 2016? Philhour Fewer Fewer Fewer, Lyens, Thornley   Fewer
Board of Supes D3 in 2016? Peskin Peskin Peskin Peskin   Peskin
Board of Supes D5 in 2016? Breed   Breed Preston Breed Preston
Board of Supes D7 in 2016? Yee Yee Yee Yee   Engardio, Yee
Board of Supes D9 in 2016? Arce Ronen Ronen Ronen, Espana Arce, Ronen Ronen
Board of Supes D11 in 2016? Safai Alvarenga, Safai Safai Alvarenga, Herrera, Hernandez Safai Herrera
Board of Education in 2016? Cook, Haney, Norton, McNeil Cook, Haney, Sanchez Cook, Haney, Sanchez, Norton     Haney
Community College Board in 2016? Temprano, Bacharach, Williams, Randolph Mandelman, Temprano, Williams Mandelman, Bacharach, Temprano, Randolph      
2016's Prop D "Let's Elect Our Elected Officials"? No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2014's Prop G, the anti-speculation tax?   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 


Interim Mayor Vote at the Board of Supes Tuesday! Come Thru!

Caretaker Mayors

San Francisco voters asked for a transparent process to select an interim mayor, and hopefully that will happen at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 23! But, wait, we’ve still gotta show up to make our voices heard. Here's all you need to know to flex your democracy muscle.

(Two weeks ago, we broke down the whole mayoral succession process and gave our take, if you need a refresher.)

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Even Matt Cain Could be Interim Mayor: A Breakdown of Political Inside Baseball

Here’s your secret decoder ring for mayoral succession. The League breaks down the City Charter, definitions, process, and political inside baseball.

It’s been 14 years since San Francisco had a mayoral election without an incumbent! We think it's time.

TL;DR:

  • The last time the Mayor’s office was vacant in 2011 was a clusterfuck. The Willie Brown-Gavin Newsom crew pulled power plays to give Ed Lee the power of incumbency, which led to a divisive election and a lot of bad blood.
  • We don’t support power plays where political insiders decide who our mayor is -- even if the potential Mayor is someone we would support.
  • The Board of Supervisors needs to go through a transparent process to select a caretaker Mayor (we’ve got some ideas - see below).
  • San Francisco voters deserve the clean slate of a fair and rigorous debate about who should be our next Mayor without an incumbent running.
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Be the Resistance: Getting Involved Locally

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The President-Elect's proposed first hundred days' agenda is anathema to progressive beliefs, and could undo years' of work. While the League's primary work has been producing voter guides and increasing voter engagement, we are each part of many communities in San Francisco. Although there is no local election in 2017, there is much work to be done. We reached out to our allies and received suggestions on groups who need your support now.

We have always resisted. Resisted the lies of the two party electoral game. Resisted police beatings and murders. Resisted environmental degradation and the evils of corporate polluters. Resisted male violence and transphobia. Resisted the rich bosses and landlords who own the airwaves and politicians. Resistance is our legacy. Resistance is our duty. We have resisted a long time. We will continue to resist.

- "Rising Up in the Trump Moment: We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For," Causa Justa

Have suggestions for this list? Email us @ theleaguesf@gmail.com

 

Trump Resistance!

Bay Resistance is a new coalition of many of the groups listed below who are working together to resist the Trump administration. They will be sharing rapid response alerts to mobilize against threats to our communities such as immigration raids, healthcare cuts or Muslim surveillance. Sign up on their website and text RESIST to 41411 for action alerts. WHEN THEY COME FOR ANY OF US, THEY TAKE ON ALL OF US!

Immigration Services

Asian Law Caucus represents the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Islander communities. Volunteers, especially persons with language skills, are welcome. Donate here.

African Advocacy Network   provides legal and social services to African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants and refugees. Contact them for current volunteer opportunities, especially for people who can provide language support. 938 Valencia St., SF, CA 94110

API Legal Outreach  fights for justice in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in SF and Oakland, focusing on issues such as human trafficking, elder abuse, domestic violence, and immigration. Contact them about volunteering (especially pro bono law services) and donating.  1121 Mission St. SF, CA 94103

CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) provides direct services, community development, and advocacy to the Bay Area Latino immigrant community. Contact them to get involved or donate. 3101 Mission St. SF, CA 94110

Dolores Street Community Services- Deportation Defense Program provides pro bono legal defense for individuals facing deportation from the US. You can get involved with this or DSCS's many other programs. 938 Valencia St. SF, CA 94110

La Raza Centro Legal  provides legal services for immigration, workers' rights, housing, and civil rights for Latino and low-income communities. Volunteers, especially bilingual Spanish speakers, welcome. Donate here.  474 Valencia St., #295 SF, CA 94103

La Raza Community Resource Center is a bilingual, multi-service organization whose primary focus is to address the unmet needs of Latino immigrants. Contact them about current volunteer opportunities or donate.  474 Valencia St., #100 SF, CA 94103

Chinese for Affirmative Action works on community building, issue advocacy, and social change in the Asian and Pacific American community. They offer many ways to get involved and support their work. 17 Walter U Lum Place, SF 94108

Mujeres Unidas y Activas works to dismantle barriers for Latina immigrants through support groups, leadership training, and political engagement. Support them by volunteering, donating, hiring workers, and more.  543 18th Street, #23San Francisco, CA 94110

PODER works to create people-powered solutions to the profound environmental and economic inequities facing low-income Latino immigrants and other communities of color in San Francisco. Contact them to volunteer, or donate.  74 Valencia Street, #125San Francisco, CA 94103

Filipino Community Center provides community services and education to Filipino immigrants and residents. Contact them to find out how you can give support.  681 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights provides pro bono legal services for in many areas, including immigration, criminal justice, reentry, asylum seeking, and equal employment. They rely on volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and many others, as well as donations.    131 Steuart St #400, San Francisco, CA 94105

Pangea Legal Services provides deportation defense, community empowerment, and policy advocacy for immigrants. Support their work by volunteering, pro bono legal service, or donating.  350 Sansome St #650, San Francisco, CA 94104

Immigrant Center for Women and Children provides affordable immigration services to underrepresented immigrants in California. Lawyers and law students interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact them.  3543 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

International Institute of the Bay Area provides high-quality low-cost legal immigration services to community members who need them most. They have a number of volunteer opportunities and welcome donations as well.   657 Mission Street Suite 301 San Francisco, CA 94105

 

Racial & LGBTQ Justice

SURJ Bay Area - Showing Up for Racial Justice is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Check out their calendar or donate.

San Francisco Rising is an electoral alliance working to build political power of SF's working class communities of color. While much of their volunteer work comes during campaign season, they also need people to help with policy, fundraising, outreach, and more.

LYRIC Center for LGBTQQ Youth -- works with youth to build community and create social change. Their programs are open to youth and allies under age 24. Donations welcome.

SF LGBT Center offers services like career counseling, social events, youth outreach, and more in their goal toward equal rights for the LGBT community. They offer many ways to get involved.

Causa Justa:: Just Cause  is a multi-racial community-building organization working to achieve justice for low-income residents of SF and Oakland. They have many ways to get involved, especially for bilingual Spanish speakers. You can donate money or items from their wish list

Arab Resource and Organizing Center  works to empower and organize the Bay Area Arab community toward justice and self-determination. Contact them about volunteer/internship opportunities, or donate here.  522 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

 

Legal Services

National Lawyers Guild Bay Area  is an association of lawyers, legal workers, and law students dedicated to protecting civil liberties and human rights. Volunteers can become legal observers for protests.

Bay Area Legal Aid  provides low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals, and legal representation. They have a range of volunteer opportunities for legal professionals and community members. 1035 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Legal Services for Children  provides free legal representation to children and youth. Legal professionals can join their pro bono panel, and others can donate here  1254 Market St, Third Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 

 

Criminal Justice Reform

Officers for Justice works for equal opportunities for POC, women, and LGBT officers in SFPD, and reforming SFPD policy. They invite the public to attend weekly Police Commission hearings, or help out in their office.

Cut 50 is a national effort, under Van Jones's Dream Corps, to reduce America's prison population by half by 2020. Contact them to volunteer for one of their campaigns, or donate here.

 

Healthcare

HealthRight360 operates Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Walden House, Lyon Martin, and other clinics. Has some volunteer opportunities and accepts donations.

Mission Neighborhood Health Center provides affordable health care and community programs in the Mission and Excelsior. Contact them about volunteer opportunities or donate.

Planned Parenthood San Francisco provides a full range of women's health services. Get involved via PP Action Fund.

St. Anthony's Medical Clinic provides primary and specialty care to families in the Tenderloin, 80% of whom live beneath the federal poverty level. Volunteer with their clinic, dining room, or many other programs, or donate.

 

Housing & Homelessness

San Francisco Tenants Union advocates for tenants rights and affordable housing, SFTU provides counseling and publishes the Tenants Rights Handbook. SFTU operates almost entirely through volunteers and donations.

Compass Family Services assists homeless families find housing and support services. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, and corporations. Donations welcome.


Coalition on Homelessness works with homeless persons, services providers, and allies to expand housing and protect the rights of homeless people. Volunteers can join their policy workgroups or help produce the Street Sheet newspaper. Donate here.

 

Environmental Justice

350 Bay Area is a grassroots climate movement, working for divestment, renewable energy, and pollution reduction. With multiple active campaigns, they offer several volunteer opportunities. Donate here.

 

Education

Parents for Public Schools - San Francisco promotes the value of public school education and equitable schools. They work with newcomer families to navigate schools. Parents can volunteer as school ambassadors, and donations are welcome.

 

 


SF election results: D11 is still too close to call!

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11/22 UPDATE: Soooo close! Kim Alvarenga gained even more over the weekend, getting as close as 394 votes back on Sunday. As of Tuesday, Safai's lead has inched back up to 412 votes. Sooo close!! The Chronicle mistakenly reported yesterday that there were still 1,424 votes to be counted in District 11, but that is the total number of D11 provisionals that were accepted. The Department of Elections says they counted most of those already on Saturday. It looks like there are only about 1,000 ballots left to count citywide. So barring a miracle, it looks like Alvarenga is going to come up just short. :(
11/16 UPDATE: The tl;dr version is it looks like all of the SF election results are final except the District 11 Board of Supervisors race is still too close to call! When the early absentee results were released at 8pm on election night, Ahsha Safai led Kim Alvarenga by 1,418 votes. As of today's count, that lead is down to 608! (Note that we're looking at the votes after the Ranked Choice Voting tabulations--not just first place votes. On the election results page, click on "RCV and Detailed Reports" tab to see all the nitty gritty results.)

The Department of Elections says they still need to count about 37,000 vote-by-mail ballots citywide, and 1,638 provisional ballots in District 11. It's going to be soooo close!

The Chronicle, Examiner, and Hoodline all recently covered the ongoing vote counting, but somehow none of them realized how close D11 is. The basic rule of thumb in SF vote counting is that early votes are more conservative, and late votes are more progressive. Compare the District 11 race above to the D1 race, where progressive Sandy Fewer's lead has steadily grown over the days. 
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9 Reasons Ahsha Safai is Hella Shady - Vote Kim Alvarenga

Ahsha Safai, Mayor Ed Lee

There is so much shady, awful, and downright illegal shit going on in this election, we're all struggling to keep up. With Donald Trump threatening the very fabric of our democracy, misleading political commercials dominating the airwaves, and Scott Wiener spending millions trashing Jane Kim, we're concerned the critical races for the Board of Supervisors aren't getting enough attention.

The race for District 11 (the Excelsior, Outer Mission, OMI) is one of the most contested. We're 100% supporting Kimberly Alvarenga, who is awesome. The big business slates are all supporting Ahsha Safai, who is hella shady. But if you haven't been obsessively reading every local paper and blog, you wouldn't know how shady. So here is a quick summary of nine reasons why we can't let Ahsha Safai anywhere near the Board of Supervisors:

  1. Safai is supported by the Police Officers Association, the biggest bullies in town and the biggest impediments to reform of the SFPD. 
  2. He's supported by the Mayor, who has done several press events and press releases with Safai in the last few months.
  3. He’s a house flipper. He bought a house in foreclosures in 2005, and sold it less than a year later for a profit.
  4. Safai was kicked off the Housing Authority board after Executive Director Henry Alvarez was fired for gross mismanagement, discrimination, and intimidation, and the Authority was found to be in disarray. At the time Safai said Alvarez had “done a great job.”
  5. On the ballot he claims to be a union organizer, but almost all of Safai's income comes from being a consultant for landlords and developers. In 2012 and 2013, he earned less than $10,000 as a consultant for the janitors union, but more than $100,000 from his consulting firm.
  6. The leadership of the janitors union pressured its members to campaign for Safai, and fined members who didn’t "volunteer" $150 a day. These are janitors who are barely earning a living wage! 
  7. Safai claims that he "saved St. Luke's Hospital," but the California Nurses Association and others who led that campaign say he had nothing to do with it. Check out this damning video.
  8. Safai is benefiting from at least $700,000 in independent expenditures from real estate and big tech companies. That is being funneled through the dubiously named Robert F. Kennedy Democratic club to pay for tons of TV commercials. TV commercials on CNN for a district supervisor election?? Why do LinkedIn, Facebook, and Airbnb care about District 11? They don’t. They care about electing Supervisors who will keep their taxes low and favor big business and developers over workers and tenants.
  9. Safai is an unregistered lobbyist for a real estate developer. Mayor Lee and the Chronicle recently trumpeted a press release about a new development that would be half rent controlled and half affordable housing, and they credited Safai as a “family friend” of the developer who came up with the idea and negotiated it with the Mayor’s office. But the thing is, the developer paid Safai as a consultant, which means his negotiations with the Mayor are lobbying. Safai has never registered as a lobbyist. And the developer’s promise of new rent control housing is hella catfish. There is nothing in writing to describe how it will work or to hold the developer to their sketchy campaign promise. Their announcement sounds awesome, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  

Wow, that's a lot of bullshit! 

We're excited to vote for Kimberly Alvarenga, a queer Latina mom who worked in Tom Ammiano’s Assembly office, where she played a significant role in the campaign to Save CCSF, the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, and Seth’s Law, which protects children who are bullied in California schools. She’s currently the political director for SEIU 1021, the most progressive union in San Francisco. 

We also endorsed Francisco Herrera as our #2 choice, and we've heard from some allies who are also including Berta Hernandez (a socialist who seems to share our values, but didn't respond to our questionnaire) on their ballot. With ranked choice voting, you get to vote for up to three candidates. It's fine to include Herrera and Hernandez anywhere on your ballot, but this election will come down to Alvarenga vs Safai.

That's why it's critical to vote for Kimberly Alvarenga and to leave Ahsha Safai off your ballot! Can you please help us out by sharing this and forwarding it to all your friends in the Excelsior, Outer Mission and OMI?


17 Reasons We're Voting for Dean Preston over London Breed

London Breed, Ed Lee, Julie Christensen, Ron Conway, Scott Wiener

A lot of people have been asking us why we’re not supporting London Breed. We love the idea of supporting a sharp, young African American woman who grew up in public housing in the Western Addition. But when she ran four years ago, we wrote a letter expressing our worry that the folks bankrolling her campaign were people we just couldn’t trust. We hoped she would prove us wrong, but we think her record shows she doesn’t share our values. Part of the League’s promise is to pay attention to politicians’ actions between elections.

Breed has been good on some issues, and she’s proven to be a savvy politician. If she were representing a more conservative district (like the Marina or West of Twin Peaks), we would probably support her. But her politics are simply out of line with District 5, which is one of the most progressive parts of town. District 5 shouldn’t have to wonder when their Supervisor will be siding with the Mayor or developers or the Police Officers Association. District 5 deserves a Supervisor who will stand up for the progressive values the League has been championing for over a decade.

Here are seventeen of London Breed’s most disappointing votes and actions.

   Sides with landlords, realtors and developers over tenants:

  1. Proposed amendments to water down TIC/condo legislation which would permanently remove rent controlled apartments from the market. 
  2. Opposed 2014’s Proposition G, the anti-speculator tax, which would have stopped speculators from evicting tenants.
  3. Voted repeatedly against regulating Airbnb, making rent-controlled homes in the city more scarce. She has only supported stronger regulations after Preston got in the race.
  4. Tried to weaken tenant protections by giving less relocation compensation to people being evicted through the Ellis Act.
  5. Voted against regulating “tenant buyouts” which have displaced thousands of San Franciscans.
  6. Voted against a small increase in the fee developers of office space pay to fund transit impacts.
    Sides with the Police Officers Association over police reform:
  7. Voted against holding the Police Department accountable for implementing reforms by putting a small chunk of their budget on reserve.
  8. Refused to call for former Police Chief Suhr’s resignation amidst police killings and racist text scandal, despite community demands.
  9. Voted against post-Ferguson resolution recognizing racial bias in Police Departments, calling the resolution “divisive.”
    Sides with Mayor Ed Lee over good government reforms:
  10. Voted against Prop H that will create an Office of Public Advocate, an independent watchdog over the Mayor and City Hall.
  11. Voted against Prop D that will let the people decide who should represent them when there’s a vacant Supervisor seat, making sure the Mayor kept the power to appoint successors.
  12. Voted against Prop L that will split appointments to the MTA Board between the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor, which would continue the Mayor’s ability to bully the MTA Board into failed policies (rescinding Sunday parking meters, bad bike lanes on Polk, allowing median parking on Dolores, etc.).
    Other bad votes:
  13. Voted against a 1% wage increase for nonprofit health and human services workers!
  14. As Board President, handed control over key board committees to the most conservative supervisors and shut out progressive leaders.
  15. Was the only supervisor to vote against sunshine legislation requiring supervisors to keep and release work calendars.
  16. Endorsed Mayor’s candidate for District 3 Supervisor (Julie Christensen) over Aaron Peskin, and endorses Scott Wiener over Jane Kim
  17. Supported and was a member of the realtor-backed slate for conservative control of the SF Democratic Party that would have made endorsements the opposite of our voter guide.

We know that Dean Preston will be rock solid on all of those issues. Before Dean founded Tenants Together, there was no statewide tenants rights group! They’ve kept thousands of people in their apartments. We’ve gone to Sacramento with Dean to fight for repealing the Ellis Act and protecting rental deposits, and we can all thank Dean for helping save rent control back in 2008! So please join us in voting for him and telling all your District 5 friends about Dean Preston!

(Note: Big thanks to Jennifer Fieber and the San Francisco Tenants Union for their research that we used in this post.)



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