VOTE 1-2-3 FOR EQUITY!
I became activated in local politics in 2011, when San Francisco was at a crossroads following the global financial collapse. When the Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development rolled out the red carpet for Chase Bank to displace two small businesses in my neighborhood, I joined neighbors at City Hall to demand due process. Like many activists, I began with a “righteous no” against inequity and displacement, but I realized that we are also tasked with developing a “strategic yes”. Armed with an Interdisciplinary M.A. in Organizational Development & Training (SF State 2010) and years of community organizing, direct-service work, and multi-sector program development, I founded a public-benefit organization called Neighbors Developing Divisadero (2011-2015) to support inclusive, culturally enriching, and sustainable housing policy and economic development.
My solutions-focused campaign for Mayor inspired over 79,500 voters to choose me as their 1ST/2ND/3RD choice in 2015. After the election I founded the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge to develop and pilot community-integrated solutions to our City’s encampment and shelter/affordable housing-shortage crisis and also served as a Board Member and Operations Manager at San Francisco Community Land Trust.
I am prepared to hit the ground running in June 2018 to collaboratively lead the City’s Departments, budgeting process, and Commission appointments in implementing a comprehensive Platform for Equity. Let’s go beyond having a “horse in the race” and take this opportunity to redesign the track of San Francisco politics and campaigning with “VOTE 1-2-3 FOR EQUITY”.
In community, Amy Farah Weiss
PLATFORM FOR EQUITY: JUNE 2018
What would you prioritize? What would you add?
- Demonstrate fiscal efficiency and "tightening from the top" by putting $200,000 of the Mayor’s $297,387 salary into a fund to increase salaries and resources for our lowest paid sub-contracted service workers.
- Move forward with establishing a public bank for San Francisco.
- Enact a vacancy tax with teeth (as well as incentives) to get more housing, storefronts, and vacant plots in use.
- Immediately develop 20-100 permitted Safe Organized Spaces on underutilized public and/or privately leased land to address encampment and shelter/housing shortage crisis for upwards of 1,000 unsheltered residents.
- Further develop funding streams and programming to build and acquire affordable housing for our people and workers.
- Develop a vision for inclusive, culturally-enriching, and sustainable housing development that gets neighbors in all Districts engaged and inspired to build for the future.
- Set ambitious and actionable goals to combat climate change and drawdown greenhouse gas emissions.
- Create equitable access and occupational opportunities for cannabis.
- Develop additional de-escalation pilot programs and training requirements for SFPD.
- Prioritize economic justice and reparations for the African American community.
- Encourage the development of cooperative businesses with tax incentives and budgeting for training/ongoing support.
- Develop career pathways for local high school and college graduates that heal, manage, and sustain our systems.
- Utilize progressive taxation and pricing to provide universal affordable access to health/mental health/dental care, dignified shelter, food, transit, education, child care, and internet.
- Fully implement JFK's vision for community-integrated and accessible mental health and wellness programming.
- Support a local and regional balance of office/job development to housing development.
- Develop pragmatic regulations for TNC's (e.g. Uber and Lyft) and short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb) .
- Bring Vote16 back to support youth engagement in democracy.
- Develop local policy and statewide support for initiatives that equitably address the needs of both tenants and property owners, e.g. policies that a) Reform Costa Hawkins and Ellis Act, b) Decrease the high percentage of San Francisco residents paying over 50% of income for rent, c) Support long-term sustainability of rental properties, and d) Are designed to ensure reasonable profit margins for property owners that maintain their buildings.
- Encourage local tech industry leaders and workers to support (and join) the public/public benefit sector.
- Develop a nomination and screening process for Mayoral Commissioner appointees so that the well-being of our entire community can be more equitably represented in these crucial decision-making bodies.
Last updated: 1/4/2018 6:00 PM