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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

PLATFORM FOR EQUITY: JUNE 2018

What would you prioritize? What would you add?

  1. Demonstrate fiscal efficiency and "tightening from the top" by creating two additional jobs out of the Mayor’s $297,387 salary.
  2. Move forward with establishing a public bank for San Francisco.
  3. Enact a vacancy tax with teeth (as well as incentives) to get more housing, storefronts, and vacant plots in use.
  4. 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.
  5. Further develop funding streams and programming to build and acquire affordable housing for our people and workers.
  6. 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.
  7. Set ambitious and actionable goals to combat climate change and drawdown greenhouse gas emissions.
  8. Create equitable access and occupational opportunities for cannabis.
  9. Develop additional de-escalation pilot programs and training requirements for SFPD.
  10. Prioritize economic justice and reparations for the African American community.
  11. Encourage the development of cooperative businesses with tax incentives and budgeting for training/ongoing support.
  12. Develop career pathways for local high school and college graduates that heal, manage, and sustain our systems.
  13. 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.
  14. Fully implement JFK's vision for community-integrated and accessible mental health and wellness programming.
  15. Support a local and regional balance of office/job development to housing development.
  16. Develop pragmatic regulations for TNC's (e.g. Uber and Lyft) and short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb) .
  17. Bring Vote16 back to support youth engagement in democracy.
  18. 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.
  19. Encourage local tech industry leaders and workers to support (and join) the public/public benefit sector.
  20. 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

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  • commented 2018-01-04 02:29:02 -0800
    A very promising campaign platform is discovered by what it doesn’t leave out. Good job on choosing your campaign priorities IMO.

    My personal pet favorite “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.”

    Maybe it’s because I work for SFDPW as a street cleaner on general assistance that I see so much need and opportunity for what you propose. We should maybe have a city ordinance specifying where homeless people are invited to sit lie, camp for limited time or long time with city assistance or at least city permission. If some homeless person is willing to live in a tent near the road then there are places with room for that in SF and we should assist them with trash pickup, porta potties, and low cost minimal electric and wifi. the cost of just having a DPW cleanup crew clean up after police move out a homeless encampment is actually pretty low compared to any other shelter housing solution and I think we should support and encourage city campers instead of harassing them.

    Also, make sidewalk cafateria’s and coffee shops that take up sidewalk space for tables pay for their use of the sidewalk space that blocks pedestrian traffic. Business complain about homeless because of profits, but business uses more public sidewalk space than homeless people use up sidewalk space. It’s really annoying to me when business gates off part of the sidewalk to I have to go out of my way and the foot traffic bunches. Can’t we make business pay for taking up sidewalk space and use the money to provide for homeless services since as a city we kick homeless people off of busy city sidewalk space? I guess the first step would be just to get the word out as a candidate that there is approximately 5 times as much sidewalk space taken by retailers as by homeless in SF?
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  • commented 2017-12-16 23:35:00 -0800
    Let’s do this.