WEISS FOR MAYOR 2018

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Shape the Mayor's race with our Outcomes Tracker Tool

Mayoral candidate Amy Farah Weiss has developed 12 outcomes categories and over 40 measurable outcomes so that our next Mayor - whether it is Amy or one of her fellow candidates - can be publicly measured on their progress from June 2018 - June 2019 before the 2019 election. Review the outcomes, make suggestions, and share with your network: Mayor Outcomes Tracker Tool


Platform for Equity


WE ARE THE LEADERS WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

Amy Farah Weiss 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, Amy joined neighbors at City Hall to demand due process. Like many activists, Amy began with a “righteous no” against inequity and displacement, but she soon 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, Amy founded a community-benefit organization called Neighbors Developing Divisadero (2011-2015) to support inclusive, culturally enriching, and sustainable housing policy and economic development.

Amy's solutions-focused campaign for Mayor inspired over 79,500 voters to choose her as their 1ST/2ND/3RD choice in 2015. After the election Amy 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.

Amy is 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”. 



TRACK THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR NEXT MAYOR TO STABILIZE AND HEAL OUR SYSTEMS IN CRISIS

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Homelessness/Shelter Shortage Crisis

  • Stabilize San Francisco's 3,000 - 3,500 unsheltered residents currently living in tents, RVs, vans/cars, make-shift structures, and sidewalks through the development of community-integrated safe organized spaces as a ladder to traditional housing and shelter options.
  • Develop and begin to implement a strategic plan to redesign our current emergency shelter system to support housing goals, mental health, increased autonomy, and dignified shelter
  • Develop an actionable multi-year plan to create sufficient amounts of affordable housing/shelter units with appropriate levels of case management and support for each individual to live in the least-restrictive, most autonomous setting possible

Affordable Housing development/Anti-displacement

  • Re-introduce First Right of Refusal Legislation to allow nonprofits and tenants the first opportunity to purchase their building when it is placed on the market
  • Develop a program through MOHCD to support the financing and construction of thousands of ADU's (additional dwelling units) that can be built within 37,000 city-wide parcels identified by the Planning Department.
  • Develop an online registry of rent-burdened SF workers and families who are seeking affordable housing at up to 30% of net income through the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development
  • Develop a comprehensive program to activate vacant residential units (with both incentives for small property owners and vacancy taxes/fees to the extent possible of local law)
  • Streamline the interdepartmental permitting process in support of the 35,000+ units that have already been entitled by the City.
  • Develop financing mechanisms at the local/state level through revenue measures and/or tax credits that enable the subsidizing of affordable housing development
  • Advocate for height/density bonuses to include at least 50% affordable housing (stratified for 15% to 120% AMI) through financing partnerships with market-rate developers.
  • Support the development of a Second Homes/Pied-a-Terre tax on residential property that is left primarily empty
  • Support the repeal of Costa Hawkins to expand rent control to buildings constructed after 1979.
  • Develop a program to ensure that tenants receive support for affordable temporary housing accommodations during building renovations to prevent the uptick in “renovications”
  • Activate up to 1,500 SRO units that are currently being kept vacant as permanent supportive housing for our current homeless population (Added 3.18.2018)

Public Safety

  • Develop, fund, and implement unarmed public safety programming in high crime areas focused on crisis de-escalation, mental health services, and culturally-enriching “eyes on the street” programming
  • Ensure that the Police Commission truly represents the diversity of the community and has at least one subject matter expert in each of the following fields: Crisis de-escalation, Restorative Justice, Mental Health, and Harm Reduction.
  • Propose legislation with the Board of Supervisors to add a level of public oversight and accountability to police technology and surveillance purchases. (Added 3.14.2018)

Public Bank and Investing 

  • Work with the Public Bank Task Force to implement recommendations for the development of a San Francisco Public Bank 
  • Ensure that Mayoral appointees to SFERS support divestment from fossil fuels

Transit-first and Vision Zero

  • Require the same standards for TNCs as Taxis for Airport pick-up and drop off (e.g. Fingerprinting, proof of insurance, and yearly vehicle inspections)
  • Demonstrate support at the local/state level for increased data collection and regulation for TNCs
  • Work with stakeholders to explore ways to decrease moving violations for TNCs (e.g. obstructing bike lanes, driving in bike lanes, illegal u-turns in business districts, illegal use of transit lanes, failure to yield for pedestrians, etc.)
  • Develop a task force for the creation of a city-regulated platform for transit co-ops that is pro-worker, pro-passenger, and pro-environment
  • Work with stakeholders to develop equitable reparations to taxi drivers who have filed for bankruptcy or have lost their investment due to medallion financing
  • Demonstrate support for the expansion of bicycle-friendly infrastructure throughout San Francisco
  • Conduct a study on congestion pricing as a potential mechanism to influence behavior in high traffic areas (such as downtown) and raise revenue for public transit. (Added 3.12.2018)

Climate Balance 

  • Ensure that City Department Heads and Mayoral Appointees to Commissions (especially the SFPUC), LAFCo, and advocacy organizations and subject matter experts are included in an interdepartmental mobilization towards 100% renewable energy
  • Invest in programming that connects SFUSD, CCSF, and SF State graduates to jobs to expand CleanPowerSF

Education 

  • Invest in universal early childhood education to provide families with high quality care
  • Develop and mindfulness training programs for SFUSD schools, starting with schools that have highest rates of truancy, disciplinary issues, and suspensions
  • Work with all SFUSD stakeholders to address achievement disparities for African American and Latino students
  • Further develop and fund programming that links SFUSD, CCSF, and SF State graduates to career opportunities for local hiring programs in the building trades, childcare, technology, mental health, cannabis industry, etc

Cannabis Equity 

  • Ensure continued de-prioritization of cannabis use infractions by the San Francisco Police Department.
  • Eliminate local taxes for donations of medicinal cannabis to low-income patients.
  • Fund affordable access and/or compassion programs for low-income patients through the subsidizing of medical cannabis cards and medicinal cannabis.
  • Support the development of micro business permits within nonprofit license classification at the State and Local level.
  • Support the development of an education component of the City's Cannabis Office.
  • Support the development of a San Francisco-based cannabis testing facility that creates economic opportunities, streamlines testing requirements for local cultivators and distributors, and provides a funding source for education and compassion programming.
  • Support the development of new cannabis consumption permits for events and establishments at the state and local level with an emphasis on safe and mindful consumption.

Economic justice and reparations for African American residents

  • Conduct a Basic Income pilot for 100 African American families with SFUSD students who pay more than 50% of income towards rent
  • Reactivate the Fillmore Heritage Center as a hub for African American culture and economic opportunity in alignment with AAACC
  • Extend Certificate of Preference priority for families displaced by Redevelopment to the extent possible for Below Market Rate housing through MOHCD
  • Support the creation of African American Cultural Districts

Economic Development 

  • Support the activation of empty storefronts city-wide through an increase in impact fees and development of OEWD programming to support immediate activation for property owners with short-to-mid-term leasing options with insurance for LGBTQ/local entrepreneurs/local artists

LGBTQ 

  • Provide funding to implement the LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy Priorities to support LGBTQ businesses, job training and placement, pop-up leases to activate empty storefronts with LGTBTQ businesses and artists, and supporting the stabilization, transition, and community-integration of our unsheltered LGBTQ population
  • Support the creation of LGBTQ cultural districts
  • Support the GLBT Historical Society's initiative to create a full-scale museum, archives and research center in San Francisco dedicated to LGBTQ history and culture

Technology for Open Source Government 

  • Fund and support the implementation of open source voting technology
  • Fund the development of technological platforms that allow for more transparency, participation, and representation in legislative decision-making
  • Develop our public broadband and WiFi infrastructure as a public utility with local hire programs that support job creation for SFUSD, CCSF, and SF State graduates


 

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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?
  • followed this page 2017-12-27 10:44:57 -0800
  • commented 2017-12-16 23:35:00 -0800
    Let’s do this.