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Supervisor, District 7San Francisco CountyNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

San Francisco CountySupervisor, District 7

About this office

Supervisors implement and refine local applications of state laws and public policy, and supervise the official conduct of public officers in the county.
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Member, Board of Supervisors
17,692 votes (57.9%)Winning
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  • Housing Affordability
  • Street Safety and Vision Zero
  • Fiscal Accountability at City Hall
Profession:Member of the Board of Supervisors
District 7 Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2013current)
Member, San Francisco Board of Education — Elected position (20052012)

 

I have served my community my whole life, from helping my parents running a small business, to teaching at city college, to running a nonprofit that fought to provide needed quality early care and education services, all the way to holding elected office, both, on the Board of Education and on the Board of Supervisors. Always to serve to make a difference in the lives of our children and families. As a father and a granddad, the future of San Francisco is really important to me. I want to be a part of making this place even more welcoming, fair and equitable for all people.

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • San Francisco Tenants Union
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • SEIU 1021
1.
Systemic Corruption

Many people feel that San Francisco's political system suffers from systemic corruption. Do you agree? If so, what would you propose to eliminate the corruption?

Answer from Norman Yee:

 

I believe that there have been high profile cases in the last few years that have shown very blatant examples of corruption. I have also seen the role that money, especially funnelled through Super PACs, can have on local election and propositions and it worries me. All of that said, I believe that all elected officials strive to hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. I want to continue to work with the ethics commission to promote common sense changes to our ethics laws and I support the efforts to address the Citizen United ruling and limit the amount of money that can be raised by PACs in local elections.

2.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in San Francisco?

Answer from Norman Yee:

My plans are to continue to push for additional funding for affordable housing.  I believe state and federal funding sources are insufficient, so we must continue to invest local money to supplement funds already available.  As Supervisor, I supported increased investments through our November 2015 housing bond, and through our annual budget process.

 

I also believe that we need to ensure that the affordable housing we do build meets the needs of all the people who are struggling to remain in San Francisco.  I am working with the City Planning Department to define the elements needed for good family housing units and creating the “Housing for Families With Children” white paper. While waiting for this document to finalize I have worked with new large development projects to include more family-friendly housing units such as Mission Rock Development Project  and the 5M Development locater at the old Chronicle building. I am also supporting an effort to build housing at the Balboa Reservoir that balances the neighborhood character with the need to create affordable housing. I have pushed to make this project at least 50% affordable.

3.
SFPD and Diverse Communities

The San Francisco Police Department’s relationships with the city’s diverse communities, and with the way in which it handles arrests, has recently come under scrutiny.  Do you agree that there is a problem and if so, please describe what you would do to resolve the issues.

Answer from Norman Yee:

I believe that the central principle of law enforcement is a bond of trust between the community at large and the law enforcement community. I believe that this trust is currently broken. We need to restore that bond of trust, but that process takes time and will need people to come together. It cannot be done simply by letting time pass.  For instance, I hosted a neighborhood walk with Captain Flaherty of Taraval Station several weeks ago to build these relationships. We need to be proactive and decisive, we need better training for our police officers around issues of bias and de-escalation.  We also need better opportunities for our young African American residents and we need to close the achievement gap. I believe we need to come together as a San Francisco community to have any hope of addressing these fundamental issues of justice and equality for all.

4.
Homelessness

Many people believe that efforts to address the crisis of homelessness have not been effective. What would you, as a county elected official, do differently to successfully resolve the city's homelessness problem?

Answer from Norman Yee:

 

Homelessness is a very complex issue and I think that for too long cities across the US have searched for a silver bullet to end homelessness. It simply does not exist. I support the City’s multifaceted approach and during my time on the Budget Committee I have championed increases for our Homeless services. I have been incredibly impressed by the great thinking and innovative leadership provided by the office of HOPE and I am really excited to support efforts by the newly created Department of Homelessness. I think to address homelessness we need to invest in affordable housing. Our housing first and transitional housing programs have an incredibly high success rate and our affordable housing providers are among the best in the US, but we need to continue to give them the resources to succeed. We must spend the resources needed to understand how we are failing and what barriers exist in homeless individuals accessing existing services to better serve these individuals.

Street Safety Director
0 votes (25.4%)
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  • Public Safety—Fight to ensure San Francisco has enough police officers to meet the needs of a growing city, while supporting common sense reforms that respect the men and women who put their lives on the line.
  • Quality of Life—Ensure the City enforces laws that prevent camping and aggressive panhandling, while demanding accountability so that our streets and facilities get the resources they need.
  • Fiscal Discipline—Root out waste, fraud and abuse to ensure vital City services are funded, while opposing tax and fee increases that squeeze working families.
Profession:San Francisco’s first Street Safety Director; Senior Advisor, City and County of San Francisco
Street Safety Director, City and County of San Francisco (20142016)
Street Safety Director, City and County of San Francisco — Appointed position (20142016)
Investment Officer, Soros Economic Development Fund (20082013)
Consultant, EA Consultants (20072008)
Consultant, Soros Economic Development Fund (20052006)
Commissioner, San Francisco Youth Commission — Appointed position (19992001)
New York University MPA, Public Policy and Finance (2008)
New York University BA, Economics and Political Science (2005)
St. Ignatius College Preparatory Diploma (2001)
Member, Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association (2014current)

Ben Matranga’s family arrived in San Francisco with the wave of Southern Italian immigrants around the turn of the century. From selling fruit at the waterfront to running local small businesses, Ben’s family demonstrated that with hard work, faith and a love of San Francisco, anything is possible.

Ben became interested in public service early, watching his father work for the Controller to safeguard taxpayer funds. He learned from his mother’s stories about working to ensure public safety with the Chief of Police. His parents’ hard work and sacrifice allowed them to purchase a home in Forest Hill, where they raised four children and reside today.

While attending Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Ben earned an internship with the San Francisco Ethics Commission, where he filed lobbyist reports and became concerned about the role of special interest money in elections.

Ben was appointed to the San Francisco Youth Commission by Barbara Kaufman. He discovered that collecting fees for public swimming pools cost more than the revenue it generated and denied low-income kids the chance to swim. Through the work of Ben and his colleagues, the City eliminated the wasteful fees for youth summer programs.

Ben earned his BA in Economics and Political Science and his MPA in Public Policy and Finance from New York University. For nearly a decade, he worked with entrepreneurs rebuilding vital infrastructure in war-torn countries in Africa and Latin America. Ben served on the Board of Directors for four companies, alongside representatives from the World Bank and sovereign governments.

Ben knew he could use this infrastructure building experience to benefit his hometown and accepted a position created to tackle a sharp increase in pedestrian fatalities. Joining the City to oversee the Vision Zero plan to improve street safety, Ben cut red tape and delivered more than 13 miles of street safety improvements on time and under budget.

Despite making significant progress, leaders across District 7 consistently reported that our neighborhoods weren’t getting our fair share of resources or respect, and that the current representation is out of step with our values and inattentive to quality of life concerns. Ben Matranga is running for neighborhood Supervisor to reclaim our neighborhood seat.

Ben and his wife Daniela met in high school and are homeowners in the West Portal neighborhood.

 

  • Fiona Ma, Board of Education Chairwoman
  • Joe Goethals, Mayor of San Mateo
  • Annemarie Conroy, Former Supervisor
  • Scott Wiener, Supervisor
  • Barbara Kaufman, Former Board President
  • Angela Alioto, Former Board President
  • Small Property Owners of San Francisco
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Asian Pacific Democratic Club
  • City Democratic Club
  • Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Laborers Local 261
  • San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council
  • San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
  • San Francisco District Attorney Investigators’ Association
  • San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association
  • Kathleen & Curt Mallegni, Lakeside
  • Julie Link, St. Francis Wood
  • Brody Lee, Inner Sunset
  • Leonard Kully, Forest Hill
  • Dr. Robert Karis, Ingleside Terraces
  • Mary Jung, St. Francis Wood
  • Katie Hubner, Sunnyside
  • Greg Hardeman, West Portal
  • Mike Garcia, Merced Manor
  • Ed & Tina McGovern, Forest Hill
  • Kathleen Dowling McDonough, St. Francis Wood
  • James Monfredini, St. Francis Wood
  • Ann & Greg Napoli, Lakeside
  • Kathy Wu, Inner Sunset
  • Mary & Joe Toboni, St. Francis Wood
  • Anita & Steve Theoharis, Westwood Park
  • Michael Sweet, Ingleside Terraces
  • Robert Squeri, Lakeside
  • Roger & Mary Ritter, Balboa Terraces
  • Sister Lillian Repak, Sunnyside
  • Captain Tom Redmond, Sunnyside
  • Joe & Bonnie Phair, St. Francis Wood
  • Donna Nathanson, Miraloma Park
  • Tom “Red” McGarvey, Lakeside
  • Jack Fitzpatrick, West Portal
  • Judge Ray Arata (ret.)
  • Police Chief Tony Ribera (ret.)
  • Mike Antonini, Lakeside
  • Mike Farrah, St. Francis Wood
  • Daniel Engels, Parkmerced
  • Brian Delahunty, Forest Hill
  • Ryan Crowley, Miraloma Park
  • Patricia Crocker, Sunnyside
  • Bridgett Churnin, Balboa Terraces
  • Barbara & Bill Chionsini, Lakeshore Acres
  • Rich Bodisco, Forest Hill
  • Kevin Birmingham, Sunnyside
  • Paul Barbagelata, West Portal

San Francisco deserves energetic, honest and hardworking leadership that represents our shared values. Together, I know we can keep San Francisco safe and successful for generations to come. That’s why I’m running for Supervisor.    

— October 19, 2016 Ben Matranga for District 7 Supervisor 2016
Small Business Owner
0 votes (15.8%)
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  • Safety - A) Crack down on Crime! B) Address homelessness and help them get assistance; especially the mentally ill.
  • Make City Hall Accountable - Identify overlooked revenues, cut waste, and prioritize essential services and programs.
  • Sustainability - Plan for future generations. Prepare for the City’s projected population increase without compromising sustainability.
Profession:Real Estate Broker - Former Assistant Assessor, Finance Director Treasure Island, Mayor's Budget Analyst
Golden Gate University MBA, Real Estate (1986)
University of San Francisco B.S., Major Finance (1981)

City Experience: 

·         Finance Director – Treasure Island Development Authority

·         Assistant Assessor – Budget and Special Projects

·         Mayor’s Budget Analyst

·         Senior Analyst for Harvey Rose, Budget Analyst for Board of Supervisors

·         Sr. Management Assistant to Port

·         Park Director – Recreation and Parks Dept.

Specialized in streamlining and identifying new revenue sources.  I have a track record of bringing millions to the City.

Small Business Owner/Real Estate Broker.  Over the past 10 years my company has helped families with affordable housing, in foreclosure and assisted displaced tenants.

I have written articles for the past three years for our neighborhood newspaper Westside Observer on issues facing our City.  I have identified over $200 million in overlooked revenues.

St. Ignatius (’77), USF (’81), and Golden Gate University (’86 MBA).

 

My family has served the public for nearly a century. My grandfather was a Muni driver; my father was appointed Controller by Joe Alioto; my uncle was an SFPD Sergeant.

I have been married 28 years, have two grown daughter's and three dogs, two are rescues.

1.
Systemic Corruption

Many people feel that San Francisco's political system suffers from systemic corruption. Do you agree? If so, what would you propose to eliminate the corruption?

Answer from John Farrell:

Yes there is political corruption.  To eliminate the corruption vote for John Farrell for District 7 Supervisor.  I know the workings of City Hall and know that business as usual has got to change.  I will identify current revenue sources that have not been addressed, hold City departments accountable in order to cut waste, and prioritize essential services and programs.  I will set an example of integrity.

2.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in San Francisco?

Answer from John Farrell:

As the father of two daughters, I understand the challenges facing young people in San Francisco. The cost of living is a huge challenge.  Young people face ever increasing rents, lack of affordable housing, limited employment opportunities and high every day expenses such as transportation and food.  Safety is also a concern as there has been an increase in crime throughout our neighborhoods. 

If elected one of my first steps will be to identify current revenue sources that have not been addressed, hold City departments accountable in order to cut waste, and prioritize essential services and programs.  I will oppose any new fees or taxes that affect our families.  I support developments to increase housing opportunities.

 

I will work closely with businesses to promote hiring local and be an advocate in increasing intern opportunities and on-the job training for youth.  Our streets must be safe and I support increasing police and making sure they have the proper training and tools.  I will support improvements to our current transportation system making sure Muni runs more efficiently and has enough vehicles to support the system.  

3.
SFPD and Diverse Communities

The San Francisco Police Department’s relationships with the city’s diverse communities, and with the way in which it handles arrests, has recently come under scrutiny.  Do you agree that there is a problem and if so, please describe what you would do to resolve the issues.

Answer from John Farrell:

We need to build a stronger relationship between police and residents via community forums, neighborhood watch groups, businesses, and schools.

4.
Homelessness

Many people believe that efforts to address the crisis of homelessness have not been effective. What would you, as a county elected official, do differently to successfully resolve the city's homelessness problem?

Answer from John Farrell:

As a former Assistant Assessor for Budget and Special Projects, Mayor’s Budget Analyst, and Senior Analyst for Harvey Rose, I am very familiar with the workings of the City budget and what needs to be done to secure revenue sources and appropriate fund allocations to address the needs of our homeless population.

My budget priorities would be to identify current revenue sources that have not been addressed, hold City departments accountable in order to cut waste, and to prioritize essential services and programs to ensure they have sufficient funding like homelessness. Further, we need to audit non-profit agencies and City contracts dealing with the homeless to insure that services are being provided as per the terms of these contracts.

We must take a compassionate approach towards the homeless. Many need trained counseling. I would work closely with the City Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (DHSH) and support much needed programs, such as additional public housing to eradicate homelessness in San Francisco.

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I raised my family in district 7 and I understand the challenges families face, such as safety and affordability. I want to give back to our community and build a sustainable future for generations to come.  I work for you.

Email johnfarrell4supervisor@gmail.com
Business Owner
0 votes (5.6%)
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  • Public safety - more police on the streets and reinvigorated community policing
  • Managing sensible growth - we need new schools, new hospitals, traffic/transportation plans, more fire and police resources
  • Fiscal responsibility - selective hiring freeze, performance evaluation and competitive bidding for all city contracts
Profession:Realtor

Mike Young is running for District 7 Supervisor. He was born in San Francisco and attended Roosevelt Middle School and Lowell High School. At Berkeley he studied Economics and Chinese Studies and went on to earn a masters degree at the Harvard Kennedy School. His professional career has been devoted to public service, serving two years in the San Francisco Mayor’s Budget Office, ten years as an officer in the army reserve, and ten years as a U.S. Diplomat in South Korea, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Pakistan. Mike is the oldest of four children and was raised by his mother in a single-parent household. On his spare time, he's an avid CrossFitter, loving kettlebells but hating burpees.

Let us have the strength to be courageous in the face of fear, to choose the harder right over the easier wrong, to be true to ourselves and the principles we have chosen to uphold. Let us protect the weak, shield the poor, and always remember to be gracious with our bounty; for only in doing so can we collectively contribute to the greater common good for our families, our city, and our country.

Journalist/Business Manager
12,815 votes (42%)
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  • Investigate the budget. At $9.6 billion it has doubled the past decade and nothing is twice as good. We need to look at every item, measure for results and only pay for what works.
  • Stop the westside crime wave. With car break-ins up 163 percent and police staffing down 18 percent, we need a strong supervisor who will push for more police resources in District 7.
  • Address homelessness. One-third of homeless people are in San Francisco have a mental illness and we need to treat the underlying condition. Tent cities and unruly behavior cannot be allowed. Our policies should be compassionate and accountable.
Profession:Journalist/Business Manager
Harvard Kennedy School of Government Master in Public Administration (2011)

Learn more at www.engardio.com/about-joel

Joel Engardio grew up in the General Motors factory town of Saginaw, Michigan — raised by his mom and grandmother. They didn't have much money, education or connections. But they taught Joel how to get things done by being smart with their resources.

Joel started working at age 12 delivering newspapers. At 16, he got a second job at McDonald's. He studied journalism at Michigan State on scholarship.

Joel won many awards as a journalist — giving people a voice, asking tough questions and holding government accountable. As supervisor, he will do the same from inside City Hall.

Joel also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union with a focus on free speech, immigrant and LGBT rights. He currently works for a telemedicine company that makes healthcare more affordable and accessible.

Joel has lived in San Francisco for 18 years. He married Lionel Hsu soon after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it. They own a home near Stonestown Mall.

Joel earned a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School on scholarship. He serves on the boards of the Alice. B. Toklas Democratic Club and SF Moderates. He also served on the San Francisco Demoratic County Central Committee.

 

  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • San Francisco Examiner
  • Supervisor Scott Wiener
  • Supervisor Scott Wiener
  • Supervisor Katy Tang
  • Small Property Owners of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Police Officers Associatin (3)

Learn more at www.engardio.com

Investigate the budget
At $9.6 billion, the city budget has doubled since 2004.  Is anything twice as good? We need to investigate how our money is being spent, measure for results and then use fiscal discipline to only pay for what works.

Build transportation for the future
Invest in subways we regret not building decades ago.

Focus on middle-income housing
Preserve neighborhoods of single-family homes while helping families stay in San Francisco. With community input, build housing for families and seniors above retail along Muni train lines. The new residents will revitalize commercial districts and we’ll create housing for our kids.

Put recreation first in our parks
Recreation for people and pets must be the priority for open space in an urban city.

Let parents walk kids to school
Our confounding school assignment process makes families commute across town and produces schools less diverse than a simple neighborhood system would.

Stop the westside crime wave
With car break-ins up 163 percent and police staffing down by 18 percent, we need a strong supervisor who  will push for more police resources in District 7.

Address homelessness
One-third of homeless people in San Francisco have a mental illness and we must treat the underlying condition. Tent cities and unruly behavior cannot be allowed. Our policies should be compassionate and accountable.

Endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle:

  • “Engardio has the intelligence and manner that can introduce change where it fits.”
  • “He’s eager to tame a soaring city budget.”
  • “He shows the potential to add seriousness and problem-solving skills to a board that could use more of each.”
  • “On both local and citywide issues, Engardio is the best choice.”

Endosed by the San Francisco Examiner:

  • "Engardio's sound judgment, commitment to transparency in government and sense of fairness will serve the city and his district well."
  • "Engardio would be an independent supervisor and bring more city attention to issues that matter to District 7, such as crime, affordability, housing and fiscal responsibility."

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— October 25, 2016 Engardio for District 7 Supervisor 2016

In my work as a journalist, I asked tough questions and held government accountable. As a supervisor, I’ll do that from inside City Hall. In that spirit, my new campaign video — “Investigate” — pays homage to San Francisco in the film noir era when the reporter or private eye took on a big case to advocate for the little guy.

— October 25, 2016 League of Women Voters

Joel Engardio explains why he is running for supervisor and how he will give District 7 residents a voice at City Hall.

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