Combating Displacement

Bayview and Visitacion Valley are some of the last parts of San Francisco with a vibrant Black community, but new developments and the rising price of homes are causing many long time residents to be pushed out to inland cities. As a native to Bayview, this topic has become increasingly personal for me as I have witnessed more and more family members and life-long friends forced to leave. It illustrates precisely why this District 10 election is so critical – if we are going to protect SF’s historic communities of color we do not have time for a Supervisor who will have a steep learning curve once in office. District 10 needs someone already in the trenches and ready to fight for our community over the details of every policy, measure, and contract from day one.

The first step to addressing displacement is to zealously work for economic empowerment within District 10’s minority communities. As Supervisor, I would introduce Local Mandatory Hiring legislation that requires all sectors of employment, not just construction, to hire from existing communities and neighborhoods. The policy would start out with a 25% requirement, with the ability to be adjusted upwards based on results and the needs of both the community and the particular company or industry. In communities that have been blighted or where population movement has led to decreased economic viability, I would also work to create  “economic empowerment zones” to give small/community businesses the ability to compete while employing members of their own community.

In addition, we must aggressively use existing laws to bring families back to San Francisco and stabilize our Black community. I know it is possible to locate displaced families and provide a path for them to return to the City because I have personally done it before. In my current role at YCD, I brought back 12 certificate of preference holders (COP), all of whom were Black families who had moved to neighboring cities. As Supervisor, I would continue this work by creating a City task force solely dedicated to this task.

Lastly, it does us little good to find displaced families if there is no affordable housing within the city for them to be connected to within the City. I have experience negotiating and building 100% affordable housing while holding developers responsible for community benefit packages that support walkability, mixed-use, and environmental concerns. By using this experience to responsibly build more affordable housing and pursue the other policies outlined in my Housing plan, I can provide pathways for displaced families identified by the Task Force to return to the City.

We must learn to balance our city’s need for more housing with protecting the environment and making sure that we don’t lose the diversity of communities like the Mission and Bayview. I believe we can achieve this balance, but only if we listen to each other and find common ground rather than focusing on scoring political points. I have demonstrated throughout my career that I have the capacity to bring people together even when they rarely agree on any major philosophical issue, and I hope to continue building those kinds of bridges on the Board of Supervisors.

PREVIOUS SUCCESSES

  • Successfully brought back 12 certificate of preference holders (COP), all of whom were Black families who had moved to neighboring cities, and provided them with affordable housing right here in San Francisco.
  • Provided career development and job training through Young Community Developers that connects residents to living wage employment that allows them to stay in San Francisco.
  • Negotiated and built 100% affordable housing while holding developers responsible for community benefit packages that support walkability, mixed-use, and open space.

Standing up for San Francisco Values

Particularly under the current federal administration, I believe that it is often a good or necessary for our Board of Supervisors to take positions on state, national, or international issues to protect San Francisco’s values.

For example, as President of the Board of Education, I co-sponsored additional protections for undocumented students and their families after Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program that had protected many individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. In addition, when Trump rescinded Obama-era federal protections for transgender students, I wrote and put out a public statement reaffirming the Board of Education’s commitment to maintaining all of our additional protections for transgender students within San Francisco public schools. In instances such as those, I believe it is important for local officials to take a stand and let San Franciscans know we will do everything we could to continue supporting our residents despite what is happening in the rest of the country.

As Supervisor of District 10, I would continue to take these kinds of public positions when I felt it necessary to protect San Francisco and the civil liberties of my constituents.