Endorsements 2010: San Francisco candidates - Page 5

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He's for increasing the requirements for developers to build affordable housing and wants to cut the payroll tax for local businesses that hire district residents.

Lacy's vision for the future includes development that has mixed-use commuter hubs with shopping and grocery stores as well as housing. He supports the tax measures on the ballot and would be willing to extend parking meter hours — but not parking fines, which he calls an undue burden on low-income people.

He's an outspoken foe of sit-lie and of gang injunctions, and with his background handling police abuse lawsuits, he would have a clear understanding of how to approach better law-enforcement without intimidating the community. He lacks Kelly's history, experience, and knowledge in neighborhood issues, but he's eminently qualified and would make a fine supervisor.

Chris Jackson, who worked at the San Francisco Labor Council and serves on the Community College Board, is our third choice. While it's a bit unfortunate that Jackson is running for higher office only two years after getting elected to the college board, he's got a track record and good positions on the issues. He talks of making sure that blue-collar jobs don't get pushed out by housing, and suggested that the shipyard be used for ship repair. He wants to see the city mandate that landlords rent to people with Section 8 housing vouchers. He supports the tax measures on the ballot, but also argues that the city has 60 percent more managers than it had in 2000 and wants to bring that number down. He thinks the supervisors should take over Redevelopment, which should become "just a financing agency for affordable housing." He wants to relocate the stinky sewage treatment plant near Third Street and Evans Avenue onto one of the piers and use the area for a transit hub. He's still relatively unseasoned, but he has a bright political future.

Eric Smith, a biodiesel activist, is an impressive candidate too. But while his environmental credentials are good, he lacks the breadth of knowledge that our top three choices offer. But we're glad he's in the race and hope he stays active in community politics.

Malia Cohen has raised a lot of money and (to our astonishment) was endorsed No. 2 by the Democratic Party, but she's by no means a progressive, particularly on tenant issues — she told us that limiting condo conversions is an infringement of property rights. And she's way too vague on other issues.

Moss is the candidate of the big developers and the landlords, and the Chamber of Commerce is dumping tens of thousands of dollars into getting him elected. He's got some good environmental and energy ideas — he argues that all major new developments should have their own energy distribution systems — but on the major issues, he's either on the wrong side or (more often) can't seem to take a stand. He said he is "still mulling over" his stand on sit-lie. He supports Sanctuary City in theory, but not the actual measure Sup. David Campos was pushing to make the policy work. He's not sure if he likes gang injunctions or not. He only moved back to the district when he decided to run for supervisor. He's way too conservative for the district and would be terrible on the board.

Lynette Sweet, a BART Board member, has tax problems (and problems explaining them) and wouldn't even come to our office for an endorsement interview. The last thing D10 needs is a supervisor who's not accountable and unwilling to talk to constituents and the press.

So we're going with Kelly, Lacy, and Jackson as the best hope to keep D10 from becoming a district represented by a downtown landlord candidate.

 

SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF EDUCATION

MARGARET BRODKIN

KIM-SHREE MAUFAS

HYDRA MENDOZA

Three seats are up on the School Board, and three people will get elected.

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