Endorsements 2010: San Francisco candidates - Page 4

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He says that a lot of the city's budget problems can't be solved until the state gets its own house in order ("we can't tax our way out of this") and favors a budget balanced largely by further cuts. In direct contrast to Mandelman, Wiener said San Franciscans "need to lower our expectations for government." He wants broad-based reductions in almost all city agencies except Muni, "core" public health services, and public safety. He doesn't support any further restrictions on condo conversions or TICs. And he has the support of the Small Property Owners Association — perhaps the most virulently anti-tenant and anti-rent control group in town.

This district once gave rise to queer political leaders who saw themselves and their struggles as part of a larger progressive movement. That's drifted away of late — and with Mandelman, there's a chance to bring it back.

 

DISTRICT 10

1. TONY KELLY

2. DEWITT LACY

3. CHRIS JACKSON

District 10 is the epicenter of new development in San Francisco, the place where city planners want to site as many as 40,000 new housing units, most of them high-end condos, at a cost of thousands of blue-collar jobs. The developers are salivating at the land-rush opportunities here — and the next supervisor not only needs to be an expert in land-use and development politics, but someone with the background and experience to thwart the bad ideas and direct and encourage the good ones.

There's no shortage of candidates — 22 people are on the ballot, and at least half a dozen are serious contenders. Two — Steve Moss and Lynette Sweet — are very bad news. And one of the key priorities for progressives is defeating the big-money effort that downtown, the police, and the forces behind the Van Ness Avenue megahospital proposal are dumping into the district to elect Moss.

Our first choice is Tony Kelly, who operates Thick Description Theater and who for more than a decade has been directly involved in all the major neighborhood issues. He has a deep understanding of what the district is facing: 4,100 of the 5,300 acres in D10 have been rezoned or put under the Redevelopment Agency in the past 10 years. Planners envision as many as 100,000 new residents in the next 10 years. And the fees paid by developers will not even begin to cover the cost of the infrastructure and services needed to handle that growth.

And Kelly has solutions: The public sector will have to play a huge role in affordable housing and infrastructure, and that money should come from higher development fees — and from places like the University of California, which has a huge operation in the district and pays no property taxes. Kelly wants to set up a trigger so that if goals for affordable housing aren't met by a set date, the market-rate development stops. He supports the revenue measures on the ballot but thinks we should go further. He opposes the pension-reform measure, Prop. B, but notes that 75 percent of the city's pension problems come from police, fire, and management employees. He wants the supervisors to take over the Redevelopment Agency. He's calling for a major expansion of open space and parkland in the district. And he thinks the city should direct some of the $3 billion in short-term accounts (now all with the Bank of America) to local credit unions or new municipal bank that could invest in affordable housing and small business. He's a perfect fit for the job.

DeWitt Lacy is a civil-rights lawyer and a relative newcomer to neighborhood politics. He speaks passionately about the need for D10 to get its fair share of the city's services and about a commitment to working-class people.

Lacy is calling for an immediate pilot program with police foot patrols in the high-crime areas of the district.

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