Class of 2010: Malia Cohen - Page 2

Can a winner who lost the first-place vote in D10 be a bridge builder?


Cohen supports Sup. John Avalos' efforts to pass mandatory local hire legislation but is open to "creative solutions" to help get it over the finishing line. "People who live here should be working here," Cohen said. "But is 50 percent the magic mandatory hire number? I don't know."

Cohen, who just survived a foreclosure attempt, has promised to be a "fierce advocate" for constituents facing similar challenges, including those who met predatory loan brokers at church.

But asked how she would cut spending or raise revenue to address the city's massive budget deficit, she had no specific answer.

Yet Cohen disagrees with detractors who say she lacks experience. "I may look cute, but don't be misled. I have a public policy background and fire in my belly. I'm a union candidate, I'm smart, I'm talented, and above all, I love the people in D10 and the rest of San Francisco. I want everyone to prosper and receive benefits. So give me a shot."

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