Endorsement interview: Jim Meko

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Editors note: The Guardian is interviewing candidates for the fall elections, and to give everyone the broadest possible understanding of the issues and our endorsement process, we're posting the sound files of all the interviews on the politics blog. Our endorsements will be coming out Oct. 6th.

Jim Meko's been part of western SOMA for decades. He founded the SOMA Leadership Council, played a key role in Western SOMA planning, helped create the Entertainment Commission and now sits on that panel. He probably knows the details of land-use policy better than half the professional planners in the city and has all sorts of ideas about using zoning and traffic engineering to improve the neighborhood (two-way traffic on Folsom, for example). He's pushing to be sure that market-rate housing development not skew the existing ration of affordable to expensive housing. He's a small business owner and a supporter of the entertainment industry.

He's got a bit of a fiscal conservative side, too: He told us he supports Jeff Adachi's pension-reform measure and wants to get rid of many of the set-asides in the city budget. You can listen to his views here:

 

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Comments

Bravo Jim Meko for supporting Prop B. Almost all of our elected officials and those running for office are cowards and afraid to challenge organized labor. They would rather watch our City crumble than ask City employees to contribute more for their generous benefits. You stand with the vast majority of San Francisco residents.

Posted by Seej on Aug. 26, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

Has real world experience.

Posted by matlock on Aug. 26, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

Well done a man who lives,works and supports the neighborhood for years now. Hope he wins this tough race. The interview shows the depth of knowledge and contempt for the current board's action or lack of. I live here Jim sure sound like the best for our district.

Posted by Mark on Aug. 27, 2010 @ 10:28 am

This guy sounds reasonable. I don't agree with everything he says, but he recognizes the need for pension reform. Also, I like the way that when asked a question he doesn't know the answer to or hasn't taken a position on, he says so, and doesn't pretend to have an answer.

Posted by The Commish on Aug. 30, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

Jim Meko is supremely qualified to represent District Six and should get the Guardian's blessing. He has lived in the neighborhood for three decades, runs a small printing business, and has been actively involved in ground level neighborhood activism for years. He has a distinguished record of accomplishment through the South of Market Leadership Council, the Western SOMA Citizens Planning Taskforce, and as a member of the Entertainment Commission. He knows the city bureaucracy and has helped countless individuals and businesses to navigate the regulatory landscape. He has brokered agreements between hostile parties, preserving the peace and unique mix that characterizes South of Market. His biggest contribution has been in the areas of land use, where his efforts have established mechanisms to encourage smart development that will enhance rather than destroy the neighborhood. And he has been incredibly effective: many of the policies he has helped set in place have been goals of neighborhood activists for decades. He has earned the respect and admiration of those who have seen his actions. He is smart and has a really big heart, and can be fierce in the defense of what he thinks is best for his neighborhood. He will do the same for his constituents. If he is elected Supervisor, the entire District 6 will benefit from the kind of intelligence, vigilance, and commitment he has given so generously to South of Market.

Posted by Guest Gayle on Sep. 30, 2010 @ 6:55 am