Endorsement Interviews: Malia Cohen


Malia Cohen has three priorities: She wants to keep District 10 residents working, healthy and safe.

Healthy means expanding open space in the district, creating more pocket parks and turning McLaren Park into more of a destination. Safe means more community policing and using nonprofits like TURF to help monitor streets and buses. "I'm a believer in the broken windows theory," she said, arguing for brighter lights on Third Stree and San Bruno Ave. She's also calling for community clean-up days to "change the culture of Third Street." But she opposes the city attorney's gang injunctions. Working means more jobs for local people from development and better educational opportunities, particularly for people who might not go on to college.

Cohen took some strong progressive stands -- she's against Sit-Lie, and for public power (although she wasn't too familiar with Community Choice Aggregation.) She supports the hotel tax, the real estate transfer tax and the vehicle license fee.

But she has a decidedly conservative streak, too: She wouldn't support any further limits on condo conversions, Ellis Act evictions, or TICs, saying those regulations would infringe on the rights of property owners. You can listen to our interview here:



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Cohen is way too conservative. I'm always intrigued by black conservatives. Anyway, the only reason anyone should consider voting for her is because she's hot.

Posted by Matt Stewart on Sep. 09, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

Then I'm not for her. Broken windows is code for unleashing the police on poor people and throwing the book on them for any minor (and often victimless) crime.

The worst part about it, Broken Windows as a law enforcement technique is a proven failure in terms of reducing serious crime.

Posted by Greg on Sep. 09, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

actually, to my chagrin research has shown that "broken windows" does indeed reduce crime. some may see it as code for a crackdown on poor people, but a more thoughtful broken windows approach could just as easily undergird a community policing strategy. there are good reasons to oppose malia cohen but her support for very broad theory of "broken windows" is not one of them.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 09, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

If you listen to the interview you can obviously see she's the best fit for the job. She understands San Francisco - and she has eagerness and practicality to do the job right!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 12, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

she'll get crushed at city hall. too much stammering betraying a superficial knowledge and a tendency to turn to stock phrases. this is a person who at the SFYD forum said that "business taxes are oppressive" and the entire economic and tax discussion showed her to be totally ignorant of these basic fundamentals.also, why is it she can't do an endorsement interview without using profanity (i've seen her speak this way in other places). and maybe its me, but her inflections and word emphases give me a creepy george bush/sarah palin feeling.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 13, 2010 @ 7:24 am

I live near McLaren Park. The idea of "turning McLaren Park into more of a destination" scares me; clearly spoken by someone who hardly, if ever, spent anytime in the park. Lots of outside interests are eying the 2nd largest park in SF, such as disc golf and dirt bikes. Both are very damaging to the ecology in McLaren, and will be disruptive to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 29, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

Disc golf is not an "outside interest". Plenty of people, including myself (i live in the excelsior), would love a disc golf course in Mclaren park.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 8:57 am