8. Over the past decade, growth in the salary and benefits of city employees hasforced the city to reduce services in a variety of areas. Are city employees overpaid?Are benefits too generous? If so, what can be done about this?
There is no reason our city workforce can’t be as competitive and dynamic as the greatcompanies in the Bay Area. I will be a mayor at the bus and rail yards, and meetingregularly with employees from every department. I will motivate and uplift ourworkforce so that every San Franciscan can walk out of their door and see their cityworking for them.A resident in Glen Park asked me how I’d spend my first day as mayor, and I told her I’dgo visit the child welfare workers. Here are individuals faced with the most difficultsituations including violence and abuse that face our city, that operate every day withvery little pay and even less appreciation and support. We don’t need to cut paychecks;we need to listen to the people on our front lines, promote talent from within, and stopspending millions on out-of-town managers that are simply out of touch with SanFrancisco.We have a health care crisis that that is challenging our bottom line. As I wrote above, Ibelieve an aggressive shift toward preventative care is necessary to keep costs down, andensure that our employees are healthy and able to come to work.As mayor, it will be my responsibility to showcase to The City how a respected and well-run workforce can deliver top-notch services. I believe in the thousands of hard-workingindividuals who are keeping our streets clean, our children safe, and our buses operating,and know that I can do a better job motivating and managing the workforce to get theresults that The City needs.
9. The state could soon allow cities and counties to add more local taxes. Whatadditional taxes, if any, would you propose for San Francisco?
I am very interested in finding a way to fund the undergrounding of utility lines, andwould consider working with businesses, neighborhood groups, environmental groupsand utility companies to find a revenue-generating opportunity to fund theseimprovements.
10. What should be done to make Muni more efficient? What changes should bemade to address the MTA’s annual operating deficit?
Muni requires a mayor's daily attention and dedication as well as long-term vision. I willbe a mayor standing at the bus and rail divisions, talking with Operators as well asregular riders, and insisting that we not just be a transit-first city in words but in deeds. Iride Muni almost every day, and have dedicated a large part of my working life totransportation policy at the federal level in Los Angeles and San Francisco. I am excitedto lead our city toward high-speed rail, the Central Subway, Transbay Terminal, andincreased transit-oriented housing and commercial development.As supervisor and chair of the Transportation Authority, I successfully pushed the MTAto build a new central Transportation Management Center that will streamline operations.