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1. Please explain your campaign platform in 20 words or less. As an independent who isn’t running for higher office, I’ll conduct the business of the people with openness and transparency. 2. Please list your vote on the local November ballot measures School Bonds – No Road Repaving and Street Paving Bonds – No Pension Reform: Lee supported version – No Adachi Initiative – No Amending Initiative Ordinances and Policy Declaration – No Campaign Consultant Disclosures – No School District Student Assignment System – Yes 3. What is the worst budgetary problem in San Francisco and how will you address it? We must return to zero-based budgeting where every city department must justify their expenditures for the next fiscal year from zero, not with cost-of-living adjustments added to their last years budget as has been the case for the past 20 years. Until it re-adopts this proven budgetary approach, City Hall will continue to spend outside of its means. 4. What are your plans to attract and retain businesses in San Francisco? Elimination of all fees, hidden costs, and unnecessary red tape that now discourages a healthy business climate in San Francisco. Streamline the permitting process for all start up businesses, construction and remodeling projects in order to create jobs. Eliminate pay roll tax for all businesses city wide who prove they will hire locally. Re-prioritize hotel tax revenues to promote our no. 1 industry of tourism. Lower our parking meter rates to encourage patronage of local businesses. 5. Do you support San Francisco giving tax breaks to businesses that agree to locate in economically distressed areas such as the Tenderloin district or Mid-Market area? I support the elimination of payroll tax for all businesses willing to locate in S.F. and hire locally. 6. What proposals do you have for creating job growth in The City? By streamlining the permitting process and eliminating unnecessary red-tape, we can reinvigorate our private-sector jobs base that has created countless jobs in the past. I will also create payroll tax incentives for businesses who can commit to hiring locally. We must promote an enabling business climate, not a regulatory one, in order to catalyze job growth in The City.
7. Do you support San Francisco’s policy of requiring contractors who bid on large public projects to guarantee that a significant percentage (at least 20 percent) of the work will be performed by city residents? Absolutely. 8. Over the past decade, growth in the salary and benefits of city employees has forced 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? A large percentage of city workforce is overpaid and benefits are out of line with the private sector. Our workforce has been inflated by 10 percent with special assistants and political appointees. A return to the former civil service pay for performance system is mandatory. We must have balanced pension and health reform systems that will pay off our unfunded liabilities over an extended period of time. Unfortunately, false promises have been made to employee groups by past mayors for political expediency. I do not feel that we can break the city’s promises to vested employees, but must establish a new contributory level for all new hires that will pay-off these liabilities over time. 9. The state could soon allow cities and counties to add more local taxes. What additional taxes, if any, would you propose for San Francisco? None. 10. What should be done to make Muni more efficient? What changes should be made to address the MTA’s annual operating deficit? Any significant change with Muni must start at the top with new, experienced management. Muni has no room for political appointments if it is to execute at its full potential. 11. Homelessness still seems to be the foremost topic on the minds of voters. What's your plan to get people off the streets, especially when they refuse help? I was the original author of the sit-lie ordinance in 2002. We are spending 10 times more on homelessness than we were 10 years ago and still treating the same number of people (9,00013,000). Much of the waste is going to the non-profit homeless industry service providers whose egregious contracts must be monitored and audited. Under the current system, the homeless must adhere to certain residency requirements and guidelines if they are to receive our aid which is four times higher than most other cities offer. There are different root causes for homelessness that must be addressed in a compassionate, caring and specific fashion but with limits on what San Francisco is able to provide. As mayor, I will enlist the help of private sector, non-profit faith-based organizations and facilitate their permitting process so that they may engage in the true outreach needed to protect those in need. 12. In 2010, The City amended its Police Code to prohibit sitting or lying on a public sidewalk in San Francisco between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., with certain exceptions. Do you support this policy? Yes, I originally proposed this as a member of the Board of Supervisors in 2002.
13. Do you support the Parkmerced and CMPC developments as currently proposed? I do not support Parkmerced because of the risk that the dwellers of the new proposed high rises will be subject to because of their proximity to the San Andreas fault that runs adjacent to the project. I am a proponent of development but having been the supervisor who restored Lake Merced and Harding Park I know of the seismic issues involved. I do not feel these issues were vetted at the Planning Commission. In the 1989 earthquake two of the existing high rises at Parkmerced flooded. In addition, the developers of Parkmerced are near bankruptcy and will sell the project once entitled. I support the CPMC development and wish that The City elected would stop trying to rip them off. 14. Do you support increasing the number of permits to allow the conversion of rental properties into condos? Yes. I was the author of the HOPE ballot initiative in 2002. 15. Some people in San Francisco think that all tenants should be protected by rent control, regardless of the tenant’s income or wealth. Other people in San Francisco think that tenants should be protected by rent control only if they are lower or middle class, and cannot afford to pay market-level rents. What is your opinion on this issue? I am not in favor of rent control. It has destroyed the rental market in San Francisco, as many units have been forced off the market. 16. In 2009, San Francisco began turning over undocumented youths arrested for felonies to federal immigration authorities for possible deportation. The Board of Supervisors subsequently directed The City not to turn over undocumented youths unless they have been convicted of a felony, rather than simply arrested. What is your opinion on this issue? I am not in support of “Sanctuary City” whereby alleged undocumented felons are given more protection under the law than are citizens. 17. More than 5,000 children have left San Francisco over the last decade. What's your plan to keep families living in San Francisco? We must embark upon a program to make San Francisco once again family friendly in every way possible. We must pursue parental involvement in school choice to create an atmosphere that encourages family living in San Francisco. 18. What are your plans to curb gang violence in The City? A special police detail must be deployed, funded and supported to curb gang violence. The political rhetoric of the City Attorneys Office is only complicating the problem. Gang violence is first and foremost a policing issue and no amount of legal nonsense will rectify the problem.
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