What do you believe to be the appropriate role of local government in approaching homelessness?
I believe that our local government has a moral obligation to protect the less fortunate. Though I have attended most of Mayor Newsom’s Homeless Connect events, outreach to those in need on our Westside has been sporadic at best. This must change. Tragically, many of the homeless are San Franciscans who have been victims of the rising cost of living in San Francisco. Others have made poor decisions and need support services to turn their lives around. We have a moral obligation to help those who are committed to rejoining society.
As supervisor, what, if anything, would you attempt to do to address homelessness in San Francisco?
Homelessness has always been a major issue that has yet to be solved. As a supervisor, I hope to bring attention to the fact that the middle class have been driven out and others have been driven out into homelessness.
How would you handle San Francisco’s affordable housing shortage?
Our elected representatives have demonstrated leadership in protecting our most vulnerable citizens through their support of rent control. This city is made up of approximately 50% renters and 50% homeowners. We need to demonstrate the same leadership in promoting homeownership opportunities. We can do this with a two-step plan.
First: Build more neighborhoods for family housing. This was the original plan for Mission Bay and it makes sense. Neighborhoods with schools, shopping, recreational facilities, and support services will help create new opportunities for San Francisco families.
Second: My parents bought their home with the help of the GI Bill. San Francisco can support a similar program that provides low-interest loans and grants for long-term San Franciscans, safety personnel, and educators.
What is your opinion of Care Not Cash?
I support Care Not Cash.