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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 1

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Sandra Lee Fewer

Commissioner, San Francisco Board of Education
15,037 votes (52.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Serving our Neighborhood First: Whether that means tackling complex issues such as affordability and transportation, or maintaining our parks and streets, solving neighborhood problems will be a priority for me.
  • Affordable Housing, Not Trickle-Down: With 85% of new construction being unaffordable to the majority of city residents, we need to prioritize proven strategies to build as much 100% affordable housing as possible.
  • Tenant Protections: 65% of Richmond residents are renters, and our neighborhood ranks second in the number of evictions. I have a strong track record on protecting tenants from unfair evictions and will continue to lead on this issue.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Commissioner, SF Board of Education
Member, SF Democratic County Central Committee — Elected position (2016–current)
Commissioner, SF Board of Education — Elected position (2012–current)
Commissioner, SF Board of Education — Elected position (2008–2012)
Member, SF Democratic County Central Committee — Elected position (2010–2012)

Education

City College of San Francisco AA (current)
Golden Gate University BA, Justice Administration (current)
Golden Gate University MA, Public Administration (current)

Biography

My name is Sandra Lee Fewer. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to introduce myself to you as a candidate for District 1 Supervisor.

 

My Richmond Roots

I am a fourth generation Chinese American San Franciscan, and my husband, John Fewer, and I have lived in the Richmond for over 50 years. We raised our three children here, Sara, Colleen and Rory, and have deep roots in this neighborhood. The entire family has attended Richmond District public schools. It’s here that I served as PTA President for 12 terms, then continued to serve my neighborhood and City as a School Board Commissioner. My husband served for 35 years as a San Francisco police officer, retiring in 2012 at Richmond District Station. It is the only real home we have ever known, and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 

iving back to San Francisco

Our family history is rooted in San Francisco. My great grandfather started the first Chinese produce business in San Francisco’s Chinatown. My husband’s father, Brian Fewer, founded Friends of the Urban Forest and San Francisco Beautiful. After graduating from Washington High School, I attended City College of San Francisco and proudly earned my AA Degree. I went on to receive my BA degree in Justice Administration and a Masters of Public Administration degree at Golden Gate University. I am running for the Board of Supervisors because I want to give back to the neighborhood that has served my family so well and because of the real love I have for this City. In my decisions as Supervisor, I will always keep in mind what the Richmond has been and is to so many seniors, small businesses, families and others who call this neighborhood home.

 

My Passion for Bettering our Schools

In my early years of marriage, I was at a stay-at-home mom and became a very active volunteer in our public schools. I served as a PTA President and member of multiple school site councils, put on carnivals and teacher appreciation luncheons, arranged field trips, coordinated events and volunteers, and raised money for Richmond District schools. Our home was the “neighborhood after school hangout,” filled with my children’s classmates, and often their moms too.

 

 

In 2001, I began working for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth as the Director of Parent Organizing and Educational Policy. I presented parent rights workshops to over 500 parents each year and trained several parents to be leaders in their schools and in their communities. In 2008, with community support, I was elected to the School Board for the San Francisco Unified School District. In 2010, I was elected to the San Francisco Democratic Party and served for two years. I ran for a second term on the School Board in 2012 and came in first citywide.

 

Getting Things Done

I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish in my eight years on the School Board.

 

  • I organized the effort to build 115 units of affordable family housing on school district surplus property;

  • I reformed the school application process to make it easier for students to attend their own neighborhood schools;

  • I created the first ever local hire policy for the San Francisco Unified School District;

  • I instituted Ethnic Studies in all high schools;

  • I authored a resolution allowing evicted students to remain in their school until the end of the year.

  • I started the process to offer Mandarin language in non-immersion elementary schools.

 

 

Every single one of these resolutions was done in partnership with, and in response to, community stakeholders. In 2013, I was elected Vice President to the Board of Education, and in 2014, I was elected President.  I am currently finishing my eighth year on the Board of Education.

 

 

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Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • San Francisco Examiner

Organizations (22)

  • California Nurses Association
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • SF Tenants Union
  • Affordable Housing Alliance
  • United Educators of San Francisco
  • Richmond District Democratic Club
  • Coleman Action Fund for Children
  • SF Women's Political Committee
  • American Federation of Teachers Local 2121
  • Sierra Club
  • SF Bicycle Coalition (#2)
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Firefighters Local 798
  • SF Young Democrats
  • San Francisco Rising Action Fund
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • Black Young Democrats
  • Latino/a Young Democrats
  • SEIU 1021
  • Harvey Milk Democratic Club
  • Transit Workers Union Local 250A
  • United Food and Commercial Workers, Locals 5 and 648

Elected Officials (12)

  • Senator Mark Leno
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Supervisor Norman Yee
  • Supervisor Eric Mar
  • Supervisor Jane Kim
  • Supervisor Aaron Peskin
  • Supervisor David Campos
  • Supervisor John Avalos
  • Commissioner Hydra Mendoza
  • Commissioner Rachel Norton
  • Commissioner Matt Haney
  • Commissioner Shamann Walton

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

A Caretaker for the Richmond

 

As Supervisor, I would be a caretaker for the residents of the Richmond District. I know the Richmond inside and out and will work hard to preserve the wonderful neighborhood we live in. On the School Board, I led a new era of consensus, results-oriented leadership. I have heard from thousands of San Franciscans throughout my years as a parent, community organizer and School Board member. These voices remind me what is at stake when I vote on policies. I understand the trust of the public is sacred, and am so encouraged by the many San Franciscans standing behind my vision for an affordable, safe and diverse Richmond District!

I won’t just promise to be a champion for our community -- I have the proven track record to get the job done.

Position Papers

Prioritizing Affordability for the Richmond

Summary
Our neighborhood is far from immune from the housing crisis.

My husband John and I live in the same neighborhood where we grew up, went to school and fell in love. It wasn’t easy to become a property owner in San Francisco even thirty years ago when we bought the fixer-upper we still live in today. John juggled four jobs and I clipped coupons so that we could afford — what seemed like then — a huge mortgage.

Sadly, for many San Franciscans putting down roots in the city they love has become impossible.

The rising cost of housing has forced too many to leave, and they probably won’t be back. The exodus of these long-time residents, working families, and new graduates threatens to change San Francisco forever.

The Richmond District is far from immune to the affordability crisis facing the City. According to the latest figures from the San Francisco Rent Board, the Richmond has seen more Ellis Act evictions than any neighborhood in the City. And, we’ve had the second highest number of owner move-in evictions.

As a two-term member of the SF School District’s Board of Education, I saw the City’s affordable housing shortage take an enormous toll on the public school community. I’ve worked hard to find remedies to minimize its impact on children and their education.

Among the policies I’ve championed are: 
 • A ban on owner move-in evictions for families during the school year so kids can stay in school while their families look for a new home;
 • The same protections for teachers so they can stay on the job until the end of the academic calendar; and
 • The transformation of a surplus school district site into affordable housing for families. Today, the property houses the City’s first Navigation Center designed to transition homeless San Franciscans into stable housing. It will eventually it will be home to 152 units of permanently affordable housing.

More work must be done and it won’t be easy. Only 14 percent of all housing currently under construction will be within reach for San Franciscans earning less than $85,000 a year, according to the City’s Planning Department. That means public school teachers, healthcare workers, fire and police personnel, the backbone of any community, can’t afford to live here.

Add to that, the demolitions and owner move-in evictions that will take a large number of rent-controlled homes off the market and the future looks especially grim.

As a newly elected member of the Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), I promise to champion policies that maintain our supply of affordable rentals while looking for ways to add more units. If I’m elected to the SF Board of Supervisors in the fall, I will reach out to a broad coalition to find creative answers to the affordable housing shortage in our neighborhood.

Among the solutions I support are: 
 • Additional use of surplus public lands for affordable housing;
 • Increased funding for tenant counselling services in the Richmond to protect residents from illegal rent increases and evictions; and
 • “Density done right,” meaning that new construction should not displace existing residents. And, all new housing developments should include a significant percentage of affordable units.
 • A greater focus on 100 percent affordable housing projects on underused properties in San Francisco. Successful projects like Bernal Gateway, Market Heights and Britton Court were bankrolled by union workers’ pension funds, an innovative funding source for an affordable housing development.

John and I hope to spend our senior years in San Francisco. Our greatest wish is that our three kids, like us, can raise their families in the City where they were born.

To learn more about my policy priorities as a candidate for District 1 Supervsior, go to www.sandrafewer.com/issues

A Long Term Vision for Transportation

Summary
The Richmond deserves a system we can depend on for decades.

Like many Richmond District residents, Susanna Kwan rides Muni to get around the City. And like lots of Muni riders, she’s frustrated. “A lot of days it takes the bus such a long time to come,” Susanna said at a recent gathering our campaign hosted on transportation. “When it works it’s great, but it’s often unreliable.”

Navigating San Francisco has never been more challenging. More people has meant more traffic, over-crowded buses, and greater hazards for cyclists and pedestrians.

Transportation Master Plan
Any serious transportation discussion has to include the proposed Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has proposed the Geary BRT to improve travel times from the Richmond to downtown for the more than 50,000 riders who rely on that route. The plan calls for a dedicated lane with priority traffic lights for the local and rapid Geary buses. The Board of Supervisors will consider the $300-plus-million project in the fall.

I know that the planning for the Geary BRT has been in process for over 10 years and that hundreds of residents have voiced their concerns and input. There are people with strong feelings on both sides of the discussion. I know I am not alone in continuing to have some serious concerns.

I have yet to hear how the Geary BRT fits into a comprehensive upgrade plan, one that would serve our neighborhood in the future and better connect us to the rest of San Francisco. I am concerned about the impact on small businesses and about how the Geary BRT may impact traffic on Clement and Anza. I am also concerned about displacement of our most vulnerable residents as we invest in upgrades to our transportation system.

If I’m elected to be the next District 1 Supervisor in November, I will fight for a Transportation Master Plan that will address the needs of our residents for the next 50 to 100 years. And I will ensure that the SFMTA does outreach in person and online, so that the needs of a wide range of residents are met. I will advocate for our neighborhood, and fight to ensure any future funding for transportation include the needs of Richmond District residents.

Muni Improvements
As District 1 Supervisor, I would call upon the SFMTA to consider more improvements to neighborhood transit services:
• Creating a plan to connect the Richmond to other City neighborhoods.Today, a bus ride from the Richmond to the Mission can take as long as an hour, and even longer to Mission Bay where Kaiser is relocating many of its services; 
• More buses during off-commute hours, particularly on highly traveled routes; and 
• Better Muni service within the Richmond, especially from residential areas to Geary and Clement Streets. More than 20 percent of the Richmond’s residents are seniors and people with disabilities, many of whom rely on buses to take them to shopping and services.

Overall Needs
It is important that we also recognize the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. Among the improvements I support are:
• Protected bicycle lanes, to protect riders from automobile traffic and a greater number of bike racks in the Richmond; 
• Investing in strategies to better accommodate pedestrians on sidewalks and at intersections; and
• Exploring partnerships with underutilized private parking lots in the neighborhood to alleviate parking issues.

Richmond District residents deserve a transportation infrastructure that works for us– whether we travel by bus, on a bike, on foot, or by car. Our residents and small businesses deserve a system they can depend on for decades to come.

To learn more about my policy priorities as a candidate for District 1 Supervsior, go to www.sandrafewer.com/issues.

Moms to take charge at City Hall

Summary

Supervisor candidates Sandra Lee Fewer, Hillary Ronen and Kim Alvarenga are running on a combined policy platform to address the most pressing issues in San Francisco. 

Working as full-time professionals and full-time moms, we know how to multi-task, work effectively and get things done in the most efficient way. And we want to bring these skills to City Hall.

We are three women candidates running for seats on the Board of Supervisors for our respective districts. We are professional working mothers raising our children in San Francisco. We don’t have time to deal with political cliques or schoolyard fights, nor will we let corporate lobbyists prevent us from solving common-sense problems and moving The City forward.

Together, we have more than 50 years of experience crafting effective legislative initiatives to build more affordable housing, improve education reform and advance smart on crime policies. And most importantly, we have a proven track record of representing and delivering for our communities.

We know that finding common ground and working together is always the first step to solving any problem. That’s why, for the first time in San Francisco history, we are presenting a combined policy platform to proactively address the most pressing issues that are impacting our families and communities. Here’s our collaborative plan for our first year in office:

Free preschool for San Francisco families

It’s time to join New York and other major cities and make universal preschool an option for all parents in our city. Adding pre-K for 4-year-olds to our existing school system will ensure all kids have an equal chance to succeed and will give a much needed financial break to struggling San Francisco families. We will work together to create a road map and funding plan to make universal preschool available without raising taxes.

Transportation for the 21st century

In the last decade, San Francisco has become a world leader in technology and innovation. Yet our transportation system is still utilizing a system built in the 1970s. We’ll work to make it official city policy that our government should spend the next decade planning for our future by updating our Muni fleet, creating a plan for future underground transit to the Richmond District and the beach and leading the charge in the Bay Area to create 24-hour BART.

Build navigation centers

Street encampments are not a solution to homelessness. They’re unhealthy for both the people living in them and the neighbors who have them on their doorsteps. Navigation Centers provide an ethical and effective solution to clearing street encampments and giving people a path to housing — and we need more of them. We will be laser-focused on clearing street encampments, getting people into stable housing and creating additional navigation centers where they are appropriate. We need to commit to a humane and effective path to addressing homelessness.

Stop the broken car windows

For years, our police department has underprioritized responses to property crime. At this point, many San Franciscans don’t even bother reporting car break-ins. For families already paying high mortgages and rents, the cost of fixing broken car windows can be devastating. We’ll work collaboratively with the San Francisco Police Department to require escalated response times, ensure all property crime units are appropriately staffed and require innovative techniques to catch car thieves.

Build, build, build affordable

The No. 1 issue facing San Francisco right now is the exorbitant cost of housing. Together, we’ll identify three sites in each district where we can create 100 percent affordable housing for families and maximize existing resources to build it. If our children are going to be San Franciscans, we have no other choice.

It’s going to take all of us working together to change the direction of our city. And that means no more passing the blame, no more hiding from our problems and no more excuses. We’re excited to join forces, build bridges and create common-sense solutions by working together with the board and mayor. We can’t wait to get started. This is for our children and future generations of San Franciscans.  

Sandra Lee Fewer is running for District 1 supervisor. Hillary Ronen is running for District 9 supervisor. Kim Alvarenga is running for District 11 supervisor.

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