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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 7

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Norman Yee

Member, Board of Supervisors
17,692 votes (57.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing Affordability
  • Street Safety and Vision Zero
  • Fiscal Accountability at City Hall

Experience

Experience

Profession:Member of the Board of Supervisors
District 7 Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2013–current)
Member, San Francisco Board of Education — Elected position (2005–2012)

Biography

 

I have served my community my whole life, from helping my parents running a small business, to teaching at city college, to running a nonprofit that fought to provide needed quality early care and education services, all the way to holding elected office, both, on the Board of Education and on the Board of Supervisors. Always to serve to make a difference in the lives of our children and families. As a father and a granddad, the future of San Francisco is really important to me. I want to be a part of making this place even more welcoming, fair and equitable for all people.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • San Francisco Tenants Union
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • SEIU 1021

Elected Officials (2)

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • State Senator Mark Leno

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Many people feel that San Francisco's political system suffers from systemic corruption. Do you agree? If so, what would you propose to eliminate the corruption?
Answer from Norman Yee:

 

I believe that there have been high profile cases in the last few years that have shown very blatant examples of corruption. I have also seen the role that money, especially funnelled through Super PACs, can have on local election and propositions and it worries me. All of that said, I believe that all elected officials strive to hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. I want to continue to work with the ethics commission to promote common sense changes to our ethics laws and I support the efforts to address the Citizen United ruling and limit the amount of money that can be raised by PACs in local elections.

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in San Francisco?
Answer from Norman Yee:

My plans are to continue to push for additional funding for affordable housing.  I believe state and federal funding sources are insufficient, so we must continue to invest local money to supplement funds already available.  As Supervisor, I supported increased investments through our November 2015 housing bond, and through our annual budget process.

 

I also believe that we need to ensure that the affordable housing we do build meets the needs of all the people who are struggling to remain in San Francisco.  I am working with the City Planning Department to define the elements needed for good family housing units and creating the “Housing for Families With Children” white paper. While waiting for this document to finalize I have worked with new large development projects to include more family-friendly housing units such as Mission Rock Development Project  and the 5M Development locater at the old Chronicle building. I am also supporting an effort to build housing at the Balboa Reservoir that balances the neighborhood character with the need to create affordable housing. I have pushed to make this project at least 50% affordable.

The San Francisco Police Department’s relationships with the city’s diverse communities, and with the way in which it handles arrests, has recently come under scrutiny.  Do you agree that there is a problem and if so, please describe what you would do to resolve the issues.
Answer from Norman Yee:

I believe that the central principle of law enforcement is a bond of trust between the community at large and the law enforcement community. I believe that this trust is currently broken. We need to restore that bond of trust, but that process takes time and will need people to come together. It cannot be done simply by letting time pass.  For instance, I hosted a neighborhood walk with Captain Flaherty of Taraval Station several weeks ago to build these relationships. We need to be proactive and decisive, we need better training for our police officers around issues of bias and de-escalation.  We also need better opportunities for our young African American residents and we need to close the achievement gap. I believe we need to come together as a San Francisco community to have any hope of addressing these fundamental issues of justice and equality for all.

Many people believe that efforts to address the crisis of homelessness have not been effective. What would you, as a county elected official, do differently to successfully resolve the city's homelessness problem?
Answer from Norman Yee:

 

Homelessness is a very complex issue and I think that for too long cities across the US have searched for a silver bullet to end homelessness. It simply does not exist. I support the City’s multifaceted approach and during my time on the Budget Committee I have championed increases for our Homeless services. I have been incredibly impressed by the great thinking and innovative leadership provided by the office of HOPE and I am really excited to support efforts by the newly created Department of Homelessness. I think to address homelessness we need to invest in affordable housing. Our housing first and transitional housing programs have an incredibly high success rate and our affordable housing providers are among the best in the US, but we need to continue to give them the resources to succeed. We must spend the resources needed to understand how we are failing and what barriers exist in homeless individuals accessing existing services to better serve these individuals.

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