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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Adam Kim

Project Manager
511 votes (1.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring housing affordability and homeless relief resources to San Francisco without gentrification or further displacement
  • Improve outdated public transit infrastructure, promote locally owned small businesses, and increase public education resources
  • Stand for the people against corporate interests and real estate development lobbyists

Experience

Experience

Profession:Project Manager
Project Manager, Snapfish (2015–2018)
Producer, Storm8 (2012–2015)
Assistant Producer, Electronic Arts (2011–2012)
Application Engineer, Supermicro (2009–2011)

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (2004)

Biography

After a K-12 public education in the suburbs of Chicago, Adam attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, Adam was employed in food delivery and clerical work near his hometown until given a job opportunity in Redwood City in 2008. He has lived in the Bay Area for 10 years now, employed as a project manager in multiple tech-related industries. After the 2016 election, Adam was horrified by the ugliness spreading across the nation, and yet energized by Bernie Sanders and the growing progressive movement, inspiring him to political activity. He joined organizations like the San Francisco Berniecrats and the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, and he ultimately chose to run for the Board of Supervisors for his district. After just about a decade working as a project manager for the corporate world, Adam believes City Hall needs a project manager to organize for the progressive cause, throwing off the corporate agenda for that greater movement.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Francisco Berniecrats, #3 ranked choice endorsement
  • San Francisco Green Party, #2 ranked choice endorsement
  • Mike Murphy, mutual endorsement

Organizations (2)

  • Evolve
  • San Francisco for Democracy, #2 ranked choice endorsement

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Francisco (3)

What do you see as the biggest challenge in your district, and what would you do to address it?
Answer from Adam Kim:

District 4, that is, Outer Sunset and Parkside, has largely gone ignored by City Hall, resting assured that no one cared enough to challenge their decisions. But we'll be ignored and bullied no longer. That's why I chose to run, to be the people's voice and to give them an option that's not just the same status quo.

After the gentrification of other neighborhoods like the Mission and Bayview, and the massive displacement that entails, District 4 will be next. We face enormous pressure from corporate developers to "build our way out" of the housing affordability crisis, with the true goal to profit off hundreds of new units free of rent control.

I intend to stand against these corporate interests, fighting for communities and families, homeowner and renter alike, and for their small businesses. I'll use the office of Supervisor to connect communities and concerned residents to agencies like Planning, Public Works, and SFMTA. I also plan to propose and sponsor legislation to keep these agencies accountable, from streamlining overly bureaucratic processes, to amending the appointment process of directors and board members to be more democratic.

What experience or qualifications do you have that make you well suited for this role?
Answer from Adam Kim:

I'm a fairly new face on the political scene. It wasn't until the events of the last few years that I felt called to become politically active. The 2016 election showed me two things: the strength of a people-powered progressive movement, and the ability for people from all backgrounds to run for office. As a project manager for the last ten years, I see a similarity between City Hall and teams whose projects are falling behind: needing more transparency, better communication, clearer organization, and true accountability.

For too long, we've seen politicians use City Hall and especially the District 4 Supervisor seat as a stepping stone to other political offices, passing feel-good legislation and corporate handouts while ignoring the real problems at stake. Progress on these projects then fall to the wayside, tossed back and forth between bureaucratic city agencies. I want to use my project management experience to bring these issues back to the forefront and let the real stakeholders weigh in: you, the people, the communities.

What are your priorities when it comes to housing and affordability issues in your district and what solutions do you propose to address them?
Answer from Adam Kim:

San Francisco policy is heavily weighted to favor corporations, investors, and the wealthy. Indiscriminate “building at every level” is not the solution. That by giving corporate developers free reign to gentrify and displace, and that somehow supply will outpace demand and housing will become affordable, is ludicrous. The source of our affordability crisis is the treatment of land and real estate as an investment, and practices that artificially inflate property values to sell off at profit. I suggest that we tax those practices to impede their profitability, including taxes on deliberate unit vacancy, on reselling property within a short time span (e.g. “flipping”), and on property owned by parties outside of our city or state. This would allow property values to return to their natural state, while increasing city revenue to develop more below market rate housing. I also support increased BMR housing mandates on inclusionary housing, and I would like to see the passage of more public housing, such as that proposed by the SF Community Housing Act. I collected signatures for this measure, and I would do so again in the future, or better yet, push it onto the ballot by sponsoring legislation as supervisor.

I am proud to have supported this June’s Proposition F for publicly provided legal representation for tenants facing eviction, and I will work as supervisor to ensure the program is fully funded. I am also 100% in support of November’s Proposition 10 and of rent control expansion. And in the hopeful scenario that it passes and Costa-Hawkins is repealed, the primary change I would support is vacancy control so that eviction is no longer incentivized. I would also support methods to establish some amount of rent control on new developments and single-family homes. We should also close the loopholes in San Francisco’s Ellis Act implementation that allow landlords to evict tenants unfairly but legally for profit. There is also proposed legislation to make increases in rent above market rate illegal, which I would also support.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

While San Francisco is the progressive seat of California and of the nation, we have problems to solve unique to our diverse city. Real estate costs for both housing and businesses are among the highest in the nation, artificially inflated by non-local investors and profiteering corporate landowners. This cuts into our various communities and tear apart our robust culture, stealing funding from our schools, our public transportation, and our safe streets.

Adam plans to put an end to this cycle that threatens to push out the livelihood and soul of San Francisco. He aims to see the corporate bigwigs pay their fair share for the weight they place on our economy and infrastructure.   Unlike many other candidates, Adam is no career politician, so his interest in the office is purely for the cause. Adam has shown his dedication to the progressive cause, declaring candidacy nearly a year before the office became an open race. His motivation is to break the established corporate status quo that has held City Hall and especially District 4 for far too long, and Adam will push uphill for the people, especially the underprivileged and marginalized, regardless of the stakes.
In today's political climate where our rights are continuously stripped away, we must do more than push back. We can teach the rest of the nation how to be progressive in problem solving and in human rights. As San Francisco, let's set the example for the world.

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