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I am honored to serve on the Board of Supervisors, representing District 6, one of the most dynamic and diverse districts in San Francisco, encompassing the Tenderloin, South of Market, Mid-Market/Civic Center, South Beach, Mission Bay, Rincon Hill, and Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island neighborhoods. I am the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco, and I have dedicated my career to serving our communities in San Francisco, starting as a Community Organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, then as a Civil Rights Attorney at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and as President of the San Francisco Board of Education.
I spent my first two years on the Board serving as Chair of the Rules Committee, making recommendations on dedicated residents who wanted to serve on our local oversight committees, and as a member of the Budget & Finance Committee, working with multiple stakeholders throughout the City to pass a values-based budget thoughtfully and responsibly.
For the past few years, I have had the opportunity to serve on our Land Use & Transportation Committee, which makes recommendations on a wide range of land use development projects, area plans, and reforms to our Planning Code. District 6 is currently seeing another jump in development growth -- the Planning Department stated that roughly 80% of the growth is happening in 20% of our City, and most of this development is occurring in District 6. I want to ensure that our growth is occurring thoughtfully -- i.e. that we are building the infrastructure needed to accommodate this growth while also developing complete neighborhoods with pedestrian safety improvements, open space and parks, affordable housing opportunities, and increased transit service.
I also serve as Chair of the City and School District Joint Select Committee. Public education is a passion of mine, and I continue to advocate for our children and youth. I want to ensure that we are increasing resources and dollars to our schools while supporting partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District. I led the authorization and strengthening of the Public Education and Enrichment Fund, which allocated $47.5 million just this past year alone in critical City funding for school libraries, arts, sports, and music. We have a responsibility to invest in the education and success of our youth. California ranks 49th in per pupil spending, with only Mississippi trailing behind. I am also currently working to ensure that a new public elementary school is built in Mission Bay, one of San Francisco’s newest and fastest growing neighborhoods with a growing population of young families, to help ensure that our families stay in our City.
In addition, I serve on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the body that oversees the design, construction, and operation of the new Transbay Transit Center, which is currently in construction, including the extension of the Caltrain commuter rail from the 4th and King Station and accommodations for future California High Speed Rail. TJPA also works in coordination with the City to implement the former Transbay Redevelopment Area Plan and Transit Center District Plan to build a new transit-oriented neighborhood.
During my first term, I led efforts to establish the police substation on 6th Street, transform Boeddeker Park into a beautiful, brand new park, implement the City’s Vision Zero policy to protect pedestrians and cyclists, add critical medical and mental health staff to homeless shelters, and pass CEQA reforms to give our community greater input in development decisions. I have also been a leading voice to close the income gap, authoring the ballot measure to increase San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15/hour. This is the most progressive wage increase in the country and was passed overwhelmingly in November 2014.
In my second term, I have continued to fight for working families in San Francisco. I negotiated a major increase in the number of affordable housing units in the new Giants Mission Rock development, raising the threshold from 33% to 40% affordable housing and setting a new standard for city-supported developments. I have also worked to pass the boldest tenant protections to counter frivolous and profit-incentivized evictions.
On top of the office's work at the Board, one of our top priorities is addressing the neighborhood concerns of our constituents. We are continuing to host First Friday Office Hours in City Hall, Room 280, 1:30pm - 3:00pm on the first Friday of every month, unless otherwise notified in advance. This is your time to engage with the office around concerns or ideas that you have. Sign up for our newsletter.
Everyday, I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to serve -- I believe in public service and working to make local government policy processes and services accessible and engaging. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this work. One of the most rewarding parts of the job is meeting so many dedicated community leaders, neighborhood advocates, organizers, and individuals who care deeply about our neighborhoods and city, whether it is making them safer or more equitable.
I am also fortunate, as many of you know, to work with an exceptionally dedicated, smart, and hard-working team of individuals passionate about serving you -- Ivy Lee, April Veneracion and Davi Lang. All three members of our staff have dedicated their careers to serving communities in District 6 and San Francisco prior to coming on board at our office. Combined with their policy expertise in different areas, they have been a dream team to work with. You can find their contact info on the Staff Page. It is a tough job, and there is much that our office wants to accomplish in order to continue to make District 6 and our City safer, healthier, and stronger. We can only do this work with you.
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