ERAF Windfall: As the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I'm proud to have negotiated a meaningful spending package for the $185 million in windfall funding from the state that reflected priorities from the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor. The compromise allocates funding to affordable housing, behavioral health and homeless services, and increased salaries for both public school and early education teachers.The plan was unanimously co-sponsored by the entire Board of Supervisors and is a testament to what it looks like to build unity for the common good!
Census Hearing: On February 7th I sponsored a hearing on the 2020 Census and the City's plan for implementation. Given our City’s population growth since 2010, changes in the outreach methodology, and the racist, sexist and anti-immigrant rhetoric from the White House, it is imperative that our San Francisco 2020 Census count is accurate and gives voice to each of our residents.
Local Build Out: I chair the SF Local Agency Formation Commission, which among other things provides oversight for the CleanPowerSF program operated by the SF Public Utilities Commission. As PG&E's bankruptcy unfolds, I strongly support the exploration of acquiring PG&E's assets to distribute power to SF residents and businesses, and I’m pushing for a plan for "local build out" and the development of our own clean and renewable energy production on City-owned property.
Public Bank For Public Good: On February 5th the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported my resolution urging California State legislators to create a pathway for public banking charters. A public bank owned by San Francisco would allow the City to have more local control, transparency, self-determination, and allow us to move in a direction to achieve sustainable community investments such as affordable housing, small business development, renewable energy, and other issues.
COPA: The Planning Commission voted unanimously to support my legislation to create the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA), which will give qualified affordable housing nonprofits the first-right-to-purchase multi-family residential buildings for sale and preserve them as permanently affordable housing. The San Francisco Examiner reported that “affordable housing advocates hailed the plan as an innovative and viable way to prevent displacement and preserve existing affordable housing in a city in the midst of a massive housing crisis.”
#FewerVacancies: My legislation to create a more accurate and effective registry of vacant storefronts will be coming to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote on March 5th. This ordinance will require building owners to register their vacant or abandoned storefronts and pay a registration fee within 30 days of it being empty, regardless of whether there’s a “for lease” sign in the window. This ordinance is sorely needed and has been unanimously co-sponsored by the entire Board of Supervisors.