Accomplishments

PROTECTING AND CREATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING/ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS

  • Wrote groundbreaking legislation prioritizing neighborhood residents for the affordable units in their community. When the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to shut down London’s Neighborhood Preference law, she flew to Washington D.C. to fight for the people of San Francisco.
  • Authored Planning Code changes that encouraged creation of all housing types – including affordable housing – while preserving neighborhood character.
  • Saved 104 affordable units at Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens.
  • Secured $2 million to restore unused public housing units for 179 homeless families who now have a safe, permanent place to call home.
  • Helped pass legislation requiring the City to open six new Navigation Centers to help homeless individuals move off the streets and into stable housing.
  • Negotiated and sponsored legislation for the acquisition of the blighted McDonalds on Haight and Stanyan Streets for the construction of 100% affordable housing.
  • Led efforts to expand the City’s inclusionary housing program to include more middle income housing opportunities.
  • Introduced legislation creating a permanent right to civil counsel for tenants facing eviction in San Francisco, which will provide needed legal and mediation services to assist residents in defending themselves against evictions.
  • Advanced the late Mayor Lee’s commitment to get 1,000 homeless individuals off the street during the winter by expanding shelter capacity by an additional 75 beds, opening 70 new units of permanent affordable housing for formerly homeless veterans at the Auburn Hotel, and moving forward on opening two additional Navigation centers.

INCREASING PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Sponsored legislation creating a Safe Injection Site Task Force to explore sites that will promote safe injecting conditions, reduce overdoses, enhance access to primary care, and reduce outdoor syringe litter.
  • Sponsored legislation to help curb car break-ins in tourist hot spots and commercial corridors through increased education and collaboration with rental car companies.
  • Successfully fought to put dozens of new ambulances and medics on the streets, helping to reduce ambulance response times by over 26%.
  • Helped add 400 new police officers to neighborhood patrol and ensured they are fully equipped with body cameras.
  • Stopped the proposed $380 million jail, instead working to create alternative investment in mental health treatment for the homeless and those at risk of incarceration.
  • Rewrote the City’s graffiti policies, creating a high-tech evidence system that is stopping the worst graffiti offenders.
  • Increased police foot patrols during the holiday season to enhance safety for those shopping downtown and in our merchant corridors.
  • Worked with local, regional and national law enforcement agencies to address and respond to a threatened terrorist attack on Pier 39.

MODERNIZING MUNI AND IMPROVING RELIABILITY

  • Led the Board of Supervisors’ effort to replace hundreds of outdated MUNI buses with modern buses.
  • Stopped Muni’s attempt to remove 6 Parnassus service from the Ashbury Heights/Upper Haight neighborhood, and increased 71 service along Haight Street.
  • Helped launch the 5 Limited, now called 5 Rapid, which has increased bus service by 33% during morning commute, sped travel times, reduced collisions, and encouraged thousands of new riders to take the 5.
  • Secured $9 million to improve traffic flow and safety along the Octavia corridor, and is implementing transportation and safety redesign projects in Hayes Valley.
  • Passed legislation to purchase over 200 new MUNI trains for all lines, the largest improvement made to MUNI’s fleet in over 25 years, which resulted in more efficient vehicles with greater passenger capacity and lower maintenance needs.

STANDING UP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Ensured the City moved forward on launching its clean energy program, CleanPowerSF. This is the single-most-important thing San Francisco can do to fight climate change.
  • Passed 3rd-in-the-nation legislation to provide safe, convenient disposal of unwanted medications, a program that has already kept over 32 tons of pharmaceuticals out of the Bay and landfills and is now available in 21 retail pharmacies and 11 police and sheriff facilities.
  • Authored and passed legislation creating the most extensive ban on Styrofoam products in the nation. The ban will protect wildlife, our bay, and our population from the harmful effects of this non-biodegradable, environmental and health pollutant.

PROTECTING AND ENCOURAGING OUR SMALL BUSINESSES

  • Wrote first-in-the-country legislation to protect at-risk live music venues.
  • Led the effort to re-activate the famous Harding Theater on Divisadero, protecting the unique history and character of the theater and the surrounding neighborhood. This included rewriting San Francisco’s outdated game laws to help three small businesses open, including one which is re-activating the Harding Theater.
  • Helped establish the Japantown Community Benefit District, resulting in environmental and economic improvements, graffiti removal, street cleaning, and beautification of one of only three remaining Japantowns in the country.
  • Helped pass landmark regulations on cannabis, ensuring access to safe, regulated cannabis and a strong equity program that prioritizes applicants who have borne the brunt of the failed war on drugs policies.

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