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we are in a different place. our board of supervisors is working together to move our city forward and get things done. now, i am running for mayor because san francisco needs a new generation of leadership that has a record of results, of the visions for the future and is independent. my record includes performing our budget process and passing tough ethics rules to require transparency by lobbyists. i have helped to create thousands of jobs with the america's cup and help to keep companies like twitter ,zynga and yelp herre. i have helped to build tens of thousands of units of new housing in all parts of the city. my vision for san francisco is to build a 21st century economy, a world-class transportation system, and truly great schools. thanks to hundreds of san franciscans who participated in our community voices meetings, i have the most detailed policy
ideas in this race. you can review them by visiting my website. you can see my blueprint for a 21st century san francisco. independence -- while we may not always agree on every decision i have made, you can trust i have made the not based on ideology or special-interest, but based on my independent judgment for what is best for san francisco and. i want to thank you were carrying about the 21st century san francisco. i ask for your support and for one of the three votes you can cast in november. thank you very much. >> election date is november 8th, 2011. that's the last day to vote in person and the last date for receipt of the vote by mail ballots. i am a people's candidate and running a people's power
campaign, so we will see if you grab. the issue for me is regime change. we had a ricoh felony going on in city hall. racketeering, and flows organization, and somebody has to step forward and talk about organized crime. we need to put an end to it, but we will never prosper in san francisco. we have a long way to go. i am running for mayor because of my discussed at the criminal nature of the system going on in city hall. that said, there's four things that need to change. it would be our banks. we need to be able to compete
fairly and squarely in the area of finance and financial services. the capturing of the profits from financial-services in sentences go alone would generate $300 million or $500 million to the city without taxing anybody. we are currently losing this to the banks on wall street. there's no reason to have a system where we do not profit and do not benefit from our commercial activity in san francisco. first, the community bank. if we practice for the presence, we will be able to produce billions of dollars we can use for our own infrastructure projects. this is where we start. easily within five or 10 years, we could have a $50 billion or $100 billion capital base to take care of the infrastructure needs of san francisco, so
beyond that, we want to have a community development corporation. based on this concept, we should be able to improve muni. we need to and the plantation model of housing in san francisco. we need a piece of the pie, not pie in the sky. i would like to use eminent domain to take over the san francisco housing authority. you can see my idea at my website. please join us. thank you. >> the league of women voters and sfgov tv have collaborated
to bring statements by 14 candidates for mayor of san francisco. next up, bevan dufty and tony hall. >> i am on the to be running for mayor of our great city. i served for eight years on the board of supervisors representing district 8, but i was also director of neighborhood services for five and a half years, and i ran the city complete department, and i always said an angry customer was my best asset in helping to see what was working and what was not working in our city. it might be streetcar that did not show up or was 30. it might be a pothole that caused a car to break its axle or a bicyclist to break their elbow or a family struggling to make it in san francisco like my family struggled as i was raised by a single mom growing up in new york city. i think our city could use someone who has run the city's complaint department to be mayor of san francisco because i believe that fixing the big picture is about having the basics work. about you walking out of your home and having that bus be on
time and clean and a pleasant ride for you. about not having someone drunk and passed out on the street as you are trying to walk to school or work or church and about having our parks being open on sundays and being great and successful. i believe as someone who has worked in city government for 18 years that there's no reason city government cannot be as dynamic and effective as any enterprise that we look at in the bay area that is such a hope for big businesses that are innovative and thought leaders, and i believe in the people that work for the city, and i believe i can motivate them and work with them and provide them with the tools to be successful in their jobs so we provide great quality services. i want to bring up an issue, which is a black agenda. i am the candidate that has been talking about the fact that with an african-american population that is down to 6%, with our bayview neighborhoods having been 40% african-american 10 years ago and only 32% now, you do not have to be black to have a black agenda, but our city
desperately -- if we believe in the diversity that is one of the qualities that most of us love the most about our city -- we have to do more and be focused on building more black businesses that hire individuals from the community, on ensuring that the schools are serving our young african-american and latino students and young men who are black and brown are not relegated to a future that has to involve the criminal justice system or an early death or demise and recognizing that there are a lot of wonderful organizations in the african- american community that need to have capacity built. i am is so passionate about being a mayor that brings all the great elements of our city together and recognizes that has san franciscans, we can tackle any problem, that we can be looked at by the world-reversing a renaissance for our african american community. i believe as a gay man seeking to make history in sentences could that i can also be a thought leader and help other cities do a better job in
recognizing the needs of their lgbt citizens and be a thought leader in that regard, but i intend to be a great mayor for san francisco. please visit me at bevandufty.com >> election day is november 8, 2011 view that as the last date to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. >> i am tony hall, and i am running for mayor because san francisco more than ever need someone who would deal honestly with the hard truth that in our city pier i am not a member of a political party and not seeking some higher office. for 35 years, i am have served you, the people of san francisco, as an administrator in seven different apartments. i know how the city functions, but more importantly, how it should be functioning. i am running to solve our city's problems, not very them. first, let's be honest about pension costs. a $7 billion unfunded liability continues to grow at $400
million per year. because of these costs, san francisco is like a runaway car driving 100 miles an hour down the road into a brick wall label bankruptcy. under the mayor's plan, we hit the wall and 95 miles per hour. under adachi's plan, we still hit the wall but at 90 miles an hour. hard truth is the only way to avoid hitting the bankruptcy wallace what i am proposing. we need to fund pension and health care reform for all new employees that bring salaries and benefits in line with the private sector. this includes the fine contributions and 401k alternatives. lee claims his budget was balanced, but it is not. it is a budget that depends upon you, the taxpayer, passing more bonds, taxes, and fee hikes this november. we must get back to 0-based budgeting that justifies every dollar spent every year. no more autopilot increases.
the hardest truth of all is that our economy is still hurting, and despite what you hear from city hall, there is no jobs plan. we need a plan for government to help small business, not work against it. let's eliminate the fees, hidden costs, and unnecessary red tape now driving jobs in the middle class out of san francisco. my campaign is about direct talks. no more political giveaways like the central subway or car, said that only served to line the pockets of the developers and lobbyists. i am not afraid to face the hard truth or take on the special interests to fix this city. my record proves i can get the job done. as your supervisor, i led bipartisan coalitions to rebuild laguna honda home for our seniors, the youth center for troubled youth, the ocean avenue business corridor for small businesses, and to rescue lake merced for our environment. i passed legislation to strengthen home ownership, provide bond oversight, reduce
needless bureaucracy, and provide safe and clean streets. as your mayor, michael is to return san francisco to its rightful destiny as one of the greatest cities in the world, by facing these hard truths together, we can make this happen. thank you. >> the league of women voters and sfgovtv have collaborated to bring statements by 14 of the candidates for mayor of san and cisco, next up, dennis herrera and ed lee. >> this upcoming mayor's race will be one of the most important in our history. it is a single election that will have a profound impact on our city. not just for the next four or eight years, but for the next 50. as washington and sacramento push more and more public responsibilities off their balance sheets, those obligations will increasingly fall to local government, and the decisions we make in this
election will determine whether or not san francisco rises to meet the challenges that we face. with the right leadership and vision, i am confidence san francisco can fulfil its promise and be a model for what a 21st century american city needs to be. i believe local government, run honestly and well, can make a real difference in people's lives each and every day. i believe that because i have accomplished it for nearly 10 years as your city attorney. i have used the power of the law to protect regular san franciscans from wrongdoing by powerful interests. i have taken on polluters and corrupt politicians, gangs, greedy insurance companies. i have done the heavy lifting behind the scenes to shepherd project to create thousands of jobs. i filed the first government lawsuit in american history for marriage equality and won a landmark ruling for lgbt civil- rights. i secured the ouster of a
corrupt supervisor and punished city contractors who defrauded city taxpayers. i fought pg&e to lower rates to improve the live in -- reliability, and to protect public safety from dangerous gas transmission lines, and i negotiated the shutdown of the petraeus power plant, the filthiest in california -- the potrero power plant. i am proud to have been called the best city attorney in the nation. that is the leadership i will deliver as your mayor. it the view that it's as city attorney, police commission president, clinton administration appointee and business owner, my record of effective, independent leadership is unmatched. i have a plan to create jobs, fix muni, protect planners, after schools, protect the homeless, and fix our neighborhoods, but it will take strong leadership with the
vision to see our full potential and a proven track record to accomplishment. i have never been afraid to stand up to powerful interests to protect regular san franciscans. i will be the mayor san francisco needs with no strings attached. i am dennis herrera, and i hope i can earn your vote for mayor of san francisco. that election day is november 8, 2011. that is the last day to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. >> i am ed le, and i am running for mayor said this appeared as your mayor, i have worked hard to change the tone at city hall, bringing people together to get things done for our city. i know that there is no problem we cannot solve when you listen to the people of san francisco and then focus on solutions. every day, i am focus on creating jobs for san francisco and on improving public safety and the quality of life in our
neighborhoods. i am also proud we are putting our city's finances on the right track, balancing the budget, and closing the $380 million deficit in a way that protect public health and safety. and working with the board of supervisors, business and labor, we have introduced a consensus measure to control pension costs and protect city services. we are hoping -- helping businesses succeed and create jobs from twitter and zynga and sales force to start-ups and neighborhood small businesses. san francisco is attracting, creating and maintaining a record number of jobs in technology, new media, clean tech and biotech, the jobs of our future, with loans, facade of grades, and streetscape improvements, we are helping small businesses and neighborhood commercial districts grow and thrive across the city. we are transforming and revitalizing our long-neglected niche-market district with new arts and cultural resources, affordable housing, and jobs.
with our new police chief, community policing, and smart data-driven crime strategies, sentences could today remains one of the safest big cities in america. i began my career as a civil rights attorney, advocating the rights of immigrants and renters in the bay area, and in my 22 years of service to our city government from whistle-blower to city administrator to mayor, i have worked hard to make government accountable and more transparent to our residents. as your mayor for the next four years, we will continue reach out to our neighborhoods and communities to make sure we understand and address your concerns. we will continue to focus on improving our economy, to create jobs, balance our budget, protect city services, and build new, affordable, and workforce housing. with your help and support this november, we can keep getting things done for the city we love and for all of san francisco. thank you for your consideration.
>> the league of women voters ofsfgovtv -- and sfgovtv have collaborated to bring you statements from 14 candidates for mayor of san francisco. >> i am running for mayor of san francisco 2011. many people ask me -- what are your qualifications? i would like to say what i can do to help the city of san francisco. i believe my ability to connect people and my experience as a professional and business women are the essential components of why my run for mayor is grounded on making the city of san francisco our bread and successful. as mayor, my ability to connect people is one of the most valuable qualities i will bring as mayor. integrity and sincerity are often overlooked. these are important qualities which bring out the best in
people. i am not a politician. i am apparent, grandmother, an educator. i've lived in san francisco. i have worked hard to assist the often overlooked, the disenfranchised, pork, limited english-speaking population in san francisco. because this group is not in the popular voting bloc, it is not easy for them to access city hall or other nonprofit organizations. i can proudly say my hard work has resulted in these individuals who can now help themselves. i created jobs for struggling musicians in chinatown to promote their talent and bring
truth back to chinatown and in all speech. i promoted the rich cultural music here in return for my efforts, i have become their leader. i can say that i have helped in a small way. small businesses because of the art and music from within the community. it has been a win-win situation for the artists, community residents and merchants. there are many issues equally pressing women of color, care, and is equally pressing in all the complexities surrounding it, to be frank. none of the other candidates are mentioning any of these important issues. i have firsthand experience. lahore -- when it comes to
november, please remember to vote for me. >> november 8, 2011 is the last date to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by ballot. >> i am greater thanreese -- i am joanna rees and i'm running for mayor. i moved here eight years ago to raise my family, and i thought of it as the innovation capital of the world here more than 16 years ago, i founded a venture capital firm with no venture capital experience, but since have been able to support more than 60 bay area companies have created thousands of jobs. i have also spent more than a decade working on public education reform, bringing innovative solutions into our public schools to support teachers and improve student outcomes. i was incredibly fortunate to have a great mentor in my life, a woman named ann richards, the first elected female governor in texas.
she instilled in me that i had an obligation to go into public service but she gave me two pieces of advice. she said achieve what i want to achieve professional before i serve so it was really about service and giving back to the community and she said as a mother, it would be easier if the children were older. they are 81022, and that also was a great piece of a device. i would neighborhood by neighborhood to try to understand the issues of san francisco. i always say i discovered the silent majority in the process, but what i heard loud and clear from people is that we need a new approach to some of our long-term systemic challenges. i always say my moment of obligation, when i knew i had to run, was when i became convinced the only way we would significantly impact public education is if the mayor makes it a high level priority. it is going to take a community- wide effort for us to turn around our public schools, and i believe the mayor has to be the key education advocate for the city. we also have to grow our way out of the cycle of budget deficits,
and the way that we're going to do that is keeping jobs in san francisco. we have lost so many over the last decade, and it is compounded by the fact that 25% of our working population commuters out of the city every day. we need to reverse the commute and keep those jobs here to employ our citizens and grow our revenue. we are also really fortunate in san francisco because we have such an engaged community and people are really willing to pay their fair share, but people want to understand where their money goes. the possible -- money going into the budget and where it gets invested is really obscure and opaque for people. i have requested budgets from every city departments i do the process of 0-based or bottom of budgeting where we go department by department to figure out the investments that we have to make in terms of critical services for the community and some things that are no longer meeting their intended purpose that we should not be funding going forward. we are running an incredibly grass-roots campaign.
we have met with 200 -- we have been at $200,000, that with over 1300 merchants and thousands upon thousands of voters at bus stops. we believe the way to win a mayor's race is to engage one- on-one with people. i look forward to getting your support. i look forward to your votes, and a look forward to being your mayor. thank you. >> the league of women voters and sfgovtv have collaborated to bring it statements by 14 candidates for mayor of san francisco. our final two statements. >> i am run for mayor because i believe government works best when you all have more say. we live in a world-class city with world-class people, yet often times, people describe our government has anything but world class. that is why i started my organization to get your ideas to figure out the best way to solve our problems do with it together account call on you need to figure out what we could
do to make it more effective and reliable. what is great is if we could make every single bus line in san francisco go one minute faster -- to think about it -- just one minute faster, we would save $20 million pier that happens to be the exact amount of the new budget deficit. by making unit more efficient and reliable, we could actually save money. we have quadrupled the number of solar roost in san francisco and doubled the number of megawatts from five to 10. lastly, i am car we have created a green economy in san francisco. when we started, we only have to we will solar companies. now, we have 30. that's 450 jobs that were created during the worst economy since the great depression. small business is the no. 1 driver for jobs in san francisco. that is why i want to create a small business office that will serve the needs of small businesses to help them navigate the city so they do not have to
worry about the bureaucratic issues in terms of taxes and they can do what they do best, which is run their business. last, i have proven we can do this by bringing in outside management principles, by making our office more efficient and more accessible. the accessible quarters office brought in over $300 million in the last six years above our budget. that is money that would pay for public transit, public education, and by public safety. by making government more efficient, by getting your ideas, we know that we can make government better. thank you. i hope you will support me, and i hope you will join us again and be part of the dialogue. " then the election day is november 8, 2011. that is the last day to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. >> my name is leland ye. i am currently a state senator
representing california, and now, i am running for mayor. i came with my mother and sister when i was 3 years old. i grew up here. i went to san francisco public schools. i got married here, raised my family here. i sent my four kids to public schools here. this city has given me every opportunity i have had. i am extremely grateful for that, and that is why i have worked my entire adult life to improve san francisco as a member of the school board on the board of supervisors as your state assembly member and senator, and it is why i am running for mayor. i have said from the beginning i was going to run a different campaign for mayor. a campaign that solved the critical issues facing our city and asking you for solutions. a campaign that approached the city not from the top down but from the bottom of. we went out to meet with small businesses, companies, local unions. we went out to meet san
franciscans in their own neighborhoods and coffee shops. we called these meetings 20/20's because we wanted to listen and get from you a clear vision for the future. this city deserves a mayor with a vision of what san francisco should be in 2020. after listening, we have created that vision. we should be a city with public schools that give every student a shot at the future with wraparound services and that also would activity before and after school, a city that rewards teachers with retention bonuses and help with affordable housing, where muni is free for kids who go public school, where we give kids $100 for college savings each year they complete in school. we should be a city that is open, accessible, and responsive to its people and businesses. i will put caseworkers on every merchant corridor in your city to interface with small
businesses, respond to their issues. we should be a city where city hall is independent from undue influence. i will reform the ethics commission to make sure yo public officials are held accountable. i will crack down on an registered lobbyists. i will open up all the secrecy information so that the people can see who is making the real decisions. we should be a city that makes it affordable to live here, to work here, to raise a family here, a city where we connect people to jobs and job training, a city with a reliable public transit system that connects every corner of the city, a city that uses 100% renewable energy, a city that provides health care for every san franciscan. i have been representing the city for over 23 years. i kept my promises, and i have delivered results. i would be honored to be your mayor and honored to have your vote. thank you.
>> election day is november 8, 2011. that is the last date to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. for more information about the november 8, 2011 election, this november 8, 2011 election, this it sfelections.org or everyone has friends. there's on-line friends, friends to go out with on a saturday night, friends to hang out with and do nothing,