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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 your 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 it sfelections.org or>> of the s and sfg tv have brought to bring you statements by all four
candidates for sheriff. >> my name is chris cunnie and i'm running for san francisco share of. i grew up in san francisco and i have been working to keep san francisco unsafe for just about my whole life. we're facing a critical moment for safety right now because of the progress -- a process call realignment that the state plans to send hundreds and maybe even thousands of prison inmates back to our city. that means keeping san francisco safe right now is going to require a lot of diverse skills like experience running jails, experience treating inmates said it comeback to jail and experience at every level of law enforcement. i am proud to say i am the only candidate who can bring all of these skills together. i served as under share of of san francisco, the second-in- command under mike hennessey. i help him improve our jail programs so that prisoners learned job skills and get treatment. they're not just guaranteed to
commit another crime when they are released. i served as chief of investigations in the district attorney's office, helping to lower crime working with the community. i served as the emergency communications director under mayor gavin, bringing many branches of law enforcement together. i served as head of walden house, one of the most respected substance-abuse treatment centers, providing services to the incarcerate informally incarcerated to help rebuild their lives. i served as a member of the california narcotics authority, helping to divert at into treatment. i served as president of the san francisco police department association and as a san francisco police officer, i received two medals of valor for my work on the street. i patrolled just about every corner of san francisco. a safer city requires bringing all of these elements together. i'm proud to have burned the support of senator dianne
feinstein, the attorney general , lt. gov. gavin newsom and many, many others. i hope i can earn your support also. please join us on our web site. thank you. >> election day is november 8th, 2011. that is the last date to vote in person and a deadline for receipt of the vote by mail ballots. >> hello. my name is ross mirkarimi, i'm the supervisor of the fifth district of the board of supervisors of san francisco. i am running for sheriff because i want to improve public safety throughout san francisco. when i was elected supervisor in 2004, i inherited the district with many neighborhoods that notoriously had the second-highest violent crime rate throughout all of san
francisco. i set out to make sure we take back our streets from crime. i did so with the kind of innovative programs that had not been used because of a community that had been woefully underserved but making sure we were able to marry the power of redemption on one end to being smart on crime in the other. long story short, we have been able to reduce violent crime to the point where i now had the largest reduction in the murder rate and violent crime rates throughout all of the city in our district. as evidenced by the visit darrow, the fillmore west addition and surrounding neighborhoods. during this time, cultivated a relationship with sheriff mike hennessey, the longest serving sheriff in san francisco history. he has been our share for more than 30 years. sheriff hennessy has endorsed me to succeed him as sheriff. sheriff is much more than managing the jail system, which we have a population of about
1500 inmates a day, or protecting government buildings and what share of tennessee did was add it to rehabilitation and re-enter programs for -- before their release from county jail. we need to build on the foundation of sheriff mike hennessey and demonstrate it want to improve public safety, we do so by tackling recidivism, received a -- repeat offender rates that occurred because we are not getting to the ability to correct people's lives and help him correct them themselves before they get out of jail and stay off -- stay out of the criminal past. for every four people the san francisco police department arrest and is prosecuted, almost three are repeat offenders. that statistic would literally be a lot worse if it were not for the innovations of mike hennessey, but we have to improve our game. i want to turn around the same people to turn back there live and return back to the bayview,
sunnyvale and mission, tenderloin, and others because i believe in those same neighborhoods where there is great economic distress, those are the neighborhoods that have the greatest public safety challenges. i will save taxpayers money and i will be able to help demonstrate, built on the tennessee foundation of what it means to reform our criminal- justice system through the eyes of the sheriff's department. i would be honored to have your support. please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. it has been an honor to serve you as a supervisor and i would be honored to be your sheriff. >> the league of women voters and sfgovtv have been honored to bring you statements by all four candidates for share of. >> my name is paul miyamoto and i make captain in the sheriff's department and i can't edit it for sheriff in this election.
our department finds itself in a very neat situation on the eve of a significant change in the criminal justice system. our share has decided to retire after close to 32 years. the best person to continue his legacy and build on his foundation is someone who has been a part of carrying out that vision. that is me. i have professional experience in the operations and management of this department. i have risen through the ranks of all positions in gaining that experience as a trusted manager and leader with share of tennessee. i have work to implement and support these programs throughout my entire career in public service. i love this department and i am completely, absolutely dedicated to continuing the surest vision and moving the department forward as we face new challenges in the public safety. i have the universal support of the two labour organizations in the department that represent the men and women carry out the shares vision. at the close, personal, emotional tie to the department.
on my very first day on the job, i was late in relieving a deputy. to make up for that, i married that deputy and we are now raising our five children in this community. my priorities as europe are as follows -- the realignment of the california state prison system will have a significant impact of the criminal justice system. our past and continued success in these programs and services for individuals and out of custody is especially important to ensure since convicted felons will now fall under county level oversight. i have been responsible for carrying out the surest vision for the last 15 years. as the sheriff, my goal is to ensure the effective integration from custody. reducing the chances of refunding means increasing public safety for us all. in regards to the secured communities program, the implementation of the program as it stands leads to the edification and deportation of undocumented residents with minimal or no prior criminal
history. i feel our focus should not be on these individuals. i feel our partnership with late -- with state and local agencies will focus on the program to apprehend violent, dangerous criminals that pose a direct threat to our community. my third platform is to reexamine the organizational structure of the department to ensure efficiency. my goal would be to position the department to facilitate public safety obligations that arise. i have a unique perspective to lead to a difficult economic times that require us to be able to do more with less. public safety should not be compromised. if experience, respect, and overwhelming support of the people who do the job is important to you, i'm the person for the job. i look forward to your support for me this november in becoming the first asian american share of in san francisco. thank you. >> election day is november 8th,
2011. that is the last date to vote in person and last date for receipt of the vote by mail ballots. >> i am david wong, a 20-years the trend with the san francisco assurance department. i served eight years in the united states army reserves and national guard. i am actively involved with youth programs like community youth centers and others in san francisco. i live in sunset with my wife and two children. i'm running for the office of sheriff because i believe we must reduce the recidivism rate and in still crime preventive measures by investing in our youth. in the 20 years i served as a deputy sheriff for san francisco, i witnessed the department spent more money for fewer resources. as sheriff, i would implement
job training for the incarcerated to enable them to transition into productive citizens and contribute toward our society. i would encourage youth programs where debt easing cage with the community, offering opportunity to our youth, enabling them to lead productive lives instead of turning to crime. i would implement a rehabilitation process for the incarcerated. i would implement a performance evaluation system to ensure every individual in a drug rehab program is held accountable for their participation. in addition, with the new
realignment sentencing program governor brown just enacted, i would invite all city unions to offer a basic life skills training course which would teach people in our jail how to get a job. thereby, providing an alternative to crime. i will work with the public defender's office and apply the clean slate program for them. let's make a change. vote for me for sheriff. thank you. >> election day is november 8th, 2011. that is the last date to vote in person and a deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. for more information about the election, and visits