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candidates are asked to make no personal attacks on other individuals. no flash photography is allowed. this forum is being taped for broadcast. these new or turn off yourself phones. i am pleased to introduce our moderator this evening. cheryl jennings anchored the 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. newscast on abc 7, monday through friday. additionally, she is the host of "beyond the headlines," which takes an in-depth look at issues. a longtime volunteer for the san francisco beat of voters, she is a past recipient of our "women who could be president" award. we are honored to welcome cheryl
jennings. [applause] >> good evening, everyone. thank you for this great turnout. you have such an impressive turnout. we have 12 candidates in the form that we are going to use, for those of you who are familiar with the league, we have a one minute opening statement from each candidate, then questions from each journalist. raise your hand to let people know where you are sitting. the journalists are going to ask questions of the candidates, questions of their choice. they may ask follow-up questions. it bit different, we may have a lightning round within this section. this is confusing to me, so if i
get confused, they will straighten me out. this will entail cancers, a simple yes or no, with follow-up questions. not everyone will be included. we apologize for that ahead of time. all candidates will be timed with a maximum of one minute for questions. following questions by journalists, candidates will have questions from those of you in the audience who are submitting your views right now. take advantage, this is your chance. candidates will each have one minute to answer questions. because of the number of candidates that we have, there is no time for rebuttal. we do have timekeepers. if you have been to one of our
events before, this is fun for me. this is the only time i get to tell a politician to stop talking. [laughter] it is not me, actually. it is the timekeepers. it is their fault. what will happen is they will signify to the candidates that they have 30 seconds remaining. then they will hold up by red card. there you go. to indicate that it is time to stop. before we begin, i would like to introduce to you francis matthew, from the department of election, to talk about right choice of voting. francis? [applause] >> fenty. i am here from the department of elections to give you a quick review of how to market right
choice ballot. starting on friday, -- how to mark a wink choice ballot -- rank choice ballot. it has three columns. all candidates running for the office are listed in all three columns. mark one choice in the first column, a different choice in the second column, and an even more different choice in the third column. make sure that you only mark 1 selection in a column. if there is only one, we cannot count that or anyone after it. also, do not mark the same candidate for all of your choices. your vote will count for your first choice as long as your candidate is not eliminated. if the candidate is eliminated, then no vote can be counted for
you. mark it different second and third, so that your boat can go to your next favorite candidate. if you have questions, i will be available after words. or you can visit our website. click on the voting tool kit that has all of the information needed for this election. thank you, we will see what the polls. [applause] >> alright, we are ready to begin. i am now turning off by phone. let's all turnoff ourself phones. all right, let's begin with opening statements. we will start in alphabetical order. >> good evening, everyone. my name is jeff adachi.
i am running for mayor because san francisco megan meier that will stand up and fight for what is right. something i have done my entire career as a public defender. making sure that every day people receive fair treatment in the courts. today, san franciscans need fair treatment in city government. too many people do not have jobs. too many services are being cut. we need a leader that will stand up and do the right thing for the people. in that man. i am that candidate. you can count on me to stand up for you as mayor. thank you. [applause] >> ms. alioto-ier? >> thank you.
i look forward to tonight's debate in the short time that i have is an opening, it is wonderful to be here. in 1981, i broke my back in a ski lift accident. my parents started an organization to help to fund neurological degeneration and stem cell research. it is apropos for me to be here. as a member of the board of supervisors, one of the first things that i did was ask biotech tax exemptions. we have seen them leaving san francisco, and we had to find a way to bring them back. i bring this up because it is such an important job growth mechanism for us. it is important that research and development is at the forefront of what we do and accomplish. it should be a hallmark of san francisco. when we find a cure for aids,
and other uses for stem cell research, it should happen in your. thank you for having us here tonight. [applause] >> good evening. it is great to be here. my name is john of a los. i am running for mayor of san francisco. -- john avalos. i am running for mayor of san francisco. we are the people who are desperately trying to cling to a living wage here in san francisco. we are middle-class, working class people. i am raising two kids here. i am not your typical politician. social worker, community organizer, a part of working with people to create solutions for san francisco. i would be delighted to have your support. a want to make sure that our economy works at all levels of the community, making sure that
our neighborhoods are livable and schools are fully funded, transparent and welcoming input of every day systems. thank you. [applause] >> hello,- my name is terry joan bon. i began as a personal aide to the legendary balla absed in her first run for congress in new york city in the 1970's. i am a green party activist. i am running because i have become incredibly concerned about what is going on in the world in this country. it seems that we have gone so far to the right. i believe that the values of the green party would make an enormous difference. the values of grass-roots
democracy, environmental wisdom, and nonviolence. i feel that the election of a green mayor in san francisco would have an enormous effect. not only on some francisco, but the entire country. it would open political discourse at a time when the fate of our planet is hanging in the balance. thank you. [applause] >> good evening. my name is david schiu. we are going to spend a lot of time talking about what we believe in. i want to talk about who i am a little bit. raised in boston, born in cleveland by immigrant parents, we can to some francisco 15 years ago for what we all love about the city. our commitment to diversity and social justice and innovation.
i have been fortunate to work as a civil rights attorney, the founder of a technology company, prosecuting attorney, and president of the san francisco board of supervisors. i think that meeting new generation of leadership. one that is focused on delivering results. one that is ready to move beyond the dysfunctional politics of the past. i am proud of my record, helping to create thousands of jobs in units for new housing. i look forward to a conversation. thank you. [applause] >> great to see you, everyone. my name is dvin dunfy. i served eight years on the board of supervisors and five years for mayer brown. i ran the complaint department. my approach to running for mayor is a look at the big picture by making the things that we rely
upon every day better, serving the interests of the people that live here and work here. school is important as well. i am a public school parent. for the future of san francisco, we have to have great schools for the children of today and the workers of tomorrow. i was proud to work on a by attacks credit, creating synergy. thank you. [applause] >> mr. hall? >> good evening, folks. i assume you are here to see the different candidates. by m. tony hall. i am not a member of a political party. i am running to be a working mayor offering serious solutions.
fraught with programs that will cost the taxpayer down the road , we all need a serious solution to pension reform to bring all of these pension benefits. i am talking about keeping expenditures in line with revenues, cutting special- interest deals. we are talking about a san francisco income-tax. city hall does not need a blank check, it needs a reality check. enough of the sanctuary city. that is a program and policy that endangers public safety -- safety. changing the culture of city hall will take determination, leadership, and it will take you to help me. join me. [applause] >> my name is city attorney, dennis herrera.
i wanted to thank the house for giving me the opportunity to have a conversation with you all about what is at stake in this election. you clearly recognize that this is a seminal collection. this is the most important race we have had in and what years, because of the unique challenges we have found, 50,000 san franciscans moved here over the course of the last 10 years. we have to make sure that we are creating socioeconomic opportunities for all levels of income scale. a government needs to work to meet the challenges of the people, particularly important when we are facing realignment to demonstrate that we can create economic opportunity and have a government that works.
that is what this is all about and i look forward to having a conversation with you tonight. thank you very much. [applause] >> as your mayor for life, for the last nine months i have been looking at doing the most important thing in city hall. the most important thing is to create jobs and make sure that economic growth continues. that is number one. all of the convenience we have had in the neighborhoods, balancing the budget, talking about pension reform, they have all been attended by people who have asked, time and again, where are the jobs? they can be created here. yesterday i issued a road map as to how we can create jobs to continue economic growth. i would like to share my points with you tonight, so that you know that the mayor every day should be waking up and asking
themselves how to trade jobs in this city. thank you. [applause] >> my name is joanna reese. i came here 16 years ago to raise my family. i thought of this city as the verse and inclusive. as an entrepreneur, i founded a venture capital ship firm, applying the same model to public education reform, bringing innovative services into our public schools. i had the honor to work with an incredible education advocate. tonight, my heart goes out to more meaning and her children. i have spoken to thousands of voters at bus stops, at the merchant walk, going door to door, and in neighborhood forums.
i have heard loud and clear that we need a new approach and we will let get their buy trading shares at city hall. i look forward to the discussion tonight. thank you. [applause] >> good evening. my name is professor phil ping. we love this city. san francisco is one of the greatest cities in the world. we know it can be better. we need to jump-start our economy and create jobs. we know the community can be faster in a more reliable. we agree, yet if the politicians alone could solve our problems, we would not have them. what is missing is your voice at city hall. holding government and politicians accountable. we need to create the kind of government that forces the
politicians to listen to us. not just during election season, but all year round. i know that we can do better as a city and change things about how we are running the city. that is why my campaign is organizing thousands of san franciscans every day. on our website, we had 100,000 hits. i would like to tell you more about how you can join me to change this city together. thank you. [applause] >> my name is leland yee. i want to be your mayor. i have experience and a proven record of accomplishment. 23 years, i have worked on the board of education, hoping to improve education for the board of supervisors in with in your state legislature. i have worked hard to endorse -- to improve education. teachers have endorsed by candidacy. the sierra club has endorsed my candidacy.
i have worked hard to protect and expand health care, which is why nurses have endorsed me. one of the other things that is important in my candidacy, i will be 100% independent of power brokers. i, with all of the experience and discussions i have had with you, have come up with five policy booklets. it allows you to hold me accountable. over 130 propositions on how to improve sentences go. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] >> thank you for your brief opening statements. you will get a chance to expand on everything you want to talk about tonight. right now, we will proceed with journalists. then we will ask questions to the candidates of their choice. that means that not everyone
will be called on. i will call all the journalists in alphabetical order. after that they will initiate, maybe, a lightning round to all candidates that may consist of yes or no answers, horror hoorays hands. candidates will have one minute to answer each question. >> thank you, sheriff. great to be here. [unintelligible] my first question is, we want to avoid scripted answers. what with your biggest
disappointment in high-school? how does that in their you now? >> i had no date to the senior prom. i asked a couple of girls. it was a different time. 1973. at some level, i knew that i was gay, but i was not ready to come out. it had to do with the isolation i felt moving from new york city to hear. it makes me hopeful now, wanting kids of all ages to be able to be out. my child has started a public school. you and i talked about this. my child is a tomboy. even in the first month of school, we had experiences that really surprised me. it reminds me that being a gay man matters. hopefully as mayor i can be a person that can change that dynamic, stopping all leading
wherever it takes place. [applause] -- stopping bullying wherever it takes place. [applause] >> this is for mayer leave. you regularly rely on a private automobile to get around. how can you ask people in san francisco to embrace public transit policies that you do not yourself embraced democrats because of my schedule, i have to be at meetings across town every day. unfortunately, i cannot ride my bike or walk as much as i would like. having said that, our city car is the chevy volt. i have been a demonstrator for the electric vehicle. we want to make this city the electric vehicle capital of the world. we want to think that we have not only inspire the private sector to take advantage of
electric vehicles, but we have done away with how we work with partners and car sharing, establishing the first residential car sharing spots just the other day. car sharing, as well as electric vehicles, are the future. [applause] >> mr. shapely? >> i get to ask the first lightning round question. the way that the winner of this election will be chosen, ranke choice of voting. do you support this form of voting in its current form? do you think it is a good idea? please raise your hand. >> ok. >> if you would support
repealing it or changing it, raise your hand. can i ask you, separately, one repeal, one change? >> we should support changing it. >> you want to get rid of it? why? or change it? >> if you look at the way this election is constructed and has played out, it has done some good things in terms of producing collegiality. i also think that it has been difficult for the electorate concerning differences between candidates. i think that elections are about choices, leadership, and the public having the opportunity to make meaningful distinctions about policy positions. it is unavoidable that candidates do not speak in black and white as much as they should on the issues. they speak in gray tones so that they do not alienate others.
of a runoff, and i think it was a good system then, and that the 20 to change it or repeal it. >> ok, thank you. -- and i think that we need to change it or repeal it. >> ok, thank you. >> the only thing i would like to changes look at the district 10. you had over 20 candidates and people having three choices. that meant a lot of ballots were exhausted. in a race like ours, people should have the option to vote for candidates, more consistent with the number of candidates qualify, so you do not have the ballots and exhausted. >> all right. >> my question is that much has been discussed in the media
about a power broker, especially in the chinese community. do you think that is the right way to describe her, and what is your idea of the power brokers in other communities? >> i do not use the word power broker. the thing that it is important that a mayor listen to everybody in the communities. and every committee, would that make big decisions. every decision that i may, whether it was the purchaser or the public works director or the city administrator, i had the choices of making sure that that listen to everybody before the decision was made. but the ultimate decision is made by the mayor independently with the standard that is the choice in the best interest of the city. that should be the standard and the only standard by which a mayor makes that decision. so taking into consideration all of the opinion that people will give to the mayor, to the board of supervisors, to the various hearings that we would hold, and we have a very elaborate system
to get those opinions done. the ultimate choice has to be that a mayor makes that decision in the best interest of the city, and that is what i have been doing for 22 years. [applause] >> this question is for supervisor of a los. you have been a very strong proponent of expanding services for the poor, of shoring up our parks are putting more resources into muni, helping out the public schools when you can. from city hall, you want these to pay benefits for contractor workers. all that takes a lot of money. where are you going to get the revenue for that, and if you cannot, how are you going to set the heart priorities that need to be set? >> thank you for your question. i have been at city hall now since 2005. i have been supervisor since january 2009. a lot of my work has been trying to find revenue for the city. one of the first pieces of legislation was part of trading
was a changeover from the payroll tax to our gross receipts tax. unfortunately it was never enacted. last year i put on the ballot and in increased to our real estate transfer tax. it was passed by the voters and supported by labor and community organizations. it was raised from january this year to june 30 of 2012, $45 million that held the mayor to balance the budget. a look at the income tax. state law has enabled us to do a local income tax. we just had a veto from governor brown for local vehicle license fee today, and i was crushed by that. but i have been looking at all kinds of sources of revenue, as well as partial taxes or we need to shore up money for our education and parks. i support the idea of a partial tax for city college. i feel like we have to be prioritizing within our department and about de prioritizing other areas of our department. i will talk about that later today. [applause] >> this question is for sanitary
-- center yee. your critics say that you talked only about what people want to hear. if you could change any city policy oarlock that would probably never be supported by voters, what would it be? in other words, what is an unpopular position that you take that you think is just right? >> well, first off, i think that oftentimes when we're talking about policies, it is very, very easy to make those particular issues black-and-white issues. rather, in reality, and in real life, there's always going to be differences of opinion and looking at different types of variables. it >> keep in mind, the question is what policy do you support. >> for example, would you like it all the time? there times when there are differences. i think that is the point i would hate for you.