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San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Supports Affordable Housing Measures on November 2015 Ballot

September 10, 2015

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact: Michelle Parker, President, SF Parent PAC
(415)-260-8572
michdparker@gmail.com

San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Supports Affordable Housing Measures on November 2015 Ballot

September 10, 2015 (San Francisco, CA) – The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee has taken position on five November 2015 ballot measures critical to keeping families in San Francisco.

  • Prop A [Affordable Housing Bond] – YES
  • Prop B [Enhancement of Paid Parental Leave for City Employees] – YES
  • Prop D [Mission Rock Development] – YES
  • Prop F [Short-term Residential Rentals] – NO
  • Prop I [Mission Development Moratorium] – NO

The common theme here is affordable housing, which is the focus of four of the five measures and has also been an area of focus for the Parent PAC over the past year.

ABOUT THE HOUSING MEASURES
The YES Positions. Both of the housing measures are on the ballot because they must be by law; they will also positively affect the stock of affordable housing in San Francisco.

Prop A provides $310 million for affordable housing (building, acquisition, improvement, etc.) through a bond. Per California law, bond measures must go to the voters and be passed with 2/3 of the vote, so this is not an issue that can be handled by the Board of Supervisors.

Prop D is on the ballot as a result of the passage of Prop B in 2014, which restricts height limits on the Waterfront unless voters approve otherwise. This measure covers the area south of AT&T Park across from McCovey Cove and the plans were put together through a multi-year community engagement process. It has been met with broad support and would create open space, a parking garage, renovation to historical property, and more. Most importantly, 40% of these new units will be affordable housing.

The NO Positions. Both of these measures are the wrong approach to solving San Francisco’s affordability crisis and will not make it easier for families to stay in the city.

Prop F addresses the hot topic of short-term rentals, and while some of the concepts are good, this measure does not belong on the ballot. Any policies put in place to regulate short term rentals should be done legislatively. Passing this measure would make it impossible for our elected officials to respond to new circumstances or information as this new economy plays out. If Prop F passes, any amendments to the measure or new regulations on short-term rentals will not be permitted via legislation–but only through the passage of another ballot measure. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors has put in place recent policies and regulations that have had little time to take effect.

Prop I is playing to people’s emotions but is not good policy. Halting new building in the Mission just means more people will be displaced as the Mission will continue to be a popular destination for new residents of San Francisco to live. This area has seen high levels of displacement but has also had some of the lowest increases of new housing stock available of any neighborhood in San Francisco. Said Parent PAC President Michelle Parker, “Prop I is making people feel good, but in a few years if additional housing has not been added to the neighborhood, supporters of Prop I will realize the misguided nature of this proposition.”

Prop B expands paid parental leave for City employees in two important ways: (1) allowing new parents to retain accrued sick time rather than be required to use it all up before using parental leave; and (2) allowing City employees, who are part of a two-City employee household, each to take his or her allotted parental leave, rather than being limited to a maximum leave for both employees combined. We support these measures because they respect the needs of parents upon the birth or adoption of a child. New parents — maybe more than anyone — need sick time to take a child to the doctor or stay home when sick themselves. Eliminating the maximum household leave properly affords leave based on the service of individual employees, as would be the case in any other employment situation. These are modest but meaningful changes that make sense for parents.

About the San Francisco Parent PAC
Founded by and for San Francisco parents in 2010, San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (PAC) is committed to giving parents a voice in the political process to positively impact the lives of all San Francisco families. San Francisco Parent PAC supports and promotes city candidates, measures and policies that will most effectively:

  • Ensure high quality education for every child in every neighborhood;
  • Increase access to affordable youth programs that support working families and enrich the lives of our children; and
  • Sustain healthy, safe and vibrant communities citywide.

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The first of the November 2015 General Election Endorsements is here!

September 2, 2015

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact:
Michelle Parker, President, SF Parent PAC
(415)-260-8572
michdparker@gmail.com

San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Endorses Supervisor Julie Christensen and Community College Trustee Alex Randolph for November 2015 General Election.

September 1, 2015 (San Francisco, CA) – This morning, the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) announced its enthusiastic support for Julie Christensen for District 3 Supervisor and for Alex Randolph as Community College Trustee.

Julie Christensen
The Parent PAC is endorsing Julie Christensen based on her more than 20 years of advocacy for children and families in District 3. Julie organized the community groups that built the North Beach Library, Joe DiMaggio Playground, Helen Wills Playground, and Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground. Not surprisingly, she was a strong and vocal supporter of the 2012 Parks Bond Measure, as was the Parent PAC. Julie has demonstrated that she understands that families thrive when public spaces and institutions like parks and libraries are created, especially in densely populated neighborhoods like the ones that make up District 3. Martha Mahony, a District 3 parent, observed, “Julie is very much the kind of person who, above all, wants to do the work and make a difference for the families in our community.”

The Parent PAC was struck by the stark contrast between Julie and her opponent Aaron Peskin. Aaron has a long history of consistently opposing child and family friendly issues. Aaron voted against the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) in 2006, which brought desperately needed funding to San Francisco’s public schools and was renewed by the voters by a significant majority last November. Aaron also led the opposition to the 2012 Parks Bond Measure, which directly funded many of the park projects in D3 that Julie championed. Michelle Parker, President of the Parent PAC, said, “Julie Christensen is the only choice for San Francisco families in District 3. Unlike her opponent Aaron Peskin, Julie Christensen has been a consistent and strong advocate for children and families.”

Alex Randolph
The Parent PAC has also endorsed Alex Randolph for Community College Trustee.  Alex was recently appointed to be a Community College Trustee by Mayor Lee. Since his appointment, he has been praised as the hardest working member of the Board by many of his colleagues.

Alex was born in Germany; his mother is German and his father is African-American. Neither of his parents attended college. Alex came to the United States at age 16 speaking limited English. He eventually enrolled in a Community College in San Diego, and after two years, transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where he double majored in Political Science and Public Policy. He then went on to get an MPA in Public Budgeting & Management from San Francisco State University.

The Parent PAC feels strongly that Alex Randolph is the best candidate for Community College Trustee this November. The Parent PAC continues to be impressed with Alex’s work ethic, intelligence, and independent thinking.

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