• Led the fight to close two $500-million budget deficits while protecting vital services as chair of the city’s Budget Committee
  • Passed the strongest local-hiring law in the nation, helping thousands of people, including African Americans, Latino, and Asian residents from the south and southeast neighborhoods, receive millions of workforce hours building our City’s parks, transportation, utilities, and municipal building infrastructure
  • Protected jobs and small businesses by rewriting the city’s business tax code and making the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share
  • Improved services for youth by expanding the Children’s and Education fund
  • Revitalized our neighborhoods with new parks, better transit and vibrant commercial corridors
  • Strengthened San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy and defended it from federal attack

John has also helped to revitalize our neighborhoods and strengthen our communities through dozens of initiatives:


Strengthening the economy for our neighborhoods

  • Led the push to increase the Real Estate Transfer Tax, which voters approved in 2010, bringing in hundreds of millions in new revenue to keep San Francisco solvent
  • Voted against the $40M “Twitter Tax Break” in 2011
  • Fought to limit corporate subsidies and maximize the public benefits of downtown business expansion, high rise development, and corporate events
  • Championed the creation of Excelsior Works!, a one-stop jobs resource center serving D11 residents of all language groups
  • Worked with community and merchant stakeholders to establish the Ocean Ave Community Benefit District


Affordable housing, homelessness & tenants rights

  • Helped to fund the community outreach and organizing effort to push for two major 100% affordable housing projects in the District
  • Established Just Cause eviction protection for residents in foreclosure properties
  • Expanded rental subsidies for low income families, reducing homelessness

 

Improved transportation

  • Extended the 14 Mission bus line to the Daly City BART station
  • Established the Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program to fund neighborhood-based transit planning and enhance pedestrian safety
  • Improved the safety, accessibility and cleanliness of Balboa Park Station 
  • Ensured greater investments in transportation infrastructure and operations by establishing an equity policy at SFMTA
  • Expanded access for bicycles both on public streets and in private buildings

 

Strengthening the community

  • Directed $40 million from the City’s general fund to prevent privatization and safeguarde vital services for seniors, children, youth and families, homeless people, and people living with HIV/AIDs
  • Expanded senior services by funding the Excelsior Senior Center and senior services across the district
  • Created the Excelsior and OMI Community Collaboratives securing funding for community development projects
  • Secured funding for neighborhood art and greening projects to beautify the community, and saved historic murals
  • Secured over $9.5 million to turn the Geneva Carbarn into a youth arts and performing center
  • Preserved historic buildings for neighborhood serving organizations providing health care and youth services
  • Brought Sunday Streets to the Excelsior and art walks to Mission and Ocean Ave
  • Held hearings to get City departments to expand LGBTQ sensitivity training

 

Protecting the environment

  • Passed legislation to end Chevron's fossil fuel extraction operations and to require environmental remediation on San Francisco City-owned land in Kern County
  • Passed the Bay Area's Climate Action Plan while serving on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Helped establish the Clean Power SF program offering up to 100% renewable power to San Francisco residents
  • Led the effort to push the SF Employee Retirement System Board to divest from corporations driving the climate crisis
  • Fought for higher standards in the region to limit toxic and carbon emissions from regional refineries

 

Creating green & open space for all 

  • Established an equity framework for determining capital and operations investments in the Rec and Parks Department
  • Delivered on the Alemany and Geneva Median Greening project
  • Worked with residents in the Athens/Avalon area to create a beautiful garden and tile stairway at Athens-Avalon Open Space
  • Dedicated land and funding for development of new Hummingbird Farm in Crocker Park.
  • Funded the community outreach and planning effort to create a new community garden and planting of new trees in the OMI neighborhood off of Brotherhood Way
  • Supported neighbors efforts to create a safe, green, and publicly accessible walkway on the Ridge Lane
  • Identified and secured funding from various sources to bring beautiful and safe, graded streetscape, new trees and pedestrian and bicycle facilities to Mansell Avenue in John McLaren Park
  • Secured funding over multiple years for Naples Green, a new street park with accompanying mural at Naples and Geneva
  • Allocated thousands of dollars to support the Friends of the Urban Forest and neighborhood residents to plant hundreds of trees in District 11
  • In 2016, drafted Prop E to take back to the City the responsibility for street trees and sidewalks
  • Provided critical seed funding for the Saturday in the Parks events at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park
  • Supported design and development of new parklet at Persia Triangle, including historical street lighting, pedestrian safety, and open space

 

Keeping our communities safe

  • Held hearings to oppose and stop SFPD's use of tasers
  • Worked then Ingleside Captain Lazar to strengthen community-oriented policing and beat officers in District 11
  • Held gun control vigils and community gatherings to mark and inquire into the passing of residents to homicide and officer involved shootings
  • Fought for greater public safeguards in the SF Police Department’s Use of Force Policy, encouraged the police to implement body mounted cameras, and held hearings on the department’s use of tasers