Preliminary list of candidates who applied for public financing (Eugene Wong makes the list after nearly missing the deadline):

Matt Tuchow

Jake McGoldrick

Leanna Dawydiak

David Heller

David Pascal

Brian O’Flynn

Eugene Wong

Robert Haaland

Susan King

Dan Kalb

Jim Siegel

Nick Waugh

Brett Wheeler

Andrew Sullivan

Ross Mirkarimi

Tys Sniffen

Christine Linnenbach

Vernon Grigg

Tom Ammiano

Renee Saucedo

Lucrecia Bermudez

Jose Medina

Rebecca Silverberg

D5’s Somsel on Crime:


San Francisco has more murders this year than Oakland. Many of us wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of gunshots. I’ve been forced to wait for hours to enter my house while they removed a murder victim from my doorway. This is not the San Francisco that I know and love. This is not an issue that we can let fester the way we let the homeless problem persist. We need to take immediate action to get this under control. This is no longer the wild west. If we want to be a world class city, we can’t have people gunning each other down in the streets on a regular basis. There are short term actions that we can take to immediately reduce the number of murders, but there are also long term structural changes that need to be made that will prevent murders in the future.

Short-term solutions

* More cops on the beat. In high-crime areas like the Lower Haight, Hayes Valley, and the Western Addition, the visibility of police officers can serve as a deterrent to violent crimes.

* Amnesty and enforcement. The DA needs to aggressively prosecute illegal weapons violations – while offering amnesty to those that turn in their illegal weapons. We need to get the guns off the street.

* Summer jobs programs. Kids with too much time on their hands get into trouble. The City needs to expand and better publicize the programs that already exist.

* More money for police. There are not enough police officers on the force, DNA testing is backlogged for more than a year, and detectives don’t have access to enough vehicles and frequently do not go to crime scenes.

* More money for the DA’s office. Without the proper equipment or staffing, we can’t expect the DA’s office to adequately do their job.

Long-term solutions

* Improve the school system. I support Arlene Ackerman in instituting “Dream Schools” that will raise the standards of education for those that have the talent and motivation to do well in school.

* More community centers. Many children in our District have no place to go after school. Community/recreation centers provide a safe environment for children to help bridge the gap between school and home.

* Create more hope. Many children who later become criminals don’t realize that they have other options. They can go to college – there are plenty of programs available to pay for college and many ways to get there, even for those that haven’t graduated from high school. There are job options–other than dealing drugs–where they can make good money without having to worry about getting shot or going to jail. We need to improve the outreach to “at risk” children.

* Police/Community integration. The police need to work with the community to control crime, instead of being a force that comes from “outside”. Our District needs more police accountability, more effective communication between officers and community members, and police officers who live/grew up in the neighborhoods they patrol. The police should be seen as an ally, not an enemy.

* More homeownership. Families that own their own home have more of a stake in the community. The City needs to build more affordable housing specifically for homeowners.

* The Mayor’s ten year plan to end homelessness. Currently, 40% of the inmates at the county jail are homeless. As more permanent housing comes available for the homeless, fewer will end up incarcerated, thus freeing up those spaces for real criminals.



OP-ED (responding to Ross Mirkarimi’s Friday press conference)

Mr. Mirkarimi puts forth a number of good ideas on how to deal with the low level ‘quality of life’ crimes the so-called progressive movement has been unwilling to address in recent years. Many of his points are already being enacted by local neighborhood and community leaders in District 5, and we will be excited to have his participation and support.

Programs like community policing forums working closely with specific police stations to clarify and quantify the needs and values of a specific community, so that the police response reflects the desires of the community. Ross need only attend his local police community forum group, which meets on the second Thursday and third Wednesday of each month at Northern Station, at Turk and Fillmore to meet the dedicated leaders who have been working for a number of years on many of the sorts of suggestions he’s put forth.

However, looking a little more closely than simply the day’s headlines, we find that a majority of the shootings that have happened in eastern District 5 in the last year are not due to flaring tempers, or robberies, or even a day’s drug deals gone awry. They stem from a deep seeded culture of criminal activity, of a life of warfare between gangs, between families. These last 5 or 6 shootings all seem to flow back to a culture of criminality, of payback and gang justice. Would more cops on foot patrols slow that down? Would training officers on how to interact with citizens slow that down? Where does the idea that someone can live a life of crime in civilized society come from? Why does it seem to be here in SF?

Could it be that San Francisco has gained a reputation of being soft on crime? That one can ‘get away with murder’ in this town, because they can’t, or won’t, prosecute? Where would that reputation have come from? Could it have come from our former District Attorney Terrence Hallinan, with the lowest conviction rate in the State of California? The same DA who started as a Supervisor, and gave Ross his entry into politics? If we want to turn the tide in this level of crime, we’re going to have to stand behind our new DA, continue to build the relationship with the police from it’s dismal low point with the previous administration, and find ways to increase funding to solving and prosecuting these crimes.

Ross brings up other nice ideas about after-school programs and vocational partnerships. Perhaps Ross should attend the ‘Friday Night Live’ events going on at Scott and Eddy every Friday night, run by the concerned leaders at Marcus Garvey/MLK co-op, or the reading to children program at Hayes Valley South, every Wednesday, at 5pm, at Buchanan and Haight (where police officers have been reading to kids). They too could use Ross’ new found interest.

Months ago, when I was discussing some of these issues with the Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, he pointed out to me that San Francisco has 268 youth serving programs. Yet our aspiring politicians, chasing the day’s headlines like so many lemmings, call for more programs, as they don’t really know what’s already happening. Much worse than these candidate’s not knowing, the residents and parents don’t know what services are already out there. That’s why the Fillmore Merchants Association published a ‘Summer in the Fillmore’ booklet, a list of all the things kids can do to keep busy in the city of San Francisco. Businesses partnering with the community, already going on. The real question there is why would a merchant group have to do their own research, their own publishing and distributing? Why can’t we get organized enough to get this information into people’s hands? Because candidates like Ross simply chase the headlines without knowing what’s going on.

There are good ideas in Ross’grab at the press, there’s no question. Some are much too vague and a bit misguided, but it’s good to see candidates getting interested in their community. Many of the plans explained on my website at are ways in which we can support and promote the solutions already in place, communicate between citizens, police, and City Hall, and do these things without spending city money. We need to focus on building community, improving the local economy through support of small business, and cleaning up the wastes of money and time that politicians who are led by headlines create.

Tys Sniffen

District 5 Candidate

Ross Mirkarimi is getting out in front on an issue that few District 5 candidates are taking seriously enough: the wave of gun violence in the Western Addition and the Haight Ashbury this year. If the rest of the candidates don’t get on board this issue with the likes of Bill Barnes, Joe Blue and now Mirk, they might as well forget about it (The D5 Collaborative is on this one, but it should be high on the agenda of every individual candidate, especially the quality-of-lifers – if you’ve got ’em, send your points over, and they’ll be posted.). … On Friday, the DA investigator laid out a set of policy bullet points that deserves careful attention:

“* Legislate Community Policing Standards: Routine foot patrols; Recruitment of officers from the communities they serve; Upgrade community training programs for new officers during the field training phase (FTO); Tailor and standardize specific expectations between each neighborhood police station and the community it serves.

* Expand first-source hiring, which offers a certain percentage of jobs to San Francisco youth who are of qualifying age (for example, part-time job creation for youth in the Panhandle Farmer’s Market).

* Create an entrepreneurship-vocational program between small businesses and district residents will provide employment opportunities and skills training.

* Establish supportive after-school and night-time programs for youth.

* Hold the Housing Authority accountable so that the city does not lose millions of dollars in federal funding.

* Fully implement the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). If the city accepted JDAI principles as policy, we could more effectively treat pre-and-post-adjudicated youth.

* Reform the budget process to hold budget hearings (in the district) well before the Mayor’s budget is released and mandate delineation of District Resources for Public Safety and Crime Prevention Programs.

* Increase lighting on streets in Western Addition (like Buchanan) and other areas.

* Contract to community-based organizations to offer innovative programming that more effectively engage youth through the Recreation and Parks Department.

* Create a victim support center that provides assistance to all who are affected by violence. This support center would offer assistance to families who need to relocate after an incident. It would allocate resources to the Housing Authority to offer services to community members within its facilities.

* Institute the Community Assessment Referral Center as the central intake system for all youth who are arrested. This would minimize the amount of youth who serve time in the Youth Guidance Center, and it would refer youth to community-based programs as alternatives to incarceration.”

More on the Web.

From the DCCC:

Local Democrats Pick Candidate and Proposition Endorsements for November 2, 2004 Elections

San Francisco, CA: The San Francisco Democratic Party has finalized its choices for local proposition endorsements as well as for Democratic candidate endorsements in the School Board, College Board, BART Board and Supervisor races.

Local Democratic Party members met on August 7 to interview proponents and opponents of local propositions as well as to interview candidates for School Board, College Board and BART Board. The local committee met again on August 21st to interview Supervisor candidates for each district race.

“The outcome of this November’s election will have an enormous impact on the lives of voters, both locally and nationally. That’s why we felt it was especially important this year to provide guidance to Democratic voters when they go to the polls on Election Day,” said Leslie Katz, SF DCCC Chair.

Due to the number of propositions and candidates on the ballot this fall, the committee held two meetings — one on August 11th to vote on the propositions and board candidates and one on August 25th to vote for the supervisor candidates.

“Throughout the interview process, our committee members were repeatedly impressed by the many qualified Democrats running for local offices in San Francisco. We were able to endorse a number of qualified candidates that reflect the diversity of the Democratic Party,”said Leslie Katz, SF DCCC Chair.



District 1 Supervisor

-Jake McGoldrick: 1st ranked choice -Lillian Sing: 2nd ranked choice -Matt Tuchow: 3rd ranked choice

District 2 Supervisor

-Michela Alitoto-Pier

District 3 Supervisor

-Aaron Peskin

District 5 Supervisor

-Robert Haaland: 1st ranked choice -Dan Kalb: 2nd ranked choice -Bill Barnes: 3rd ranked choice

District 7 Supervisor

-Sean Elsbernd: 1st ranked choice -Pat Lakey: 2nd ranked choice

District 9 Supervisor

-Tom Ammiano

District 11 Supervisor

-No endorsement

School Board

-Heather Hiles -Norman Yee -Jill Wynns -Eric Mar -David Weiner

College Board

-Milton Marks -Natalie Berg -Rodel Rodis -Matthew Juhl-Darlington

BART Board of Directors, District 7

-Lynette Sweet

BART Board of Directors, District 9

-Tom Radulovich

Local Ballot Measures

Yes A Housing Bonds

Yes B Historical Preservation Bonds

Yes C Health Service System

NP D Government Organization Charter Amendment

Yes E Police & Fire Benefits Charter Amendment

Yes F Non-Citizen Limited Voting

Yes G Health Service Charter Amendment

No H Stadium Naming

Yes I Economic Development Plan

Yes J Sales Tax

Yes K Gross Receipts Tax

No L Single Screen Theaters

Yes M Housing Preservation

Yes N Military Action in Iraq

Yes O Use of New Sales Tax Funds

Yes AA BART Bond

“CA Supreme Court refuses to intervene; Green Party congressional candidate excluded from SF November ballot

SAN FRANCISCO – The Supreme Court of California has rejected a petition by

Green Party congressional candidate Terry Baum, 8th CD (San Francisco) to

place her on the November ballot (BAUM v. S.C. ARNTZ Case Number S127299).

Tony Hall is at Treasure Island, but his re-election campaign consultant Jim Ross is back on the mainland paying bills from the quarter-million dollar operation. Leftover money will go back to donors, or to charity. Not a lot of folks are demanding refunds, Ross said, but some are itching to recycle their donations on one of the dozen candidates jockeying for Hall’s open Board of Supervisors seat. … “Most gave because they support Tony Hall, not necessarily because they support Tony Hall as supervisors,” Ross said. “It’s not like Tony can take the money and buy a new car.” …

More on the Jobs poll, overheard at a briefing before the Business Federation:

You could flip a coin to decide who to back in D5. Jake McGoldrick is weak in District 1, but there isn’t a powerful second choice as Lillian Sing is still developing name ID. David Heller is near Sing. The numbers go something like 38, 22, 18. … McGoldrick is the weakest incumbent this year, and the downtown money will funnel towards knocking him out, perhaps giving Gerardo Sandoval a great chance to hold his seat in D11 (Sandoval also has a war chest, which McGoldrick does not). … In D1, second and third place votes could be all the difference. …