tv LWV Present District 11 BOS Candidate Forum SFGTV October 27, 2020 9:00am-10:01am PDT
you're working with many kid does. >> the feedback has been really good. everybody seems really appreciative. they do request a little bit more variety, which has been hard, trying to find different types of food, but for the most part, everyone seems appreciative. growing up, i depended on them, as well, so it reminds me of myself growing up. >> i have kids at home. i have six kids. i'm a mother first, so i'm just so glad to be here. it's so great to be able to help them in such a way because some families have lost their job, some families don't have access to this food, and we're just really glad to be democra
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newsom as the chief of staff to the california public utilities commission in 2019. well come, luong. >> thank you, and welcome, candidat candidates, to the forum for district 11 board of supervisors candidates forum. first, i'd like to remind you of our ground rules. responses should be on the issues and policy-related. candidates are expected to be respectful of other candidates and asked to not make personal attacks on other individuals. here are the procedures for this evening's forum. the candidates will have the opportunity to make 90-second
opening and closing statements. opening statements will be in alphabetical order by first name. closing statements will be in reverse alphabetical order by first name. each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer questions. each candidate will have the opportunity to answer the same number of questions. any rebuttals may be included in the candidate's closing statement, which will be 90 seconds. a count downtimer will be displayed with a visual indication. the aspect of the forum will be equally fair to all candidates. thank you to our attendees tonight. you are in listen-only mode. the q&a and chat features are
not active. this forum will be ordered and made -- recorded and made available on our website, lwvsf.org, our youtube channel, and sfgovtv channel. tonight's forum will give you an opportunity to learn before you vote on november 3. now, let's begin. you will start off with 90-second statements in alphabetical order. [inaudible], and thank you for participating in this forum. please introduce yourself, tell us which neighborhood you live in, and why you are running for district 11 supervisor. we'll start with ahsha safai.
you're on mute. >> okay. sorry. my name is supervisor ahsha safai. thank you to the san francisco league of women voters for having me tonight. i've proudly represented this district for the last four years. when i first ran for office, i had just been working with organized labor for almost a decade and cared deeply about being a strong voice for working families. distri district 11 has one of the highest concentration of children and people under 19. we are the backbone of this city, the people that get up and make san francisco work fore every single day, and for the last four years, i've been a strong voice for those families every day. whether it was our green jobs legislation, whether it was ensuring we chad accessible
affordable child care or a woman chief of staff when i was elected board of supervisors. this week honoring justice ginsburg, i'm very proud to say that the san francisco political women's committee, along with planned parenthood of northern california has given me their sole endorsements. i've been a fighter and working hard for my district. i'm very proud, and i look forward to another four years. >> thank you. john avalos. >> good evening. it's really great to be here. i'm john avalos, and i'm a 22-year resident of district 11. i live in the excelsior neighborhood of district 11. i'm a father of two, fiance to raquel redondiez, and living with her. have a senior at balboa high, and a balboa graduate living
with us in this neighborhood. i'm very honored to have this opportunity to experience representing people in district 11, minorities, people of color, working class, people who are teachers restaurant workers, a lot of people who are dealing with unemployment at this time. we are in a real difficult situation with the pandemic and the economic crisis that we're in, and looking to bring back all of my work i did at the board of supervisors, working citywide to make sure we could have the resources for the entire city, but also working with residents here in district 11 so make sure we can build our parks and commercial corridors, making sure we have child care for our families, that we have families, support for our schoolworkers.
thank you. >> marcella -- marcello colusi. >> thank you. my name is marcello colusi, and i am running for district 11 supervisor. i am running because i was a worker in people's homes at one time, and they were shocked about what's going on in our city. i think we need to not do politics in between and do what is the most efficient for our residents. that's actually why i'm running for supervisor district 11 san francisco. >> thank you. now we'll move onto our
questions for tonight. we'll start with ahsha. how do you define affordable housing, and what specific steps will you take to increase affordable housing in district 11? >> thank you. when i first got on the board of supervisors, we were able to engage on the inclusionary housing program on the city. it's where we asked project sponsors to set aside a certain amount of housing as affordable. but the question was affordable for who? affordable for so long has been defined as extremely low-income. and what that meant was teachers, janitor's, nonprofit workers could afford to live in district 11, working class
neighborhood, could no longer afford to live in san francisco. so i'm very proud to say we were able to expand the definition slightly, and prior to me coming into office, probably about 17 upts nits of affordable housing. we have built 600 units, with 2,000 in the pipeline. we have worked with the mayor to purchase the city's largest acquisition in history, making 25 units affordable in perpetuity. >> thank you. marcello, same question. you're on mute.
>> thank you. affordable housing for me is the people that work in our neighborhoods for minimum wage can afford here. i don't think that's going to end until the city of san francisco does what [inaudible] when you think about it, they have 40,000 employees, they have $12 billion budget. the only reason that the housing is so expensive, the only reason the housing is so expensive is the builders are trying to make a profit. the moment you cut profits in between, it will be stop. the city needs to -- it will not stop. the city needs to open their own nonprofit. they have the opportunity, and they have everything to do it.
>> john? >> thank you. affordable housing, to me, is where our housing costs no more than what a household of 120% area median income can afford, where they're paying no more than 30% of their income for housing. i also believe that we need to be building housing no more than that, that rate, but also a large -- the largest amount of housing that is deeply affordable. here in district 11, we have a lot of households that are bundled up into single homes and need relief. a lot of them are very low-income and would benefit from having deeply affordable housing. for me, i've been working for years to expand finances for housing, affordable housing in san francisco, looking at various sources from our general fund to housing bond. i actually wrote the housing
bond on 2015, and i wrote with the mayor of san francisco the housing trust fund in 2012. i'm excited about propositions i and propositions k that are on the ballot that are going to tax real estate transfers to bring in money for creation of municipal housing. pr prop k would allow the city to create public housing, and i want to create a public bank that would shape how we create public housing to benefit all of san francisco. >> thank you. for the next question, we'll start with marcello. how about you ensure that the current residents of district 11 will be able to remain in their homes given the increased cost of living in san francisco and the economic downturn due to the covid-19 pandemic?
>> it's going to have to involve everyone: the landlords, the tenants, the city. you have landlords that are making money on the properties, you have landlords that are barely making it or going on the rent, and because of that, you have to go case by case to figure out who can do it and who is in deep trouble so that the moment that those landlords are going to lose their homes to [inaudible] and the same issue. the banking industry, as soon as they get a foreclosure they're going to start kicking people out. we're going to have a huge crisis, and we cannot have that. we have to work [inaudible] political issues trying to work
for our residents and actually give our people, keep our residents at home. >> thank you. john? >> it's really tough to see what's happening right now for a lot of people living in the city and, of course, in district 11 households who are unemployed or getting less unemployment money are now making difficult choices, whether to pay rent or mortgage or the food on the table. these are real-life issues and have a lot to do with what we've been experiencing for years but are now heightened during the pandemic and this economic crisis. as supervisor, i created and worked on various methods to allow people to stay in their homes. advancing tenant protections, we need to expand in that. as supervisor, i made it
illegal to destroy rental housing, and that has protected thousands of units here in san francisco and district 11. i've also made it easier to set up a.d.u.s and accessory dwelling units are able to stay up and running. we have funding available through the city and d.b.i. for people who want to modify those. i've worked to create principle reduction programs in san francisco so that we can actually ensure that a wide variety of people, homeowners and renters can stay in san francisco and not be threatened by the crisis that we're in and actually have faith that we can keep our residents here in the city. thank you. ahsha? >> thank you. i think there's a -- this is a very good question. it's about the immediate. it's about what we are going to do right now, today, because
people are being he ievicted. they're getting sick and losing their jobs? one of the things we were able to do as supervisors were creating an eviction moratorium, so no one will be evicted during this health crisis. myself and dean preston and others put that forward. but we also need to have rental assistance. if people have rental assistance, they will be able to pay their rent and the help they need to pay their mortgages. district 11, 94112, has the highest number of requests for rental assistance, and we've helped to facilitate that working with the q foundation. on a daily basis, people are calling us for assistance paying their rent. the other thing we need to do is open up our economy back in a safe manner.
we've moved to orange. myself and supervisor peskin worked on legislation that's called our healthy and hotel ordinance. that will allow people to go back to work. when people go back to work, they have to go that they will be safe in their job, so we created 80 hours of sick leave to help them. >> thank you. so the next question will start with john. what are your plans to bring equity and jobs, education, and economic development to the black communities in district 11, especially in the lakeview and sunnydale neighborhoods? >> thank you. i'm proud to have worked on the local hiring ordinance. back in 2010, i was the sponsor of it and worked closely with the african american community, with mike brown, who is the
director of inner city youth at that time, to make sure that we were creating jobs with our public funds when we actuality built -- actually built municipal buildings. that's resulted in people being able to find jobs in the building trades here in san francisco. and as supervisor are, i've actually worked over the years to develop the lakeview community collaborative, the lakeview community collaborative that is a number of organizations working together for a budget that serves them, that keeps programs running and going. it's been great to see that the work is ongoing, and based on that organization that we initiated back in 2010, that it's a workforce center now on broad street. and as supervisor, i want to do much more to actually look at the private sector and how we can do local hiring in the
private sector, and anyone that wants to be doing -- setting up shop here at the office of economic and workforce development, to be able to provide small business support to hire local residents. >> thank you. ahsha? >> thank you. it's a great question. if the folks in district 11 have felt ignored and not given the help they need, the blake families in lakeview felt even more like that. we looked at where the incarceration rate, drop out rate, homeless rate was, and based on those statistics from day one, we asked for and advocated for resources to go into black lakeview. we opened up the first jobs center in the district in that regard, right there on broad and capital.
the mayor and i cut the ribbon on that last year. we are building a brand-new library in that area of town. we have invested in black-led organizations. i.t. book man, inner city youth, and i.t. first, all of which are invested in, promoting, and assisting the black community and youth. i think that's what equity looks like. we didn't wait until the recent movement of black lives matter, we've been doing that from day one. another thing is empowering and uplifting folks from the black community to lead and advocate for themselves. that's what happened in a movement we called invest black. many folks in the community led that. they put their stamp on broad street, and we're very, very proud of that work. >> thank you. marcelo? >> i personally think that
[inaudible] and what we have to do is train people to actually [inaudible] and to train them to work with their own businesses, even if it [inaudible] when somebody can have a small business in their house, they will not have to commute. they will be producing money on a daily basis, and part of my idea is yujust to have small businesses over the place who can support each other. when you have small businesses working for corporations, and those corporations close down shop, and they leave, and those peoples are out of work. when you have a small business that's owned by the residents of the neighborhood, those small businesses survive, and they -- they thrive, and that's when the economy comes back.
the idea is to push it, as much as we can, to train and to actually work with the residents to be able to open their own businesses. >> thank you. for the next question, we'll start with marcelo. what do you consider to be the most important infrastructure improvements and projects needed for district 11? how did ywill you advocate fore projects? >> i think safe streets, to be able to walk to the store. [inaudible] i think that part is huge for our community basically because, like, the
other candidates say, we have the most children -- most children will be able to say in their houses. they will be able to go to public schools, and the public schools [inaudible] we'll actually give that allocation to our kids, and those kids will be able to [inaudible] coming from all over the place in two or three years. we owe it to those families. we have to be able to work on those projects to be able to uplift our communities. >> thank you. john? >> thank you. actually, i loved the question about community development. i think it's one of my greatest
focuses when i was supervisor was working with the community from the grassroots up to define what we need for our districts so we can thrive and live and remain in the districts. so now, we're in real tough times, and we need to figure out how we can make real tough action, and the best thing we can do is have a whole new economy centered around our whole future. and for me, that's a green new deal, and that includes all of the infrastructure that we're going to need for sustainable. number one is the housing investment. i mentioned some of the resources that we have on the ballot this year, prop i, and prop k. we also have other resources that have recently been approved with the prop c that has now been -- the funds have been released so we can use housing needs for a lot of people that are homeless in our district. we also need to put money into transit and build jobs around
the creation of transit based on renewable energy. our parks are really a vital resource, and especially during the pandemic, we need to find a place to access nature and release ourselves. i want to be part of creating an urban ag system that will be mutual aid in our investment efforts. we need slow streets, and that's why i'm petitioning to change d.b.i. with prop w. >> thank you. ahsha? >> one of the biggest things that we're working on right now is prop a, our mental health and recovery bond also for your parks. i advocated to ensure that crocker-amazon were included in that. the san francisco giants are going to supplement that.
that would be more than a $30 million investment by the giants. another one is excelsior playground, definitely needs to be revitalized and redone, and then, another park. and then, continuing the housing. we're in the process of building more housing than has ever been built in district 11. we have to see those projects through, and we have to find more funding to build more workplace housing and more affordable housing. the final one that i'm very proud of is the library. we're going to create the largest neighborhood library in the city. it's on the corner of orizaba and brotherhood. we're going to go from the smallest neighborhood library to the largest neighbor library. and then finally, we have a $20
million improvement to our neighborhood corridors. we have some of the highest fatality corridors, and that will begin in the spring. >> thank you. for this question, i'll start with ahsha. what funding for the police would you support going to other specific services. what specific changes would you require to be in place before the change is implemented? >> it's a great question. some of the largest number of calls we get are people that are unhoused, people with mental health issues, and the police are often the first one to respond. in this ballot, as i said, prop a will have dollars for mental health. very pleased to see we were going to have additional dollars for mental health sf. was pleased to work with my
colleagues supervisor hillary ronen and matt haney, along with the mayor. with the prop c being unlocked, winning that in the courts, that will mean additional dollars for mental health services. the police, one of the highest volume calls they get, have to do with our mental health individuals, and it will allow the freeing up of police to go on other calls. and then, when we were able to have the resources, which we do now, and will come more, we need to have mental health professionals responding to those that are unhoused and have mental health crisis, and we have the ability to do that
and transition nicely. >> thank you. john? >> thank you. we have, across the country, calls for defending the police. i've been looking at that issue, and what we need to implement. for me, what we need to be doing is transforming completely how we do public safety work in san francisco and across the country. our policing has been based on racist institutions going back, you know, 150, 200 years, and we need to remake actually entirely how we do it. we need to narrow the intervention scope to what the police department does, but also putting a lot of resources into presvention, making sure that people have access to mental health care and
addiction care and life sources that are out there. we need to make sure that we're putting in the resources like case managers and mental health clinicians and have those in place before we start making cuts to the police department. i was really alarmed that we didn't do that now when the budget was wide open before us. we have a lot of people in district 11 who could benefit from mental health services, addiction services, a navigation center, and there's no place to do that. >> thank you. marcelo? >> thank you.
what is -- this is the main question. we definitely need more resources, personally, i think, on mental health which has become an epidemic in san francisco on drug issues, which is also an issue. i was an e.m.t., and i consider it bad at that time. the question is now do we have enough police on the streets to take care of the issues of the people who are out on the streets going to work? we have to look at this on a much different way than just cutting the funding of the police department. i do believe we need a lot more help on mental health and addiction. this is the main issue because the city is having a tough
time, and this is not [inaudible] people are dying. i mean, people tell us every day, and [inaudible] and people are dying. it's unbelievable. san francisco has [inaudible] and at this time, you know, like i said before -- >> thank you. >> thank you. >> for the next question, we'll start with john. how will you advocate for the current and future educational needs of children living in district 11? >> thank you. i'm really proud to have come out of coleman advocates for children and youth, an organization that's based in district 11 that is on the forefront of looking at education for children, youth, in san francisco. i was a community organizer
with coleman advocates, and as supervisor in 2014, i had the first draft of the children's fund that expanded money for children, youth, and family services, early childhood education services, as well as transitional age youth as well as expand the ed fund for our schools. we also have a ballot measure that's vitally important that we pass for our teachers. it's a tax -- i can't remember the number or the letter of it now, and we need to pass our schools and community first initiative, prop 15, on the california ballot, that will bring greater resources for education programs. it was night and day, the difference between 1978 and 1979, when prop 13 passed. now we can fix that. i look forward to working with community and labor to make sure that we are supporting households who are in our public schools. i also want to set up our hubs
in our neighborhood schools so that our hubs can be places where families can access social workers, nutrition, and other services they need to continue to stay in their homes and continue to have good education experiences. >> thank you. marcelo? >> thank you. so [inaudible] how much i fought the school district of school for [inaudible] for my kids and also equal needs for every student. we have a crisis in [inaudible] and san francisco does not have the resources that they deserve. and before the pandemic, and [inaudible] my idea was to get permission to dump funding into
the school district -- the san francisco school district, to pool the resources on our kids because they're going to stay local, they're going to retire local after they come back from college. just dump as much as we can on our kids in districtthe school district. thank you. >> thank you. ahsha? >> thank you. one of the things that's often left out of the conversation when we're talking about children and educational needs, are children from 0 to 5. it's one of the things that i've learned from president norman yee. he's been a lifelong advocate of children in preschools. actually, my headquarters for my campaign is in the largest nonprofit child care provider
in the entire he city. very proud to have worked to ensure that they could buy their building and stabilize that. almost every project that we've worked on in this district, we've made sure there will be accessible, affordable child care. we don't have direct involvement in the schools. it's usually through the afterschool and summer programs. we were very fortunate the first two years i was in office, we were able to use the educational enrichment fund, eraf, first year, $45 million, and after that, additional dollars into supporting our teachers and paras and educators in the school system. right now, i'm one of the sponsors of and supporters of prop j, which will open up, in year 1, 50 $50 to $60 million our school system. i'm a parent of two public school kids and have the most public school kids on the board of supervisors, so we have to
continue to support that. >> thank you. for the next question, we'll start with john. how will you ensure that residents of district 11 have access to services and resources that will help them meet their basic needs as they struggle with the challenges of the covid-19 pandemic? >> thank you. well, for ensuring that our residents have access to the services that we need, it's really about the budget, the city budget and making sure that the city budget works for working people. one of the biggest issues that i've spent most of my time working on was the city budget when i was in office, and before that, i was an advocate on the city budget, making sure we were providing more resources for seniors and children, youth, and families
in particular. in 2009 and 2010, i got to chair the budget committee, overcoming two $500 million budget deficits each year. so i know a little bit how to move money around and to protect services, and we need to have this type of experience, especially now that chair fewer is leaving the board of supervisors to actually craft our budget, so we are preserving the best of san francisco, our working people, to make sure that we can provide these fs iseservic. i've moved movie into -- money into different programs. thank you. >> thank you.
marcelo. >> so this is a case where we have to start auditing where the money is going because in a 12 billion budget, there's a lot of money that's being wasted, and we need to figure out where that money is going and put it in our communities that need it the most. this is the part, also [inaudible] have asked, the main issue, the lack of resources for decades into the poor communities. and we have to start noticing these communities and dumping it into those communities that really need, it desperately need it with the main issue of covid trying to come back from this [inaudible] thank you. >> thank you. ahsha?
>> so during this crisis, this was -- this was not about theory anymore, this was about action. and we had to go with basically over the last eight months, my entire job has been about leading do you remember this crisis and ensuring that district 11 and the entire city had the resources, support, and safety net that we need. we've opened up and help to support three meal distribution sites in district 11. we've distributed over 10,000 masks to individuals and 25,000 gloves and gallons of disinfectants supporting our small businesses. we worked with the board and the mayor to ensure that there was at least $10 million for undocumented families who have been completely left out of the recovery funds that have been created. we've fought for, advocated, and ensured that all workers in the city, all city workers would have access to 80 hours
of sick leave, 80 hours of potential inquiry sick leave, and ensuring sick leave for businesses with 100 employees or more. we're working aggressively to open up the economy safely to make sure that people can go back to work. we also worked with our child care providers to create a $100 million fund so they would have access grants to continue providing early childhood care. >> thank you. we'll start with marcelo. what is your plan to revitalize district 11. >> it comes down to [inaudible]
somebody who's coming down to city hall to open a small business [inaudible] but if you don't help them open, those small businesses [inaudible] we have to help them stay open for as long as they want. >> thank you. ahsha? >> thank you. when i first was elected, we initiated the excelsior outer mission district, and one of the goals was to create a
business corridor. i was presented with a plan by individuals that talked about trying to rezone the entire randolph corridor. i was against that plan. it was not community driven, and it was really about creating investment opportunities that would have essentially led to gentrification and displacement. so we need to ensure that whatever plans we put in order will be community driven and ensure that we're protecting existing businesses but also attracting new businesses that will complement. i'm very proud to say over the last four years that i've been in office, we've gotten dozens of businesses to open up along the corridor. there's still a very high number of vacancies along broad-randolph, as well as mission and geneva. but we're continuing -- every
day, one of the first things i did in the planning process was change the law to allow arrested programming, and -- art programming, and that allowed a few businesses to get in there, and we're going to continue to do that. >> thank you. john? >> one of the biggest questions we're facing is how do we revitalize our business corridor? we have the huge issue of amazon creating a zombie of our commercial corridors and our businesses around the world. one of the things that i want to do is looking at passing prop b. the votership process prop b so we can have a process of making sure our corridors are clean, and we're picking up garbage. i want to look at our empty spaces and use them
effectively, doing mutual aid work, but also shared space that a lot of our immigrant businesses can operate in. our city nickels and dimes our small businesses, and i want to waive that when we are in this economic crisis. i also want to make sure that we create a grant program that supports businesses not just on mission and geneva, but also on broad and randolph streets. we want to make sure that we're building from the grassroots up and making sure that our metrics are being defined by the residents and not by the city. the city has a one-size-fits-all to support our businesses, and what works on divisadero doesn't work for us. >> thank you. and now we'll be going to the final question, and we'll start with ahsha.
proposition 15 is the california state ballot measure that would change the method for assessing property taxes on commercial properties with the goal of creating additional funding for schools and local communities. if this proposition passes, and additional community funding becomes available, how would you propose that san francisco use the increased revenue? >> thank you. well, as a proud supporter of the san francisco labor council, i fully support prop 15 to change the split role tax. this will infuse millions of dollars into our schools and community. i think the first priority has to be the educational system, public education system. we would go to a process of working hand in hand with our school boards and community
organizations. i also think there would have to be a conversation from our human rights commission, director sheryl davis, and looking at things through an equity lens. i think that's one of the things that i've been proud of during my time on the board of supervisors, as well, is ensuring that the office of racial equity is looking at things through that lens. one of the saddest things of covid right now has been expanding and enhancing the learning experiences for brala and brown communities. those schools that are underperforming, those schools
that need the additional resources, and our educators would have the financial support that they need. >> thank you. john? >> yes, really important question. we're hoping that prop 15 passes, so vote for prop 15 all across the state of california. i'm proud to say that i'm endorsed by the united educators of san francisco who are teaching our students, they are our teachers and paras in san francisco. i agree, we need to be putting our greatest investments in our public education system and city college. city college will be a lynch pin for making sure that people are prepared for the recovery and we're building toward a sustainable future. how we're building industries
with qualified trained workers who can help rebuild san francisco, our housing, our transit, to make sure that everything is working well. this is the housing of the future, and prop 15 can provide vital funding for that, as well. we also need to make sure that our department of public health has resources to protect people during the pandemic, and making sure that p.p.e. can be distributed well throughout our neighborhoods so that we can be protected against the spread, as well. those are areas that i would want to make sure that are funded with revenue from prop 15. >> thank you. marcelo? >> first of all, i think it needs to be used to support
education during the pandemic, but people who love their jobs, they are about to go off unemployment and if we don't support those people [inaudible] in particular, they will be homeless. they will create a much wider [inaudible] we need to dump funding into people that need it the most. [inaudible] for the workers that are behind the desks, checking out who needs the help. it's a monumental task. we need to work together, we need to work with common sense, and we need to work hard to be able to approach this main issue. the money [inaudible] the money
isn't there, so we need to use it wisely. thank you. >> thank you. now we come to the candidates' closing statements. we will do the closing statements in reverse alphabetical order, and remember that you have 90 seconds. the order will be marce marcelo colusi, john avalos, and ahsha safai. marcelo? >> thank you. [inaudible] almovote your hear vote who you believe in. [inaudible] but i am trying to change things for the better. [inaudible] if we don't do that, we're going to see the
situation worse than what we have created today [inaudible] thank you very much for the opportunity. >> thank you. >> thank you for -- >> john? >> -- for this evening. it's been really great to share my experience and aspirations for elected office. you know, when i ran for reelection in 2012, i didn't have an opponent, and i really missed the opportunity to reconnect with people in my district, and i'm doing that now, and it's the most incredible experience in my life, most humbling experience i've ever had. i want to be a supervisor who can work with everyone,
regardless of people's political point of view. i want to be a supervisor who can actually share the city's resources and the pulpit that we have together so that city hall can look after us and take care of our needs. i want to say i have the number one endorsement of the democratic party. i also have the sole endorsement of the district 11 democratic club. i'm supported by the nurses union number 1, health care workers number 1 and educators in our city college, and s.f. unified school district. these are voices that i want to -- organizations that i want to bring together to make sure that we have voices speaking that can represent us. i've served this district before, and i can do it again with your support. >> thank you. ahsha?
>> thank you. as the current supervisor of district 11, this has been a wonderful four years. i'm very proud to say that we have made progress. when i ran office, i heard over and over again that people were tired of being treated like the forgeten peop forgotten people of san francisco. we've build homes, built a brand-new pool. we're building a brand-new housing. we're peop we've planted over 2,000 trees. no other part of san francisco comes close to that, and we're doing it on a daily basis. we've worked in collaboration with first mayor lee, and now mayor breed, and they have made district 11 a priority, and i feel it, and i hear it on a daily basis. when i first ran for office, i
knocked on 7,000 doors. i'm not able to do that because of the pandemic, but i've spoken to many people over the past few months. i'm the sole endorsed candidate of san francisco labor council. i have speaker pelosi's sole support. i have congress woman dianne feinstein, along with the san francisco building trades, and i'm going to continue to fight for working people in the next four years if i' have i am -- f i'm reelected. thank you. >> thank you. on behalf of the league of women voters of san francisco, our thanks to our candidates for participating. and thanks for taking the time to inform yourself of the choices you need to make by november 3. please remember to register to vote if you aren't already
registered and urge others to registered. if you've changed your name or you've moved, you need to register again at your new address. and if you'll be voting by mail this year, please be sure that your ballot will be counted by ensuring that your ballot is dropped off at your polling place before november 3. good evening.