What kind of a city do you want San Francisco to be?

San Francisco has always been a town of transitions. Waves of immigrants pass through and families from all over the world settle here. It’s a city that sets trends, a place of openness and tolerance, and a refuge where people come to learn about the world and to discover themselves. It might not always be this way. We are in the midst of a tidal wave of change, one that is being watched across around the world. This transition will have long term repercussions for our city. But it’s not too late, we can change the way we do politics and ultimately change the direction of our city.

At the corner of 22 and Mission twenty four families were forcefully evicted following a mysterious fire. An Arab girl and her father died at another circumspect fire at 24 and Folsom. A young Guatemalan man was killed by police who did not identify themselves; and Alex Nieto was shot over 59 times while he was eating lunch on Bernal Hill — in a neighborhood where he spent most of his life — simply because two recently arrived neighbors found him scary.

Alex Nieto shot 59 times

Alex Nieto, who was shot at over 59 times while eating lunch on Bernal Hill

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Statement on Sanctuary Policy

San Francisco’s sanctuary policies have helped to dismantle cultural barriers that for years led to rampant exploitation of the most vital members of our community. Sanctuary cities are cities who have policies designed to not persecute undocumented immigrants. These practices can be by law (de jure) or they can be by habit (de facto). Most importantly, the policy in San Francisco has saved hundreds of thousands of lives of people who if deported would face certain torture and death. The recent uproar against this important policy is mis-guided and risks destroying the progress we’ve made in creating a safe environment for everyone.

In the interest of public safety, countless law enforcement agencies across the country engage in some form of sanctuary policy — officially or unofficially. They recognize that if you want to maintain public safety for the entire community, you must have the trust of every segment of the community. Once a part of the community becomes distrustful of the police, victims and witnesses of crimes will not come forward to confide in the police. As a result, crimes go unreported and unsolved and the entire community is put in greater danger as a result.

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My to 10 "untouched" favorite spots in San Francisco

Joe Fitz Rodriquez, a reporter our city should be proud of, yesterday published an article in the San Francisco Examiner about his favorite spots in the city that had retained their rich character.

Screenshot from Joe Fitz Rodriguez article in the San Francisco Examiner

He asked us: “Where do you go for a gentrification oasis?

It got me thinking, so I’ve put together my top 10:

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A fine balance: Housing for all in San Francisco

On Sunday morning I met a gentleman named Royalton. Royalton has been without a home since losing his job and home after going through triple bypass surgery last year. Today he is on the road to recovery.

Royalton wants a job. While he has the advantage of job skills and interview experience, many like him do not. Royalton informed me that a lot of jobless people without a home need basic skills assistance in order to find a job. He would like to see the implementation of programs that will provide job training as well as the guidance on how to properly fill out application forms and prepare for job interviews. It is only with this kind of support and assistance, he states, that our city neighbors without homes can get back on their feet. Royalton’s goal after getting a job is to save enough money to find a place to live.

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