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The GrowSF Report: Our endorsements for Supervisor in November 2022
PLUS: Ballot measures, debates, and parklets
What You Need To Know
Here’s what happened around the city for the week of August 1, 2022:
- GrowSF endorses pro-growth Supervisors
- Supervisor Walton insults and berates Sheriff’s cadet at City Hall
- District Attorney Jenkins pledges to prosecute fentanyl dealers
- Chesa Boudin is not running again this November
- Downtown office recovery slower than other cities, but hope remains
- Get your Monkeypox vaccine
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GrowSF endorses pro-growth Supervisors
We’re thrilled to announce our early endorsements for the November 8, 2022 Supervisor election! We’re supporting:
Catherine Stefani in District 2
Joel Engardio in District 4
Matt Dorsey in District 6
Rafael Mandelman in District 8
Not sure if you can vote for them? Use the GrowSF San Francisco Supervisor District Map to find out which district you reside in.
Catherine Stefani is a reliable ally to GrowSF on the Board of Supervisors and is running unopposed. We are happy to provide our continued support.
Joel Engardio is running against incumbent Gordon Mar, who is out of touch with his district. While District 4 voted around 80% in favor of the Board of Education recall, which GrowSF endorsed, Gordon Mar vocally opposed the recall and consistently sides with the farthest left radicals, who often oppose new housing and making it easier for small businesses to open and operate. Joel Engardio helped run the Board of Education recall and is a strong proponent of public safety, small businesses, personal property rights.
Matt Dorsey was appointed by Mayor Breed to fill in for Matt Haney, who won his race for the California State Assembly. He’s now running on a platform of safe and clean streets, creation of “Right to Recovery” zones for people to escape addiction, and supporting the creation of more housing and more businesses.
Rafael Mandelman has worked effectively with GrowSF on issues such as homeless shelters and conservatorship, though we do wish he were better on housing. If you’re a single-issue voter on housing, his opponent, Kate Stoia, has a better housing platform.
We are not endorsing either candidate in District 10 because the incumbent, Shamann Walton, holds terrible positions on the critical issues facing our city. Unfortunately Supervisor Walton’s challenger, Brian Sam Adam, doesn’t align on our housing policies. District 10 deserves better options than these.
Please help us elect this slate of pro-growth and pro-public safety Supervisors by donating today!
Supervisor Walton insults and berates Sheriff’s cadet at City Hall
Supervisor Shamann Walton was caught on City Hall security cameras berating, insulting, and using a racial epithet against a Black man who is a Sheriff’s cadet. He was just trying to do his job and asked the Supervisor to remove his belt because it set off the metal detector.
Rather than acting like a reasonable person, Supervisor Walton instead launched into an invective against the cadet and asked “Do you know who I am?” But it didn’t stop there…
“President Walton became very angry with Cadet (name redacted), who is African American, and said, ‘it is N-words like you that looks like me that is always the problem’ referring to the security protocols as some ‘N-word shit’ several times as he yelled at Cadet (name redacted),”
- SF Chronicle
Mayor Breed has demanded that Supervisor Walton apologize, which Walton rejected by threatening to sue the cadet. We think that Supervisor Walton should at least give a formal apology to the man he insulted.
District Attorney Jenkins pledges to prosecute fentanyl dealers
Newly appointed District Attorney Brooke Jenkins is officially breaking with Chesa Boudin’s lenient fentanyl dealing policies and is “pulling back 30 plea offers she deemed too lenient.”
“On my watch, the D.A.’s office is going to take these cases seriously,” Jenkins said in an interview. “We are dealing with a public health crisis with regards to fentanyl, and no longer are we going to be giving a free pass to people who sell (that) drug in San Francisco.”
Chesa Boudin is not running again this November
In a move that surprised some political insiders, disappointed political consultants looking for another payday, and gave relief to exhausted activists and campaign volunteers, Chesa Boudin announced that he will not be running for his old job this November.
Downtown office recovery slower than other cities, but hope remains
In a troubling sign, downtown SF has amongst the highest office vacancy rates in the US, as workers continue to work from home.
Kastle Systems, which monitors card key activity in office buildings, reported a 38.1% occupancy rate in San Francisco for the week of July 6 to July 13. Meanwhile, New York had 40.7% occupancy, Los Angeles 41.8%, and Austin had 58.1%.
Critical to bringing life back to the SF downtown core will be diversifying what the space is used for, or reimagining what can be done altogether. Whether that’s office-to-housing conversion, tax incentives for companies to go back, or some other creative reuse remains to be seen.
Get your Monkeypox vaccine
If you’re in a high-risk demographic, please go get your Monkeypox vaccine.
Your Action Plan
Now that you know what’s happening, help us shape what happens next:
Learn about November’s ballot measures
Alongside the United Democratic Club and ENDC, GrowSF is co-sponsoring a forum where voters can learn about the major upcoming ballot measures and hear from proponents and opponents to understand the issues from both sides. This will be a great way to get informed.
Monday, August 15th from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Read more at https://www.facebook.com/events/491421742747155
District 6 Supervisor debate
The San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club and the Chinese American Democratic Club are hosting a debate between the candidates for District 6 Supervisor. Hear from our endorsed candidate, Matt Dorsey, as well as his competition, and make an informed decision. This is a must-attend event for District 6 residents!
August 10, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8pm
ACT Strand Theater
1127 Market St
The GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) is hosting its main yearly event, Runway, on August 13th. Come support the community, make friends and enjoy an exciting night out!
August 13, 2022 7:00p-11:30p
Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
(after party at Oasis)
Tickets $35-150 (with member discounts and group discounts)
Parklet planning happy hour
Outdoor dining parklets and slow streets are two silver linings to come out of the pandemic, and the GrowSF community has been in support of them since their inception.
Page Slow Street has been awarded a Community Challenge Grant to build a community parklet in partnership with Haight Bourbon Shop. Join them at family-friendly happy hour to see preliminary designs, give feedback, and share what you want to see in a Page Street public parklet.
Wednesday, August 10, 5-6:30pm
Page & Fillmore, southeast corner
SF Animal Care & Control has lots of dogs to be adopted
If you’ve ever thought about adopting a dog, now is a great chance to fulfill that dream! The SF Animal Care & Control is full and can’t take any more dogs — check out the list of adoptable animals to see if there’s a furry friend who is right for you!
Join a neighborhood trash cleanup
GrowSF is excited to continue its partnership with “Refuse Refuse”, a home-grown organization focused on building community and making San Francisco a cleaner, more livable place.
Lower Polk Cleanup: Saturday, August 13 - 10:00am-12:00pm
North Beach Cleanup: Saturday, August 20 - 10:00am-12:00pm
Celebrate San Francisco
There’lot to love about our city. Here’s what makes it great:
Where to eat and drink at Outside Lands
San Francisco’s biggest music festival is back! And in typical SF-fashion, food remains a big part of the festival. Check out Eater SF for the best places to eat and drink at Outside Lands.
Warriors wine bar
If excellent food is one part of the recipe that makes the Bay so special, incredible wine is another important part. And our hometown champs are getting a new wine bar in the Chase center.
What to do in every neighborhood
If you ever say that you are bored in SF, you just aren’t paying attention! Our city is chock full of exciting things to do, and this list has them organized by neighborhood! Check out SF Gate’s list of the best things to do this August in every neighborhood.
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