Targeted services and support
I believe that every person experiencing homelessness deserves services and support to achieve stability in both housing and health. With my public health background and experience working with people experiencing homelessness, I know how critical it is for city agencies to work together to provide the right interventions at the right time. As your supervisor, I will make sure our programs are effective and our efforts coordinated.
A case-management approachAs I do currently as a Legislative Aide to Supervisor Katy Tang, I will continue to work closely with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH), the Taraval Police Station Homeless Outreach Officer and the dedicated west side Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) to identify homeless individuals and where they are staying, relay community concerns to HOT and ensure that agencies work together to provide the right services.
Critical coordinationAs Supervisor, I will strengthen coordination among city agencies, including HSH, Department of Public Health (DPH), Human Services Agency, San Francisco Public Works, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), and others to address homeless issues in the Sunset District and citywide. Interagency coordination is key to better case management in addressing the complex issues that homeless individuals face.
Preventing homelessnessI will advocate for services that better support children and youth who are either homeless or on the brink of facing homelessness, including pushing to expand youth job opportunities that provide valuable skills and income.
Addressing mental healthWe know that 15-20% of the homeless population is suffering from significant mental health issues and often are unable to accept the services that the city offers. I support Senator Scott Wiener’s legislation to expand conservatorship to include individuals who have a history of repeated and serious mental health issues in addition to suffering from homelessness.
- Affordable Housing
Rising rents affect us all
After completing graduate school, I couldn’t wait to move back to the Sunset District -- a place I had called home and where my immigrant grandmother had first lived in America. But rents had skyrocketed in my time away. Although I was thrilled to find a place on Irving Street, I realized I was one of the lucky ones: so many people who grew up in San Francisco can no longer afford to stay here. We are losing the intergenerational fabric of our city, and if we don’t address housing affordability, we will continue to see an increasing number of people leave.
We cannot afford to debate whether we want to accommodate a growing population or not. People choose to live in San Francisco because we are a world-class city of inclusion filled with hope. It’s why my grandmother and I put down roots here, and what inspires me to help others feel at home here, too.
Building housing and communities -- togetherI believe more housing is necessary to alleviate our current crisis. However, I know that some current residents are uneasy about fast-paced growth of our city and worry about what changes it might bring to our neighborhoods. I believe in a balanced approach: some locations are better than others for growth, so where it makes sense, we must support housing. And as Supervisor, I will always listen and strive to include the viewpoints of each community when it comes to new development.
Smart and subtle strategiesI support creative efforts to increase housing units that already exist but are not available to live in. The best opportunity, especially in the Sunset, is to bring the many “in-law” units (technically Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs) into the rental market. As Supervisor, I will work with homeowners and city departments to understand and overcome the legal and practical barriers to making these units available for rent. This would address the housing shortage while causing minimal impact to the existing community.
Streamlining red tape to make it possible to age in placeWith few hills and plentiful services, the Sunset is a great place for seniors. To make it easy to accommodate intergenerational households or for seniors to age in place, we need to ease the process for homeowners to make simple changes to their homes. I support reforming the city’s permitting system so that homeowners are not bogged down in months or even years of process across multiple agencies in order to complete a home remodel, replace a window, or to legalize an in-law unit.
- Small Business
Small business makes a big difference
No neighborhood beats the Sunset for its vibrant and varied small businesses! From the favorites beloved by generations to the newcomers, I love to wander the merchant corridors of the Sunset to see what my creative and industrious neighbors are up to.
Small, locally owned businesses enliven our neighborhoods, build communities and support local residents. However, right now merchants face tremendous pressures, such as rising rents, e-commerce competition, onerous regulatory burdens, and off-putting streets full of litter and graffiti. Sadly, vacancies abound in our merchant corridors.
Streamlining the permitting process for new and existing merchants.I will make sure that administrative requirements are effective and necessary, not just bureaucratic.
Keeping our streets clean with more power washing and increased support of the Clean Team to remove graffiti.Currently, our business corridors need more attention. That is why I would advocate for expanding cleaning services provided to our merchant corridors and additional resources for the Clean Team to remove graffiti.
- Clean and Green Streets
Clean and Green Streets
Street appeal is a high priority
In my job serving District 4, not a day goes by that I am not called to respond to a resident’s complaint about a sidewalk that needs to be fixed, illegal dumping that needs to be addressed, or plants that need to be watered. In fact, street cleanliness may be the Number One issue that Sunset residents call the Supervisor’s office about.
These complaints are absolutely understandable - we all deserve clean and green streets and to know that our taxpayer dollars are funding important basic services in our district.
The Sunset receiving the attention -- and the resources -- it needsI will advocate for the necessary funding to support street power washing, Clean Team graffiti removal and street repair and maintenance in the Sunset.
City and residents working togetherWhile the City is responsible for providing basic maintenance and cleaning services, I also believe in the power of each individual, to make the Sunset District even more clean and enjoyable. That is why I initiated the first ever Friends of Sunset Boulevard Volunteer Program, where we ask residents to work alongside our Public Works Department to take care of prominent streets in our neighborhood, such as Sunset Boulevard.
- Public Safety
The Sunset District is home to one of the highest populations of children, families, and seniors. Many people, including my own family, moved to the Sunset because it is one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the City. This is a cornerstone of our district, and I will work hard to keep it this way.
Like all of you, I value a community where it is safe for children to walk to and from school, where seniors enjoy our parks without worry, and where car break-ins are a rarity.
Addressing the scourge of car break-ins by making sure this crime is taken seriously by law enforcement.As a Legislative Aide in the District 4 Office, I serve as the liaison for public safety issues. We are already seeing positive results from the Taraval Police Station prioritizing prevention of car break-ins by asking officers to be on the lookout for potential break-ins while on patrol. I will continue to push for more attention to these vexing and expensive crimes that erode our quality of life.
Increasing foot patrols in the Sunset, especially along merchant corridors.We have already seen positive results on Irving Street from foot patrol officers getting to know the merchants, their employees and residents in this area. We all benefit from a safer community when people know whom to turn to for assistance.
Encouraging residents to form neighborhood watch groups.By forging these important relationships with each other -- between families, children and seniors -- we all can share the job of looking out for each other and keeping our community safe.
Working directly with the Taraval Police Station to relay residents’ concerns.I will work closely with our officers so they can be both responsive and proactive about addressing public safety issues.