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Election Results
Consolidated Municipal Election
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
 

 
SUMMARY REPORT        CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
                      MUNICIPAL ELECTION
                      NOVEMBER 4, 2003
RUN DATE:11/08/03 02:36 PM

                                                       VOTES PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 562).  .  .  .  .       562  100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  .   459,213
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  .   207,555
           VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL  .  .  .  .  .  .             45.20

          MAYOR
          VOTE FOR  1
           GAVIN NEWSOM  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    86,470   42.00
           MATT GONZALEZ .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    40,213   19.53
           ANGELA ALIOTO .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    33,005   16.03
           TOM AMMIANO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    21,207   10.30
           SUSAN LEAL .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    17,494    8.50
           TONY RIBERA.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,973    2.42
           MICHAEL  F. DENNY.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       918     .45
           ROGER E. SCHULKE .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       751     .36
           JIM REID.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       724     .35
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       131     .06

          DISTRICT ATTORNEY
          VOTE FOR  1
           TERENCE HALLINAN .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    69,856   35.83
           KAMALA HARRIS .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    65,499   33.60
           BILL FAZIO .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    59,353   30.45
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       232     .12

          SHERIFF
          VOTE FOR  1
           MICHAEL HENNESSEY.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   144,275   82.06
           TONY CARRASCO .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    31,046   17.66
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       493     .28

          PROPOSITION A
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   138,286   70.52
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    57,810   29.48

          PROPOSITION B
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   123,894   66.82
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    61,514   33.18

          PROPOSITION C
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   132,556   70.57
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    55,274   29.43

          PROPOSITION D
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   103,835   55.90
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    81,930   44.10

          PROPOSITION E
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   112,873   61.93
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    69,399   38.07

          PROPOSITION F
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   126,759   67.53
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    60,957   32.47

          PROPOSITION G
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   144,548   75.79
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    46,164   24.21

          PROPOSITION H
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    98,161   51.85
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    91,159   48.15

          PROPOSITION I
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   113,800   59.74
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    76,690   40.26

          PROPOSITION J
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   112,257   58.62
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    79,246   41.38

          PROPOSITION K
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   140,629   74.78
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    47,437   25.22

          PROPOSITION L
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   115,744   59.46
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    78,925   40.54

          PROPOSITION M
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   116,328   59.71
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    78,500   40.29

          PROPOSITION N
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   133,237   72.05
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    51,693   27.95



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San Francisco Chronicle
Outsider candidates use wits in S.F. mayoral race
For 3, no big name is one big challenge

Like Don Quixote on his steed, Jim Reid was riding a Muni bus toward the sea, handing out campaign literature, shaking hands and peering intently into riders' faces in his quest to become mayor of San Francisco.

For 26 hours, stopping only for meals, Reid and two homeless volunteers had been spreading the word about Reid's candidacy and his seemingly endless ideas - particularly his plan to build 100-square-foot wooden houses for 1,000 homeless people.

"I want to house people," said the soft-spoken Reid, a licensed contractor who has not worked steadily since 1999 so as to devote himself to various campaigns. "I know how to build houses. Housing is the missing component that nobody is talking about."

Reid is one of three candidates for mayor who have a message, but little name recognition or money budgeted for campaigning. Also running are Libertarian Michael Denny, whose company distributes alcoholic beverages, and Roger Schulke, a Republican who owns a computer consulting company.

As political outsiders, the candidates must be creative to build name recognition and get their message out - and Reid, 53, has led the pack in innovation.

He rides Muni constantly, handing out literature in various languages. He puts homeless people up in his house in exchange for campaign work. He drives electric micro-vehicles around town with his name plastered all over the sides.

He distributes a five-song campaign compact disc. He plans to put 10,000 fake parking tickets on cars to protest recent parking fine hikes, which he says pay for a bloated bureaucracy.

"There are enough voters on Muni to get elected mayor three times over," said Reid, who ran for supervisor in 1999 and mayor in 2000 and launched two ill-fated recall campaigns against Mayor Willie Brown.

Reid says he gave up the working world and jumped into politics after the heart-attack death of his lover forced him to reexamine his life.

"I decided my purpose was to give hope to people who had lost hope," he said.

Roger Schulke, 53, says his moment of inspiration came last spring when he found a flier on his car for a city sponsored day labor program run by La Raza Centro Legal.

Schulke thinks the Mission District legal aid and education organization's programs serving undocumented immigrants encourage illegal immigration. Calls to the center seeking a response were not returned.

"There's a lot of problems with this city,'' said Schulke, who is unmarried. "We've had 35 years of Democratic (Party) rule that created these problems.''

Schulke, who lives near the Presidio on the city's north side, has bought radio advertisements promoting his campaign. He says he is upset by the city's growing homeless population, which he says the government uses to justify ineffective programs; affirmative action, which he thinks results in reverse discrimination; bureaucratic red tape that hurts business; lack of accountability in government spending; and illegal immigration.

Though he is registered as a Republican, he calls himself an independent on the campaign trail. He says his party has gone soft on issues he cares about.

"They're selling out our principles,'' he said. "It's getting to the point where we don't have a two party system.''

Michael Denny, 52, the Libertarian candidate, also has come to believe City Hall is unfriendly to business.

"The level of economic understanding in this town is frighteningly low,'' said Denny, who also ran unsuccessfully for state Assembly in 2002.

A Richmond district resident, Denny is married and has four children. His campaign platform focuses on limiting the reach and size of government, which he says shouldn't be in the business of trying to solve social problems.

"These people can barely fill potholes, and that's all they should be doing,'' said Denny, though he allowed that city government also should provide park, bus, police, fire, water and sewer services, as well as run elections.

For all three candidates, trying to connect with the public has been a frustrating experience. Frequently, community forum and debate organizers exclude them. Reid and Schulke were escorted from one event in a church when they tried to be heard.

In the face of such challenges, Reid takes the prize for attention grabbing activities.

Twice Reid has spent a week or more in city homeless shelters, documenting on his Web site what he calls hellish conditions.

And he scored a public relations coup when he built "Shelter One," an approximately 100-square foot house for homeless people, at a cost of $12,000, and hauled it to City Hall. The stunt received extensive media attention.

Reid now is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the homes. He uses the money raised to buy food for himself and his volunteers.

Reid's unconventional ways also have brought him into conflict with his two housemates, who don't like the way Reid has been letting homeless people live in their rented Bernal Heights house.

Most of Reid's guests - there are four now - meet him at the tiny campaign office he rents on Market Street across from U.N. Plaza, a notorious gathering spot for drug dealers, homeless people and other denizens of the street.

Now, Reid also is in the crosshairs of the city Department of Building Inspection after a volunteer, whom Reid says he evicted for drunkenness, complained about construction work Reid did on his house without permits and the fact that Reid parked Shelter One on a concrete slab in his backyard.

The building department has issued fines for the interior work and ordered that Reid get permits for the little house or remove it.

Shelter One draws electricity from the house via a heavy-duty extension cord and water from a garden hose. Toilet waste goes to a specialized composting machine Reid picked up in Canada. Water from the bathtub and sink drains to his garden and yard.

In front, there is a small landing with steps, a white picket fence, an American flag and geraniums.

"It's the American dream," he said.

Patrick Hoge
phoge@sfchronicle.com.

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Questionnaire for Mayoral Candidates

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is a business membership organization, with roughly 2,000 business members, representing more than 250,000 San Francisco employees.  The Chamber’s mission is to attract, retain and develop business in San Francisco.  The majority of our members, 85 percent, are small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Below are questions that span the Chamber’s core public policy areas — economic development, transportation, workforce development, workforce housing, quality of life and education. Please provide brief, but complete answers to each question. Keep in mind that these answers will be posted on the Chamber’s website at www.sfchamber.com, click the “Inside Election ’03” button, and may be edited for length. Please return this completed questionnaire by Tuesday, October 7. Thank you.

Economic Development

1) What would be the top three priorities of your administration's economic development agenda?

Mike: City Hall cannot do economic development. Only our businesses and citizens can do that. I’m surprised how often people say the Mayor is San Francisco’s CEO. The Mayor is not San Francisco’s CEO. The Mayor is only the CEO of City Hall.

To answer your question:

1) We must cut taxes, regulations and get City Hall out of the way so our citizens and businesses can flourish. 2) To do that we must dramatically cut City Halls assumed responsibilities and budget. I want to strictly focus City government on its basic municipal responsibilities, police, fire, streets, parks etc… With responsibilities limited to these functions, the cost of government will shrink to less than half the current budget. 3) To make sure the arts, social services, education and other functions now improperly funded and managed by City government get what they need to serve the community, I’d offer 100% tax credit to any business or citizen tax payer who writes a check in support of these organizations. By putting control in the hands of those who fund them, they would be subject to much better scrutiny to evaluate the cost versus benefits delivered. Those that didn’t meet the standards of those who pay would go out of business.

2) The average employee in San Francisco works in a company with approximately 100 people.  In fact, San Francisco’s economy is a mixture of large and many small firms.  What would you do to foster the growth of both small and large firms?  

Mike: Reduce taxes and regulatory cost….period! According to Harvard, we have a $600,000 regulatory cost per build-able acre in San Francisco. That’s double New York and Chicago. No wonder we have an affordable housing problem. See what I mean? City Hall will not be the source of our solutions. It is the source of our problems and cannot be fixed with a little tweaking here and there. It must be cut to the bone.

3) How would you create a stable economic climate that would encourage the attraction of businesses to the city, and retention of businesses in the city?

Mike: At the risk of repeating myself…the only thing that is going to attract and retain businesses is to cut City and State interference through taxation and regulations. Nothing else will do it.

4) In your opinion, what are the two most important capital-improvement projects San Francisco needs to undertake to secure the city's economic future?

Mike: In my opinion, we shouldn’t be thinking about capital improvements before we look at cutting City Hall down to its basic municipal functions (see above)  I know there are many out there are counting on some nice big government “capital improvement“ contracts (you know who you are) in these difficult economic times. But I would put this discussion aside until we get City Hall down to a manageable size and then look seriously into “capital improvement” needs and prioritize them.

Transportation

5) San Francisco has a transit-first policy, but there are still many commuters and other travelers who do not access the system. How do you think the transportation system could be improved or what do you think could be done to encourage more transit use?

Mike: By making sure all routes charge what they need to serve the community, we can let the citizens decide if they really need certain routes and where they need more service. I’d make the MUNI pass a digital card that would automatically bill based on location on and off, like Bart. You would have to swipe the card to get on. And if you didn’t swipe it when you got off, it would deny passage next time or charge a fine. By the way, where are those devices MUNI promised that would let people at bus stops know when the next bus would arrive?

6) Do you support Proposition K, the reauthorization of the half-cent sales tax for transportation? Why or why not? 

Mike: Absolutely not…our overall approach to transportation needs to be addressed before we deny taxpayers this opportunity for a tax cut. The sales tax is especially hard on our working poor. It should be eliminated entirely.

7) The shortage of parking is always a major issue for neighborhood retail merchants. What could be done to improve this situation?

Mike: Once again, the only people who can solve our parking problems are the companies that develop and operate parking facilities. I suggest that the best thing City Hall could do is provide a “fast pass” through our regulatory nightmare, exemption from State and local taxes and a tax credit equal to the capital required to build the facility. If the company was not a San Francisco tax payer, they would not qualify for the tax credit. With this program, we would soon have more parking than we need. 

8) San Francisco has invested more than $75 million in environmental studies of the San Francisco Bay and a potential runway expansion at SFO.  Since the studies are more than 75 percent complete, do you believe that the city should make full use of its investment and complete the studies?  Why or why not?

Mike: Why would the citizens want to spend $18.75 million dollars simply because they already spent $56.25. The question is, do we still want and need the expansion. While I haven’t seen any extensive research on the subject, it appears that due to the reduction of use and the overall decline in our local economy, it may be time to re-evaluate whether or not we want to continue with the plans. By the way, we need to get City Hall out of the airport business as well.

Workforce Development

9) In an era of declining state and city resources, how do you intend to “grow the pie” to assure the continuation of services to residents and businesses?

Mike: Once again, the Mayor cannot “grow the pie”. The best the Mayor can do is make it as easy as possible for productive businesses and citizens to do their work so they can “grow the pie”. The only services we need from City Hall are streets, parks, police, fire, water, sewage etc…and some might say that many of these things would be better handled by non-government providers as well. But the bottom line is City Hall must go on a strict diet so the people can eat as much of the pie they make as possible.

10) Nationally, there is a growing gap between the technical needs of businesses and the skill level of the workforce.  How will your administration ensure that local businesses have access to the qualified workers needed to grow the economy?

Mike: I hope that by the time this questionnaire is complete it will be perfectly clear to all who read it that the Mayor cannot “ensure local businesses have access to qualified workers”. The best I can do is make sure City Hall does what it is supposed to do as best as it can and for as little money as possible. That will have the positive effect of helping our economy. There is nothing like a healthy economy to bring workers, jobs and skills together.

11) The common perception is that there is significant duplication of effort within and among city agencies and contracted service providers. How will your administration identify and address such redundancy and assure the quality of service?

Mike: The problem is that City Hall and politicians cannot manage without strict guidelines. So we must strip City Hall down to the basics, refocus and reorganize. It’s not going to be an easy job but it must be done. Nothing short of this will assure the quality of service San Francisco’s citizens and taxpayers have been sorely lacking. Fortunately, I have the skills to do the job.

Workforce Housing

12) San Francisco is experiencing a housing crisis.  Fewer than 10 percent of San Francisco’s moderate-income households can afford a median-priced home in the city. What programs would you initiate or support to increase homeownership opportunities, particularly for the San Francisco workforce – those households making between 80-120 percent of the area media income ($75,000-$109,000)?

Mike: I would do everything in my power to make sure that we cut the regulatory expense to all builders throughout all of San Francisco. I would like to see this expense cut from $600,000 to $100,000 per build-able acre in my first year, reducing more in following years. Nothing reduces the cost of housing like a large supply. So we could also offer a 100% tax credit to any San Francisco tax payer who wanted to build houses people want to buy with their own money. We could also exempt these projects from property taxes. We do it for government funded non-profits, why wouldn’t we do it for  private projects too?

13) Will you support the Chamber's Workforce Housing Initiative, which is now slated for the March 2004 ballot? The initiative would encourage the production of no fewer than 4,000 units of new housing along the Central Waterfront and 6,000 new units Downtown, with 37 percent of those units targeted to San Francisco households making under $109,000.

Mike: There’s not many details published about the Chamber’s Workforce Housing Initiative. However, I understand that it provides some special exemptions from our onerous building requirements for the development of primarily downtown and waterfront housing. Frankly I’d like to see this happen in every neighborhood. On one hand, this plan seeks exemptions from City government. On the other, it is seeking funds and support from other government agencies. It is corporate welfare to use government programs to reduce the risk of those who want to build and sell this housing. If the people who build the housing want to finance down payments and all the other things they are expecting government to do, then I could support it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

14) Do you support funding the program Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for the three Better Neighborhoods Plans, which propose new housing in the Octavia Boulevard, Balboa Park and Southeast Mission areas?

Mike: I have little faith in central planning. But neighborhoods have to be able to evolve. The property owners in the areas affected by this plan should have the final say. Those property owners who benefit at the expense of others must compensate the others satisfactorily. Once again, there appears to be lots of support from people that make a living providing government-funded “infrastructure”. That’s no surprise. But I would listen to property owners before I’d listen to them. It just might be that everything has changed since our economy fell apart with the loss of so many of our bedrock companies that we just don’t need this any more.  The property owners know what’s best for their communities and what will give them the best return on their property. If City Hall had an interest in motivating them into some behavior, they might consider exempting them from property taxes and other regulations on the development and use of their property along with tax credits for the expenses relating to infrastructure they would pay for on their own. That should do it. It doesn’t guarantee that these projects will be successful or that there will be enough jobs here so people will actually live in these new projects no matter what they cost to build. It just makes sure that if the developers make a mistake and the projects don’t succeed, the developers pay and not all of San Francisco’s taxpayers. The way it is now, these private but government-funded public works companies would rather deal with corrupt politicians than the rights of whole neighborhoods of property owners. I suggest they need to deal with the property owners directly. San Francisco will be better off for it.

15) To keep up with the demand for housing, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) estimates that San Francisco should be building 3,000 new

units a year – more than double the 1,200 units currently being built.  What programs and policies would you implement to help the city achieve that goal and maintain the city’s cultural and economic diversity?  Please be specific.

Mike: It’s not the Mayor’s job to build housing or maintain the city’s cultural and economic diversity. Those are the responsibilities of the businesses and citizens of San Francisco. So once again, I would get City Hall out of the way because it is City Hall that is destroying the incentive to build. I’m not worried about our cultural and economic diversity. We have lots of that and I’m sure that if San Franciscans want more or less, they can make those decisions without my approval.

Quality of Life

16) The Chamber of Commerce has created an innovative street-survey program in partnership with the SF Clean City Coalition and DPW.  StreetFacts will link accountability for clean and safe streets with real-time data, and provide community groups with a tool to communicate effectively with city leaders about the state of their neighborhoods. As mayor, will you work with your department heads, as well as the Chamber and Clean City, to ensure that StreetFacts is implemented and that city agencies act on the data provided by StreetFacts?

Mike: At last, a question that has something to do with the Mayor’s office. Yes, this is a good idea and one that I would definitely support.

17) As mayor, how will you ensure that the Department of Public Works has sufficient resources to clean streets, remove graffiti and maintain the city's streetscapes?

Mike: By getting City Hall out of all the other things they aren’t supposed to be doing, the funding needed for these projects will be available. However, I would go further and say that if DPW doesn’t get the job done to the satisfaction of those in the neighborhoods, I would provide any tax payer with a 100% tax credit for hiring an outside service to take care of the job or doing the job themselves.

18) Do you support creation of additional business improvement districts in San Francisco?

Mike: It is always better for those who pay the money to control the way the money is spent. And it’s always better to keep the money close to home. Yes, I support this idea.

19) Cities like Chicago have invested substantial private and public resources in neighborhood and street beautification projects.  What plans do you have to beautify San Francisco?

Mike: It’s not the mayor’s job to make the City beautiful. Besides, what if people don’t like the mayor’s idea about what is beautiful. That’s why it’s up to the people and neighborhoods to beautify according to their own taste and style. My job as mayor is to make sure the basics are provided for properly and at low cost. If I were to go any farther than that, I’d offer 100% tax credits to any tax payer who contributes to their neighborhood and street beautification. This could also be extended to any piece of private property that was exposed to the public. We really need this program badly as San Francisco is really starting to look quite shabby.

Education

20) How would you describe public education in San Francisco?  Would you say that it is excellent, good, fair or poor? Why did you answer the way you did?

Mike: Poor. Attendance is down. Morale among the teachers and administrators that I meet is very low. They know that the problem exists because the program is run by an unaccountable Soviet style bureaucracy that is in it for themselves, not the parents and students. Arthur Anderson found the district had used $30 million in school construction bond money to pay for salaries and overhead, could account of only half of $30 million in bond money received since 1996, purchased three properties without being able to demonstrate a need for them, awarded contracts through verbal agreements, failed to install windows at Hillcrest Elementary School, and spent $250,000 to bulldoze a vacant lot it did not own. And what did the district to about it? It gave 87 district administrators a retroactive 8 percent salary increase, bringing about one-third of them over the $100,000 a year mark. Raises were dished out to administrators who had previously been reassigned for mismanagement of public funds. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said raises were needed to attract quality people. So why give raises to those already running a lousy system? It makes sense that Mayor Brown said "In San Francisco, you can lie and cheat and steal...and we don't ask you about those things. We accept you as you are." (San Francisco Chronicle, April 13) That is not an endorsement of our schools or City Hall.

Ask the Parents for Neighborhood Schools Association about how good the schools are? They are there in front of the San Francisco Unified School District with their kids every day. They refuse to send their kids to school as they are run through some “diversity index” to determine what school they will go to. Then they are bused all over town. Some families have kids in several different schools. How can they get involved and help their kids with a situation like this? What would anyone think about a public education system that thinks diversity is more important than the will of parents to keep kids close to home? It’s so stupid it makes me sick.

21) What type of strategic commitments would you make to assist the school district?

Mike: I have received enthusiastic support from teachers and the AFL-CIO Public School Administrators and the Parents for Neighborhood Schools Association for my plan to give the schools, including land and buildings, to the teachers and administrators that currently run them. With this, they will be able to borrow the money needed to open their own schools. We cannot continue having the bureaucracy blaming the teachers and administrators, while they blame the bureaucracy. Control must be returned to the teachers, administrators, parents and students. Nothing else will succeed. And I’d give a tax credit to any San Francisco tax payer willing to pay a student’s tuition. 

23) Do you agree or disagree to following statements (and to what extent do you agree or disagree?):

It is not possible to hold schools accountable for student progress.

Mike: The better question would be “How do you hold schools accountable for student progress?”. The answer is that it is the job of the parents. Any school that does not meet their needs should lose them as a customer. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

We are doing a good enough job holding schools accountable for student

results.

Mike: The generic “We” doesn’t do anything. This is a socialist concept that needs to be banned from use in intelligent conversation. The only people who can hold the schools accountable are parents and students….period. Everyone else who has something to say about it should mind their own business.