Issues

I'm running because our city has a crisis of leadership. Our government lacks transparency, accountability, and most of all, integrity. When I take office, I will seek to put an end to the corrupt way city hall does business. I am interested in straight talk and real solutions rather than political correctness and virtue signaling. These are the six main issues of my campaign:

1. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CRIME, LITTER, NEEDLES, AND FECES. THIS POSITION IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.

Our city is suffering from quality of life issues. I will demand that all crimes be prosecuted to ensure justice for victims. I will seek clean streets 24 hours a day, every day. I will not tolerate open drug markets and use in our streets. I will make sure San Franciscans feel safe on our streets.

What kind of city do you want, one rife with property crime and biohazardous waste, or a clean, safe city?

2. AUDIT ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND NON-PROFITS THAT CONTRACT WITH THE CITY.

Our city is rife with corruption and lack of accountability, which we have seen with the arrests of major department heads. I will demand total transparency in every department to include the SFMTA and DPW. I will expose waste, redundancy, and abuse and cut spending accordingly.

3. EXPAND PUBLIC SAFETY

District 7 does not have the auxiliary firefighting hydrant systems that the rest of the city has, leaving us extremely vulnerable in an earthquake. We are one of the biggest cities in the nation without an Urban Search and Rescue team. Our police department is understaffed. We lack proper training facilities for both. I am the only candidate that does not want to defund the police. I will demand the hiring of more police, and demand the construction of a modern joint police-firefighter training facility.

We need honest, accountable government. I will push for an end to the corruption. I will make huge investments in public safety, especially in district 7. I am the only candidate who is not afraid to say we need more, better trained police officers. No other candidate understands disaster preparedness better than I do.

4. AGGRESSIVELY EXPAND MUNI METRO AND RESTORE FAITH IN OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

BART is a disaster on which riders no longer feel safe. MUNI is slow and unreliable. Riders were leaving both even before the pandemic. We need to attract riders back. Safe, clean, reliable trains is the way forward. Then, let's expand our transit system to make it truly expansive. We need more subways and grade separated light rail all over San Francisco. See my plan here.

5. SLASH FEES, REGULATIONS, TAXES, AND PERMITS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Small businesses are a cultural and economic nexus for San Francisco, and make up the character of our neighborhoods. The pandemic shutdown will eliminate significant portions of our small businesses. I will demand that we reduce or eliminate unnecessary permits. I will demand that we waive fees temporarily so businesses can get back on their feet. I will demand we reduce burdensome regulations while protecting the health of the public.

6. REFORM OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.

I will push for early foreign language learning and a return to neighborhood school enrollment by default for all students. However, if your kid is a high academic achiever, I will allow that he/she be able to attend any SFUSD school of his/her choice. As supervisor, my first priority is students, and I will not play politics with their education.

As Supervisor, I will focus on restoring people's faith in public transportation and public schools. I will make it as easy as possible for small businesses to not only survive, but thrive.

Paid for by Stephen Martin-Pinto for District 7 Supervisor 2020.

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