Scott Wiener urges Jane Kim to Sign a Pledge To Stop Demanding Gimmicky, Self-Serving Pledges

July 7, 2016

**For Immediate Release**

Scott Wiener urges Jane Kim to Sign a Pledge To Stop Demanding Gimmicky, Self-Serving Pledges

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Scott Wiener today urged his opponent Jane Kim to sign a “Pledge To Stop Demanding Gimmicky Self-Serving Pledges."

In a letter to Kim, Wiener noted Kim’s repeated requests to sign her self-serving pledges as anti-democratic and ill-advised attempts to censor the full and informed debate that voters deserve. These pledges include:

  • Kim's insistence that Wiener agree not to refer to her record or even say her name during the campaign - also known as the "don't say my name" pledge.
  • Kim's newest demand that Wiener effectively renounce his endorsement by the Democratic Party and by LGBT civil rights groups, by agreeing to pay a penalty if the Democratic Party or LGBT groups send out any voter communication listing their endorsement.

By signing Supervisor Wiener’s proposed “Pledge To Stop Demanding Gimmicky Self-Serving Pledges," the candidates can engage in a democratic, open and substantive debate of the issues and candidate records.

(Full text of letter to Jane Kim is below.)



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The “Tech Tax” Will Not Solve San Francisco’s Housing Problems

By Scott Wiener

Several of my colleagues are proposing a “tech tax” for the November ballot — a tax of 1.5% of payroll targeting technology companies only. I share my colleagues’ extreme frustration about the explosive cost of housing in our city and the unacceptable and inhumane homeless situation on our streets. Yet, I don’t believe it’s a good idea to single out one industry with a tax designed to reduce employment — an industry that is producing good-paying jobs with good benefits and paying significant taxes to the city already. This tech tax just isn’t the right approach to a very real problem.

The technology sector did not cause our housing crisis. We have a housing crisis because our population began to grow in the 1980s, and we failed to produce enough housing over a period of decades to absorb that growth. Instead, we have seen increasing housing costs as San Francisco’s population has grown (by 200,000 growth since 1980) and as it continues to grow by 10,000 people a year. At some point, when you’re not producing enough housing, you hit a tipping point — which we did — and you have a crisis on your hands. We are now finally *starting* to produce more housing, and we’re seeing the beginning of a cooling. We have a lot more work to do, and we need to keep up the momentum with smart and forward-looking housing policy.

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Why Is Jane Kim Afraid of Her Record?

Elections are about making sure voters have accurate, factual information about candidates' positions, philosophies, and visions, in order to make informed voting choices. The voters deserve substantive information about where a candidate stands.

Yesterday, my opponent, Jane Kim, made an extraordinary demand: She insisted I sign a politically self-serving agreement under which I would be prohibited from talking about her record. Prohibited from ever saying a word about how she has voted and what positions she has taken. Prohibited from even mentioning her name.

Yes, you heard that right: Jane Kim says I shouldn't even be able to mention her name, let alone her votes and positions on the critical issues we face as a community.

Kim couches this draconian and anti-democratic gag order as a pledge not to engage in "negative campaigning." Under Kim's rationale, Hillary Clinton would be prohibited from talking about Donald Trump's crazy proposal to ban Muslims from entering our country. Huh?

I informed Kim I was surprised to receive her demand, in light of the intensely negative and misleading campaign she ran against me in the primary. You can read my response here. Kim responded by launching a petition drive demanding that I sign this anti-democratic pledge.

Why is Jane Kim scared to talk about her record? Why is she trying to put a gag order on me to prohibit me from even mentioning her name?

The answer: Because Jane Kim's record on the issues that matter to our community is abysmal:

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Letter to Supervisor Kim About the Importance of Accurate Information in Campaigns


June 29, 2016

Supervisor Jane Kim
Jane Kim for State Senate
91 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Dear Supervisor Kim:

Thank you for your letter earlier today, in which you suggest that our campaigns agree not to disseminate any campaign communications referring to each other or to the other candidate’s record.

As an initial matter, we were surprised to receive your letter, given that you ran an intensely negative, false, and misleading campaign against Supervisor Wiener in the primary. Through digital ads, email blasts, and mailers, you aggressively attacked Supervisor Wiener, including a brazen lie about who was supporting him financially. You also defamed Equality California, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in California. It’s odd, at best, that your campaign, after engaging in such negative and defamatory campaigning would then turn around and insist that we not engage in factually accurate campaigning about each other’s record and not even mention each other’s names, no matter what the context.

Before we can consider any pledge, we insist that you publicly apologize for and retract your false statements about Supervisor Wiener and Equality California. Until you set the record straight, there is nothing to discuss.

On the larger issue, we question why you believe it is a service to the voters to allow either of us to have a monopoly on portraying our own records to the public, with no opportunity for the other side to point out contrasts or differences in policy. While we understand your desire for the voters not to learn about your complete record – as opposed to the information that you, and you alone, choose for them to learn – we believe the voters are best served with diverse sources of information, including from the opposing campaign.

We would be more open to this proposed pledge if we had any confidence that you would fully and accurately describe your own record. An issue-oriented campaign is most effective when the voters receive accurate information about both candidates. Your campaign’s communications about your record have been neither complete nor accurate. For example:

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Homeless issues at Castro library addressed

This article first appeared in The Bay Area Reporter on June 29, 2016
By Seth Hemmelgarn


A worker from San Francisco Public Works does an early morning cleaning Sunday of the exterior grounds of the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library. Photo: Rick Gerharter

San Francisco officials and others are working to address homeless encampments and other issues that have persisted for years around the Castro district's Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library.

Gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose District 8 includes the Castro, said problems in the area around the library, which is at 1 Jose Sarria Court, include auto break-ins, drug use, "a highly unsanitary encampment" at the library and an "open air bike chop shop," where stolen bicycles are taken apart so their parts can be sold.

Wiener, who's been criticized for his efforts to get tent encampments off the city's sidewalks, said, "It's ridiculous. We just cannot allow that kind of situation to continue."

"It's neither progressive, nor humane, nor safe, nor healthy to allow people to live and ultimately, to deteriorate and die in these tent encampments," Wiener said. "We need to get people help." The solution, he said, is "to get people off the streets and into shelter," and into housing that addresses substance abuse and mental health issues.

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At today’s Board meeting, Supervisor Wiener to amend pending legislation to give fire victims preference under the Displaced Tenant category in the affordable housing lottery

San Francisco — (June 28, 2016) Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce an amendment to pending legislation that will help low-income residents displaced by fire stay in San Francisco by giving them preference in the affordable housing lottery. Currently, there is a preference in the lottery for tenants displaced by certain evictions. Supervisor Wiener’s amendment will add residents displaced by fire to those who qualify under the Displaced Tenant category.

Supervisor Wiener has legislation on the agenda for today’s Board of Supervisors meeting that amends the affordable housing lottery to prioritize San Francisco residents and workers in the affordable housing lottery. He will amend this pending legislation to include an amendment adding victims of fire to the Displaced Tenant category. Supervisor Wiener has previously responded to fire victims by creating the Good Samaritan Program, which allows property owners to rent to victims of fire on a temporary basis at a discounted rate. That previous legislation was initiated after a series of arsons in the Castro in the 2011.

“Victims of fire have no time to prepare for their displacement — fires are sudden and merciless,” said Supervisor Wiener. “But the City can help get people back into homes. We helped with the Good Samaritan Law, and we can help by giving fire victims preference in securing affordable housing. These low-income residents and families are extremely vulnerable to being forced out of the City. By giving them a real shot at an affordable housing unit, we will make a real difference in keeping them in San Francisco and in their community.”

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SF Supe Secures Remaining $2.5 Million for Getting to Zero

This article first appeared in the Bay Area Reporter on June 24th, 2016.
By Seth Hemmelgarn

Gay San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener told the Bay Area Reporter today (Friday, June 24) that he’s secured another $2.5 million for the city’s Getting to Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate new HIV infections in the city.

Advocates had asked Mayor Ed Lee for $3.1 million to support the initiative, but Lee had included only $600,000 in the budget he proposed in June. The city’s fiscal year starts July 1.

In a text message to the B.A.R. today, Wiener said, “I was able to obtain the entire $2.5 million for Getting to Zero. In combination with the mayor’s $600,000, we fully funded the entire $3.1 million budget package. … We worked closely with the GTZ consortium” and HIV/AIDS Provider Network to ensure the money’s there, he said.

“We had to fight hard keep it intact,” Wiener said. Supervisor Mark Farrell, chair of the board’s Budget and Finance Committee, “absolutely had the LGBT community’s back in helping us move this forward.”

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Housing, Tent Encampments, Neighborhood Policing, and Health: Measure We Placed on the November Ballot


(Photo: San Francisco City Hall, by San Francisco Travel)

By Scott Wiener

Yesterday was the deadline for Supervisors to place ordinances on the ballot for November. I joined several colleagues to place the following measures on the ballot, focusing on housing affordability, neighborhood crime, health, and tent encampments:

In-law units: We placed on the ballot a measure that will allow for the addition of new, rent-controlled in-law units throughout the bulk of San Francisco. These units are the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing, don’t result in new height or bulk, and are spread throughout our neighborhoods rather than concentrated. (We placed this on the ballot because we don’t have confidence that the Board of Supervisors will pass it and instead will pass a watered down version creating far fewer units. Thank you to Supervisor Mark Farrell for taking the lead on this measure.)

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Why LGBT Pride Is So Personal for Me as a Gay Man

By Scott Wiener

It’s Pride month, a time when San Francisco and cities around the world celebrate the strength, resilience, and sheer fabulousness of the LGBT community. If last year’s Pride was marked by celebration of our long overdue right to marry, this year’s pride feels more like a matter of life and death — *our* lives. As we continue to process the horrific massacre of 49 of our LGBT brothers and sisters in Orlando, we must come together, embrace, and celebrate one another like never before. Orlando was an extreme violation of a community safe space for LGBT people of color, and for those of us who have spent more nights than we care to admit partying, meeting friends and lovers, and building community in our LGBT nightlife spaces, this attack cuts to the heart of who we are.


(Photo: Castro vigil for Orlando massacre. Our community is under assault, but our community is strong.)

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San Francisco Supervisor Holds Safety Meetings With Upcoming Gay Pride Festivities

This article first appeared on NBC Bay Area and can be found here.
By Ankita Bhanot

In the wake of the mass shooting that shook Orlando on Sunday, a San Francisco supervisor is taking steps to ensure that the LGBT community in the Bay Area won’t suffer the same tragic fate, especially as the June Pride Parade is two weeks away.

Supervisor Scott Wiener announced on Monday he will bring together members of the “LGBT nightlife community” and the San Francisco Police Department later this week to discuss preparations for the upcoming San Francisco pride celebration, which last year drew one million people. The Gay Pride weekend kicks off June 25. And there are no plans to cancel it, police and politicians said.

"This is an important conversation to have now so that everyone attending Pride can focus on the joyful reasons we are all together, and not be fearful of those threatened by our way of life, ” Wiener said in a statement.

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