**For immediate release**
August 30, 2016
Contact: Jeff Sparks, 415-942-9373
Campaign Manager, Scott Wiener for State Senate
Supervisor Jane Kim’s Abysmal Housing Record:
***Legalize Tents on Sidewalks
***Block New Affordable Housing
***Throw Renters Under the Bus
San Francisco, CA – (August 30, 2016) While Supervisor Jane Kim held a sham, staged housing forum to purportedly find solutions to San Francisco’s housing crisis, San Francisco residents turned out in force to shine a light on the fact that Kim has an abysmal record of blocking housing, and siding with the rich and powerful while throwing renters under the bus.
“While Jane Kim holds her sham, carefully orchestrated forum to discuss housing solutions, voters deserve to know Kim's abysmal record on housing. Kim supports legalizing tents on sidewalks, while at the time voting against significant funding to create permanent housing for our homeless residents; she voted against 7,200 units of transit friendly housing; she supported a moratorium on housing; and she threw San Francisco’s renters under the bus by protecting the for-profit Academy of Art’s illegal conversion of rent-controlled housing,” stated Jeff Sparks, Campaign Manager. "It's particularly egregious that she advocates legalizing people living in squalor in sidewalk tents while voting against funding for actual housing for homeless people.”
“Supervisor Jane Kim is not who she says she is. She can hold all the sham forums in the world, but that doesn't change her anti-housing record. Voters deserve to know the facts about Jane Kim's poor housing record, because Jane’s sure isn't going to tell them," continued Sparks.
KIM’S POOR HOUSING RECORD:
KIM VOTED AGAINST $1 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR HOMELESS HOUSING
Jane Kim deliberately sacrificed significant funding for permanent housing for homeless children, men, and women.
KIM SUPPORTS LEGALIZING SIDEWALK TENTS AS HOMES
Kim made a clear choice to support legalization of tents on our sidewalks over funding for real housing.
KIM SIDED WITH FOR-PROFIT ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, THROWING RENTERS UNDER THE BUS
For-profit Academy of Art (AAU) illegally converts rent-controlled housing into student facilities and is being sued by the City for those actions. In a clear choice, Kim threw renters under the bus and sided with the rich and powerful AAU. Kim did so by opposing legislation to stop AAU from converting more rent-controlled units.
KIM VOTED AGAINST 7,200 NEW HOUSING UNITS
Kim voted against 7,200 transit, family-friendly, environmentally sustainable, and affordable units at Park Merced, including 3,200 rent controlled units.
KIM AUTHORED AND SUPPORTED PROP I, THE MISSION HOUSING MORATORIUM
If Prop I had passed, 1,100 new housing units would have been blocked, and affordable housing would have been reduced.
KIM HAS TAKEN $144,450, IN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM LUXURY HOUSING
Kim's supervisor district has more luxury housing than any other neighborhood in San Francisco, and Kim has taken thousands of dollars in contributions from those developers while supporting luxury condos with no affordable housing.