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Posted on 22 Oct 2014, 22:49 - Category: News

First Media announcement acknowledging the Supervisor Candidates

In District 6, which covers South of Market and the Tenderloin, Supervisor Jane Kim is up against three men, including gay Rincon Hill resident Jamie Whitaker. Another neighborhood activist, Michael Nulty, who is the identical twin of District 8 candidate John Nulty, and David Carlos Salaverry, a Republican who placed third in the June primary for the 17th Assembly District seat, are also running.

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Posted on 22 Jul 2014, 20:52 - Category: News

Michael Nulty Announces Bid for District #6 Supervisor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (6/15)- District 6 is one of the most dynamic and diverse districts in San Francisco, encompassing the Tenderloin, South of Market, Mid-Market/Civic Center, South Beach, Mission Bay, Rincon Hill and Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island neighborhoods. The district is currently represented by Supervisor Jane Kim. Already community activist and leader Michael Nulty has announced his bid for the seat. had a few minutes with the candidate to speak to the candidate about the issues of gentrification, the nature of the city, and gun control.

SFN: First, why do you want to be elected to the Board of Supervisors?

MN: I believe that the voters in 2010, who voted in the District 6 election, thought they were electing a progressive candidate, when voting for Jane Kim. Jane Kim had an impressive history of working for tenant's rights as a Community Organizer for (CCDC) Chinatown Community Development Center. Also she was the President of San Francisco People's Organization, a group were I was a representative on behalf two Community Based Organizations.

When Jane Kim's championed a tax break proposal which applied to any large company willing to settle in the economically depressed area of Mid-Market corridor; community members felt that since this was Jane Kim's first proposal as supervisor, she signaled a break with her previous progressive record. She took a more pro-business and moderate position.

Since then, many changes to the Mid-Market area have occurred with little input from neighborhood residents. An advisory board was set up called Citizen's Advisory Committee for the Central Market and Tenderloin Area, again it was just an advisory committee whose members are frustrated with the process imposed on them.

There were benefit agreements that were included as part of the mid-Market Street tax break in order to secure support for its passage in April 2011, by the Board of Supervisors. Those were intended to counter adverse gentrification forces in the City, but the opposite is happening.
The Mayor’s Office and others are pushing for changes to the neighborhood, without including the residents at the table. If residents, "actual voters", had been involved, they should be acting as liaisons with the neighborhood or neighborhood groups, this is not taking place.

It is clear to me that District 6 has lost many voices at City Hall, that were listened to when the previous District Supervisor was in office. The whole purpose of District elections is to represent those who voted you into the office. I want to represent small businesses, low-income residents, and working-class individuals and strengthen their voices and represent their issues at City Hall. I will continue my work on environmental health, affordable housing, a living wage, leadership training, disability equality, seniors' rights, responsible business practices, economic development, environmental justice for Treasure Island residents, and land use policies.

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SFN: Second, considering your work in the District #6 community, what steps will you take to insure that your campaign reaches out to the African-American and Asian-American communities in the district?

MN: In all of my 37 years of community work in San Francisco has been open to all who wish to join or participate. I already have advisers and supporters from these communities with my campaign.

SFN: Third, one of the issues that Board of Supervisors is dealing with is the gentrification of neighborhoods caused by the rise of dot.coms and IT companies? What should be done about this issue?

MN: I answered this partial in Question #1. As a Board of Supervisor member I would create poverty alleviation programs aimed at economic or non-economic poverty. Some of the more popular methods used are education, economic development, and income redistribution. Poverty alleviation efforts may also be aimed at removing social and legal barriers to income growth among the low-income residents.

SFN: Fourth, after the Newtown, CT shootings one of the first pieces of legislation to be considered will be measures on gun control proposed by Mayor Ed Lee, which would limit ammo size and amount which private citizens could purchase, what are your thoughts?

MN: I was at the hearings at City Hall when Supervisor Malia Cohen was passing similar legislation and was surprised to see that I was the only neighborhood leader at the hearing the rest were either victim's families or gun owners not wishing to be legislated. My campaign supports reasonable gun control restrictions since I do not know the specifics on Mayor Lee's proposal.

SFN: Fifth, there are concerns that members of the Filipino-American and African-American community are beng "priced out" of San Francisco. How would you respond, and what will you do to address this issue?

MN: Neighborhoods are the building blocks of sustainable cities. Everyone deserves to live in a healthy, safe, connected and vibrant neighborhood. Economic opportunity, community well-being, and ecological health are fundamental ingredients for sustainable neighborhoods and cities. Neighborhood sustainability requires a new model for action – rooted in collaboration and inclusion – to co-create innovative district-scale projects.

I think current residents of San Francisco should be given preference to all new housing being built in San Francisco. And the Mayor's Office of Housing and other city departments should be streamlining their housing application process to all San Franciscans. More proactive measures need to be adopted to stop the loss of Filipino & African American families, individuals, and cultural serving businesses and neighborhoods. Stronger rent control and renter's rights need to be adopted. And new roommates moving into a already established households should be given the same rights, protections, and opportunities including have their names added to the lease; as master tenants already enjoy. I believe that people of color and immigrant District 6 residents voices needs to be heard and their ideas included by the City’s decision makers to ensure that they have a sustainable and thriving future in the District 6.

Other activities related to land use and planning, through electoral politics, bond issues, referenda, private land purchase, campaigning all need to be inclusive.

SFN: Sixth, one of the most divisive issues within the community has been the issue of neighborhood schooling, as to whether or not parents should be allowed to send their children to schools in their neighborhoods. What are your thoughts on the issue?

MN: We need to assure cultural diversity in our neighborhood schools. Children need to feel safe coming and going to their schools which should be nearby their home. I was fortunate to go to a private schools all near by my home when I grew up here in San Francisco. The Public School system should have similar policies and preferences in place.

SFN: Seventh, what are your thoughts on the current policies imposed by CCSF Chancellor and Special Trustee? Are there steps that can be taken by local government?

MN: An appointed special trustee made decisions in place of the elected board of Trustees stripping CCSF’s Board of Trustees of its voting powers. It will have to be state legislators not local legislators stepping with legislation.

SFN: Finally, another contentious issue is police relations, especially in the aftermath of the Alejandro Nieto case in Bernal Heights? What are your thoughts?

MN: The Bernal Heights community is grieving for Alejandro Nieto. Alejandro becomes another victim of officer-involved shooting by San Francisco Police. There many community questions raised about police training, and the proportional use of force. There are questions raised about the racial issues of police conduct. Again more funding and mental trainings are needed for first responders. And My deepest condolences on his sad demise. May his soul rest in peace!

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Posted on 22 Jul 2014, 20:44 - Category: News

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