2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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Sunday Streets is a popular program, now in its fourth year, which the SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to have helped launch. Sunday Streets creates miles of temporary car-free streets for people to get physically active in diverse SF neighborhoods, on bicycles, on foot, on skates, in wheelchairs, with dogs, with hula hoops, etc. Will you work to continue and grow Sunday Streets by integrating it into the City budget to ensure steady funding?
Bevan Dufty: I worked with Leah on SFCTA funding in 2010 and, while I was not successful at that time, you have my commitment to ensure dedicated City support that allows Sunday Streets to grow and thrive. I just participated in the Civic Center/TL Sunday Streets, which was great. As you know, I was a solid vote when we launched Sunday Streets and there was an effort to block it on the Embarcadero. I will also work [response truncated]
Tony Hall: Yes.
Dennis Herrera : Sunday Streets is a laudable program and I will happily support its expansion as Mayor. As Mayor, I will conduct a top-to-bottom review of the city budget to find ways to support programs like Sunday Streets in a sustainable, responsible fashion that does not conflict with our other civic priorities.
Emil Lawrence: I have not seen what the funding is for Sunday streets.
Ed Lee: As Mayor and previously as City Administrator I have given strong support to this popular and innovative program and deployed the resources of our city agencies to work in partnership with community organizations. I was just out meeting people enjoying Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin/Civic Center last Sunday, and I’m looking forward to Sunday Streets in Chinatown next month. Sunday Streets provides a perfect venue to encourage San Francisco residents to explore our neighborhoods, participate [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: I will certainly work to continue Sunday Street program and even expand it to include more neighborhoods.
Joanna Rees: Yes. I frequently attend Sunday Streets events. They are great for the community and support our unique merchant corridors. I look forward to supporting the program and attending events as mayor.
Phil Ting: Yes, I have been a strong supporter of Sunday Streets from the very first day! I have been asked to speak at a Sunday Street fundraiser to talk about how important this event is to all San Franciscans. I would continue to work with Livable City and all the other community organizations to raise funding for this amazing event. We should shoot for having Sunday Streets every Sunday of the year!
Leland Yee: Yes.
Cesar Ascarrunz: I would like to advocate for this event as Mayor. The budget as it stands needs a lot of clean up and re-organizing. When we get San Francisco to the prosperous city it once was, I am sure will be able to fund Sunday Streets and also other events that San Francisco residents can enjoy.
John Avalos: Yes. Sunday Streets is a wonderful example of community involvement and neighborhood relationship building, and has warmed San Franciscans to a re-envisioning of our streets with “pedestrianized” streets, and green, tree-lined plazas. It is an excellent vehicle for promoting this long-term improvement of our City.
Terry Baum: Yes. Sunday Streets was originally championed by the Green Party, and I will continue to expand the program. Sunday Streets also demonstrates the possibility of closing some streets permanently to private car traffic, with positive impacts on the livability and economic viability (e.g., foot traffic to small businesses) of neighborhoods.
David Chiu: I have been an avid participant and supporter of Sunday Streets, which brings safe open space and family-friendly activities to neighborhoods that otherwise lack recreational opportunities. I have participated in almost every Sunday Streets this year. It has been a major success since its launch, and should be made a permanent part of our budget.
Paul Currier: Yes.
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