2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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Pavement quality is an essential issue for safe comfortable bicycling in San Francisco – potholes can make biking not merely uncomfortable but often hazardous. With the city's streets in such a desperately poor state of repair, more funding is needed to keep our streets in a stable condition and begin to reverse the downward trend. At the same time we need to accelerate major streetscape enhancements for biking, walking, and transit on streets like Masonic Avenue, Second Street, and of course Market Street.
Phil Ting: Yes.
Leland Yee: I support the current ballot measure. We must repair our streets for the safety of our pedestrians, bicyclists, MUNI and drivers. The bond will have an immediate positive impact on the city's street quality. The projects outlined in the Bond would also serve as an immediate source of job creation.
Cesar Ascarrunz: No I do not support Proposition B.
John Avalos: Yes. It’s unfortunate that we must resort to bond financing for this necessary work, but further deterioration will cost us more if we wait any longer. We must prioritize repaving underserved neighborhoods, which often have poor pavement due to neglect, light industrial zones, and heavy truck traffic. As Mayor I will aggressively pursue new revenue sources so we don’t have to resort to bonds, which waste money on interest payments. (See #15, #16 & #17)
Terry Baum: No. Ongoing maintenance should be paid for by higher taxes on the wealthy, not by bonds. Bond funding is appropriate for major infrastructure projects (e.g., a new bridge or high-speed rail), but funding things like street repair is irresponsible to future generations. I do support the use of existing maintenenance funds towards fixing potholes in bike lanes, since bikes do no damage to pavement and are not responsible for the majority of repair costs.
David Chiu: I was the lead legislative sponsor of Prop B on the Board of Supervisors and strongly support it as a means to improve safety on our streets, reduce potholes and catch up on our maintenance backlog. I appreciate the SFBC’s Good Roads Campaign and all the volunteer Lane Stewards who report dangerous potholes.
Paul Currier: No. I do not support our spending our resources for the profits of private banks thru bonds as we have in the past. My proposal for our Public Owned Community Bank will allow us to generate over $5 to $10 billion in new funding shortly – as in directly after we open our new Bank and we can both fully fund these needed infrastructure improvements as well as save one half the cost of the bonds. [response truncated]
Bevan Dufty: I support Proposition B. We need a major intervention to address the backlogs in street repair. As Mayor, I would designate street repair funding on a quality index, repair-as-needed basis to avoid the costs of repairing badly damaged roadways and prevent the inherent safety hazards of any degree of road degradation earlier.
Tony Hall: At this time I do not support proposition B as I believe that there are adequate monies available in the current budget to accomplish same. Those monies have been diverted to other uses in the past 15 years and the taxpayer should not now have to re-foot the bill to make up for bad management.
Dennis Herrera : Yes, I do support Proposition B. For San Francisco to move aggressively into the future as a world-class city, our infrastructure must be up to the task.
Emil Lawrence: No.
Ed Lee: Yes, strongly. I sponsored the Road Repaving & Street Safety ballot measure and have visited numerous community meetings and neighborhood organizations to rally our residents to pass this important investment in San Francisco’s future. I even took steps to ensure that support for this critical bond was not undermined by the politics of the mayoral race and I continue to campaign hard for passage of this bond. We must ensure that our roads and bikeways [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: I do support Prop B [ed note: republished as received]
Joanna Rees: I have not taken a position on Proposition B yet and will continue to examine this issue over the next several weeks. My first preference is to fund regular street maintenance on a consistent basis each year through the general fund. City Hall insiders have chosen to divert regular street maintenance funds to other causes year after year to the detriment of our transit infrastructure.
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