2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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What are your ideas for ongoing funding sources and mechanisms for pavement maintenance and repair?
Cesar Ascarrunz: With programs and events as you mentioned earlier, it would be great to allocate funds raised by the community to support these events. I will be willing to help fund raise since I want to see this happen and I have many years of experience fund-raising.
There are many ideas for increasing revenue in the City. Whatís missing is the will to implement them. All our hopes of improve biking and public transit depend on identifying new funding sources to pay for it all.
Terry Baum: A local vehicle registration fee, with heavier vehicles and luxury cars paying significantly more. †Although state law is stacked against this (and in favor of regressive measures such as bonds), the Green Party supports changes to laws at all levels of government in order to allow the rich to pay their fair share of expenses.
David Chiu: While I fully support this Novemberís Prop B, pavement maintenance should be a part of our regular operating budget. To generate funding, I support a restoration of the Vehicle License Fee to the levels before Governor Schwarzenegger cut it; this item could generate more than $50 million per year for transit priorities. I am also willing to explore the creation of a dedicated fund for bicycle infrastructure improvements.
Bevan Dufty: Current city-sponsored funding efforts have not done enough to plan for road maintenance outside of the election cycle. Creating a separate infrastructure fund that mirrors the Rainy-Day fund for our roads is the long-term solution for funding this essential service. As mayor I will oversee that this critical funding structure be put in place so that potholes are not part of daily life but of history.
Tony Hall: Stop the diverting of funds from an annual allocation that could only be used for such purposes.
Dennis Herrera : First, we must conduct a serious review of our budget priorities knowing that safe, sound thoroughfares are crucial to our economic prosperity and our quality of life. And although it would require a change to state law, I would support the institution of a local vehicle license fee, which could net the city significant funding for pavement maintenance and repair. In addition to providing badly needed funds, this would be consistent with our transit-first policy.
Emil Lawrence: I do not know what funding sources and mechanisms entail here.
Ed Lee: I am proud to have developed and implemented the City's Ten Year Capital Plan that identifies priorities and sources of funding for important infrastructure investments in San Francisco. This November, I sponsored the $248 million Road Repaving and Street Safety bond and am campaigning hard for its passage, with the strong support of the SFBC. But that will not be enough. We must reverse the historic underinvestment in our streets and sidewalks and find permanent [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: How about looking into diverting the funding of the boondoggle Central Subway to more useful solutions.
Joanna Rees: I am a firm believer in bottom-up budgeting. In my budget proposals, each department will start at $0 and must justify all expenditures. Programs that are working will be maintained and expanded. Programs that are not performing well or no longer serving the needs of our community will face reductions in spending or elimination. The city must hold itself to the highest standards while measuring the success of its many programs. I believe there is [response truncated]
Phil Ting: I fully support the November bond measure for paving roads and maintaining our streets. I believe we need to be disciplined during our budget deliberations to set aside precious dollars to pave our roads. While these decisions are tough, we can not continue to kick the can down the road and defer maintenance.
Leland Yee: The Road Repaving bond measure on Novemberís ballot is an important step in addressing the backlog of needed repairs to our city streets. Moving forward, however, we must identify stable, sustainable revenue for our streets. One potential funding stream is an increase to local vehicle license fees. I supported SB 83 (Hancock, 2009) that authorized SFCTA to place a local VLF increase on the ballot, and as mayor would support that effort in San Francisco.
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