2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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What are your ideas for other funding sources for bicycle projects and programs in San Francisco?
Terry Baum: The federal government should provide significantly more support to cities for ongoing costs. However, since our Democratic Party representatives show little interest in these priorities, we should augment our local budget by taxing the rich. The Green Party also supports a locally owned Municipal Bank, public power, and other reforms that would significantly increase the City's budget.
David Chiu: I am open to many ideas for funding sources for bicycle projects, and would work with SFBC and allies to determine the feasibility of funding ideas. For example, we should explore whether our residential parking program adequately captures the real cost of street parking; continue to expand SFpark’s use of technology to optimize pricing strategies; identify bond monies and operating funds for bicycle projects; and create a dedicate fund for bicycle infrastructure improvements.
I have discussed my plans for a new Community Owned Bank.
Emulating the successes of other cities and applying them to the unique needs of San Francisco is a challenge I am excited to meet. London has found an innovative method of financing its’ bike lanes and bike-share program by forming a public-private partnership with Barclay’s.
Tony Hall: [no response given]
Dennis Herrera : Obviously, the best thing we can do is ramp up our economy, rationalize our budget process and prioritize bike projects as part of our long-term strategy going forward. Additionally, we should consider methods that other cities have used, such as public/private partnerships and sponsorships by businesses that value a healthy, active workforce that is able to commute to work safely without contributing to the choking congestion that stifles our economic growth and quality of life.
Emil Lawrence: Possibly tax rebates.
Ed Lee: I have encouraged our city departments to propose innovative ideas to improve our transportation network. It is clear that we must explore alternate funding sources to be able to implement our extensive plans.
Wilma Pang: As I mentioned previously, more funds should be diverted to more useful projects [ed note: republished as received]
Joanna Rees: SFMTA is severely underfunded. Especially in light of major cuts in state funding. To help make up the difference I support a $100 per vehicle mitigation fee in San Francisco.
Phil Ting: I have helped bring in over $300 million of additional property tax revenue over the last six years. I hope some of the money was set aside for valuable bike projects. I would continue to focus on closing corporate loopholes and making sure everyone pays their fair share. This would definitely generate millions in additional dollars. We should close the hotel tax loophole for Internet companies – same with Amazon and sales taxes. Additionally, I would [response truncated]
Leland Yee: Please refer to Question 15.
Cesar Ascarrunz: See question 15.
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