District 2: Catherine Stefani
In District 2, we give the edge to Catherine Stefani, who has been a hard-working supervisor since then-mayor Mark Farrell appointed her to his old seat in January. A straight ally, she understands LGBT issues, and issues that affect the LGBT community, like addiction.
She supports supervised injection sites with supportive services, and stated in her questionnaire "drug use on our streets is out of control." Unfortunately, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 186, which would have allowed San Francisco to establish a safe injection site pilot program. State lawmakers are expected to try again next year.
Stefani supports a drop-in center or Navigation Center in District 2 and said she would advocate expanding the city's homeless outreach team's presence in the area. That likely will be challenging in the city's wealthiest district, but every neighborhood in the city should do its part to drastically decrease homelessness.
"To truly solve homelessness, we need more supportive housing to shelter people long-term and provide needed services," she wrote.
Stefani thinks that each supervisor should look for opportunities in their neighborhoods that are underutilized and could be rezoned with a higher density. In District 2, a special use district was created for the Lucky Penny site along Geary Boulevard, which upzoned a housing development from 21 to 95 units, creating 19 additional subsidized affordable units.
Regarding her personal ties to the LGBT community, Stefani told us in an editorial board meeting that her sister came out in the 1990s, and it was a difficult process, something Stefani hopes others don't have to experience. She is committed to LGBT issues such as backfilling federal HIV/AIDS cuts, and supported the renaming of Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport in honor of slain gay supervisor Harvey Milk.
She served as the San Francisco leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
Prior to becoming a supervisor, Stefani was the county clerk. Before that, she was a legislative aide to both Farrell and his predecessor, Michela Alioto-Pier. In other words, she knows how City Hall works and knows District 2 issues and constituents.
We endorse Stefani for a full four-year term.
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