SF Examiner Endorsement: Catherine Stefani for District 2

Stefani, a longtime resident of the district, is a former assistant district attorney and served as county clerk and as a legislative aide before being appointed by Mayor Mark Farrell earlier this year. She has strong backing from both the moderate and progressive factions in city politics and is a poised, polished and knowledgeable candidate. 

So far she has pursued popular measures such as a hearing on auto burglaries, expanded gun control and a call to increase the representation of women in city statues and in names for parks and buildings. She was also one of the few elected officials to quickly drop her support for school board candidate Josephine Zhao when her transphobic remarks came to light — a move we applaud. On the negative side, she was one of the few elected officials to back the San Francisco Police Officers Association’s Proposition H on the June ballot, overriding the Police Commission’s control over Taser policy, even after the commission approved a policy that obviated any possible argument for supporting it.

Josefowitz, a solar power company founder and BART board member who is largely financing his own campaign, is strong on transit issues and has the backing of state Sen. Scott Wiener and state Assembly members David Chiu and Phil Ting. However the ambitious up-and-comer has managed to alienate some other San Francisco officials with tactics that include backing a measure that would have prevented former Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier from serving another term and suing the city to try to force an election in June rather than November. Perhaps as a result, not one current member of the Board of Supervisors or other city office holder has endorsed him — a telling absence for a regional office holder who declared his candidacy last year.

While Josefowitz has touted his strong pro-development stance, Stefani, too, favors increased housing development through a variety of means including density bonuses and rezoning. However unlike Josefowitz, she advocates for doing so at the local level and against a top-down approach imposed by Sacramento.

We ultimately think Stefani better reflects the overall views of voters in her district and will effectively represent them on the Board of Supervisors. She has worked hard to reach out to constituents and build alliances and shows every sign of being a successful legislator.

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