SAN FRANCISCO
10/10/2011 10:13 pm ET Updated Dec 10, 2011

San Francisco Candidate Questionnaire MIchela Alioto-Pier

Michela Alitoto-Pier

Born: San Francisco, CA, 1968

Current Gig: Former San Francisco Supervisor

Why should we vote for you?
As a member of the Board of Supervisors and throughout my career, I have focused on finding innovative solutions to problems, and building consensus to get things done. I passed the Biotech Tax Credit despite an ideologically divided board. I created the Office of Economic Analysis to give us some long term perspective and good information about how we can grow San Francisco's economy. Even though it wasn't in my district, I fought to keep St. Luke's open and serving patients in the mission, and I led the fight to close power plants in the Bayview. I was born and raised in San Francisco, and I believe the Mayor needs to serve the entire city, not limited interests or one community. I'll work to make San Francisco a city of opportunity for everyone.

List a few of your most significant endorsements. Which one do you feel best exemplifies the reasons why you are running for mayor?
I have been endorsed by the National Women's Political Caucus, San Francisco Building Trades, the police and fire unions, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Vice President Al Gore. I think those who have endorsed me recognize my commitment to creating jobs at all levels, working for public safety, long-term management of the city's finances and innovation in public policy.
What's your favorite place in San Francisco?
Every since I was a kid, I've liked to go to Marina Greens and watch the boats. It reminds me of my family, and many of the things I appreciate most about this city.
What is the single biggest issue facing San Francisco right now?
Our biggest challenge is keeping families in the city. We need to pass the neighborhood schools initiative, create good jobs, invest in parks and recreation, and expand home ownership opportunities in order to make the city a more welcoming place to raise a family.

Over the past year, Muni's on-time percentage dropped for the first time in five years, largely due to budget-related service cutbacks. As mayor, what would you do to make Muni better?
Right now, MUNI does an OK job getting information to riders, but we don't do enough to absorb information. Communication via social media should be a two way street, so riders can inform MUNI when something goes wrong and MUNI can act on it quickly. We also need to re-evaluate every route on a regular basis to ensure we're getting people where they want to go quickly and efficiently.

What do you think of Prop. E, which would allow the Board to amend or repeal laws passed by voters?
I think laws passed by the voters are the clearest example of the will of the people, and they should only be amended or repealed by the people.

As rents in San Francisco continue to rise, there are fears that SF is becoming a luxury bedroom community for Silicon Valley, with working-class families being pushed out of the market. Would counteracting this transition be a priory in your administration?

We need to maintain our current rent control program, but we also need to overhaul the condo-conversion process to make home ownership a real possibility for more people. We need to be creating more jobs here in San Francisco, and attracting more high-paying jobs in new industries.

How well do you think BART has handled the recent string of protests. If SFPD were faced with a similar situation, which parts of what BART leadership and the BART police depart has done would you use a model for what you would do and which parts would you avoid?

I think BART had the right instinct to protect regular commuters and service, but there is very little about the action they took that I would want SFPD to repeat.

Describe Gavin Newsom in two words.
Great Mayor.

Describe Willie Brown in three words.
San Francisco institution

Describe Chris Daly in four words.
Great bar owner.