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Supervisor candidates Sandra Lee Fewer, Hillary Ronen and Kim Alvarenga are running on a combined policy platform to address the most pressing issues in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Working as full-time professionals and full-time moms, we know how to multi-task, work effectively and get things done in the most efficient way. And we want to bring these skills to City Hall.

We are three women candidates running for seats on the Board of Supervisors for our respective districts. We are professional working mothers raising our children in San Francisco. We don’t have time to deal with political cliques or schoolyard fights, nor will we let corporate lobbyists prevent us from solving common-sense problems and moving The City forward.

Together, we have more than 50 years of experience crafting effective legislative initiatives to build more affordable housing, improve education reform and advance smart on crime policies. And most importantly, we have a proven track record of representing and delivering for our communities.

We know that finding common ground and working together is always the first step to solving any problem. That’s why, for the first time in San Francisco history, we are presenting a combined policy platform to proactively address the most pressing issues that are impacting our families and communities. Here’s our collaborative plan for our first year in office:

Free preschool for San Francisco families

It’s time to join New York and other major cities and make universal preschool an option for all parents in our city. Adding pre-K for 4-year-olds to our existing school system will ensure all kids have an equal chance to succeed and will give a much needed financial break to struggling San Francisco families. We will work together to create a road map and funding plan to make universal preschool available without raising taxes.

Transportation for the 21st century

In the last decade, San Francisco has become a world leader in technology and innovation. Yet our transportation system is still utilizing a system built in the 1970s. We’ll work to make it official city policy that our government should spend the next decade planning for our future by updating our Muni fleet, creating a plan for future underground transit to the Richmond District and the beach and leading the charge in the Bay Area to create 24-hour BART.

Build navigation centers

Street encampments are not a solution to homelessness. They’re unhealthy for both the people living in them and the neighbors who have them on their doorsteps. Navigation Centers provide an ethical and effective solution to clearing street encampments and giving people a path to housing — and we need more of them. We will be laser-focused on clearing street encampments, getting people into stable housing and creating additional navigation centers where they are appropriate. We need to commit to a humane and effective path to addressing homelessness.

Stop the broken car windows

For years, our police department has underprioritized responses to property crime. At this point, many San Franciscans don’t even bother reporting car break-ins. For families already paying high mortgages and rents, the cost of fixing broken car windows can be devastating. We’ll work collaboratively with the San Francisco Police Department to require escalated response times, ensure all property crime units are appropriately staffed and require innovative techniques to catch car thieves.

Build, build, build affordable

The No. 1 issue facing San Francisco right now is the exorbitant cost of housing. Together, we’ll identify three sites in each district where we can create 100 percent affordable housing for families and maximize existing resources to build it. If our children are going to be San Franciscans, we have no other choice.

It’s going to take all of us working together to change the direction of our city. And that means no more passing the blame, no more hiding from our problems and no more excuses. We’re excited to join forces, build bridges and create common-sense solutions by working together with the board and mayor. We can’t wait to get started. This is for our children and future generations of San Franciscans.  

Sandra Lee Fewer is running for District 1 supervisor. Hillary Ronen is running for District 9 supervisor.

Kim Alvarenga is running for District 11 supervisor.

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