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Superior Court Judge, Office No. 7
Victor Hwang, deputy director for the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and a city police commissioner, is running against Paul Henderson, who works for Mayor Ed Lee on public safety issues, to replace retiring San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith.
Hwang has the strong experience as a civil rights attorney and public defender that will serve him well for the position. He was a deputy district attorney in San Francisco from 2007 to 2014, when he prosecuted hate crimes and human trafficking, among other cases. Hwang was appointed to the Police Commission in April 2014.
Endorsement: Victor Hwang for Superior Court Judge
Board of Education
Matt Haney, Jill Wynns and Rachel Norton all deserve to win re-election to the San Francisco Board of Education.
Stevon Cook, a district graduate and CEO of Mission Bit, a nonprofit focused on expanding computer science education to public school students, is a great choice to fill the open seat left by departing commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer, who is running for supervisor.
Cook has pledged to work to bring better equity to the district, empower students, emphasize social justice and close the achievement gap. He narrowly lost when he ran for the school board two years ago.
The race will shape the future of public schools more than usual this November, with voters deciding who will have a presiding voice in the search for a new superintendent.
Haney, the current board president, said he would, if re-elected, focus on raising teacher salaries and building teacher housing, as well as retaining and recruiting teachers. He would also continue pushing for the implementation of Safe and Supportive Schools, a 2014 policy he authored that banned certain forms of discipline in favor of restorative justice practices.
While Norton agreed that the superintendent search and teacher affordability issues were a top priority, she also is interested in changing the district’s Student Assignment Policy, which has contributed to segregation in the SFUSD and underenrollment in Bayview schools.
Wynns, a 20-year veteran on the board, has been a strong advocate for school funding, equity issues and educational programs to benefit students and families, including leading the fight to keep corporate branding out of schools.
Endorsement: Matt Haney, Jill Wynns, Rachel Norton and Stevon Cook for the SFUSD Board of Education
Community College Board
Four seats on the Board of Trustees at City College of San Francisco are up for grabs this November, just months before the college’s accreditor will decide whether the institution remains open. We support incumbents Rafael Mandelman and Alex Randolph for re-election, along with Tom Temprano and former Student Trustee Shanell Williams.
The new board will have to grapple with a series of financial and enrollment issues at CCSF. Now fully accredited but on restoration status, CCSF has until January to prove it should keep its doors open.
Mandelman, an attorney for the city of Oakland, has led the board through the accreditation crisis as board president and helped it reclaim local control over the college. If re-elected, Mandelman said he would prioritize the search for a new chancellor — Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb’s contract expires next June — and also look for private and public funding to sustain the college.
Randolph, a former City Hall legislative aide, also said the chancellor search is imperative. He was appointed to an open seat on the board by Mayor Lee last April before beating Temprano in the race for the seat in November. Randolph is interested in increasing transparency at the college and accreditation reform across the state.
Temprano, a CCSF alum, owner of Virgil’s Sea Room and an LGBT activist, said improving enrollment is central for CCSF to move forward and believes CCSF should spend more of its large funding reserves on student outreach. He is also critical of the administration’s decision to cancel courses earlier than usual this semester.
Williams, a community engagement specialist for UC San Francisco, has been an activist calling to keep CCSF open and accredited since 2012. As a trustee, Williams said she would work to boost student enrollment and pay for faculty and staff. Williams is against the recent decision to reduce CCSF’s class schedule and is interested in maintaining courses wherever possible.
The American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents CCSF faculty, has endorsed Temprano and Williams. Though it has not endorsed Mandelman or Randolph, the union is recommending voters not return Amy Bacharach, a policy research analyst for the state court system, as a trustee because she failed to back restored health care and benefits for part-time faculty during recent negotiations.
Endorsement: Rafael Mandelman, Alex Randolph, Tom Temprano and Shanell Williams for Board of Trustees at City College of San Francisco
BART Board of Directors, District 7
BART board director Zakhary Mallett is facing a challenge from candidates Lateefah Simon, Will Roscoe and Roland Emerson for District 7, which represents parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties — in particular, the southwestern portion of The City, including the Bayview.
We support Simon’s vision for a better BART system. Simon wants 30,000 units of affordable housing built on available BART land. She also told the Examiner she’s wary of the BART Police Department’s role in dealing with homeless people in BART stations. Instead, she said, she would propose safety monitors hired from the community to deal with quality-of-life issues on BART.
Simon also said access for people with disabilities should be expanded on BART, and chastised the district for its frequently inoperable elevators, which strand wheelchair users, among others.
Endorsement: Lateefah Simon for BART Board of Directors, District 7
BART Board of Directors, District 9
BART board director Tom Radulovich’s District 9 seat was up for grabs late in the election season, with the three candidates being fully confirmed by mid-August: Bevan Dufty, Gwyneth Borden and Michael Petrelis.
We support Dufty for the seat. Dufty, San Francisco’s former homeless czar who also served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 8 for two terms. Most recently, he was elected to San Francisco’s Democratic Party board, the DCCC.
Dufty told the Examiner he would use his experience in the homeless system to address the homeless populations in city BART stations and ensure BART police serve all people equitably.
Endorsement: Bevan Dufty for BART Board of Directors, District 7