Reform Slate is what SF Democrats deserve

San Franciscans can take a major step toward preserving The City’s unique and vibrant character by voting for the Reform Slate for the Democratic County Central Committee.

The City has changed dramatically in recent years. Many longtime residents are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the cost of living in one of the nation’s most expensive cities. Skyrocketing home and rental costs are driving out working families and people of color. The very face of The City is changing.

Too often, elected officials resign themselves to the collateral damage of such seismic economic and cultural shifts. Rather than seek bold solutions that serve the people’s interests, they settle for false choices presented by well-funded special interests. Rather than take the lead, they take what is offered. They extoll the prospective tax revenues and economic benefits of luxury high-rises that cater to well-paid tech workers — then allow the developers to buy their way out of affordable-housing requirements. Project by project, eviction by eviction, they shrug in the face of the economic forces that are tearing at the fabric of our city and meekly call it “the cost of progress.”

That’s why local members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers voted to endorse the Reform Slate. We need a DCCC that will represent the working families of San Francisco, not the real estate industry; that will stand up for what’s best for the 99 percent, not the 1 percent.

Working families are getting hit from all sides. Wages have stagnated. The cost of living is soaring. Many families can’t afford to rent homes, much less buy them.

As caregivers, our members see these issues from a unique perspective. They see the toll that poverty and income equality take on the health and well-being of their patients and their patients’ families. Parents are working long hours, sometimes at two jobs. They have less time to spend with their children, less time to prepare healthy meals, less money to provide regular preventive health care.

Many San Francisco Examiner readers may never have heard of the DCCC. But in a city dominated by Democrats, it wields a great deal of power. It controls party endorsements and campaign cash; it can make or break a candidate or sink a ballot measure. And it can and will have tremendous influence over the fate of our city as we continue to grapple with the fallout of this enormous shift that is transforming our neighborhoods, our economy and our culture.

We need to ensure the people steering us through these difficult times have our best interests at heart. We need to elect true public servants who see the full picture and who don’t fall victim to the myopic project-by-project dismantling of a city that has for so long prided itself on its cultural and economic diversity.

NUHW members endorse the Reform Slate, as well as Angela Alioto, who is running in the 19th District and has been a champion of working families, healthcare workers and labor.

17th Assembly District (East Side): Alysabeth Alexander, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, Petra DeJesus, Bevan Dufty, Jon Golinger, Pratima Gupta, Frances Hsieh, Jane Kim, Rafael Mandelman, Sophie Maxwell, Aaron Peskin, Leroy Wade Woods and Cindy Wu.

19th Assembly District (West Side): Brigitte Davila, Sandra Lee Fewer, Hene Kelly, Leah LaCroix, Eric Mar, Myrna Melgar and Norman Yee.

Sal Rosselli is president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents 11,000 caregivers throughout the Bay Area and California.

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