S.F. Examiner endorsement for District 4 supervisor, assessor-recorder, city attorney, treasurer

Katy Tang for District 4 supervisor

The Sunset district often is wrongly viewed as nothing more than a bedroom community. Yet nestled into the vast neighborhood are commercial corridors — some of which are booming and others that have great potential.

The economic recovery in The City — for businesses and the residential housing market — has positioned The Avenues as a viable place for small businesses to locate and for families to set down roots in San Francisco.

But the success of the area when it comes to residents and businesses is not guaranteed — something that neighborhood Supervisor Katy Tang seems to understand.

Tang — appointed to the position by Mayor Ed Lee in February — has moved to plot a course forward for the area with the Sunset District Blueprint project. She has initiated a series of workshops with residents to discuss long-range goals for the district around topics that include transportation, land use and economic development.

Her thinking shows that she knows her district cannot be semi-isolated on the western edge of The City. A vote for Tang is a vote for building a strong future for the Sunset.

Carmen Chu for assessor-recorder

The Assessor-Recorder's Office is best known by residents and businesses for handling mundane paperwork and property tax assessments.

But Carmen Chu understands not just the importance of her office's work, but the future challenges it faces as The City's population grows.

An efficient Assessor-Recorder's Office is necessary to handle not just the workload straining the system now, but also future needs as whole new neighborhoods sprout up in Mission Bay, Hunters Point and Treasure Island.

Chu approaches her work which brings in a bulk of the general fund, in a no-nonsense way with a firm grasp of what is possible and what needs to be done.

Dennis Herrera for city attorney

A 2008 San Francisco Examiner profile of Dennis Herrera called him “The legal lion roaring for equal rights.” The profile was written amid the long court battle for marriage equality, but the description is still apt today.

Herrera never has been one to shy away from controversy. His office dutifully defends legislation passed by San Francisco lawmakers, while also pushing forward on issues Herrera has deemed important –including the lawsuit targeting alleged patient dumping in San Francisco and other California municipalities by a Nevada hospital.

Where others might sidestep a legal case they deem quixotic, Herrera has time and again stuck with important issues long after the spotlight has faded on them.

Jose Cisneros for treasurer

San Francisco is about to radically change its business tax structure from a payroll tax to a gross receipts tax — a dramatic alteration that is not for the light-hearted to oversee.

Jose Cisneros has efficiently run the Treasurer's Office since 2004, and he is the right person to effectively transition The City to the new tax.

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