Editorial: Crowley for supervisor in D7
Voters west of Twin Peaks in District 7 will elect a new supervisor next month. After two terms, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd is termed out. The district is probably the most conservative in San Francisco, although demographics are changing and there are more and more LGBT people living there. This year, there's even a gay man running to represent the district. But of the candidates running, our first selection – in ranked choice voting – goes to Francis "FX" Crowley.
Crowley, a District 7 native, has a firm grasp of the issues and has a record as a public servant, community volunteer, and leader of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union. As a member of the Port Commission, Crowley understands the issues affecting the city's waterfront, including development (he supported the 8 Washington condo complex while serving on the Port Commission, but says he does not support unencumbered development). In District 7, he cited Lake Merced as a critical issue and said that its deterioration has frustrated those who want to enjoy the lake and its recreational activities. As a supervisor, he said he would work with city agencies to restore the lake's water quality.
He has a history working with LGBT folks, particularly in his union, where he said he consistently supported LGBT members to seek leadership positions. He thinks it's important that boards and commissions reflect the city's diversity and said he would recommend qualified LGBT candidates for such posts.
We found Crowley to be knowledgeable about city issues and in tune with his district. He is our first choice for supervisor.
Second choice: Norman Yee
Norman Yee, currently president of the school board, is a strong ally to the LGBT community, particularly on matters pertaining to school curriculum and education. He has a reputation as someone who gets things done for children and families in the city and pointed out that for seven years now math and English test scores have improved in public schools.
His main concerns are job creation and access to health care, as well as increasing the supply of affordable housing.
Yee supports a vibrant nightlife in the city, and said that increased access to public transportation and the availability of taxicabs in District 7 is important because it is nearly impossible to hail a cab or travel late at night in the southeast portions of the city and in his district. He also supports community policing, which he said helps build relationships between residents and the police and could address concerns raised by neighbors in areas where there are issues of noise and public intoxication after clubs close.
In short, we believe Yee would be a good supervisor.
Third choice: Joel Engardio
Gay District 7 resident Joel Engardio is running a grassroots campaign in his bid to serve on the board. He pointed out that in San Francisco, there is new territory for LGBT candidates to pioneer. While the district is more conservative than many others in the city, there are shifts happening in some neighborhoods, where there's been an influx of new LGBT residents. Engardio has the support of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
Engardio said that his big issue is fiscal responsibility. A former journalist, Engardio believes that the city must be accountable to voters for how it spends public dollars, and that general fund money, rather than borrowed funds, should be used for projects like street repair. Unfortunately, in this economy, the city's general fund is strapped, which is why voters have passed various bond measures for capital projects.
Engardio said he is an independent, and would not be beholden to the various interests at City Hall. He said that he is a common sense candidate who happens to be gay.
To view the complete list of B.A.R. endorsements, click here: www.ebar.com/downloads/2012_endorsements.pdf.