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San Francisco County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 4

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Phoenix Streets

City and County of San Francisco Public Defender's Office, Attorney
73,560 votes (35.72%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Acknowledge and address implicit bias in the judicial system.
  • Reduce recidivisim by addressing the reasons people commit crimes.
  • Consider alternatives to incarceration.



Profession:Attorney at San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Head Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender's Office (2000–current)


University of California Hastings College of the Law J.D., law (1997)
University of California Berkeley B.A., double major in political science and mass communications (1994)

Community Activities

Member, Human Rights Campaign (2010–current)
Member, Friends of the Southern Law Poverty Center (2010–current)



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi
  • Harvey Milk Club
  • Bay Guardian

Organizations (3)

  • District 11 Democratic Club
  • The Berniecrats
  • The League of Pissed Off Voters

Elected Officials (2)

  • San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen
  • Honorable Perker Meek

Individuals (2)

  • Dean Preston
  • Chief Attorney San Francisco Public Defender's Office, Matt Gonzales

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Francisco (2)

What do you view as the biggest challenge in the justice system?
Answer from Phoenix Streets:

Biased treatment

What experience or qualifications do you have that make you well suited for this role?
Answer from Phoenix Streets:


As a deputy public defender, I do the following: represent indigent clients throughout all stages of criminal proceedings from arraignment to jury trial; research and draft pretrial motions including motions to suppress, speedy trial motions, Pitchess discovery motions, motions in limine and jury trial motions; conduct in-custody and out-of- custody client interviews, interview family members; serve as a liaison between probation officers, case managers and social workers to develop individualized community-based treatment programs; create individualized training plans for interns and supervised volunteer attorneys to second chair hearings and trials; direct investigators and paralegals in preparation for trial to interview witnesses, prepare subpoenas; and consult with experts for hearings and jury trial issues.


Additionally, I have tried 118 jury trials.


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


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