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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 1

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Andy Thornley

Transportation Planner, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, Sustainable Streets Division
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing that's Affordable and Available – support creation of housing for all San Franciscans; protect existing housing; extend stabilization measures to protect the vulnerable
  • Great Transit and Transportation – Muni service as attractive and convenient as driving for many trips; bicycling as attractive and convenient as driving for most trips
  • Safe, Healthy Streets – Everyone should be able to walk to their neighborhood park/school/shop, or get there by bike, safely and pleasantly



New York University, NYC, NY BA, History (1982)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Let me set out my vision and values for the Richmond District. 30 years ago I moved to a garden apartment in the back of a garage under a pair of flats on 2nd Avenue off Fulton Street. I discovered roast turkey sandwiches at Arguello Super, I explored Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, I found a job. San Francisco took me in as an immigrant, as it has taken in immigrants and newcomers and visitors for generations, as it has cherished and cheered its old-timers and natives and worked things out. And I became an ardent San Franciscan, cultivating and celebrating San Francisco values: tolerance, empathy, compassion, imagination, intelligence, whimsy, love, liberty, peace.

I'm proud and fortunate to live in a place with safe walkable streets, parks and beaches and playgrounds of all shapes, thriving local shops and restaurants, good transit and transportation options, generations of houses and apartments, and a sparkling world of languages and cultures and people, inclusive and diverse and neighborly. These are the big community issues I'm already working on, and eager to take to City Hall as your Supervisor.

My big issues (there's certainly more than this):

Housing That’s Affordable and Available:
  San Francisco’s housing crisis weighs crushingly on our neighborhoods, our families and our friends, threatening and displacing more and more of us, tearing at our communities and challenging our political response and engagement. Who gets to live in the Richmond District? And how do we protect what’s real and authentic about the Richmond District in a dynamic growing city?

  • Strengthen eviction and displacement protections, maintain existing rent-controlled homes
  • Extend and protect workforce housing affordability through community land trusts, foundation housingADUs
  • Create more new homes, at more levels of affordability, especially on rapid transit corridors like Geary Blvd

Safe, Healthy Streets: We deserve neighborhoods with safe, inviting, walkable, bike-able streets, and we can have them. Walking and biking to school builds community, relieves traffic, and gets kids to school energized and ready to learn.

Excellent Transit and Transportation: Thousands of District 1 neighbors already move by Muni – we need transit systems that are even more attractive and reliable for the future, and other practical transportation options, for local trips and across the region.

Strong, Reliable Infrastructure: We’re a dynamic, growing city built on dunes and seismic fault lines, so we’ve got to be even smarter about our municipal infrastructure, to keep the essential machinery and framework of our city running safely and smoothly.

  • Sustainable budgeting and funding for infrastructure – plan for resilient sufficient systems, efficient ongoing maintenance and operations, not constant catch-up on crumbling streets and sewers
  • Complete Streets thinking and operations – coordinate agency efforts, spend a dollar once, win many benefits, make our neighborhoods stronger and healthier

 Let me know how this sounds, and please get involved in my campaign if you want to lend a hand!

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— September 26, 2016 The SF League of Women Voters and SFGov TV

Here's a short (< 5 min) statement from me on my candidacy, courtesy of the San Frrancisco League of Women Voters and SFGov TV:

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