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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 7

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John Farrell

Small Business Owner
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safety - A) Crack down on Crime! B) Address homelessness and help them get assistance; especially the mentally ill.
  • Make City Hall Accountable - Identify overlooked revenues, cut waste, and prioritize essential services and programs.
  • Sustainability - Plan for future generations. Prepare for the City’s projected population increase without compromising sustainability.



Golden Gate University MBA, Real Estate (1986)
University of San Francisco B.S., Major Finance (1981)


City Experience: 

·         Finance Director – Treasure Island Development Authority

·         Assistant Assessor – Budget and Special Projects

·         Mayor’s Budget Analyst

·         Senior Analyst for Harvey Rose, Budget Analyst for Board of Supervisors

·         Sr. Management Assistant to Port

·         Park Director – Recreation and Parks Dept.

Specialized in streamlining and identifying new revenue sources.  I have a track record of bringing millions to the City.

Small Business Owner/Real Estate Broker.  Over the past 10 years my company has helped families with affordable housing, in foreclosure and assisted displaced tenants.

I have written articles for the past three years for our neighborhood newspaper Westside Observer on issues facing our City.  I have identified over $200 million in overlooked revenues.

St. Ignatius (’77), USF (’81), and Golden Gate University (’86 MBA).


My family has served the public for nearly a century. My grandfather was a Muni driver; my father was appointed Controller by Joe Alioto; my uncle was an SFPD Sergeant.

I have been married 28 years, have two grown daughter's and three dogs, two are rescues.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Many people feel that San Francisco's political system suffers from systemic corruption. Do you agree? If so, what would you propose to eliminate the corruption?
Answer from John Farrell:

Yes there is political corruption.  To eliminate the corruption vote for John Farrell for District 7 Supervisor.  I know the workings of City Hall and know that business as usual has got to change.  I will identify current revenue sources that have not been addressed, hold City departments accountable in order to cut waste, and prioritize essential services and programs.  I will set an example of integrity.

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in San Francisco?
Answer from John Farrell:

As the father of two daughters, I understand the challenges facing young people in San Francisco. The cost of living is a huge challenge.  Young people face ever increasing rents, lack of affordable housing, limited employment opportunities and high every day expenses such as transportation and food.  Safety is also a concern as there has been an increase in crime throughout our neighborhoods. 

If elected one of my first steps will be to identify current revenue sources that have not been addressed, hold City departments accountable in order to cut waste, and prioritize essential services and programs.  I will oppose any new fees or taxes that affect our families.  I support developments to increase housing opportunities.


I will work closely with businesses to promote hiring local and be an advocate in increasing intern opportunities and on-the job training for youth.  Our streets must be safe and I support increasing police and making sure they have the proper training and tools.  I will support improvements to our current transportation system making sure Muni runs more efficiently and has enough vehicles to support the system.  

The San Francisco Police Department’s relationships with the city’s diverse communities, and with the way in which it handles arrests, has recently come under scrutiny.  Do you agree that there is a problem and if so, please describe what you would do to resolve the issues.
Answer from John Farrell:

We need to build a stronger relationship between police and residents via community forums, neighborhood watch groups, businesses, and schools.

Many people believe that efforts to address the crisis of homelessness have not been effective. What would you, as a county elected official, do differently to successfully resolve the city's homelessness problem?
Answer from John Farrell:

As a former Assistant Assessor for Budget and Special Projects, Mayor’s Budget Analyst, and Senior Analyst for Harvey Rose, I am very familiar with the workings of the City budget and what needs to be done to secure revenue sources and appropriate fund allocations to address the needs of our homeless population.

My budget priorities would be to identify current revenue sources that have not been addressed, hold City departments accountable in order to cut waste, and to prioritize essential services and programs to ensure they have sufficient funding like homelessness. Further, we need to audit non-profit agencies and City contracts dealing with the homeless to insure that services are being provided as per the terms of these contracts.

We must take a compassionate approach towards the homeless. Many need trained counseling. I would work closely with the City Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (DHSH) and support much needed programs, such as additional public housing to eradicate homelessness in San Francisco.



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I raised my family in district 7 and I understand the challenges families face, such as safety and affordability. I want to give back to our community and build a sustainable future for generations to come.  I work for you.

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