District 3, San Francisco, California.

Because Supervisor Aaron Peskin terms out next January, five candidates have filed to run for the seat to lead District 3, which includes North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square, the Financial District, Russian Hill and Nob Hill. 

Between now and the November election, Mission Local will ask each District 3 candidate one question per week, and candidates will get 100 words to respond. We will compile all responses to the 40-odd questions on a  “Meet the candidates” page, so that voters can get a full picture of their stances.

Question four: Do you support Proposition F? Why or why not?

A cartoon of D3 supervisorial candidate Moe Jamil.

Moe Jamil

Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office

Due to a lack of strong leadership, our city departments have sat idly by while the city’s drug crisis has grown out of control. There’s no denying that something needs to change. Proposition F presents an opportunity to identify individuals who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction and connect them to treatment. While I see this as a supportive approach to achieving our goal of a safer and healthier future, as District 3 supervisor, I will demand accountability from our Mayor and city department heads without wasting time and putting the responsibility on voters’ shoulders.

A cartoon of D3 supervisorial candidate Sharon Lai.

Sharon Lai

Economic recovery leader at the World Economic Forum, former board member at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Continued smart investments in treatment capacity and long-term recovery are necessary; evidence shows programs like Care Not Cash have led to better outcomes. Although Proposition F attempts to improve the return on homelessness investments, it’s at risk to have the opposite effect, and instead displace more people from their stability and housing. This measure creates more reporting and bureaucracy for people who are busy trying to get better; if we make things harder, we will see more people back on the streets.

As supervisor, I will improve department coordination and efficiency to get us out of this public health crisis.

A cartoon of District 3 supervisorial candidate Jconr B. Ortega.

JConr B. Ortega

Self-described formerly homeless, DAD democrat, leatherman, boxer

Team JConr endorses Proposition F as a much necessary step in ensuring the city funds and resources are not used to increase drug use and further one’s addiction. Our streets have been turned into a drug den, where drug use and overdoses run rampant. As a result, all the money that the city takes from taxpayers, pays it out to users, which is then used on the same drugs that cause the overdose numbers to climb year after year. This is another much needed step to incentivize users to get clean. We can no longer pay for someone’s drug use.

A cartoon of District 3 supervisorial candidate Danny Sauter.

Danny Sauter

Executive Director, Neighborhood Centers Together

I believe we need to expand access to substance use disorder treatment and, in certain circumstances, mandate these services. However, I am not convinced that Proposition F, as designed, will be effective in reducing drug overdoses and increasing pathways to recovery. Details of how the program will work are scarce, and I fear this may actually result in more people pushed onto the streets and exacerbate food security and homelessness.

A cartoon of District 3 supervisorial candidate Matthew Susk.

Matthew Susk

Former lead with Divvy Homes

I support Proposition F. 

It is inhumane to watch two people die, per day, from drug overdoses in San Francisco. San Francisans are the most compassionate people in the world, but we have lost sight of the ball. Compassion is not letting our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers and sons and daughters, die on the street.

The current strategy is not working. Proposition F is a small step in the right direction. We must utilize all available resources to help treat, but not perpetuate, addiction. We must have accountability.

Candidates are ordered alphabetically. Answers may be lightly edited for formatting, spelling, and grammar. If you have questions for the candidates, please let us know at yujie@missionlocal.com.

Read the rest of the series here. Illustrations for the series by Neil Ballard.

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REPORTER. Yujie Zhou is our newest reporter and came on as an intern after graduating from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is a full-time staff reporter as part of the Report for America program that helps put young journalists in newsrooms. Before falling in love with the Mission, Yujie covered New York City, studied politics through the “street clashes” in Hong Kong, and earned a wine-tasting certificate in two days. She’s proud to be a bilingual journalist. Follow her on Twitter @Yujie_ZZ.

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