Nick’s Agenda for Change

City Hall is better at producing excuses than mounting an effective response to the deep challenges we face.

A homelessness crisis, spiking property crime, a city that is increasingly unaffordable for many to raise a family, and increasing chaos and congestion on our roads. These are just some of the reasons San Francisco has been called the worst run big city in the country. No More Excuses. It’s time for new leadership at City Hall.

There were more than 30,000 auto burglaries last year in San Francisco. Fewer than 2% resulted in an arrest. Fewer than 1% resulted in a conviction.

Our police force has never reached the voter-mandated staffing level of 1,971 officers, but that mandate was approved in 1994. We must hire more police to help prevent crime, but more cops alone won’t solve our problems. We need to help police work more effectively and hold our entire criminal justice system more accountable for its actions. Upgrading police technology to modern standards would reduce the time officers spend filling out paperwork by 50% and allow them to effectively use video evidence to solve crimes. We must also be smarter at addressing the underlying causes of crime, and double down in support and resources to the nonprofits that are effectively providing pathways out of the criminal justice system for first-time offenders. If we act now, we can make our neighborhoods safer.

Traffic is at all-time highs and the average speed of a Muni bus is only 8 mph. The 30-Stockton and 1-California are on time less than 65%.

San Francisco hasn’t opened a new subway station in 37 years. We must be bolder about bringing the Central Subway to Fisherman’s Wharf and finally starting work on a new subway down Geary. We must improve how Muni maintains its buses. By better using data from existing on-board sensors, Muni can identify problems early and fix them cheaply before they lead to a breakdown. At BART, this type of data-driven maintenance increased the reliability of our fleet 8 times over. We must also come to grips with double-parking, with better enforcement, rising fines for repeat offenders, and more curb space devoted to loading/unloading on busy commercial corridors like Chestnut or Union, paid for by the companies that use it. If we act now, we can make it easier to get around our city.

Nick Josefowitz·
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