By Joshua Sabatini: sfexaminer – excerpt
The Mission district is widely considered ground zero for the forces of change with which San Francisco has notoriously struggled in recent years: soaring housing costs, evictions, the influx of technology workers, the infamous “Google buses” and the displacement of long-standing residents, many of whom are Latino.
Amid such unforgiving turmoil, five candidates are vying for the seat on the Board of Supervisors to lead that community — described by one candidate as being at a crossroads, another in a state of emergency — for at least the next four years.
“We’re in crisis, and I am angry,” said candidate Hillary Ronen, 40, during a recent interview with the San Francisco Examiner.
The District 9 election is eight months away, but with the direction of San Francisco’s politics hanging in the balance, the money is already pouring in, influential endorsements have been declared and candidates are wasting no time in lobbing attacks.
Many consider the race a slugfest between progressive standard bearer Ronen, who works as a legislative aide to the district’s current Supervisor David Campos, and building trades-backed Joshua Arce, also 40, a community liaison with construction trade union Local 261.
The other candidates vying for the post include Edwin Lindo, a board member of the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and education consultant; Melissa San Miguel, a former policy manager for the National Center for Youth Law; and Iswari España, a training officer for the Human Services Agency… (more)
Who will protect the current residents and small businesses in the Mission? Who will stop the privatization of our city streets and the policies that are killing our businesses? Who will demand accountability from the SFMTA? Who will question their
priority policies that demand the biggest slice of the city’s financial pie and return the worst service to the community? That is who we will support. It is about survival.