District 10 candidate Tony Kelly issues anti-violence plan
By Jonah Owen Lamb : sfexaminer – excerpt
District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen is not alone when it comes to trying to ease the violence in San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods.
The man who came in second place against Cohen in 2010 — and is running against her again this year — discussed his own ideas about safety Wednesday.
“We have a City Hall supervisor, we don’t have a district supervisor, we don’t have a neighborhood supervisor,” Tony Kelly said at a lightly attended news conference outside the Bayview Police Station. “We need change and we need leadership in District 10.”
Kelly, a Potrero Hill activist and resident, is one of five candidates running for District 10 in November, and he recently criticized the merits of Cohen’s proposed antiviolence task force.
District 10 — which includes Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Potrero Hill — has had 12 of The City’s 24 homicides this year, along with numerous shootings.
Kelly said he is “making a personal commitment to public safety.” … (more)
Don’t leave out the muggings, robberies and thefts. On a single block we have had three muggings over the last few weeks. Two were women at night attacked by two men. Last week a bar on Potrero in front of a bus stop was held up by three masked gunmen. San Francisco is not a safe place to bus, walk or bike at night. A gate or garage with a buzzer is the only way to feel safe with a car. I worry about my friends who don’t drive or have to park on the street.
Tony Kelly attended a lot of meetings and hearings on behalf of the citizens of San Francisco over the last four years. He initially stopped the expansion of parking meters in the Eastern Neighborhoods by filing an appeal, and spoke out against SFMTA planning priorities. Citizens showed support for a change in policies signing the Stop the SFMTA petition and by early 2014 all the Supervisors, including Malia Cohen, had signed on to our request to stop parking meters in the neighborhoods and a halt to enforcing Sunday parking meters.
Now we need to go at the traffic jams the way we went at the parking meters. Who do you blame for the traffic nightmare? Yourself or the SFMTA? If you blame the SFMTA vote No on A and B (to stop the flow of money to non-Muni projects) and Yes on L to send a strong message to city authorities that you don’t trust the SFMTA to handle traffic and parking problems.