If you know me, you know that San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, and one that I've called home for most of my life. I've seen plenty of changes in my time living here. Change keeps this city interesting, and I'm always meeting new faces at the club, in cafes and on the street. Many of those new faces have become dear friends and indispensable parts of my family.
But the kind of change I've been seeing lately troubles me: longtime neighbors and friends displaced from their homes by greedy landlords; a rising gap between those who have benefited from our economy and those who have been left behind; and disappearing space for the artists, creators, and provocateurs that made SF desirable in the first place.
These are complex problems without easy solutions. But if my years of fundraising, DJ'ing, performing and party planning have taught me one thing, it's that you have to get up, get out, and do something. Otherwise you are a spectator in your own life.
That's why it's so important to vote this November 3. If you care about San Francisco art, music, food and culture as I do, exercise your rights and vote in the upcoming election. People have been asking me what I think about the politics of San Francisco, and I will tell you that I've been thinking about it a lot. Below are a few of my official endorsements. You may not agree with me, and that's OK. Difference makes life interesting. But whatever your opinion, I ask you to participate.
District Three Supervisor: Aaron Peskin
District Three is my home, and I love it. From the Tenderloin to Chinatown to North Beach, these are the neighborhoods that make San Francisco so special. Aaron Peskin is my choice to address the City's affordable housing crisis and keep our neighborhoods diverse and vibrant. Politics can be a tough business, and he knows how to get things done!
City College Board of Trustees: Tom Temprano
Tom is a dear friend who has been making waves in SF nightlife (and daylife!) for some time. City College needs a strong voice to keep it open and accessible to all San Franciscans, and Tom is the man for the job.
Prop F: YES
I am deeply troubled by the disappearing supply of affordable housing in San Francisco. It has become clear to me that not everyone is sharing in the success of the sharing economy. We need more regulation on short term rentals to de-incentivize profiteering by property owners that displaces long-term residents. Yes on F.
Prop I: YES
A moratorium on luxury housing construction in the Mission may not solve the problem of a lack of affordable housing in San Francisco, but we need to hit the pause button and give our community time to plan and offer its input. I worry we are losing the heart and soul of Latino San Francisco. Yes on I