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News + PoliticsBernie Sanders group endorses Dean Preston for supervisor

Bernie Sanders group endorses Dean Preston for supervisor

Will endorsement from the popular progressive give Preston a "Bernie bump?"

More than a dozen activists gathered in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle today as “Our Revolution,” a political organization founded by Bernie Sanders, announced its endorsement for Dean Preston for Supervisor in District 5.

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Dean Preston speaks to a crowd of supporters in District 5. Photo by Sana Saleem.
The backing of the Sanders group could be significant: When Sanders showed up to endorse Jane Kim for state Senate in the spring, it gave her campaign a huge boost that allowed her to finish first in the primary.

Sanders was immensely popular among progressive San Franciscans, and D5 is one of the most progressive districts in the city. Although Sanders himself wasn’t on hand, the backing of his organization can only help Preston establish himself as the progressive standard-bearer in the race.

Peter Kilgallen, a registered nurse with Kaiser in San Francisco and a member of the California Nurses Association, spoke about Preston’s support for affordable housing and his advocacy for tenants rights: “There’s always a nursing shortage that happens and it is really hard to retain nurses in San Francisco. What happens is that a lot of people will come in but they don’t stay at Kaiser San Francisco because they can’t afford to rent or live in San Francisco.”

Kilgallen spoke about Preston’s work on protecting rent control: “Because of Dean’s work I was able to retain my apartment here in San Francisco and keep living here.”

Peter Kilgallen, member of the California Nurses Association, speaks in support of Dean Preston. Photo by Sana Saleem
Supporters spoke about how Preston’s work has helped contribute to economic justice. Deepa Varma, executive director of the SF Tenants Union, spoke about why the Tenants Union is supporting Preston: “Housing justice is economic justice, it doesn’t matter if we raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, $20 an hour or $25 an hours if the rent can go up to $5,000 a month,” Varma said “We were so excited to learn that Dean Preston is running for supervisor in district 5 because Dean Preston is Mr. Tenants Rights. Dean Preston is the person we go to for advice ourselves.”

Preston told 48 Hills that housing is one of his top three priorities: “I want to establish a right to counsel for any tenant who receives an eviction notice in San Francisco. I also want to ban predatory rent gauging, the double and triple digits rent increases that we see recently from properties that are exempt from rent control or other loopholes that the land lords use. My goal is to build at least 2000 affordable units,” he said.

Activists referenced the Panhandle battle as one of their inspirations for their efforts against other development plans and the reason why the choose the location for the announcement.

Preston vowed to take over what he referred to as the establishment at City Hall as he spoke about the endorsement from Bernie supporters: “We are taking on the establishment at City Hall in a big way, we taking on the mayor, we are taking on the board president, we are taking on the big money interests that have taken over city hall and these days are getting everything they want from city hall at the expense of our neighborhoods.” Preston asked for Bernie supporters to help with the campaign and promised a victory: “We are going to be the surprise winners of the race,” Preston said as the  crowd cheered.

Sana Saleem
Sana Saleem is a writer with a focus on social justice and human stories. She's member board of advisory for the Courage Foundation, Edward Snowden's legal defense fund.
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41 COMMENTS

  1. Dean n London both profiled by competency according to visual results. London deficient forgotten using “color options” yeah same lame excuse growing. Up irrelevant your politicians whom forgotten appropriate “Public Policies” neglect. Taught Democrats machine” segregation prevalent San Francisco cheers for Bernie whom didn’t endorse Londonfrown around town. I know always using race game apparently why urban blight and fright surrounding district (5) talking jive London. Crime has escalated I’m not exaggerating besides crime REITS buidling up for new residency of gentrification. Dean not your avid White guy with “platinum status” eluding to wealth,problem “co-dependency” enriched Democrats scam game! Impoverished where “economic” growth job training and safety only talk. London don’t give a damn about residents about you,trying become mayor 2020 audacity. Seek reelection for President of Board of Supervisors why and when to defend the lies your for people. You know whom civil rights don’t go there why residents uptight without positive insight,Dean spoke of lack funding. Improve social standing parks,housing and transit London vague as Ed Lee persistent just vote. Nothing in return enjoy “fair tales” which prevail to naive bought up trying to what make it. Let’s reiterate comment San Francisco renters facing disparity due pressure of REITS London you approved them! Gangs target anyone especially Fillmore refuse show due robberies not scare common logic. Tony Chaplin color chief bring relief or grief to San Francisco ask D.A about open narcotics sales never arrested! This cool London friends affluent Blacks whom,refuse address lack opportunities those seeking chance succeed retain residency. Equivalent senator Wiener whom, used abuse trust of district (8) not to late Dean defend “social justice”district (5) repugnant sites of regression. Using race London what have Willie Brown and Kamala Harris achieve for Blacks San Francisco without generalizing. Not a damn thang why there politicians new residents non- White making there success not excuses! You’ll read bias middle class Blacks incurred,discrimination moment address this suddenly ignored help interviews discuss progress. Lies London simply debate where participation younger residents where deterred not interfere due” Home Girl to succeed. Use “Ellis Act” displace residency soon forgotten “RAD loan to usage of poverty S.F Housing Authority lack density program. Due evictions of housing crisis London oppose Dave Campos housing measures ideal Democrat for yourself mayoral seat keep dreaming. Scott (Mr.Micro Housing) or David Chui have chance providing residents decide change political direction poverty,crime,lack funding roads,sanitation,transit systems and schools London expect. Reelection of president of board supervisor a joke Dean San Francisco is calling you! Incarceration not due discrimination just gang activity,residents irate neglect to resolve this!

  2. @flight505 – The reason I’m confused by Affordable Divis (and the handful of related Alamo Square groups) is the ever-shifting reasoning for opposing any and all construction. A project goes from 12% affordable to 24% and it’s spun as “luxury condos” no matter what. A tale is floated that everything’s going to be 8 storeys and must be stopped, well okay, 6 storeys and must be stopped, well okay, not even as tall as the building across the street from it, but it must be stopped. Opposition to transit corridor designation, then opposition to the AHBP.

    Your last paragraph is insultingly presumptuous about what I want, seemingly tacked-on to provide a “green” counter-argument to something I never argued. My question about the relevance of any of this to the Freeway Revolt remains unanswered. We do agree about the problem of gypsy cabs, though.

  3. That’s true. If they can’t make a profit they won’t build. With the increased number of units coming online the rents South of Market are coming down; according to a couple of articles in the Chronicle. If that continues we will see a slowdown in building. Getting good market rates is necessary or they won’t be building affordable units. The high market rates pay for the affordable units. They calculate how much the market will bring before they build.

  4. I am not sure what sidewalks you are walking but in the census tract that has Divisidero between Fulton and Oak has added many service jobs; between 2004 and 2014 they added over 250 restaurant jobs and over 100 Retail jobs; with an increase in Black and Latino workers. Bi-rite market with prepared foods may be an example of what more affluent residents want. It is more about others doing labor for you and convenience than high end restaurants.

  5. Three words: real estate speculation. Remember: not so long ago the price of a gallon of gas was hyper inflated by speculators too. And then just like that: the bottom fell out. Today a gallon of gas is $2.30. Speculators are in it for profit. They don’t care what is built or how stable. Just as long as it’s built fast and they get profits. No one in their right mind builds cities around market rates because markets have a way of popping and then your shiny, expensive Millenium Tower sinks and your investment is zeroed out.

  6. You almost don’t need a study to know there is a correlation between more people with high paying jobs and high housing costs. But I am not sure about a correlation between affordable housing and a thriving economy. Do you have any examples? When the economy is not thriving housing becomes more affordable. A bad economy causes affordable housing or maybe the other way around? What data on illegal evictions, rent gouging and the homeless? Or data that protecting affordable housing is a key to prosperity?

  7. The most essential issue in any city’s enduring, thriving economy is truly affordable housing for a majority of its diverse residents….not just a sliver of the privileged few. Otherwise: taxpayer dollars go to Sisyphian programs like raids on the homeless (among other things) and the expense of repeatedly inventorying and warehousing their belongings. How is that a good use of taxpayer dollars? Current data reveals that illegal evictions, rent gouging and the homeless epidemic are inextricably linked. Protecting existing affordable housing and engaging San Franciscans (who already live here) to participate in the future development in our neighborhoods is key to our city’s prosperity.

    https://www.zumper.com/blog/2015/09/are-venture-capitalists-raising-your-rent/

  8. Most skilled blue collar (PDR) and manufacturing (working-class) jobs left the City decades ago. More upper middle-class people moving in have created more service sector jobs.

  9. Yes upper middle class people create restaurant and other service jobs. Valencia street is an example. Also there is less mobility of low-income minorities from neighborhoods being gentrified than from non-gentrifying neighborhoods. People want to remain in improving neighborhoods and the jobs created allow them to stay longer.
    I am not sure where the condos you are referring to are. But looking at census tract 164, only 2 workers in that area, or 0.2%, commute from Tracy. None of the lowest-wage workers do. 82% of workers live within 25 miles of work, 66% within 10 miles. Also higher paid workers are more likely to commute from outside the City than lower paid workers.

    Anyone who moved to SF from someplace else helped to create the affordable housing crisis by increasing the demand. Above average talented people who move here from someplace else are gentrifiers, and that includes Dean and Tim Redmond. They are better able to compete for jobs and housing than the average person who was here when they arrived thereby displacing those less talented.

  10. I sure hope he gets a boost out of it. Dean Preston is the only candidate this cycle who I find truly inspiring.

    Kim Alvarenga seems to be running on a platform of not being Asha Safai. Yes, we know she’s not Asha Safai, yes we know he’d be awful. But she sounds like a cautious politician rather than a visionary.

    Hillary Ronen seems nice enough, and we know Sandra Fewer has been very good on the issues. But both of them will win easily.

    Norman Yee is OK -probably the best we can get for D7. But he’ll win in a walk.

    Peskin’s fine. I contributed last time. He doesn’t need help anyway this time around.

    And then there’s the Senate race. Jane’s not terrible; Wiener is. In Sacramento, the differences will narrow. I’m still not convinced that having Ed Lee replace Jane Kim with a crony would be better for the city, though.

    Preston is the only candidate who has shown real leadership on pressing issues like rent control and police abuse. He’s the only one that I see carrying on the tradition of visionary, progressive leadership that’s willing to push the envelope. I’m not surprised that a progressive group like this endorsed him.

  11. “Luxury condo owners create jobs” ?? “They don’t drive in from Tracy”?? Dean “is a gentrifier”?? Is today through the looking glass day DS?

  12. “Luxury” condo owners create jobs you mention. Before gentrification there were no, or very few, baristas. And those who provide those services are still here. Most live within a reasonable distance from work. They don’t drive in from Tracy.

    When Preston moved to SF he helped to create a demand for housing raising the prices. He is part of the “problem.” He is a gentrifier.

  13. How many are making between $30 and $100K a year? How many nurses, teachers etc. are there? How many are spending 60-80% on rent?

  14. I attended a NOPNA meeting where she referred to that as “my” legislation. Same thing with Prop C. Same thing with rezoning of Divisadero.

  15. She also is trying to take credit for Clean Power SF. The credit goes to John Avalos, whom she removed from the rules committee last January.

  16. Breed tries to take credit for saving rent controlled units and voting to protect renters; her votes and policies reflect otherwise. She also tries to take credit for the new 25% affordable unit requirement for future development that is contained in Prop C, which a whopping 73% of D5 voters overwhelmingly supported this past June. We, the voters did that. Not London.

  17. I wasn’t speaking for Preston. Rather, I was saying what was a community consensus from the Affordable Divis meetings.

    Though you might not live in a rent-controlled building, if you do, you might want to thank Tenants Together for saving rent control. Preston played a not-insignificant part in that, even though Breed refuses to acknowledge it.

    FYI: New market rate one-bedrooms will set you back a million bucks or so, plus a bit more than $1,000 a month for property taxes, and condo fees that could be another $600 or more.

  18. The “rich white guy in a mansion” vs. “poor African American woman raised by Grandma in the Western Addition projects” competitive storytelling is insulting to D5 voters. Breed did excellent work for the community at The African American Cultural Center; she likes to use the phrase “from the projects to the powers that be.” London Breed’s record as D5 supervisor reveals that she sold her constituents out to Airbnb & luxury developers; Breed’s votes, millionaire donors (Ron Conway, DeeDee Wilsey) and record contradict her storytelling & speechmaking. Preston, on the other hand, has shown up for Midtown, Iris Canada, Pastor Yul Dorn, Christopher Holden and hundreds of others fighting illegal evictions. This kind of storytelling/bio commercial works well in athletic competitions or on Iron Chef, but not so much when you are voting for THE representative of your neighborhood district @ City Hall. Look at their records and how much they have actually accomplished for D5 residents. Look at their donors.

  19. The whole “rich white guy in a mansion” vs. “poor African American woman raised by Grandma in the Western Addition projects” is a false argument. Breed did excellent work for her community at The African American Cultural Center before becoming Supervisor. She likes to use the phrase “from the projects to the powers that be.” London Breed’s record reveals that she sold D5 residents out to Airbnb & luxury developers; Breed’s votes, millionaire donors (Ron Conway, DeeDee Wilsey) and record contradict her storytelling & speechmaking. Preston, on the other hand, has shown up for Midtown, Iris Canada, Pastor Yul Dorn, Christopher Holden and hundreds of others fighting illegal evictions.

  20. I am just a regular old renter in the Alamo Square area looking to buy a condo in my neighborhood so I can stay in the neighborhood that I have lived in for the last 20 years. New market rate development is my only option to stay, since I don’t have millions to buy a Victorian that faces the park like Dean Preston.

    I don’t own a car, I don’t use uber or lyft, and I don’t take nor approve of unregulated shuttle buses. I walk, bike and take the bus. And you’re wrong about transit improvements–there were recent changes made to the 5 , 21, 22 and 2 that increased frequency and travel times.

    But thank you for speaking up for Dean about how he feels towards regular folk like myself.

  21. From my involvement in Affordable Divis, which Preston helped found, it is not the transit corridor that is the problem. Rather, it was that Breed instigated the change without community involvement (or even after the fact notification) and that give away to developers was done without any increase in affordable housing requirements.

    Preston rides the bus and has stated a strong commitment to improved public transportation. Breed’s declaration of a transit corridor on Divisadero did nothing to make transit better – no increased frequency of the 24 or any of the lines that cross Divis (5, 6, 7, 21, 31, 38). Calling something a transit corridor so developers can increase density and make more money off each parcel is decidedly not the same thing as actually improving transit service.

    Already Divisadero is heavily congested, and that will only get worse if Breed’s plan for ever more luxury condos in the area goes unchecked. Luxury condo owners/apartment renters feel entitled to cars; luxury condo owners/apartment renters feel entitled to having gypsy cabs stop exactly where they want them to (just look at 100 Van Ness – the no stopping zone is often blocked by gypsy cabs, as is the no stopping zone in front of the gentrified Hotel Epik on Polk at Eddy); luxury condo owners/apartment renters take (or at least appreciate) the tech shuttles.

    Luxury condo owners/apartment renters really like to have house cleaners, baristas, security guards, shop workers, wait staff and other low-wage workers keep their lifestyle running smoothly while either not recognizing or being indifferent to the housing and transportation issues of those very people who make the luxury life possible for the few. A densely developed transit corridor that requires low-wage workers to drive in from Tracy is hardly innovative, appropriate, or “green.”

  22. ✧ The speech is kind of confusing, but I’ve found the Preston campaign confusing throughout. The gathering is to honor the Freeway Revolt, which was a very good thing. Preston can be seen as continuing this when he fought against the stupid drive-through Burger King project on Fell Street.

    He namechecks HANC (which rose from the Freeway Revolt) but then names two HANC people who have fought to keep 100% priority for individual private car parking on public streets and on public sidewalks, so that’s kind of a mixed bag there. A more recent move, not mentioned here, was to oppose transit corridor status for Divisadero, also an alternative to cars. So what does the Freeway Revolt have to do with any of this more recent stuff?

  23. It was in the 60s when freeways thru cities slliced up most of our metropolitan centers. The ‘done deal’ was a freeway thru the Panhandle connecting Hwy 1 with US 101 & Bay Bridge. The Freeway Revolt was (I believe) the first successful push back led by Sue Bierman and others.

  24. curiousKukak: do you have any idea how many current D5 residents make between $30 and $100k? That category includes a diverse group of families, nurses, teachers, firefighters, restaurant workers, librarians, new college grads, artists and the elderly, yet you sniff & dismiss it as “one note.” Affordable housing is not a sexy topic, but because each of us needs a roof over her head in order to function and contribute, it’s an issue that impacts everyone. SF is experiencing the worst affordable housing crisis in history and our residents are suffering. Thoughtful, reasonable people question the wisdom of electeds who support the fact that people are spending 60-80% of their incomes on rent while a tiny sliver of fat cats make obscene profits. How is that good for our society? How is it good for local businesses and for our city?

  25. Just curious: do you have any idea how many current D5 residents make between $30 and $100k? That category includes a diverse group of families, nurses, teachers, firefighters, restaurant workers, librarians, new college grads, artists and the elderly, yet you sniff & dismiss it as “one note.” Affordable housing is not a sexy topic, but because each of us needs a roof over her head in order to function and contribute, it’s an issue that impacts everyone. SF is experiencing the worst affordable housing crisis in history and our residents are suffering. Thoughtful, reasonable people question the wisdom of electeds who support the fact that people are spending 60-80% of their incomes on rent while a tiny sliver of fat cats make obscene profits. How is that good for our society? How is it good for local businesses and for our city?

  26. Just curious: do you have any idea how many current D5 residents make between $30 and $100k? That category includes a diverse group of teachers, firefighters, restaurant workers, librarians, new college grads, artists and the elderly, yet you sniff & dismiss it as “one note.” A roof over one’s head is essential if one is to be a contributing member to one’s comminity. SF is experiencing the worst affordable housing crisis in history and our city & its residents are suffering.Many thoughtful, reasonable people question the wisdom of electeds who support the notion of people spending 60-80% of their incomes on rent while a tiny sliver of fat cats make even more profit. How is that good for our society? How is it good for local businesses and for our city?

  27. Not sure if it’s what they are referring to, but the grand planners wanted to turn the Panhandle into a freeway.

  28. Rent control does not create cheaper housing; it merely keeps existing people (and prices) intact. If nurses (or teachers or cops or … ) can’t afford to move here now, rent control is not going to help them.

    In fact, it could be argued that rent control hurts them by keeping people here who don’t even work, but exist because the rent hasn’t gone up in twenty or thirty yrs. Dean will probably be great for keeping the old guard in place. Haven’t heard how he’s going to make it easy for new people to gain ground here.

    And he probably won’t. Dean is pretty much a one-note candidate — rent control, rent control, rent control.

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