Where she differs is in her precision. Johnson doesn’t just want to build housing, she wants to put time limits on development entitlements to ensure that an owner either builds or gives up those rights. She doesn’t want to just add more police officers to the area; she wants to have a Homeless Outreach Team dedicated to the grimiest stretch of Market Street. She would support a safe injection site — but only if it included services to get people off drugs.
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By Examiner Staff
"...we found her to be an impressive, knowledgeable candidate with a solid history of service on numerous city boards and commissions and a nuanced grasp of city policy. She emphasized aggressive measures to increase affordable housing development and increase the number of shelter beds and services for the homeless."
By Chronicle Editorial Board
The campaign to succeed Jane Kim in the district that includes South of Market, the Tenderloin, Mission Bay and Treasure Island has emerged as perhaps the most substantive and robust in the November election. The District Six race features three strong candidates: Matt Haney, a member of the Board of Education, former Planning Commissioner Christine Johnson and housing advocate Sonja Trauss.
Johnson stands out in the field for the original thought and specificity she applies to an array of issues facing the city generally and the district specifically. A good example was the question of how to bring life to the central Market Street area that seems to defy revitalization. Johnson suggested that the retail spaces are simply too large to appeal to retailers and restaurants, and city codes prevent them from being subdivided. A change in code would be a priority for her. She also outlined plans for increasing the presence of police and homeless outreach teams in that troubled stretch of Market.
I look down at my feet when walking outside. When I see a needle, I just breathe a sigh of relief that my two-year old son isn’t with me. I’m terrified of the day he will try to pick one up. In our home, we don’t allow outside shoes beyond the front door. I have spoken to those who would like to do the same but due to disability or age, cannot. I know people who have seen Homeowner Association fees go up to pay for private services to clean the streets. The image below is the scene setter for residents every morning.
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Listen to Christine on local radio show Roll Over Easy, hosted by Sequoia and the Early Bird, as they talk about why getting down to the details in policy is critical in serving our communities, affordable housing in San Francisco, and the best brunch in District 6. They also take a helicopter ride through San Francisco! Listen here now.
Christine was invited as a panelist to Democracy Rescued - The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Black Women in Politics, a discussion hosted by the Battery in San Francisco for Black Future Month, where she spoke about how and why she entered politics, the challenges of running in politics as a Black woman, and her leadership across the city in the last 15 years.Read more
by Randy Shaw
Why She Can Win
Christine Johnson, a former Planning Commissioner who was previously the San Francisco director for SPUR, has filed papers to run for D6 Supervisor. She faces Matt Haney and Sonya Trauss in a marquee local race for November 2018.
Johnson’s filing has been expected for months. After she resisted efforts to recruit her to run in December 2016 and June 2017, by last October she was changing her mind.
No, it is not “too late” for a new D6 candidate. In 2003, Matt Gonzalez filed to run for mayor less than four months before the November election. He finished second, beating candidates who had planned their 2003 campaigns years in advance. Gonzalez then nearly defeated Gavin Newsom in the December runoff. Many top tier mayoral candidates and winners like Art Agnos in 1987 did not announce until much less than a year before Election Day.
Johnson was not ready to run in December 2016 or June 2017 but is ready now. That she previously decided against running will be a non-issue with voters.
Johnson’s greatest strength may be her personal life story.
By Rachel Swan
Planning Commissioner Christine Johnson said Tuesday she is strongly considering a bid to succeed Supervisor Jane Kim next year, a move that could edge out pro-development candidate Sonja Trauss and test progressive Matt Haney.
Johnson has long been seen as a moderate contender to represent District Six, which spreads from the Tenderloin to Mission Bay, and includes rapidly developing South of Market. She deflected questions about her candidacy during an interview in July, but has since taken steps to position herself for a run.
In the past few months, Johnson has met several times with Kim and other supervisors. She left her job as director of the urban think tank SPUR on Dec. 1.