A Real Difference

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Democratic Party

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San Francisco State University Educator Co-founder of the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition
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Who Elects Me? 
Election Day: 
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Hi, I'm Jackie, a Native American (Two Kettle Lakota and Hidatsa), Mexicana, queer educator and organizer. Until recently, I, a Stanford grad, was living in my van because rent in San Francisco is too unaffordable. I was raised in Southern California by a single mother in an underserved neighborhood. I worked hard, attended public schools, and was fortunate to earn a place at Stanford University.

After graduating with both a BA in Public Policy and a Masters in Sociology, I joined the fight of my Indigenous relatives and our allies against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I was proud to stand up against the oil companies and banks who used violence against people protecting sacred land.

That battle led me back to San Francisco with a vision to take on the banking industry. I became a statewide organizer for public banking in order to put our $11 billion of city tax dollars to work for the community, rather than in the hands of huge corporations contributing to climate change. As co-founder and lead organizer of the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition, I took on Wall Street lobbyists and helped to both pass statewide legislation and introduce a local ordinance to create the first municipal bank in the country.

I also ran the No on H campaign in 2018 to preserve the power of the police commission and stop a dangerous police use of force policy. That same year, Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, tapped me to take over her Race, Women, and Class course in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, where I became a California Faculty Association union member.

I’m running for State Senate because we have a mandate to be bolder. 

As a Democratic Socialist inspired by America’s new young leaders, I believe our generation has no time left for excuses or despair. I’m not afraid of a challenge, and I have a record of fighting for people and winning, even against the odds. 2020 needs to be the year we have the courage to take on the crises facing our city, our country, and our planet.  

A Green New Deal for California

Make the Just Transition to a zero-carbon economy by 2030 in partnership with labor unions, affordable housing groups, renewable energy businesses, regenerative farmers, and people Indigenous to California.

  • Phase out fossil fuel extraction to eliminate environmental racism
  • Green jobs that specifically target the most economically marginalized Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color
  • Free public transportation and subsidized electrification of vehicles
  • Public takeover of PG&E to save lives put at risk by corporate negligence and greed
  • Expand community gardens and land trusts for Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color to fight food deserts
  • Invest in energy storage to harness the power of renewable energy resources
Housing For All

1. $100 billion California Housing Emergency Fund.

As State Senator, I would call for taxes on the wealthiest corporations and billionaires in the state to raise $100 billion of tax revenue over ten years for a California Housing Emergency Fund. This fund will allow us to build for need, not for profit by:

  • Removing at least 200,000 existing units from the speculative market and stabilizing their affordability at no-to-low income levels through acquisitions over ten years.
  • Building at least 100,000 new publicly- or non-profit-owned deeply affordable green homes over ten years, including mixed income social housing. Development would be targeted in cities and regions most acutely facing the affordable housing crisis evidenced by high levels of homelessness, and prioritize building along public transit lines and walkable places. New units would be equipped to rely on electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
  • Rehabilitating existing publicly owned housing, including energy efficiency and renewable electricity upgrades.

2. Universal rent control and tenant protections.


California needs to end its vicious cycle of evictions and speculation for profit. This entails:

  • Allowing local cities to protect their residents from price gouging and displacement by repealing the Costa-Hawkins and Ellis Acts.
  • Expanding San Francisco’s Right to Counsel to the state level, providing a universal right to legal counsel for anyone facing eviction.
  • Establishing a rental registry and landlord licensing structure to promote a fair, competitive housing market and expand regulations on predatory bad actors.

3. Alleviate displacement and gentrification.

  • Funding for autonomous community planning to empower low-income communities to create land use plans that address the need for affordable green homes and healthy neighborhoods.
  • Introducing an Anti-Displacement Act to require local planning processes to evaluate projected socioeconomic impacts resulting from housing developments in vulnerable frontline communities, including preference in new housing developments for anyone displaced under the Ellis Act and Owner Move-In’s in that same area.
  • Legalizing new public housing by repealing Article 34 of the California Constitution.

4. Greenline Zoning.

  • Incentivize or require the wealthiest neighborhoods and regions in California to create more housing at all levels of affordability, to redress the historic impact of exclusionary housing policies.
  • Require balanced development of housing commensurate with job growth that corresponds to wages of local workers.
  • Prioritize 100% affordable housing development on publicly owned surplus lands.
Economic and Social Justice

Restructure the economy to ensure no-income, working class, immigrant, LGBTQI+, and communities of color can not only access housing, healthcare, and education, but can afford it.

  • Statewide single-payer healthcare because healthcare is a human right
  • Progressive re-structuring of tax codes to make billionaires pay their fair share
  • Free quality childcare and public education from preschool through college
  • Keep public funds in public schools rather than diverting resources to exclusionary charter schools
  • $20 an hour minimum wage, expand worker protections, and promote unionization
  • Expand public banks to promote economic empowerment for Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color
  • An Inclusive Value Ledger to compensate traditionally un- and under-paid labor

The primary election is on March 3, 2020. To vote for Jackie, you’ll need to be registered as either a Democrat or No Party Preference (NPP) voter.

Description Date
Primary Election Date Tues, March 3, 2020
7:00 am to 8:00 pm
Last Day to Register to Vote Mon, February 17, 2020

Register to Vote: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

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