If elected Mayor of San Francisco, I promise:
1. to withdraw $100,000 of the Mayor’s annual salary and return it to the City.
Upon leaving office, I will give $400,000 plus interest back to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and the next Mayor. The funds will be deposited into an SF City Giveback Fund, and during my tenure, I would encourage any city employee who can manage to do so to make contributions to the fund. This four-year, closed fund would accept donations from the citizenry at large who support my intent.
2. To preserve and maintain our communities and their inherent culture
As a renter in the Mission, Bernal Heights, Glen Park, Hayes Valley and Chinatown and as a guest resident of Diamond Heights, upper Haight, West Portal and other neighborhoods, all over San Francisco over the last fifteen years I’ve grown to know and love the unique and special character of our city’s quiet pockets – what’s best defies definition, it’s called our spirit.
I pledge to stand with our neighborhoods and communities to retain their culture; to seek out input from communities into which predominantly private external interests attempt to intervene; to create jobs for people already living here, rather than imaginary future employees or residents.
We have plenty of people here who could use our support to create lives for themselves in neighborhood microeconomies. These would be of obvious service to our many residents and those who are soon to arrive.
3. To resist Manhattanization and HongKongification of San Francisco, in favor of saner development
Why does SF have to grow to a city of a million before we address the transit and infrastructural issues?
Why do we have to urgently build more residences for people who do not live here yet when so many who already do live here are suffering homelessness, job loss and an inability to keep up with the cost of living in San Francisco?
Why do we have to build housing for people who do not yet live here before working on cleaning up the Bay, preserving our heritage, adding better, smarter transportation and sustainable energy resources?
Why do we have to appease the nouveau-riche of our times: twenty- and thirty-something-year-olds from elsewhere who want to live and work in our beautiful city for companies that make money for investors who live elsewhere which – thanks to the board and the Twitter Giveaway – will contribute little to our economy?
In reality, we don’t.
Vote Karthik Rajan and we can put a stop to this rampant, unchecked development and add stronger checks and balances against the commercial uglification of our City – in keeping with our own heritage as the most progressive city in the U.S.
In a period of budget deficits when there is a need for austerity measures, unchecked development occurs because rapacious investors come in like “angels” to the rescue. We have been played before. We need to take a long hard look at our City as it stands today and care for our precious culture. We must not sell it off to the highest bidder to become a mall.
I’m not anti-development. I simply think we haven’t been critical enough and that we have not protected the interests of San Franciscans equally.
4. to accept only individual contributions.
I want to lead with creativity toward a cheaper, saner, less co-opted way of doing SF city government. I will accept no PAC, corporate or party-affiliated donations. Only Individual donations, in cash or kind.
5. a comprehensive and transparent audit of all City of SF departments
Before raising any taxes or establishing any new revenue from taxation, I promise to conduct a complete audit of all City of San Francisco Departments and Divisions.
With my freedom as an independent political outsider and with the assistance of our eminently capable former Chief Administrator Ed Lee, we will conduct a completely transparent audit and evaluation of City expenditures at large and in every department in my first year in office. I will root out waste, inefficiency and cronyism and do it transparently so we can all see exactly what is and has been happening with our funds.