San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind.
The 21st Century has begun as an era of uncertainty, with a heightened focus on security and public safety.
San Francisco lags behind other communities in providing a vital, vibrant and ecologically sustainable urban canopy, as well as open space in the city.
Historically, San Franciscans have not valued street trees as much as other communities have.
Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community, improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st century workforce.
A primary goal of my administration will be to expand housing opportunities in and around the downtown, with an emphasis on building walkable, fullservice neighborhoods for our growing workforce.
But living in uncertain times does not mean San Franciscans must live in fear.
As Mayor, I will fully support my Arts Commission and its professional selection committees so that they can commission a full range of public art that is daring and, when appropriate, daringly traditional.
San Francisco businesses face many challenges, including high rents, regulatory burdens, and the rising cost of workers compensation insurance and employee health plans.
Street and park trees provide tremendous benefits to cities.
Livable neighborhoods with a vibrant street life will stimulate our economic life as well.
As a major international City, San Francisco must form strong partnerships with federal and state agencies to prepare for emergencies.
As Mayor, I will use my experience to make San Francisco a place where small businesses can thrive.
Like any small business owner, I experienced the pressures of building a company from the ground up - developing a business plan, balancing the books, meeting payroll and building a customer base.
As Mayor of San Francisco, I will work hard to ensure that, in the event of natural or man-made disasters, San Franciscans are prepared and our City is protected.
We recognize that the arts are an essential part of San Francisco's cultural vitality.
Cultural tourism surveys consistently rate San Francisco's art industry as a core reason for visiting.
San Franciscans know we live in the most beautiful city in the world, a jewel on the edge of the Golden Gate.
An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently.
The arts can play a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, using and improving vacant space, bringing new jobs and new sense of opportunity, and improving public safety by generating more foot traffic and more eyes on the street.
The arts give us our identity as a community; they also draw new people, fresh visions, and renewable economic opportunity to our community.
San Francisco can no longer afford to be a city divided between downtown and neighborhoods, with a downtown that becomes a ghost town when workers go home for the evening.
We can build new housing while preserving the quality and character of adjacent residential districts and ensuring infill development strengthens the surrounding neighborhood.
The value of an arts education is widely accepted, especially in California.