Protecting Renters and Creating More Affordable Housing

London and her roommate Ben Brown on the steps of their apartment.

London’s Been A Renter Her Entire Life

London was born in District 5, and raised by her grandmother in Plaza East public housing in the Western Addition.

London’s endured poverty. She knows what it’s like to lose a home, and see friends and family move away because of rising rents. Even now, her own building just sold, leaving her housing future uncertain.

That firsthand experience gives London a unique perspective to address the issues facing renters.

Since the day she was elected to the Board of Supervisors, London went to work fighting to help people stay in their homes and neighborhoods, working to prevent rent increases and evictions, and developing creative ideas to build more affordable housing.

Protecting Neighborhood Preference

London authored legislation prioritizing neighborhood residents for the affordable units in their community. When the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to shut down London’s Neighborhood Preference law, she flew to Washington D.C. to fight for the people of District 5.

Holding Developers Accountable

London wrote legislation requiring developers to include the highest amount of affordable housing in San Francisco history for the Divisadero and Fillmore corridors. Under London’s leadership, District 5 has the best affordable housing production rate of any district in the City.

Creative Solutions For New, Affordable Housing

London is rolling out a comprehensive District 5 Housing Blueprint that will preserve existing housing and create new affordable units. London knows it’s not enough to protect only our current housing stock; we must also think creatively about building affordable housing for our future.

Safe, Clean homes For 179 Homeless Families

London secured $2 million to restore unused public housing units for 179 homeless families who now have a safe, permanent place to call home; saved 104 affordable units at Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens; fought for Ellis Act reform; supported legislation to stop “gotcha” evictions.

Helping The Homeless Into Supportive Housing

As Supervisor, London fought for funding to rehabilitate public housing units that had been left vacant for years, providing permanent housing for 179 homeless families who remain housed today. She funded a number of programs that serve homeless people including: Larkin Street Youth, Lava Mae, the Homeless Youth Alliance, and the Pit Stop Program. 

Last December, London requested a full audit detailing how the City is spending over $240 million on homelessness services. Through the report and subsequent hearing, London learned many ways to improve how to provide services including bringing all of the efforts under one department, allocating our resources efficiently, and holding everyone involved accountable.

Additionally, London helped pass legislation requiring the City to open six new Navigation Centers to help homeless individuals move off the streets and into stable housing. London is proud to have worked closely on this with Supervisor David Campos.

Making Our Neighborhoods Safer

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As a District 5 native, London knows how critical community policing is to everyone’s safety. When police develop relationships with the neighborhoods they serve, crime is prevented and those at risk are less likely to commit crime. That’s why London supports full funding for police academy classes to get more community police foot patrols on the street.

Speeding Up Ambulance Response Times

Taking action to reduce unacceptably long ambulance response times, London successfully fought to put dozens of new ambulances and medics on the streets, helping to reduce response times by over 26%.

Modernizing Muni And Improving Reliability

London understands that residents count on Muni to get them where they need to go on-time and safely. That’s why she led the Board of Supervisors’ effort to replace hundreds of outdated Muni buses with modern, clean vehicles, and replace and expand Muni’s entire train fleet.

London stopped Muni’s attempt to remove 6 Parnassus service from the Ashbury Heights/Upper Haight neighborhood, and increased the 71 service along Haight Street, while helping launch the 5 Limited, now called 5 Rapid, which has increased bus service by 33% during morning commute, sped travel times, reduced collisions, and encouraged thousands of new riders to take the 5.

The City is growing, getting denser, and correspondingly more congested.  The only way we can accommodate this growth is with greater mode shift and an expanded transit infrastructure.

Additionally, London has been a strong supporter of Van Ness and Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), secured $9 million to improve traffic flow and safety along the Octavia corridor, implemented transportation safety and redesign projects in Hayes Valley, and helped create a new seat layout for Muni trains that added more space for passengers. 

London has consistently prioritized housing development along major transit corridors and helped pass the Transportation Sustainability Fee, which projected to bring $20M per year to Muni, ensuring developers start paying for the impacts their projects have on our transportation system.  

Going forward, she will push for improvements to BART and fight for funding for additional subway and/or light rail projects in the city.

Improving Corporate Shuttle Buses Guidelines:

London worked closely with SEIU 1021 as well as Supervisors Campos and Yee to negotiate the new corporate shuttle bus program.  They are granted access to public stops under very strict guidelines, and the program will be reevaluated at the end of a year. She also ensured the program would keep large buses off our neighborhood streets, pay the city for all its costs including new traffic and safety improvements, treat drivers fairly, improve air quality, and comprehensively study any impact the shuttles have on our housing crisis.

Protecting Our Environmental Health

Fighting For Clean Energy And Affordable Rates

London led the fight for CleanPowerSF, the single most important thing San Francisco can do to combat climate change.  It is projected to cut 941,000 tons of CO2 per year by 2030. She also wrote Proposition H, passed by voters in 2015, which protected CleanPowerSF from yet another PG&E attack.

In June, London put the Bay Restoration measure (AA) on the ballot and most recently, she passed the nation’s toughest ban on styrofoam.

In her next term, London will continue working on source reduction and education to get us to Zero Waste, building efficiency improvements, litter and runoff reduction, clean energy production—including her pending legislation to extend and improve GoSolarSF.

Keeping Toxic Pharmaceuticals Out Of Our Water

London authored and passed 3rd-in-the-nation legislation to provide safe, convenient disposal of unwanted medications, a program that has already kept over 32 tons of pharmaceuticals out of the Bay or landfill.