Protecting Tenants and Residents in San Francisco

It shouldn’t take a tragedy like the Ghost Ship fire to bring to light the reality that many people are living in untraditional, and sometimes unsafe housing, across the Bay Area, including San Francisco. Many families have limited options in light of our region’s soaring housing costs. However, families should never have to compromise on safety in order to ensure that they have a roof over their head.

As District Attorney, I am committed to using the power of my office to protect the rights of all San Francisco residents to live in safe, habitable housing. I will:

  • Hold landlords who engage in unlawful evictions or fail to address unsafe housing conditions accountable
  • Partner with local tenants and housing rights organizations to advocate for tenant protections, fight unlawful rent gouging, and ensure safe, habitable housing for all
  • Advocate for more affordable housing projects across the City
Many families have limited options in light of our region’s soaring housing costs. However, families should never have to compromise on safety in order to ensure that they have a roof over their head.

Protecting Our Environment

We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, but our ecosystem is polluted each day by corporations, transportation, and all of us. The Bay Area is one of the most polluted regions in the nation. There are many actors, including businesses and corporations, who are knowingly damaging our environment, placing the health and wellbeing of communities at risk, and not being held accountable for their actions.

As District Attorney, I will:

  • Hold toxic polluters accountable and enforce our environmental protection laws
  • Protect our communities by pushing city agencies to use every tool at their disposal to investigate and address environmental injustices
  • Partner with other enforcement and regulatory agencies to coordinate inspections and pursue the appropriate penalties when these facilities are found to have broken the law.
  • Partner closely with the City Attorney’s Office to identify civil remedies and share information to ensure that we have leveraged every tool at our disposal to investigate and address environmental injustice.
  • Prioritize Environmental Protection as a tenant of the Civil Rights Unit, focusing on the communities most impacted by pollution, hazardous waste and toxic materials
  • Demonstrate to corporations and individual actors there are consequences to violating our environmental laws by building strong cases with the goal of preventing recidivism and pursue sentences that are commensurate with the crime.
  • Educate the public about environmental crimes and coordinate the work of various other agencies to deliver justice to communities that are most impacted.

Our justice system must reckon with the powerful forces that seek to harm, disempower, pollute and corrupt it. The District Attorney is charged with doing what justice requires and often that means taking a stand against those forces on behalf of the people. We must rebuild the trust between the public and the powerful. We need to hold them accountable through our actions.