A letter from Matt–
MY FIRST HOME IN THE CITY WAS IN DISTRICT 6. I love this district and I am fiercely protective of my neighbors and the resilient, diverse, dynamic communities we’ve built.
The Tenderloin, SOMA, Mission Bay, Treasure Island, and Civic Center have long been centers of culture and innovation for the whole Bay Area, and we’re proud of that... but that doesn't mean we don't have challenges.
Homelessness, crime, and unsanitary streets have a huge impact on all our residents. The housing affordability and displacement crises are unacceptable and unsustainable. We can't just ignore these issues or continue failing piece meal approaches, and hope they go away.
Our district deserves a Supervisor that is laser focused on ensuring that our neighborhoods get the resources we need and deserve. We need someone who gets up every day thinking about how they can tackle our district’s hardest challenges––building affordable housing, protecting public safety, and solving homelessness--with our most creative ideas.
My grandfather was a close friend and confidante of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. I was raised to believe that talk is cheap -- especially from politicians -- and that a leader is judged by his or her actions. I'm proud of my record as President of the Board of Education, and the initiatives I led to build affordable housing for teachers, launch a new school in Mission Bay, secure housing and expand services for homeless students, and ensure all our kids have access to computer science and technology.
And I'm proud of the work I've done leading a social justice incubator taking on some of our nation’s toughest problems, and as an attorney defending tenants from evictions.
But there is a lot left to do. The only thing that is bigger than our challenges are our opportunities. I believe that with hard work and determination, the best district in San Francisco can be even better.
Let's get it done.