SFOP represents everyday people. When they speak, elected officials know it is not a special interest. Their voice is authentic.
Douglas Shoemaker, Mayor’s Office of Housing
Please look to specific Issue Areas in this website for details on some SFOP grassroots campaigns. We have been active throughout the tenures of five San Francisco mayors. Here is partial list of SFOP accomplishments over the last 25 years.
Dianne Feinstein (1978-88)
- SFOP won individual garbage can pick-up at public housing developments.
- SFOP negotiated with PG&E to remove 890 toxic, PCB-filled transformers that threatened the health and working conditions of thousands of residents.
- Created San Francisco Jobs Coalition which helped implement City’s first source hiring policy.
- Lowered annual rent increase allowed by City from 7% to 4%.
Art Agnos (1988-1992)
- Housing Authority fulfills promises to repair vacant units and broken windows at Potrero Hill and Valencia Gardens Housing Developments, turning many uninhabitable units into affordable homes for new families.
- Increased police presence to reduce drug activity in OceanView, BayView, and Mission neighborhoods.
- SFOP launches “Operation Strengthen and Grow” to reinvigorate membership and reach out to new member institutions.
Frank Jordan (1992-96)
- Helped develop and implement a Community Policing program for San Francisco.
- Secured City and Federal resources to open the Oscaryene Williams Infant Daycare Center in Potrero Hill Housing.
- SFOP holds largest action meeting to date with 1,000 residents gathering at St. Paulus Lutheran Church.
- CalTrans reopens Silver Avenue Freeway ramps.
Willie Brown (1996-2002)
- $6.2 million youth center opens in Excelsior District.
- Tai Chi Court designated in City park in Sunset District.
- $1.2 million from state to put cameras on MUNI.
- SFUSD designates $1 million to provide crossing guards for all elementary schools and 40 homework centers.
- State grants $1.2 million to create the Western Addition Computer Technology Center.
- Excelsior Clinic for Women and Children, and pharmacy at SF General are saved from closure.
- 3,000 SFOP/PICO members gather at Masonic Auditorium to launch YIMBY campaign at height of dot-com boom.
- SF passes inclusionary zoning policy requiring private developers to make 10-17% of their units affordable.
- SFOP leads coalition to put $250 million affordable housing bond on ballot.
- SF creates Healthy Kids program to provide health coverage to all children regardless of immigration status. SFOP sponsors outreach events that help enroll 2,000 children.
Gavin Newsom (2002-2011)/Ed Lee (2011-present)
- SF passes first surplus properties ordinance in the country, requiring City to use all city-owned surplus property for housing homeless people. In the first year, 15 properties were transferred to the Mayor’s Office of Housing.
- School District agrees to include Small Schools by Design as a priority in their secondary school redesign plans.
- June Jordan School for Equity and Aim High Academy, two new small public schools, open in San Francisco.
- SFOP co-leads coalition of business groups, advocacy organizations and housing developers, to put $200 million affordable housing bond on ballot.
- 1,500 SFOP members gather with elected officials to launch Avenues of Hope to stem the rising tide of violence.
- SFOP wins $2 million in violence prevention and workforce development funding for 14-30 year-olds.
- City builds $2 million state-of-the-art soccer field at the renovated Garfield Park in the Mission.
- SF passes plan to create Healthy San Francisco, to provide healthcare for all 82,000 uninsured adults in the City.
- SFUSD passes most comprehensive Small Schools by Design policy in the country, and designates two SFOP member schools as the first to participate in the pilot initiative – June Jordan and SF Community School.
- San Francisco becomes first county in the United States to achieve universal health care for children – with 99.2% of children covered.