Back in August 2020, Brandon Shorenstein, Chairman & CEO of the Shorenstein Company, and Daniel Lurie founder of Tipping Point (Haas family heir to the Levi’s fortune) created a new nonprofit that seeks to tap grassroots support in addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest problems. San Francisco that Works for Everyone is a 501(c)(4) issues-advocacy organization.
Daniel Lurie sighted the growing number of San Francisco residents opting to leave the city was a motivating factor for creating the nonprofit. “I was getting calls from friends saying, ‘I’m done. I’m leaving. I’m OK with paying higher taxes and I’m OK being in San Francisco. But there’s a breaking point where you can’t leave your sunglasses in a parked car. You can’t walk outside of your apartment and not step over people doing meth and shooting heroin freely and openly on the streets,’” Lurie said.
San Francisco that Works for Everyone is a growing group of citizens who believe in “getting people back to work, improving healthcare, addressing homelessness, educating every child, and keeping the city safe for all”. The coalition’s beliefs and calls to action, as stated on their website, include:
- We believe in caring for the homeless without turning our streets and parks over to homeless encampments.
- We call for more transparent spending from City Hall. Tax increases may be necessary in the future, but not before we’ve taken a hard look at current spending, starting with the requirement that every city department be audited regularly. Banning political contributions from those who have city contracts will ensure politicians are not spending our money on groups they count on to get elected.
- We support reforming our police and stopping the wave of crimes that degrade our quality of life. Public safety strategy must be more effective and equitable, and no longer tolerate professional drug dealing in neighborhoods like the Tenderloin.
- We embrace proven solutions like requiring those who are a danger to themselves and others to get treatment instead of indulging in ill-conceived polices like providing free drugs and alcohol.
- We want our government to stop distracting us, and themselves, with political battles like changing the name of a high school and painting murals, and target big issues with their time, resources and attention. Future pay increases of top bureaucrats making more than $200,000 per year should be tied to results, like reducing homelessness, lowering crime, cleaning the streets and improving transportation.
- We demand better policies that make it easier and more affordable for a diverse array of people to live and work in San Francisco, an increasingly difficult place to live – particularly for seniors, and families with children.
“Our city does not belong to those with the loudest voices, nor to those with the largest bank accounts, nor to the most entrenched political networks. It belongs to all of us, and it’s time to make it work for everyone.” More information can be found on San Francisco That Works For Everyone’s website www.sfworksforeveryone.com