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See how they run: Ahsha Safaí visits labor union on his lunch break

Mission Local is publishing a daily campaign dispatch for each of the major contenders in the mayor’s race, alternating among candidates weekly until November. This week: Ahsha Safaí.

May
13
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Safaí Fiercely Criticizes Mayor Breed for Failing to Declare César Chávez Day a Paid City Holiday

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London Breed officially declined to sign a resolution calling on her to declare César Chávez Day a holiday for City workers, raising questions about how much she truly respects working families, and how much she values the legacy of César Chávez and the labor movement he championed.

May
6
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Mayoral Candidate Ahsha Safaí Endorsed by San Francisco Teachers and Educators

San Francisco, CA - Mayoral candidate and San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safaí is proud to announce that he has received the endorsement of the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF), a prominent labor union representing over 6,500 SFUSD employees including teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, counselors, and psychologists.

May
3
2024
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Supervisor calls for city to stop leaving immigrant families with children on street

“In a city with almost forty-eight billionaires,” said District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai at a City Hall rally Tuesday, “it is unconscionable that we have children living on our streets when we have shelter beds that are vacant.” Safai said he will introduce a resolution at the following Board of Supervisors meeting calling for Mayor London Breed and the Department of Homelessness to respond to the needs of the city’s immigrant families.

Mar
12
2024

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Mission Local: Safaí is seeking the opportunity to separate himself from the peloton.

Safaí… has decided to distinguish himself by coming out hard against Proposition E. 

During a public interview with Mission Local Friday night, Safaí did not spare the rod in assailing the mayor’s signature policy initiative. He mocked it as enabling “‘The Fast and the Furious’ to happen in San Francisco.” But his real vitriol came when discussing Prop. E’s moves to reduce reporting requirements for violent police interactions with the public.

Feb
3
2024

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Mission Local: One means of differentiating himself [Ahsha] is his opposition to Proposition E

It is “shocking” that Mayor Breed would put her name on Prop. E, a ballot measure that aims to ease restrictions on police chases and surveillance, said Safaí, who was slated to attend a rally opposing Prop. E on Sunday (it was later postponed due to stormy weather). “I truly believe this is one of the most anti-Black, anti-brown, anti-communities of color, immigrant communities [laws]. This is a racist piece of legislation.”

Feb
3
2024

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SF Chron: Here’s why S.F. legislators tried to force Mayor Breed to build a new library at a specifi

San Francisco legislators are trying to pressure Mayor London Breed’s administration to move forward with plans to build a library at a specific location on the southwest side of the city, a project that Supervisor Ahsha Safaí has accused Breed of blocking because he’s challenging her reelection bid.

Jan
30
2024

NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: Ahsha Safai stands out by standing against Prop E

Supervisor Ahsha Safai stands alone among prominent mayoral candidates in opposing a ballot measure that his opponents claim will improve public safety, but civil-rights advocates warn will erase hard-earned progress.

“I think it goes against the core beliefs of San Francisco,” Safai said. “I think everyone in San Francisco wants to prioritize public safety, but they want to do it in a thoughtful and responsible way.”

Jan
30
2024

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SF Examiner: Supes: Measure blocking Marina Green harbor remodel likely to pass

A trio of San Francisco Supervisors is moving ahead with an ordinance to prevent a plan that would create a new harbor in front of Marina Green.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, Supervisor Ahsha Safai and Supervisor Connie Chan are cosponsoring legislation that would block San Francisco Recreation and Park Department funds for the project.

Jan
11
2024

NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: Ahsha Safaí: A better plan to hire more San Francisco police

Our city’s public safety system is severely understaffed. A strong public safety system requires robustly staffed departments, including police, 911 call operators, nurses, paramedics, firefighters and sheriffs. San Francisco lacks all of the above.

Our initiative, Proposition B, will achieve a fully staffed SFPD while being transparent and honest with San Franciscans regarding where the money is coming from.

Dec
21
2023

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SF Examiner: SF supervisors force popular SFPD foot patrols

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation on Monday that will require the San Francisco Police Department to establish — and implement — a strategy to add more cops walking beats in city neighborhoods.

“The truth is, colleagues, when police are present in the community, crime goes down,” said Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who sponsored the bill.

Nov
1
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: Is Homeward Bound safe and sound? Supe wants answers

San Francisco will still buy a wayward homeless person a bus ticket back to family and loved ones, but details have been scant since The City announced it would resume the Homeward Bound program in March.

Given that ambiguity, Supervisor Ahsha Safai called last week for Homeward Bound to be written into law as a part of The City’s response to homelessness.

Oct
10
2023

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NBC Bay Area: San Francisco mayor's race: One-on-one with Ahsha Safaí

The city that Sen. Dianne Feinstein led in the early 1980s is in the midst of trying to re-invent itself yet again. San Francisco is struggling with crime and open-air drug markets — not the ideal scenario for a mayor up for re-election next year. A few people are already emerging as potential challengers to Mayor London Breed, including Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, who spoke with NBC Bay Area’s Jessica Aguirre.

Oct
4
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

NBC Bay Area: Supervisor Ahsha Safaí calls for police foot and bike patrols to combat street crime

San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safaí is introducing an ordinance today calling for the implementation of a foot patrol and community policing strategy to effectively address and prevent crime. Interview on KPIX Morning Edition.

Oct
4
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Chronicle: Supervisor revives proposal to boost police foot patrols

A San Francisco supervisor plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would push the city’s Police Department to adopt more foot and bike patrols after a previous proposal to promote foot patrols stalled in 2020. 

“Putting cops out on the street is a major way to build trust and deter crime dramatically,” Safaí said in an interview.

Sep
26
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Standard: Supervisor Calls for More Regular Police Foot Patrols With New Legislation

San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safaí introduced legislation Tuesday calling on the San Francisco Police Department to implement regular foot and bike patrols to prevent retail and other crime in the city’s neighborhoods. 

“Putting officers back on the street will support values of protection and community engagement, especially in areas of our city where crime is most visible and rampant,” Safaí said in a statement.

Sep
26
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: Ahsha Safaí, Breed’s biggest challenger, wants answers on retail theft in SF

Supervisor Ahsha Safai called on Mayor London Breed Tuesday to explain why The City isn’t pouring more resources into curtailing retail theft.

Safai questioned why the mayor — whom he is challenging in the 2024 election — did not fund an assistant district attorney dedicated to prosecuting cases related to shoplifting in her recent budget.

Sep
5
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

Mission Local: Ahsha Safaí in his own words: ‘This mayor has no excuses’

Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, a mayoral candidate, says voters have give Mayor London Breed her shot: 'She’s had six years, going on seven. It’s hard to argue that anyone is obstructing her ability to lead this city.' Photo by Joe Eskenazi

Jul
18
2023

SF EXAMINER

SF Examiner: Safaí on his record, challenging Breed in 2024 election

Supervisor Ahsha Safai doesn’t need a public opinion poll — although there have been plenty — to know that San Franciscans are worried about the direction of The City.

It’s what he plans to base his entire campaign on.

May
22
2022
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: Safai on his record, challenging Breed in 2024 election

Supervisor Ahsha Safai doesn’t need a public opinion poll — although there have been plenty — to know that San Franciscans are worried about the direction of The City.

May
15
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: Mattresses and torn pants: The struggles of working families

Gun shots and blackouts every evening as revolutionaries chanted in the streets are some of my earliest memories. As many immigrant families, we came to the United States to be in a stable political environment, but the revolution I was born into tore my family apart — my father stayed in his home country while my mother, siblings and I moved to the “States.”

Jun
16
2022
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Chronicle: Ahsha Safaí Announces Run for Mayor

San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safaí has made it official: He is challenging Mayor London Breed in the 2024 election.

Safaí filed paperwork Monday morning formally declaring his intent to run for mayor next year, launching what could be an intense contest for the city’s top political job.

May
8
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: 'Tis election season: Safaí makes run for mayor official

San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai has his eyes set on higher office.

Safai, who has spent nearly two terms on the Board of Supervisors representing District 11, which includes the Excelsior and Crocker Amazon, filed the requisite paperwork to run for mayor on Monday, making his long-anticipated run for the job official.

Now, he’ll contest Mayor London Breed in her bid for a second full term leading San Francisco in the 2024 election.

May
11
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

SF Examiner: Ahsha Safaí Running Against Mayor London Breed

San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai has his eyes set on higher office.

Safai, who has spent nearly two terms on the Board of Supervisors representing District 11, which includes the Excelsior and Crocker-Amazon, filed the requisite paperwork to run for mayor on Monday, making his long-anticipated run for the job official.

May
8
2023