A Voice for Working People and The Community
ABOUT STEVE ZELTZER
Steve Zeltzer is a long time labor/community activist and leader in the
fight for justice. From fighting racism on the job to fighting against the
media monopoly robber baron's like Comcast who control the San Francisco's
cable system, Zeltzer has stood up for the residents of District 9 and the
people of this country. He is a native of San Francisco who grew up partly
in Holly Park. He graduated from San Francisco State and supported the SF
State strike of 1968. He is a member of IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39
and works for the City of San Francisco as a stationary engineer.
He has produced labor TV shows and labor documentaries since 1983, and
also helped found LaborFest to celebrate the culture and art of working
people, and LaborNet online. He has worked to support independent working
class politics. His record of fighting for working people is long. He is
registered in the Peace and Freedom Party and has been active within the
labor movement in opposition to the war in Iraq and US intervention in the
Middle East including Israel.
Presently, he is helping to build the ILWU initiated Million Worker
March in Washington to defend all working people from privatization,
contracting out and militarization. Steve also supports the formation of an
independent national democratic labor party that will be based on working
people and the communities throughout the country.
WE NEED A NEW MOVEMENT
We need a new movement in San Francisco that will challenge the
corporate dominated politics in the city. Our parks, libraries, zoos and
community centers are being privatized. Thousands of city workers in San
Francisco face layoffs while we need more public services. The mayor talks
about being concerned about violence in our city yet, he is preparing to
layoff the parents of hundreds of young people in our city. We need to stop
the hundreds of billions of dollars that are now going to Iraq, and
instead, put those funds to rebuild our country.
District 9 needs a supervisor who will stand up against union busters
like Home Depot and others who want a Wal-Mart economy for everyone. As
supervisor for District 9, Steve realizes that we cannot solve our problems
simply by focussing on our district. He will help support and organize a
statewide campaign for a single payer healthcare system that eliminates the
insurance companies and others who are destroying healthcare. He will fight
to make it illegal to close any more hospitals and emergency rooms in San
Francisco. He will propose rent control for small businesses that will stop
them from being driven out of our neighborhoods by multi-national
He will oppose the criminalization of poor people. The solution to
violence in the streets is not more repression but decent paying union jobs
and free education for our youth and young people. More money is spent in
California on the prison industry than on education. Is this the future we
want for our families and our future?
PROGRAM FOR CHANGE
- Will conduct regular public meetings in the district neighborhoods in
order to deal with various issues our community faces day to day.
Elected human rights commission.
Public media center for video, radio broadcasting, web-sites & Wi-Fi
development and training with community bulletin boards in English,
Spanish, Chinese and other languages.
Stop using redevelopment for ethnic cleansing.
Support for an annual labor/community congress to develop a platform for
the residents of San Francisco
End dependence of city on parking meter fees on community services.
Decriminalize drug & prostitution - Put resources into the schools
& health services.
- No more closures of the city's hospitals. Reinstate emergency room at
Mt. Zion and full protection for St. Lukes. More hospitals &
neighborhood clinics for workers & poor. Stop the closure of the UCSF
Dental Clinic, Dialysis Unit at SFGH and other medical departments.
Full support for state & national single payer health insurance
system run by workers and consumers. Defend Laguna Honda Hospital as a home
for the elderly.
Investigation of new communication technology for health &
Elimination of all irradiated food and GMO products in CA/ gamma free
labeling on all food in San Francisco. Introduction of organic foods in the
- Enforcement of residential hiring rules for workers and youth in San
Francisco. Workers live in the city who have the skills should get the work
for city and federal funded jobs.
- Oppose pay cuts for public workers who do the work.
Establishment of elected Labor Commission to survey labor conditions,
housing, discrimination & unionization with reports to city, and action
against labor violations with enforcement of equal protection laws.
The right to strike of all workers including public workers.
Support a real Living Wage.
FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
- Rent control for small businesses in SF to stop their destruction.
No to the Walmartization of the San Francisco and big box stores like
Home Depot and Wal-Mart.
- We need housing for working & the poor in San Francisco built by
union workers. Elected Rent Board.
OPPOSE PRIVATIZATION AND CONTRACTING OUT
- No privatization of city parks, arts & culture facilities including
Golden Gate Park and the Randall Children's Museum - Eliminate corporate
branding in SF & in the schools.
For opposition to privatization of all public school.
Charter amendment to ban privatization & contracting out of public
services - full labor rights for workers in agencies receiving city
- Transit tax on downtown business to pay for their use of Muni-BART as
well as making mass transportation free for the residents.
Extension of BART to 30th St. and Mission.
EQUAL RIGHTS, DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS
- Full rights for at risk youth, LGBT Same Sex Marriage.
No use of city pension funds for Israeli bonds.
No installation of spy technology at SF library.
No compliance with Patriot Act & other repressive legislation.
Support for the right of all residents to participate and vote in local
Election days for Saturday for greater participation.
- Support for publicly owned and controlled power system with elected
board to run it.
Require that all new residential and office construction include solar and
other natural energy producers.
- SF payroll tax on all those who make more than $125,000 a year.
Establishment of war profiteers tax on Bechtel and other businesses
profiting from war. Stop layoffs in SF City Assessor's office.
Elimination of city subsidies and tax breaks for major corporations like
the Gap and an end of under assessment of downtown properties.
- Elected police & sheriff commission - stop police brutality
Oppose police state spying and co-intel tactics
Ray Quan, V.P. SEIU790 BART Chapter*, Alex Corns, Business Manager,
LIUNA Local 36*, Pat Mulligan, Secretary-Treasurer UBC Local 22*, Mary Ann
Ring, Steward CUE UCSF*, Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10 BA*, Ricardo Ortiz,
Kevin Williams, Anita Labossiere, Adam Richmond, Carol Seligman, Ronnie
Davis, Jeffery Blankfort, Tom Lacey, Janice Rothstein, Carl Bryant, David
Ewing and many others.
*For information only
We need your support to put these issues on the front burner. If
you agree with Steve Zeltzer's program, please help any way you can, by
endorsing him, contributing to the campaign fund, or volunteering for house
meetings, precinct walking or tabling.
For more information, please contact:
Steve Zeltzer for Supervisor Campaign Committee
3181 Mission St. #108 San Francisco, CA 94110