Reset San Francisco

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What Is Reset San Francisco? is an online and offline community dedicated to identifying, debating and implementing reforms that will make San Francisco the best run city in America. Many of these reforms are part of what is being called the Government 2.0 movement – a push to make sure that our city government is using all of the modern tools available to make San Francisco City Hall more responsive, more efficient and most of all – much more effective. But whether it is new technology or just plain old-fashioned common sense, Reset is all about bringing better ideas to San Francisco City Hall.


How can Reset San Francisco help improve San Francisco?

One of the core values behind Reset San Francisco is our strong belief that government will be better if more voices are heard.  Right now, just a relatively few voices command attention at City Hall – and many of those who do speak out on a regular basis work for government or work for companies and organizations with a direct self interest in the outcome of legislation.  Most of these people speaking out are certainly knowledgeable and dedicated. But if only the people who are part of what City Hall calls “The City Family” are heard, then government decisions wont reflect what the broader community wants and needs. By creating a community where San Francisco residents can learn more about government reform, understand the power of Government 2.0, hear from experts, hear from each other and find tools they can use to be heard effectively at City Hall – we are giving more residents the power to make change.


Can you give me one example of what you’re talking about?

We can give you many - but let’s start with a simple one. Right now, most city Boards and Commissions meet during the day when most of us are at work or school. Reset is proposing requiring city agencies to take YouTube testimony just like regular testimony, so people who can’t make it to City Hall can still make their voices heard. With one simple and absolutely free change, we could open up public comment to just about everybody with access to a computer. If you like that idea – you can sign our petition to make your voice heard.

We can’t resist giving you just a couple of more. One of the most effective programs in San Francisco is GoSolarSF – the nationally recognized local solar incentive that has helped create hundreds of new jobs and jumpstarted a local solar industry – while protecting our environment. The city is proposing to drastically reduce this highly effective programs – and Reset has been offering in-depth analysis to show how the small investment actually pays for itself while paying enormous economic and environmental dividends. We’ve brought experts to the table to review the issue. And we’ve given residents a chance to weigh in to protect GoSolarSF.


What kind of stories does Reset follow?

Any kind of Government 2.0 story is interesting to us – and we try to bring our Reset community news of how government is becoming more effective wherever that is happening. To the extent that there is a nexus between Web 2.0 and Government 2.0, we also frequently cover Web 2.0 news. But most of all, we are focusing on those stories, topics and debates that will help make San Francisco city government more effective and make San Francisco an even better place to live.

So when the new Clipper Cards were melting down, we covered that story. When the city was trying to create a “Parking Trap” by writing more parking tickets just to raise revenue, we covered that debate. Because we know San Francisco can’t work better until the Municipal Railway starts to work regularly, we cover the MUNI closely. So from the 38 Geary, J Church, 22 Fillmore and 30 Sutter Stockton – we try to be there when something goes wrong (and when something goes right, like the experiment with the San Francisco Parking App).

Because Reset is fundamentally about making San Francisco a better place to live, we are interested in stories about easier ways to get around, like biking and walking. And because a stronger economy would make everything else easier, we also cover economic initiatives andnew ideas to promote high wage jobs.

We also cover San Francisco culture, we cover housing issues, we cover public education and we cover public safety. Spend a few minutes at Reset San Francisco and you will get a good idea of the kind of news, tools and policy we are providing. Want more? Become a Memberand help us grow this community.

These stories are grouped into categories on our site – and the categories are:  transportation, education, better government, the environment, tax reform, neighborhoods, public safety, jobs, housing, arts and culture SF Favorites.


How do I use Reset San Francisco?

You can start by visiting Reset regularly and reading the daily posts and the many comments. This will give you an idea of how the site is used and how the community is evolving. You can watch our Ask an Expert features, join our community eventswatch a video, sign up foremail updates and become a part of our online communities on FacebookTwitter andLinkedIn. If you like what you read, see and hear – please become a Member of the community, which allows you to post comments, blog and help shape the Reset community policy.


What If I want to get more involved?

You can become a Reset Intern, Volunteer with Reset, and most of all – become a Reset Member so you can post and blog regularly.


Why do you only allow posts from members?

We want to promote a civil and constructive debate where people feel encouraged to share even very bold ideas. While you do not need to give your real name to join and can remain anonymous, we felt the Membership step would give us the ability to better moderate a civil debate.


Who Is behind Reset San Francisco?

Reset is paid for by the Phil Ting for Mayor campaign and Phil posts regularly on the site and helps shape policy. But the site is for everyone who cares about reform in San Francisco – regardless of who they support for mayor.


But isn’t this just a front for Phil Ting for Mayor…

No. Many of us support Phil, and we certainly hope he becomes mayor, but that is not the point of Reset San Francisco. This is about building support for great policy and holding politicians accountable for implementing that policy – regardless of who gets elected.


Who is Phil Ting?

As Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco, Phil Ting is a solutions-focused, innovative reformer whose efforts have enabled him to generate over $295 million in new revenue for San Francisco and make sure everyone pays their fair share in property taxes. Ting was appointed and later elected in 2005, becoming San Francisco’s highest-ranking Chinese-American official at the time.

He has focused on reducing the assessment backlog from four to two years and every dollar that his office brings in means more money for the city to fund crucial programs for children, seniors and families. Ting is a champion for innovative and good government policies in San Francisco.

Prior to serving as the Assessor-Recorder, Ting also had a long history of civil rights advocacy - he was the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, an organization founded in 1972 to advance and promote the legal and civil rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community. He is president of the Bay Area Assessors Association and serves on numerous boards including Equality California Institute and the California Alumni Association (Go Bears!).

Ting is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He lives in San Francisco's Sunset District with his wife, Susan Sun and their daughters, Isabella and Madeleine.


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