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Candidate Chiang swings by SF City Hall to pick up an endorsement


SF Chronicle

California Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Chiang swung through San Francisco Friday to accept an official endorsement from Supervisor Norman Yee and to unveil the outlines of his plan to tackle the state’s affordable housing and homelessness crises.

Standing on the steps of City Hall, Yee praised what he called Chiang’s enduring commitment to pragmatic political reform in the 13 years the two have known each other. Their political priorities have long overlapped, Yee said, when it comes to issues of “child care, investing in education, growing jobs at every level of the workforce and supporting affordable housing throughout the state.”

 “We don’t need slick politicians and empty suits — we need solutions,” Yee said. “John does not write checks he knows he cannot cash. We deserve a progressive leader we can trust, who will continue to fight for our economy without breaking the bank.”

In a briskly delivered speech before a small crowd, Chiang, who has been the state treasurer since 2014, called California’s dearth of affordable housing “a full-blown crisis” and sketched out several solutions centered on finding new sources of funding for affordable housing, giving local governments incentives to expand permitting for more housing and encouraging increased construction of affordable units by the private sector.

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