“People Are Homeless Because of the Failure of Our Capitalist Economy:”
an Interview With Dean Preston.
“As for what it means, the core of democratic socialism is breaking down the for-profit system on all basic human needs, from housing to education to health care, and then rebuilding something that’s actually controlled by working-class people.”
“Preston has more, smaller donors. His single largest category is lawyers, mostly tenant lawyers, which is no surprise: Preston has been a tenant lawyer for years and founded Tenants Together, the statewide renter-advocacy group.”
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“Preston is a well-known progressive activist who ran against Breed in 2016 and only lost by about 1,800 votes out of 41,000. He is most well known for writing Proposition F, the June ballot measure that gives tenants facing eviction the right to a lawyer. He is the founder of Tenants Together, a statewide renters’ rights group.”
“San Francisco needs to protect tenants from rogue landlords. Landlord licensing is a crucial tool that would create accountability, improve landlord professionalism, and protect tenants from abuse, unhealthy living conditions, housing discrimination, and wrongful eviction. Landlords who follow the law would have nothing to fear.”
“But Preston shot back… ‘If you want someone to fight to get the most for the community, you don’t have the person in office endorsed by the developers,’ he said. ‘Even the ordinance that the supervisor is talking about [for Divisadero], the developers didn’t even oppose it. You have to tangle with them. You can’t always please them.’”
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"Preston ... a Democratic Socialist, made a number of bold statements during the debate — such as saying the city should increase the $500 million proposed housing bond to $1 billion. He also criticized the current leadership for not yet opening a Navigation Center in the district."
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"That makes Preston’s candidacy for District 5 Supervisor all the more interesting. In our interview, Preston expressed a deep understanding of the kinds of genuinely universal social programs that neoliberal Democrats seem incapable of fathoming: free public transit, a vast expansion of public housing, and public banking, for instance."
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“‘I think there’s huge opportunity to invest in local businesses, to invest in affordable housing, look at whether we can acquire some of the student debt that is so burdensome for folks and basically be issuing lower interest loans for those,’ Preston said.”
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“I believe we should tax the richest corporations – who just got a massive tax cut from Trump and the GOP – to fund desperately needed solutions to homelessness. That’s why I’m 100 percent supportive of Prop. C and will do everything I can to help pass this measure.”
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“Dean Preston, a tenants’ rights activist who wrote the measure, and the San Francisco chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which collected signatures and championed it in the run-up to election day…”
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“Preston’s already received endorsements from Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Aaron Peskin, and Jane Kim; former District 5 Supervisors Matt Gonzalez and Christina Olague, Democratic Party Chair David Campos; former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano; and former Mayor Art Agnos.”