I’ve been endorsed by the SF Examiner!
With less than a month to go to Election Day, I received great news over the weekend: I’m proud to receive the SF Examiner’s sole endorsement for BART Board District 8!
The SF Examiner now joins a broad list of supporters who share my vision for BART: a safe, reliable transit system that puts people and our communities first. Here’s what they had to say:
Advocacy director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Li is an experienced community organizer who has served on the Port of San Francisco Waterfront Working Group. She has the backing of a wide range of public officials and is well prepared to be a strong advocate for improved accessibility and connections for BART and its riders.
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If there’s anything I’ve learned in my time at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, it’s that you can’t wait for other people to make change. You have to make the change yourself, but you are only more powerful when you work in partnership and in coalition with others. That’s why the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition remains one of the largest membership-based advocacy organizations in the Bay Area, and it’s why I’m also proud to receive their endorsement as well. In short, advocates get things done.
Here are some of my proudest victories in the past few years:
1) Serving as co-chair on the Port of San Francisco’s Waterfront Working Group, I led a 33-member committee over the past three years to develop 100+ policy recommendations around land use, transportation and resilience — by consensus. These recommendations were just approved by the Port Commission in August, and throughout the process, the Commissioners consistently applauded the comprehensive outreach and engagement.
2) Through my leadership in the Transit Justice Coalition, we led the development of the successful Prop J in 2016, which affirmed a pro-transit expenditure plan that ensured that transportation revenues would prioritize people who bike, walk and take transit. This advocacy set the stage for the City’s Transportation Task Force 2045, which convened throughout 2017 and developed a list of revenue sources to fund our transportation needs. After serving on the task force, I’m proud that two measures I worked on have moved forward: an increased impact fee for developers and a rideshare tax for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.
3) Through my role at the SF Bicycle Coalition, I’m proud to lead our organization’s advocacy team to countless number of campaign victories that not only helped redesign streets and repurpose space for people (Turk Street, Folsom Street, Upper Market Street, Masonic Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Ortega Street, and the list goes on) but also do so in a way that was with community. The change we make is only as sustainable as the relationships we build, and I’m proud that the SF Bicycle Coalition’s advocacy is stronger because we acknowledge that bike advocacy is at the intersection of much more than just bike lanes or the bicycle itself.
If you believe in a pro-transit advocate that knows how to get thing done, consider volunteer or donating today to power my campaign forward in these final weeks.