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Aaron Peskin

Born 1964
Spouse Nancy Shanahan
Alma mater UC Santa Cruz
Occupation environmental activist

Aaron Peskin (born 1964) is the current president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was first elected to the Board in 2000, and was re-elected in 2004. In January 2005, his colleagues elected him President of the Board. Image File history File links Supervisor_Peskin_SF_CA.jpg‎ This is a portrait of Peskin is from http://www. ... “UCSC” redirects here. ... San Francisco skyline. ...


Personal life

Peskin was born and raised in Berkeley. His mother, Tsipora, an immigrant from Israel, taught at UC Berkeley; his father, Harvey, was a professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. Peskin is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. He is married to land use attorney Nancy Shanahan.[1] Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State, State and SFSU) is a public university located in the southwestern San Francisco, California, bordering Lake Merced and Lowell High School, near Fort Funston and Daly City, near the San Mateo County line. ... “UCSC” redirects here. ...

Before entering politics, Peskin was an environmental activist and water rights negotiator for a non-profit organization which brokered passage and use rights for tribal lands. He first came to public notice as president of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, where he led the effort to save the Colombo building (it was going to be made a Chinatown branch of City College) and prevent a Rite-Aid drug store from moving into the Pagoda Theater.[2] He is a member of the South End Rowing Club and an avid outdoorsman, having hiked the John Muir Trail in 2006.[3] For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... For the psychology topic, see Environmental psychology. ... Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. ... A non-profit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... A typical Rite Aid pharmacy. ... Founded in 1873, the South End Rowing Club, located at 500 Jefferson Street near Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco, is the oldest athletic club in the western United States. ... John Muir Trail is a long-distance trail in California, running 211 miles (340 km) from the Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. ...

Political career

Peskin was first elected in December 2000, along with other progressive neighborhood activists who had cut their teeth on Tom Ammiano's mayoral campaign. When he was sworn into office, Peskin described District 3 (it comprises Chinatown, North Beach, Nob Hill, and most of Russian Hill)[4] as the "living room" of San Francisco. Peskin received less than 10 percent of the vote in Chinatown in the election.[5] Tom Ammiano (born December 15, 1941), a Democrat, is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 9, which encompasses parts of the Mission District and the Bernal Heights and Portola neighborhoods. ... An intersection of Chinatown in San Francisco. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... View of Powell Street heading north from Nob Hill, toward San Francisco Bay and Marin County Nob Hill refers to a small district in San Francisco, California adjacent to the intersection of California and Powell streets (and the respective cable car lines). ... A view of Lombard Street and Russian Hill from Telegraph Hill. ...

As Supervisor, Peskin is known mostly for siding with a self-described progressive majority on development issues, often being at odds with the policies of mayors Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown. He authored an amnesty on unwarranted "in-law" apartment construction as a strategy to counter rising housing costs and to promote fiscal conservatism in city spending. Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, California. ... Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. ... Ths article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ...

In 2004, Peskin was unanimously elected President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, immediately following outgoing Board President Matt Gonzalez. Peskin was re-elected by his colleagues for a second two-year term as President in 2005. Peskin also serves as a member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, an agency responsible for regulating development in, on and immediately surrounding the San Francisco Bay.

Legislative Record

Recently, a consultant for a major developer in a disageement with Sup. Peskin approached local media outlets with information purporting to demonstrate some form of illegality in the purchase of Peskin's home. The alleged information was never accurately validated and City records proved the legality and appropriateness of all transactions in question. No major news source ever printed the unfounded allegations made by a disgruntled developer.

He has also sponsored legislation to curb the Ellis Act, a state law that allows property owners to evict tenants by going out of the rental business. The state eviction law has led to many condominium conversions in San Francisco by real estate speculators, especially in Peskin's neighborhood of North Beach.[6] Peskin split with some progressive allies to support legislation to bring Home Depot to San Francisco's Bayview Community, after the chain-store acquiesced to unprecedented local-hiring agreements.

Aaron Peskin's agressive legislative record is marked with numerous achievements, having enacted laws aimed at protecting the San Francisco Bay from over-development, ensuring tenants rights, cutting government waste and preserving San Francisco's architectural and historical assets. Supervisor Peskin also authored landmark legislation protecting women's reproductive rights by strengthening protections for women as they approach and enter reproductive health clinics. Also, Peskin authored a law streamlining the formation process for business improvement and community benefit districts, such as the successful Union Square BID. This law has resulted in a five-fold increase in the formation of these districts that provide services ranging from sidewalk-steaming and grafitti ramoval to heightened street security and improved lighting.

Peskin also built a record for fiscal conservatism during his numerous years as a member of the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee. Peskin wrote legislation reforming the City's antiquated and expensive auto fleet management system, taking away personally assigned vehicles from countless government officials.

Peskin most recently authored a charter amendment to increase MUNI funding and implement agency reforms. The measure, Prop A, received over 55% of the vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 2007. Prop. A was also a response to a pro-parking measure, Prop H, funded by GAP, Inc. founder and republican billionaire Don Fisher. Fisher spent lavishly in support of Prop. H, a measure that would have undone numerous transit-first measures in downtown San Francisco, was rejected overwhelmingly by 2/3rds of the voters on Election Day. Donald G. Fisher (born 1928) is a businessman. ...

In 2006, the Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit alcohol sales in public parks because of complaints from neighbors of the damage large alcohol-fueled sales incur. North Beach Fair organizers said that without the sales the festival couldn't turn a profit, so they canceled it. "He's working with the Telegraph Hill Dwellers to prevent me from selling alcohol in the park," said Marsha Garland, executive director of the North Beach Chamber of Commerce, an organizer of the festival who endorsed an opponent of Peskin's during his 2004 re-election bid.[7]


  1. ^ Wall, Alexandra J. (December 22, 2000) "'Doing mitzvahs' propels supe Peskin." Jewish News Weekly.
  2. ^ Shaw, Randy (January 10‚ 2005 )("What Drives Aaron Peskin?" BeyondChron.
  3. ^ Sabatini, Joshua (Jan 9, 2007 ) "Re-elected board chief, Peskin sets ambitious agenda." San Francisco Examiner.
  4. ^ District 3 Information
  5. ^ Banerjee, Neela (Oct. 26 - Oct. 31, 2001) "CAVEC Poll Shows Strains of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment." AsianWeek.

External links

  • Aaron Peskin's government website
  • "Doing mitzvahs" propels supe Peskin, by Alexandra J. Wall. Jewish News Weekly. December 22, 2000.
Political offices
Preceded by
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Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
District 3

2001 – present

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