Hillary Clinton met with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee yesterday for a wide-ranging discussion that included some of the most challenging issues facing urban cities and how best to address them.
During their nearly hour long tea at Red Blossom Tea Company in San Francisco Chinatown, Clinton asked questions and shared ideas about the housing challenges in the city and how to help boost the local economy.
Clinton has made clear that “one of the four big fights” of her campaign is building the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday.
“Whether it was housing, the economy, homelessness, or tech innovation, Hillary Clinton was excited to hear directly from Mayor Lee about how best to tackle the challenges facing San Francisco and similar urban centers across America, “ said Hillary for America National Press Secretary Brian Fallon.
“Throughout this campaign, Hillary Clinton will continue to sit down for conversations about the issues impacting communities and daily lives of everyday Americans.”
Among the many concerns Mayor Lee outlined, two were of critical importance to his city – chronic homelessness and high rents. Lee cited the bundling of federal and city funds for a long term program designed to house homeless veterans.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the city has already used combined funding to renovate buildings like the Stanford Hotel, and found housing for more than 500 such veterans since 2013.”
Clinton has been a champion of urban revival throughout her career; as Senator, she introduced legislation to promote neighborhood revitalization and keep families in their homes, fought for more funding for communities, and helped spur economic growth in cities in upstate New York through projects like Artspace in Buffalo.
Source: Hillary for America media release