30 Years of Results for San Francisco
Congresswoman Pelosi attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Presidio Parkway in October 2009
“Pelosi has used her power for public benefit, nationally and locally. Her many San Francisco accomplishments include her role in securing AIDS/HIV funding and the transition of the Presidio into a national park. Her leadership helped de- liver the Affordable Care Act. The list goes on and on.” – San Francisco Chronicle Editorial, Oct. 2012
Bayview Hunters Point to Bernal Heights, Chinatown to the Castro, the Mission to the Marina, and North Beach to Noe Valley, Congresswoman Pe- losi’s leadership has transformed San Francisco in her 30 years of service: creating good-paying jobs, addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis and making health care more affordable; expanding transit and preserving public lands and parks; protecting the Bay and the environment, and fighting to ensure quality, affordable housing for all.
Throughout her entire service in the Congress, Pelosi has championed smart, job-creating investments in San Francisco’s neighborhoods and worked to ensure that every San Franciscan has access to quality, affordable health care. Following the devastation of the Loma Prieta earthquake and a series of Bay Area military base closures, Pelosi orchestrated a surge of federal resources to transform and uplift our infrastructure, refurbish our landmarks, and create new spaces for affordable housing.
Nancy Pelosi at the groundbreaking for the new Transbay Transit Center in August 2010
From her very first speech to the Congress, Pelosi has focused on the urgent challenge of HIV/AIDS and championed major federal commitments to new treatments and resources. San Francisco General Hospital received federal funding that enabled it to build on its frontline expertise and become a global hub for HIV researchers and treatment. With Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Democrats enacted the historic Affordable Care Act – delivering quality health coverage to 22 million previously uninsured people nationwide, and cutting the number of uninsured San Franciscans in half.
Pelosi is responsible for many bold job- creatinginvestmentsin San Francisco’s public transportation infrastructure. She has been instrumental in extending BART to the SFO Airport; creating the Third Street Light Rail and the Central Subway; securing $400 million in Recovery Act funds for the Transbay Transit Center which will soon celebrate completion of its Terminal; and re-envisioning the structurally and seismically-deficient Doyle Drive into the new Presidio Parkway through a public- private partnership.
Most recently, Pelosi worked with Senator Dianne Feinstein and Bay Area Congresswomen Anna Eshoo, Jackie Speier, and Zoe Lofgren to secure the release of $647 million in federal funding to begin Caltrain electrification which will transition a fleet of aging diesel engines to high-performance electric trains that will operate cleaner, quieter, and more frequently.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Art Agnos, and President George H.W. Bush view damage and discuss recovery efforts at Crissy Field days after the Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989.
Pelosi also helped enable the seismic upgrade of the Golden Gate Bridge, secured funds for the new moveable median barrier and changed the law to allow funds for the suicide prevention barrier now under construction.
After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Congresswoman Pelosi worked to ensure her constituents received timely assistance, joining her California colleagues to secure a $3.45 billion earthquake relief package. In the aftermath, Pelosi worked to raise the SBA loan cap, and led efforts to restore City Hall and the Geary Theater, home of the American Conservatory Theater.
Nancy Pelosi and President Clinton at the Presidio in June 1996, supporting the Presidio Trust Act
When the Army closed the Presidio of San Francis- co – a military post from 1776 to 1994 Congress- woman Pelosi led the fight to preserve the Presidio for the people of San Francisco against those planning to sell- off this treasured asset to the highest bidder. After years of work, in 1996, Congresswoman Pelosi passed a law creating the Presidio Trust, an innovative public-private partnership with the twin goals of preserving the essence of a magnificent national park and achieving economic self- sufficiency for the American taxpayer – a charge accom- plished on schedule in 2013.
Nancy Pelosi with President Clinton as he signs the Presidio Trust Act in November 1996
Pelosi's work in the Presidio can be seen from the trails and overlooks to the Main Parade Ground, with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Futures With- out Violence, the Letterman Digital Arts Center and the Japanese American Historical Society’s Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center. Thanks to Pelosi’s advocacy and securing millions in federal funds, the barren, broken asphalt of Crissy Field Air Field became the Presidio’s spectacular front window to the Bay – with public walkways, restored dunes and wetlands, the new Crissy Field Center and spectacular spaces for recreation.
Nancy Pelosi and Senator Feinstein watch as Navy Secretary England and Mayor Brown sign an agreement for the cleanup and transfer of Hunters Point to San Francisco in January 2002
Since its closure by the U.S. Navy in 1974, the Hunters Point Shipyard has been a neglected and contaminated neighbor to the Bayview Community. Pelosi has helped secure nearly $1 billion in federal funding to clean up contamination and transform the former shipyard into a source of jobs and economic development, parks and affordable housing for the community. At completion, the Hunters View/ Candlestick Point redevelopment will create 12,100 units of needed housing, of which 32 percent will be below- market rate.
Nancy Pelosi, Navy Secretary Mabus and Mayor Newsom signing the transfer of Treasure Island to San Francisco in August 2010
At Treasure Island – a man-made island in the Bay between San Francisco and Oakland – the Navy’s plans to sell it to San Francisco languished for over a dozen years after the Navy base had closed. Pelosi was crucial in finding a path forward to re- developing Treasure Island, helping to secure an agreement and over $250 million in federal clean-up funds to quickly move forward with a sustainable, transit-oriented development including 300 acres of parks and open space and 8,000 housing units, of which 27 percent will be below-market rate.
Understanding the importance of preserving San Francisco’s rich maritime heritage, Pe- losi joined with Chairman Mo Udall to carry on the work begun by her predecessor, Con- gresswoman Sala Burton, in 1988 passing a law creating the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, a separate unit of the National Park System recognizing its nationally significant collection of historic maritime ships. In Congress, Pelosi secured over $2 million to rehabilitate and save the historic 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, and more than $10 million to renovate the historic 1895 schooner C.A. Thayer, preserving these historic ships of a by- gone era for future generations of schoolchildren.
Pelosi joins schoolchildren at the C.A. Thayer before it departed for restoration in December 2003.
Nancy Pelosi at Alice Griffith groundbreaking in April 2015
When City College of San Francisco was threatened with losing its accreditation and thus federal funding, Pelosi mobilized the U.S. Department of Education to intervene in an unfair and opaque accreditation process, succeeding in giving CCSF more time, tools, and resources that led to unprecedented change at the college. By striking a delicate balance, Congresswoman Pelosi helped CCSF keep its doors open for the future and preserve its storied legacy of delivering a high-quality, academically rigorous education to thousands of San Franciscans.
As an advocate for affordable housing, Congresswoman Pelosi has been instrumental in securing federal funds for HOPE SF, including a $30.5 million federal Choice Neighborhood grant, to revitalize and preserve severely-distressed public housing units at Hunters View and Alice Griffith. This model to create vibrant mixed-use communities will soon be replicated at Sunnydale and Potrero.
With thousands of San Franciscans living in distressed, deteriorating public housing, Pelosi worked with Mayor Lee to transition 3,500 units to community-based affordable housing providers through the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) to rebuild these public housing sites and to revitalize them with new management and supportive services so their residents can live in safe, clean, affordable housing.
Pelosi was successful in securing funds for Veterans Commons supportive housing at 150 Otis Street, the renovation of Nihonmachi Terrace senior housing in Japantown, and secured $54 million – more than half the funding – for the Kelly Cullen Community and clinic for the chronically homeless at 220 Golden Gate Avenue.
Nancy Pelosi at Kelly Cullen Community January 2011
Recognizing the importance of maintaining San Francisco’s vibrant diversity, Pelosi worked with Mayor Ed Lee and Board of Supervisors President London Breed as they convinced HUD to allow a housing displacement preference so that 40 percent of new affordable housing units are set-aside for those in areas at highest risk of displacement.
Pelosi was instrumental in the creation of Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), and negotiated the highest level of HOPWA funding in history in the recent fiscal year 2017 funding bill, ensuring San Francisco avoided funding cuts that would have occurred due to a recent formula change.
Pelosi has long championed the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), which has created over 10,000 homes in our Congressional District since it was enacted, and was successful in fixing HUD's harmful formula change for Difficult to Develop Areas to ensure more areas of the city can receive a LIHTC funding bonus.
Pelosi secured federal authorization and funding for a new San Francisco Federal Building, which she has supported since her first days in Congress, resulting in one of the greenest federal government buildings when it opened in 2007. Thanks to the Recovery Act passed under then-Speaker Pelosi, $121 million in federal funding was made available to renovate and modernize the historic federal office building at 50 United Nations Plaza, which reopened in 2013.