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My thoughts about specific issues facing our community. 

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June 21, 2024

By Jen Nossokoff

Picture yourself at the edge of San Francisco, where the mighty ocean’s roar blends with the joyful sounds of children and the lively conversations of the community.  The proposal to transform The Great Highway into a permanent oceanfront park is not just an idea – it’s a vision for a brighter, more connected future for our City.

Consider the success of the Presidio Tunnel Tops. This inspiring transformation of Doyle Drive into a vibrant, community-focused space showcases what we can achieve with imagination and collaboration. In its first year alone, it attracted more than 1.8 million visitors, revitalizing the area and creating a cherished community hub. Similarly, the enhancements at China Beach are making this natural sanctuary even more accessible and enjoyable for families. These successes illustrate the potential of reimagining our public spaces along our coastlines.

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May 15, 2024

By Jen Nossokoff

Yesterday, our neighborhood in the Inner Richmond experienced a terrifying event that underscores the urgent need to redesign our streets for safety. A speeding car, driven by a man fleeing police officers after committing a violent crime, crashed into my neighbor’s building. 

Eyewitnesses estimated he was driving about 65 mph in a 20 mph zone, easily blowing through every stop sign on Cabrillo Street. This was the second time a car crashed into a building on Cabrillo within blocks of each other in the last two months. While this most recent situation was unique, the broader issue is that our street design allows such reckless speeds, putting everyone at risk....READ MORE

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February 7, 2024

Challenging Proposition F: A Medical Perspective on San Francisco’s Approach to Welfare and Addiction

By Jen Nossokoff

San Francisco’s Proposition F, slated for a vote in March 2024, brings forth a crucial conversation about the intersection of welfare, drug use and addiction treatment. This proposition mandates drug screening for certain recipients of the County Adult Assistance Program, tying continued welfare benefits to participation in drug treatment for those who test positive. While this approach integrates treatment, it also threatens to withhold benefits from those who decline it, raising a spectrum of ethical, practical and policy-related concerns. As the only candidate for local office with a license to practice medicine, I have a unique responsibility to speak out on the dangers that Prop. F will have on some of the most vulnerable members of our community...READ MORE

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January 2, 2024

By Jen Nossokoff

As every new year begins, I pause to center my priorities and plan for how to put those ideals into action. 

I am proud to share my vision for the future with you because it’s one that comes straight from the heart of our community. I have enjoyed countless chats with neighbors on our doorsteps, in our beautiful public spaces, and at events in the neighborhood; all in pursuit of aligning our collective goals...READ MORE

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November 24, 2023

By Jen Nossokoff

As you gather together with family and friends in celebration over the winter holidays, you may find that with the excitement and joy comes a backdrop of political polarization. This might look like being on outright opposite ends of the political spectrum, somewhere in between, or it can also look like apathy or indifference. Wherever you celebrate, and whoever you are with, you may have the desire to connect with them and move the needle on issues that are near and dear to your heart. Regardless of the exact situation, there are a lot of good reasons to bring politics into the conversations around the holidays and it’s important to do our best to make sure those conversations go well...READ MORE

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October 16, 2023

By Jen Nossokoff

One of the first questions that I was asked after I filed to run for district supervisor was: “Are you a progressive or a moderate?”

This is a seemingly simple, benign question. It’s kind of like being asked “Are you a Democrat or a Republican?” Except that one is easy to answer (lifelong Democrat) because Democrats and Republicans have fundamentally different ideologies. The San Francisco progressive-moderate divide is a whole other beast. Democrats are the big tent party and San Francisco is a prime example of what that means...READ MORE

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August 22, 2023

By Jen Nossokoff

This last week my heart stopped for a moment when I learned what a ghost stroller was – a stroller painted white as a memorial to a child who was killed crossing the street. 

San Francisco has some known dangerous streets and this last week a family was left shattered after a car blew through a crosswalk, striking the family and killed the child and left the father in critical condition. This tragedy happened at Fourth and King streets in SOMA, an intersection that is known to be dangerous for pedestrians...READ MORE

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August 22, 2023

By Jen Nossokoff

While a few of you may know this project down to every last detail, many of you are probably curious to know more. So let me break down the issue and my approach to it as simply as I can. 

This past week I attended an MTA open information session about the project. The team spent ample time walking me through it and had it laid out super clearly. But before I get into that, let me back up...READ MORE

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July 21, 2023

By Jen Nossokoff

As I announce my candidacy for District 1 supervisor, I bring a fresh perspective as a non-traditional candidate outside of the established political system. My vision as district supervisor revolves around three core principles: bringing people together, investing in local small businesses and keeping our neighborhood clean and safe.... READ MORE

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