Connie Chan (politician)

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Connie Chan
Official portrait of Connie Chan, Board of Supervisors Member District 1.jpg
Chan in 2022
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 8, 2021
Preceded bySandra Lee Fewer
Personal details
Born (1978-10-03) October 3, 1978 (age 44)
Hong Kong
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Davis

Connie Chan (Chinese: 陳詩敏; born October 3, 1978)[1][2] is an American politician serving as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for District 1 since January 8, 2021,[3] after defeating Marjan Philhour, who ran for the seat in 2016, in a narrow race.[4] Chan is generally considered a progressive.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Chan was born in Hong Kong and migrated to San Francisco at the age of thirteen with her mother and brother. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.[7] After graduating from college, Chan participated in various forms of social activism, serving as a community organizer in a youth center, and working in a legal outreach program.[7] She worked for the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.[8] In 2006, Chan was recruited to be an aide to Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and later served as an aide to then-District Attorney Kamala Harris, followed by Supervisor Aaron Peskin in 2016.[7]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

After incumbent Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer announced she would not seek re-election, Chan announced her candidacy for the seat.[1] In the November 3rd General Election, Chan won by 134 votes against challenger Marjan Philhour.[8] She was sworn into office on January 8, 2021.[3]

Upon assuming office, she supported legislation by Supervisor Dean Preston to create a city-run public bank.[9] Chan has voiced her support for redirecting some police resources to public health, schools, and other city services.[10] In Late February 2021, Chan supported a plan to provide free Summer Activities for San Francisco's elementary school students.[11][12]

After being sworn in, Chan joined other supervisors in calling for an investigation of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, as part of a debate on whether to keep a large ferris wheel at Golden Gate Park.[13] Chan and fellow Supervisor Aaron Peskin blocked a decision by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission to extend the wheel's stay through 2025, referring it to a vote in the Board of Supervisors.[14] Instead of the Commission's proposal, Chan and Peskin proposed to allow for the wheel to remain in place until February 2022, citing complaints from opponents regarding bright lights and the wheel’s electric generator, which they said harms the park’s wildlife, as well as the wheel's ties to the nonprofit San Francisco Parks Alliance which is linked to the city's ongoing corruption scandal.[15] Their proposition was denied by the Board of Supervisors in a 6–5 vote.[16]

In 2021, Chan supported the reopening of the Great Highway for cars, which had been temporarily closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic and turned into a walkway.[17]

Positions on housing[edit]

Chan has expressed support for building more dense housing and expanding construction of affordable housing while also arguing that construction of more market-rate housing does not make housing more affordable[18] and voting against mixed housing construction projects that expand both market-rate housing and affordable housing.[19] In 2022, Chan prevented the Board of Supervisors from considering a proposed referendum that would streamline the permitting process for certain housing developments – permitting times in San Francisco for housing are substantially lengthier than in similar localities.[20][21] San Francisco mayor London Breed described the vote as "obstructionism."[21]

In 2021, Chan blocked the development of 495-unit apartment complex (one-quarter of which were designated as affordable housing) on a Nordstroms valet parking lot next to a BART station.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Chan's long time partner, Ed, is a member of the San Francisco Fire Department. The couple has a son.[23]


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  2. ^ "About | Connie Chan for San Francisco Supervisor District 1". ConnieChanSF. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "District 1 | Board of Supervisors". Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  4. ^ Dineen, J. K. (November 9, 2020). "Chan wins San Francisco's District One race as Philhour concedes". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  5. ^ "Connie Chan's lead widens in the D1 contest". The San Francisco Examiner. November 7, 2020. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Progressive Democrat Connie Chan Pulls Ahead in SF Supervisor Race". Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "About | Connie Chan for San Francisco Supervisor District 1". ConnieChanSF. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Chan Declares Victory in Tight San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Race". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  9. ^ "SF supe introduces legislation to create first city-run 'public bank'". Mission Local. January 27, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  10. ^ SFGATE, Dan Gentile (November 16, 2020). "What District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan learned from Kamala Harris". SFGATE. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Thadani, Trisha (February 28, 2021). "Free summer camp for all young S.F. public school students? Costly city proposal could help families". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  12. ^ "SF Supervisors propose free summer programs for SFUSD students amid prolonged school closures". Bay City News. March 1, 2021. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "SF Supes call for investigation into SF Parks Alliance contracts stemming from Ferris wheel debate". Bay City News. February 23, 2021. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  14. ^ News, Bay City (March 4, 2021). "SkyStar Observation Wheel in SF's Golden Gate Park reopens". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved March 17, 2021. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  15. ^ "Ferris wheel will spin in Golden Gate Park for 4 more years after all". KTVU FOX 2. March 16, 2021. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  16. ^ "Ferris Wheel Stays In San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Through 2025". March 16, 2021. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  17. ^ "Politicians Talk of Climate Change, Revert to Status Quo". Streetsblog San Francisco. August 30, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  18. ^ Thadani, Trisha (September 23, 2020). "S.F. still faces a housing crisis. Where do the Board of Supervisors candidates stand on fixing it?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  19. ^ Knight, Heather (October 30, 2021). "S.F.'s real housing crisis: Supervisors who took a wrecking ball to plans for 800 units". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  20. ^ "Long permitting process makes S.F.'s housing crisis even worse". The San Francisco Examiner. 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  21. ^ a b Morris, J. D. (January 27, 2022). "Mayor Breed's push to streamline housing production killed by supervisors". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  22. ^ Knight, Heather (October 30, 2021). "S.F.'s real housing crisis: Supervisors who took a wrecking ball to plans for 800 units". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 27, 2022.
  23. ^ "District 1 | Board of Supervisors". Retrieved February 25, 2021.