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  Tony Hall
Supervisor, District 7
City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
(415) 554-6546 - fax

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Aides: Sean Elsbernd and Mary Landers

Tony Hall Committee and Board Assignments:
Member:Transportation Authority
Vice-Chair: Neighborhood Services and Parks Committee
Rules Committee
Elected 2000
Term ends January 2005

Representative on the Peninsula Corridor Study Joint Powers Board
Representative on the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors Employee, City and County of San Francisco (over 25 years) in 7 Departments in all 3 Branches of City Government

Community and Civic Activities
Graffiti Task Force
Mayor's Criminal Justice Citizen Advisory Council
Former Homelessness Advisory Task Force
Former Drug Task Force
Former Citizen Advisory Task Force
Extensive Outreach Programs for Neighborhoods and Schools
Outreach Programs for District Attorney and Civil Service Commission
New Courthouse Building Project
Minority Recruitment Program for Civil S for Neighborhood Outreach
Volunteer Coach at St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Carol Ruth Silver:
Carol Ruth Silver is presently a proud grandmother, and a San Francisco lawyer. She was educated at the University of Chicago College, BA with honors, the University of Chicago Law School, JD, and Harvard University, Fellowship, Kennedy School of Government.
Carol RuthCarol Ruth Silver spent her early legal career as a civil rights lawyer in the South (she had been a Freedom Rider in Jackson, Mississippi during college) and fighting for the rights of impoverished farmworkers with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA).
Carol Ruth Silver was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for three terms, where she helped write and strengthen the rent control laws (together with her friend and colleague, Harvey Milk).
She also helped write the laws restricting condo conversions in order to protect tenants from evictions. She has embraced the HomeOwnership for Tenants (HOT) program as a necessary exception to the restriction on condo conversions, because HOT will aid tenants to purchase the units in which they reside.

Gary Virginia
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
B.A. Psychology; minors in Business Administration & College Administration
Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate credits toward M.A. in Communications

Columnist, San Francisco Frontiers news-magazine (1997-2000)
Gallery Director, Lahaina Galleries, San Francisco (1989-95)
Assistant Director of University Development, San Francisco State University (1987-89)
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, The University of Charleston, WV (1985-87
) Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Duquesne University (1983-85)

Candidate, San Francisco Board of Supervisors/District 8 (2000)
Board of Directors, Positive Resource Center (1996-present; President 1998-99)
San Francisco Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee (2000-present)
Member, American Civil Liberties Union
Member, Human Rights Campaign
Member, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Member, Amnesty International
Member, Sierra Club
Member, San Francisco Imperial Court
Member, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
National Stonewall Democratic Federation
Member, Radiant Light Ministries
Member, Castro Area Planning + Action (CAPA)
Member, Eureka Valley Promotion Association (EVPA)

SF Municipal Utility District Campaign, United Against United Boycott, Lambda Letters Project, No on Knight Campaign, Save Laguna Honda Hospital, Build Octavia Boulevard Campaign, AIDS Emergency Fund/Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Ammiano for Mayor, Godfather Service Fund, Folsom Street Fair, Leatherwalk, San Francisco Center for Living, The Healing Circle, AIDS Walk San Francisco, AIDS Bike-a- thon, AIDS Candlelight Vigil March, Metropolitan Community Church, Castro Lions Club, Harvey Milk Flag Dedication, Inter-Club Fund, Women's Cancer Resource Center, Family Link, Leather Archives & Museum

AIDS Hero Award, AIDS Candlelight Vigil (2000) Man of the Year and Western Regional Award Nominee, Pantheon of Leather ('98, '99, '00) Honorary Grand Marshall, San Francisco LGBT Freedom Day Parade (1999) Certificates of Honor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1997, '99, '00) Peter J. Austin Memorial Leather Brotherhood & Achievement Award (1998) "Gary Virginia Day" Proclamation by San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. (1997) Man of the Year , Inter-Club Fund of San Francisco (1996)Gary and Sarosh Most Supportive Past Titleholder, Inter-Club Fund (1998) Mr. San Francisco Leather (1996); Mr. Daddy's Leather (1996) Man of the Year Nominee, Cable Car Awards (1996) National Silver Medal, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (1986)

Sarosh Kumana:
On the mountain slopes of California, or before a group of students in a school in Bombay, India, Sarosh Kumana is focused on global sustainability and how to salvage the world for the many generation to come. This commitment grew after the birth of his son Kevin in 1988.
Sarosh Kumana grew up in Bombay. He graduated from St. Xavier's Boys Academy in 1970. After a degree in Economics from Sydenham College, he furthered his education in England and the United States. Sarosh obtained an MBA, on scholarship, from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977, where he was awarded the prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year" prize.
Sarosh Kumana has worked in various parts of the real estate industry since then. After a few years with Citicorp in Product Development and Financial Management in their Mortgage Banking subsidiary, Sarosh moved to San Francisco as Controller for Crocker Bank.
He has worked in Property Management, Real Estate and Loan Brokerage, Construction Management, Syndication etc.
He is actively involved in civic, community and political affairs, particularly in housing issues, and his current project is to enable homeownership for thousands of San Francisco tenants through the Affordable HomeOwnership Alliance program known as HomeOwnership for Tenants (HOT).
Sarosh's lifetime commitment is to ensure a sustainable future for our planet. To this end, he has, over the past few years been shifting his focus from business activities towards making sustainability-consciousness part of the context within which people all around the world live their daily lives.
He presently sponsors a number of projects in rainforest preservation, wetlands and open spaces, biodiversity, species protection, recycling, renewable resources, and particularly in education on global sustainability.

Sarosh enjoys skiing, travel and making a difference.
Affordable HomeOwnership Alliance
Alamo Square Neighborhood Association
Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods
Defenders of Wildlife
District 7 Housing Advisory Committee
Earth Island Institute
Foundation for a Sustainable Future

Foundation for a Sustainable Future:
The FSF Mission Statement: "The Foundation for a Sustainable Future is dedicated to the proposition that human beings can cause and design, by their conscious action and behaviour, permanent sustainability of the ecosystems that support all life on the planet.
Ask yourself: How does every one on the planet have to live, if our collective commitment is to preserve life on earth for ever?"

FSF Projects: "FSF is committed to educating people so that their mind-set encompasses the nature and the extent of the sustainability threat facing the world.
Specific alleviation measures seem to be more in the nature of a band-aid on an individual sore spot, whereas a major cancer has infected the body, and needs to be recognized and understood.
Only then will the world have the political will to address the problem and make the necesary global changes."

D. Andrew Sirkin
D. Andrew Sirkin is a San Francisco real estate attorney specializing in real estate co-ownership. His practice areas include condominium formation and conversion, tenancy in common, equity sharing, real estate investment partnerships, and co-housing. His practice also involves mediation of real estate disputes.

As an accredited instructor with the California Department of Real Estate, he frequently conducts workshops for attorneys, real estate agents, corporations, and prospective home buyers. He has made numerous appearances on San Francisco Bay Area television and radio, and addressed the Commonwealth Club of California.

His first book, The Home Equity Sharing Manual, was published by John Wiley & Sons in October, 1994, and his most recent book, The Condominium Bluebook, was published by Piedmont Press in January 2001.

Roland Washington

The Isaiah Project, Co-President
Ron Brown Democratic Club, Co-Founder, PAC Chair
African-American (AFRAM) Caucus SEIU Local 250, Co-Chair
SEIU Local 250, Shop Steward
Continuum of Care, Co-Chair, Diversity work group
Community Housing Partnership, former member, Board of Directors
SOMA Foundation, former member, Board of Directors
A Philip Randolph Institute (AFL-CIO)
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (AFL-CIO) Tom Ammiano election campaign committee
Rose Chung election campaign committee

Julie Lee

Julie Lee, a San Francisco Housing Authority Commissioner, is also a longtime community activist.  A native of Shanghai, Julie has lived in San Francisco for over thirty years.  Like most Asian American immigrants she started out with very little and worked hard to establish herself as a successful small business owner.  Julie is profoundly grateful for the life she and her family have been able to build in the United States.  She and her husband, Lucas, have four children.

Because she was thankful for all she has been able to accomplish in this country and was committed to helping others, Julie looked for ways to contribute to the Asian American community.  As her children began entering college, she found the time to put her ideas into action.  She co-founded San Francisco Neighbors Association in 1994 and started her nightly radio program, Voice of the Neighbors, which focuses on a variety of local and national issues.  

Julie is the founder of the Sunset Resources Center, an organization dedicated to providing childcare and elder care assistance.  The mayor has recently granted the center a site on which to build a new neighborhood resource center.  This will enable it to expand its services to the Asian American community in the Sunset.  

In 1997 Julie was instrumental in organizing an education and voter registration drive in the Asian American community.  At the same time, she led the effort to get Proposition H, an initiative to save the Central Freeway, on the election ballot.  Proposition H was passed by the voters and marks the first time Asian Americans were organized into a local political force.

Jim Rodriguez

Jim Rodriguez is a military veteran, San Francisco homeowner and very active in local San Francisco communities. He is involved in numerous community organizations, including, but not limited to:

Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserves, Inactive Status

Volunteer, San Francisco Aids Foundation (14 Years)

Member, Portola Place Homeowners Association

Member, Treasure Island Museum Board of Trustees

Member, Committee of Latino Professionals

Treasurer, Mexican-American Political Association (MAPA)

Member, Latino Steering Committee

Member, Harvey Milk G/L/B/T Democratic Club

Member, San Francisco Organizing Project

Member, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Member, Sierra Club

Member, Residents of the Southeast Sector (ROSES)

Member, American Legion, Alexander Hamilton Post 448

Member, Restoration Advisory Board, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard (RAB)

Spokesperson, Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park Project

Jim has over twenty four years of experience in occupational medicine and rehabilitation, receiving his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California in 1991 and a second Masters in Public Administration/Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1997. With a strong back ground in occupational, orthopedic, and sports medicine, Jim has served as the director and consultant at several successful bay area occupational medicine and rehabilitation facilities. Jim speaks fluent Spanish and Italian.

Jim's first attempt at public office was last year, as a candidate for Supervisor, San Francisco District 10. He has been encouraged, and plans to run for the 13th Assembly Seat in the November 2002 elections.

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