Malia has always been a strong advocate of protecting our environment and fighting climate change in the face of bad actors like Big Oil. She is the only candidate in the race who has publicly pledged not to accept funding from Big Oil companies, and has been endorsed by RL Miller, the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus Chair.
- As the immediate past President of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, which manages a $20 billion pension fund, she led efforts to divest from fossil fuels and thermal coal investments, and moved $100 million into a fossil fuel-free index fund.
- Led the charge and authored legislation to prohibit the transport of crude oil, coal, and petroleum coke through San Francisco's ports.
- Authored and passed legislation to require developers and contractors to construct projects with updated technology that protect residents from asthma, heart disease and other illnesses associated with fine particulate matter.
- Advocated for of the institution of CleanPowerSF, San Francisco's Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program and for funding toward GoSolarSF, San Francisco’s solar incentive program for residents and businesses, as the Budget Committee chair.
Malia supports publicly administered, universal health care and single payer proposals. She believes that ensuring Californians have access to healthcare must be a priority for anyone in elected office and she has a history of supporting public health projects.
- As Supervisor she was a first co-sponsor for “Healthy San Francisco” – SF’s universal health care program, and fought to strengthen SF’s Landmark Health Care Security Ordinance.
- Malia supported SB562 and is an advocate for single-payer healthcare. She believes that The Affordable Care Act has done much to make healthcare affordable for many Americans, but we need to do more. Medicare for All provides model legislation for that plan.
- Authored the Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance in 2011, which prohibits crisis pregnancy centers from making false or misleading statements about their services. After passage, this measure was challenged in the United States District Court and upheld in its entirety. In 2015 Assemblymember David Chiu introduced the legislation as AB 775 The Reproductive FACT Act, which is now scheduled to be heard at the United States Supreme Court. Oral arguments began March 2018.
- Co-sponsored a budget supplemental that provided extra funding to domestic violence organizations that provide culturally competent services to women and their families who are victims of domestic violence.
- Advocated for working families as co-sponsor of the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, allowing parents or guardians the right to request flexible work schedules to care for their dependents.
Malia is proud to be a Supervisor in San Francisco, which celebrates diversity in all respects, and leads the nation in its protection and promotion of marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQ individuals and people of color. She is proudly endorsed by Equality CA and other LGBTQ organizations.
- Malia advocated to restore funding for gender reassignment surgeries as a part of Healthy SF. As a part of this effort, a separate program was also developed to provide sexual reassignment surgery to uninsured transgender adult residents.
- She sponsored legislation to require the City of San Francisco and its contractors to provide health care and social services to collect and analyze data concerning sexual orientation and gender identity of the clients they serve.
- Supported and secured over $2.5 million for San Francisco’s Getting to Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate new HIV infections.
- Malia is in favor of implementing legalization to support equitable recreational cannabis in California. On the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, Malia was one of only two votes in favor of approving a Marijuana Apothecarium.
Housing & Homelessness
Malia agrees that housing and homelessness are some of the most urgent issues facing Californians, and believes more work needs to be done.
- That’s why she championed the Neighborhood Preference legislation, which prioritizes 40 percent of all affordable housing in new development projects for those who live in the existing neighborhoods.
- Malia introduced legislation that expanded an existing San Francisco law making it illegal to sell firearms with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The gun-control legislation passed unanimously at the Board of Supervisor.
Labor and Workers’ Rights
- Malia has always stood up for California’s workers. She grew up in a union household, and is a former union member herself (Professional and Technical Engineers). Malia is the union candidate in the race, and is proudly endorsed by numerous unions across California.
- Authored the Fair Chance ordinance, a "ban the box" legislation barring employers and landlords from asking applicants to state their criminal history on applications, which passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously.
- Spearheaded Proposition O, which moved the Hunters Point Shipyard Project forward, creating over 17,000 permanent new jobs in the Bay Area and over 12,000 new homes in San Francisco, 32% of which is affordable housing.
- Led the way in the approval of $211 million for the Caltrain modernization program which paved the way for highspeed rail.
- Saved hundreds of San Francisco jobs by passing landmark legislation that kept dozens of manufacturing businesses and jobs in San Francisco.
- Co-sponsored legislation establishing a Citywide Project Labor Agreement in San Francisco.
- Successfully fought for legislation ensuring prevailing wage on public projects.
- Malia believes in protecting and standing up for California’s immigrant families. In 2015, she publicly defended San Francisco's Sanctuary City Policy.
Malia knows how important it is to continue strengthening our educational system, and that great teachers are the foundation of great schools. She is a strong proponent of affordable housing for teachers, and has worked relentlessly to bring after-school and weekend programs for youth in the San Francisco community. Malia is proudly endorsed by the California Federation of Teachers.