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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 7

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Ben Matranga

Street Safety Director
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety—Fight to ensure San Francisco has enough police officers to meet the needs of a growing city, while supporting common sense reforms that respect the men and women who put their lives on the line.
  • Quality of Life—Ensure the City enforces laws that prevent camping and aggressive panhandling, while demanding accountability so that our streets and facilities get the resources they need.
  • Fiscal Discipline—Root out waste, fraud and abuse to ensure vital City services are funded, while opposing tax and fee increases that squeeze working families.

Experience

Experience

Profession:San Francisco’s first Street Safety Director; Senior Advisor, City and County of San Francisco
Street Safety Director, City and County of San Francisco (2014–2016)
Street Safety Director, City and County of San Francisco — Appointed position (2014–2016)
Investment Officer, Soros Economic Development Fund (2008–2013)
Consultant, EA Consultants (2007–2008)
Consultant, Soros Economic Development Fund (2005–2006)
Commissioner, San Francisco Youth Commission — Appointed position (1999–2001)

Education

New York University MPA, Public Policy and Finance (2008)
New York University BA, Economics and Political Science (2005)
St. Ignatius College Preparatory Diploma (2001)

Community Activities

Member, Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association (2014–current)

Biography

Ben Matranga’s family arrived in San Francisco with the wave of Southern Italian immigrants around the turn of the century. From selling fruit at the waterfront to running local small businesses, Ben’s family demonstrated that with hard work, faith and a love of San Francisco, anything is possible.

Ben became interested in public service early, watching his father work for the Controller to safeguard taxpayer funds. He learned from his mother’s stories about working to ensure public safety with the Chief of Police. His parents’ hard work and sacrifice allowed them to purchase a home in Forest Hill, where they raised four children and reside today.

While attending Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Ben earned an internship with the San Francisco Ethics Commission, where he filed lobbyist reports and became concerned about the role of special interest money in elections.

Ben was appointed to the San Francisco Youth Commission by Barbara Kaufman. He discovered that collecting fees for public swimming pools cost more than the revenue it generated and denied low-income kids the chance to swim. Through the work of Ben and his colleagues, the City eliminated the wasteful fees for youth summer programs.

Ben earned his BA in Economics and Political Science and his MPA in Public Policy and Finance from New York University. For nearly a decade, he worked with entrepreneurs rebuilding vital infrastructure in war-torn countries in Africa and Latin America. Ben served on the Board of Directors for four companies, alongside representatives from the World Bank and sovereign governments.

Ben knew he could use this infrastructure building experience to benefit his hometown and accepted a position created to tackle a sharp increase in pedestrian fatalities. Joining the City to oversee the Vision Zero plan to improve street safety, Ben cut red tape and delivered more than 13 miles of street safety improvements on time and under budget.

Despite making significant progress, leaders across District 7 consistently reported that our neighborhoods weren’t getting our fair share of resources or respect, and that the current representation is out of step with our values and inattentive to quality of life concerns. Ben Matranga is running for neighborhood Supervisor to reclaim our neighborhood seat.

Ben and his wife Daniela met in high school and are homeowners in the West Portal neighborhood.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (11)

  • Small Property Owners of San Francisco
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Asian Pacific Democratic Club
  • City Democratic Club
  • Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Laborers Local 261
  • San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council
  • San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
  • San Francisco District Attorney Investigators’ Association
  • San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association

Elected Officials (6)

  • Fiona Ma, Board of Education Chairwoman
  • Joe Goethals, Mayor of San Mateo
  • Annemarie Conroy, Former Supervisor
  • Scott Wiener, Supervisor
  • Barbara Kaufman, Former Board President
  • Angela Alioto, Former Board President

Individuals (38)

  • Kathleen & Curt Mallegni, Lakeside
  • Julie Link, St. Francis Wood
  • Brody Lee, Inner Sunset
  • Leonard Kully, Forest Hill
  • Dr. Robert Karis, Ingleside Terraces
  • Mary Jung, St. Francis Wood
  • Katie Hubner, Sunnyside
  • Greg Hardeman, West Portal
  • Mike Garcia, Merced Manor
  • Ed & Tina McGovern, Forest Hill
  • Kathleen Dowling McDonough, St. Francis Wood
  • James Monfredini, St. Francis Wood
  • Ann & Greg Napoli, Lakeside
  • Kathy Wu, Inner Sunset
  • Mary & Joe Toboni, St. Francis Wood
  • Anita & Steve Theoharis, Westwood Park
  • Michael Sweet, Ingleside Terraces
  • Robert Squeri, Lakeside
  • Roger & Mary Ritter, Balboa Terraces
  • Sister Lillian Repak, Sunnyside
  • Captain Tom Redmond, Sunnyside
  • Joe & Bonnie Phair, St. Francis Wood
  • Donna Nathanson, Miraloma Park
  • Tom “Red” McGarvey, Lakeside
  • Jack Fitzpatrick, West Portal
  • Judge Ray Arata (ret.)
  • Police Chief Tony Ribera (ret.)
  • Mike Antonini, Lakeside
  • Mike Farrah, St. Francis Wood
  • Daniel Engels, Parkmerced
  • Brian Delahunty, Forest Hill
  • Ryan Crowley, Miraloma Park
  • Patricia Crocker, Sunnyside
  • Bridgett Churnin, Balboa Terraces
  • Barbara & Bill Chionsini, Lakeshore Acres
  • Rich Bodisco, Forest Hill
  • Kevin Birmingham, Sunnyside
  • Paul Barbagelata, West Portal

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

San Francisco deserves energetic, honest and hardworking leadership that represents our shared values. Together, I know we can keep San Francisco safe and successful for generations to come. That’s why I’m running for Supervisor.    

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— October 19, 2016 Ben Matranga for District 7 Supervisor 2016

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