About a year ago, I took a hard look at everything we had accomplished during our campaign for the San Francisco Community College board, and I told you I would run again.
Here’s what I have been up to in the past year...
In January 2019, right off the bat, I ran for the California Democratic Party and won a seat alongside my slate mates to take 13 of the 14 seats in Assembly District 17
I then went on to author and pass 6 Resolutions at the California Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco:
- A More Representative US House of Representatives and Electoral College
- Proportional Representation and Multi-Member Districts for California
- The Decriminalization of Pregnancy Loss in California
- Public Lifelong Learning Model
- The Commodification, Regulation, and Protection of User Data
- California High Speed Rail project as a Green New Deal Proof-of-Concept
Altogether, in the last three years as a member of the resolutions committee, I have worked with elected officials, trade associations, subject matter experts, and key constituent groups across the state to submit 434 resolutions with appropriate recommendations and amendments to the Party.
I also voted to close a major loophole in Prop 13 and to support Schools and Communities First with the Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020, and voted to support several other state-wide propositions that embody our San Francisco values.
And I became the Co-Chair of the CADEM Resolutions Committee so I can have greater leadership of our Party’s direction in 2020.
At the local level, I was unanimously re-appointed by the Board of Supervisors to continue to serve San Francisco as a City Commissioner on the Veterans Affairs Commission.
I went on to organize and host the first Veterans Summit with representatives from 11 City, State, and Federal departments and agencies to better understand the need for programs of economic development, health care, and social services as they relate to the problems, interests, and needs of veterans who reside in San Francisco.
I then authored San Francisco’s Veterans Month Resolution with Supervisors Catherine Stefani and Gordon Mar as the Sponsors, to recognize every November as Veterans Month in San Francisco and urge all San Franciscans to recognize veterans in their community through acts of kindness. Most importantly, the resolution also:
- Reaffirms the City’s commitment to prioritize the hiring of veterans
- Emphasizes the need for increased outreach for veterans mental health services
- Supports the mission and work of Swords to Plowshares, Chinatown Community Development Center, and other veterans service organizations in providing housing, compassionate support, and education services to our veterans
- Provides unwavering City support for policies and programs that assist veterans in our community
On the personal side, I took a position directing the work of over 500 employees for a local company and went back to my roots as an educator, and started teaching political science classes again as an Adjunct Professor.
I celebrated my 40th birthday in April and I got engaged to the love of my life in November, who is the State Director of a national women’s reproductive freedom advocacy organization in San Francisco.
Together, we have marched for PRIDE, women's rights, the environment, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and supported non-profit organizations and progressive candidates across the state.
It’s been a great year!
Stay tuned for much more to come in 2020…
Thank you for your love and support,
It has taken me a long time to write this… I gave everything I had to that election.
I want to begin by thanking everyone that helped the campaign along the way. People from all over the city supported me with their time, their volunteering, and their fundraising. Together, we inspired thousands of people. We reminded them of just how important City College is for San Francisco and, more importantly, we reminded them that our students deserve better. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you.
In the end, 101,368 people voted for me. They voted to change the status quo. We fell short.
I have received hundreds of texts, emails, and calls from friends in the last month. People stop me in the street and they tell me “I voted for you!” Words cannot adequately convey these feelings. I have been overwhelmed at times, because I love San Francisco and what we started here, and because I’m sorry I couldn’t get us there.
It’s time to put aside the results of the campaign and focus on what is truly important – making a difference. I have always been driven by the desire to do the most good, whether I was serving our country, teaching in the classroom, or running for office. This is the essence of public service.
Looking ahead to the new year, Assemblymember David Chiu asked me to join his slate of 14 candidates for the California Democratic Party Assembly Delegate election on January 12th. For those of you who live in Assembly District 17, please join me here.
As I pick myself up from this campaign, I want to assure you that I will continue to champion the policy goals we set forth at the beginning of our campaign for City College, continue my work on the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission, and remain involved in the city through various Democratic clubs and civic organizations.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without setbacks along the way, I’m used hearing “no, this isn’t for you.” I’ve always persevered, and this is no different.
We ran a solid and principled campaign. Stay tuned for much, much more in the coming years.
Thank you for your love and support,
With one week to go in this campaign, I'm leaving no stone unturned and I hope you can help me: Please sign up to volunteer for GOTV (Get Out The Vote) between now and Election Day.
I'm honored to have earned endorsements from so many strong leaders who inspire me, from Lieutenant Governor (and the next Governor of California!) Gavin Newsom, Board of Equalization Member (and the next Treasurer of California!) Fiona Ma, CPA, Congresswoman and House Democratic Leader (and the next Speaker of the House!) Nancy Pelosi, and of so many others!
As a first-time candidate, so much high profile support has made people take notice of our campaign, but it's your support that has truly fueled our campaign. Your contributions make it so that we can buy campaign materials (we just picked up 2,000 more flyers today!), and your volunteer campaigning made it so that we've visited every corner of the city and reached thousands of voters.
Please help in this final week however you can, whether with a contribution to help pay for those flyers we picked up today, or by volunteering to help GOTV and get those flyers to voters over the next 7 days. Or both!
Finally, I also want to share something I recorded last week about why I'm running for City College. I'm honored to be endorsed by Run For Something, and a couple weeks ago they asked me to create this, and I'm glad I did. Please check out the video and share it on Facebook (or Twitter) to let everyone know that you're supporting Dr. Victor Olivieri for City College Board!
I wouldn't have made it this far without you. Thank you for everything you've done to help make our campaign a success!
I am excited to share several major new endorsements for my campaign for City College Trustee: President of the Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, School Board Member Matt Haney, San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798, San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club, Edwin M. Lee Asian Pacific Democratic Club, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, City Democratic Club, and FDR Democratic Club of San Francisco for Seniors and People with Disabilities.
Our campaign has received an incredibly broad and representative set of endorsements in the race for City College, including nine current and former City College Trustees. Students, faculty, and residents across the city agree that it’s time for positive change in City College.
I am proud to announce on Pride weekend that Lawrence Wong, the longest-serving City College Trustee – 20 years! – and pioneer in the LGBTQ community as the first openly-gay Asian American to hold public office in the U.S., has officially endorsed my campaign to become your next City College Trustee!
I am thrilled to announce that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, our former Mayor of San Francisco and next Governor of California, has endorsed my campaign to become your next City College Trustee!
It is a great honor to have earned Gavin’s support, and it’s an even greater honor to stand with him for students here in San Francisco and throughout California.
I’m excited to announce that Mayor Mark Farrell has endorsed my campaign for City College. Mayor Farrell has brought so much to San Francisco through innovation: the Shared School Project, Free WiFi for Parks, a city-owned fiber internet network, and solving a massive $4.4 billion unfunded retiree healthcare liability.
Mayor Farrell’s forward-thinking leadership and problem-solving approach has brought innovation, fiscal responsibility, and growth to City Hall, and I would be proud to bring the same to City College.
I’m proud to have earned this important endorsement from a leader who understands the importance of education. President Breed has a strong track record of serving San Francisco, whether it's building new affordable and market-rate housing, helping the homeless get off the streets, or modernizing and enhancing Muni. She’s also fought to improve public safety, stood up for the environment by acting on climate change, and works every day for safe, clean streets for all.
Today, I’m proud to announce that Senator Scott Wiener has endorsed my campaign to become your next City College Trustee!
I look forward to partnering with Senator Wiener as a tireless advocate for housing and transportation for the City College community. He has championed affordable housing and streamlined new housing construction with SB 35, enhanced immigrant tenant rights by co-authoring AB 291 with Assemblymember David Chiu, and fought for “complete streets,” solar, and many other approaches to making San Francisco more sustainable.
Last week, the City College Trustees voted to increase the student worker hourly wage to match the San Francisco city minimum hourly wage of $14 per hour. This is great news and will help lower barriers to education. This is one of the reasons I am running for City College, and is part of my Plan for City College. I applaud the Trustees and, in particular, the efforts of former Student Trustee Bouchra Simmons for this critical increase in student wages, and for the foresight to link this change to San Francisco City Law so that the wages will continue to rise along with the city’s minimum wage. This was long overdue and exactly the type of work I will prioritize as a Trustee.