An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently.
Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community, improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st century workforce.
The arts can play a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, using and improving vacant space, bringing new jobs and new sense of opportunity, and improving public safety by generating more foot traffic and more eyes on the street.
Livable neighborhoods with a vibrant street life will stimulate our economic life as well.
The 21st Century has begun as an era of uncertainty, with a heightened focus on security and public safety.
The value of an arts education is widely accepted, especially in California.
As mayor of San Francisco, I will provide the vision and work hard to make San Francisco a beautiful, well-planned city with excellent housing and transportation options.
Like any small business owner, I experienced the pressures of building a company from the ground up - developing a business plan, balancing the books, meeting payroll and building a customer base.
San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind.
San Franciscans know we live in the most beautiful city in the world, a jewel on the edge of the Golden Gate.
As Mayor, I will use my experience to make San Francisco a place where small businesses can thrive.
Cultural tourism surveys consistently rate San Francisco's art industry as a core reason for visiting.
Street and park trees provide tremendous benefits to cities.
City government can and must help San Franciscans prepare for emergencies in order to avoid tragedy where possible and minimize loss of life and property when emergencies occur.
San Francisco can no longer afford to be a city divided between downtown and neighborhoods, with a downtown that becomes a ghost town when workers go home for the evening.
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