Lone SF Pinay candidate looks for re-election, stands with Pinoy tenants

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 4, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Hydra Mendoza, like all candidates, is doing her final campaigning before the polls close.

Mendoza is running for re-election to the San Francisco Board of Education. She is one of nine candidates in the race for three seats. She is one of two incumbents in the running.

“Education is critically important to the Filipino community and if we want to be able to progress and we want to be able to have opportunities for college and careers then you need to vote for people that are going to support those ideas,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza is the first and only Filipina to be elected to public office in San Francisco and she hopes more kababayans will join her in the future.

“I really want to make some efforts to build a pipeline of our Filipino leaders,” said Mendoza. “I think having representation in our community is really critical and important. We play a very vital role in not only representing our culture and our heritage but insuring that policies match our community.”

Meantime, Filipino voters in San Francisco are keeping a close eye on Proposition G.

Prop G aims at stopping realtors from buying apartment buildings, evicting tenants who already pay low monthly rent, renovating the building, and then renting the units at a much higher rate.

Some kababayans here say they’ve already been evicted from the homes they’ve lived in since coming to San Francisco and Mendoza supports this measure in solidarity with them.

“Many of our families that are renters want to see this proposition pass because it will prevent people from coming in just to make a profit on these homes that have been our homes in many, many years,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza started in 2006 and won the re-election in 2010 finishing with the most votes citywide at over 100,000.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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