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A BETTER WAY ON SAFETY

Our beloved city is struggling. We encounter human desperation and suffering on nearly every corner. Despite San Francisco having a nearly $15 billion budget, we face unprecedented challenges – a tragic homelessness crisis, unacceptable open-air drug markets, organized retail theft threatening our businesses, auto-burglary rings targeting tourists and residents and a deadly fentanyl and drug addiction epidemic. We lost 806 people to accidental overdoses in 2023, the highest recorded level the city has ever seen. We are agonizing over the direction of San Francisco and we want change.

Chinatown in San Francisco, CaliforniaWe also saw increased violent crime last year: a recent armed robbery at a Noe Valley donut shop; a violent assault that led to the death of a store clerk in the Richmond; a random attack on multiple people at a long-standing West Portal candy store; a rolling gun battle along the Embarcadero during Father’s Day and a shoot-out next to a law school. This has left the community feeling tense and vulnerable.

It’s time for an honest conversation about solutions – not politics, scare tactics or pointing fingers.

You were promised that a recall would make you safe. You were promised that San Francisco could immediately turn the page. You were told that by arresting drug users, not drug dealers, drug use would go down, car break-ins would go down, retail theft would go down and your families would be safer.

The view on street from the hill in San-Francisco.Instead, our city has become less safe. During the first year of the current administration, crime increased across the board by 2.4%. Violent crime especially went up nearly 5%. Robberies increased 11.5%. Fatal overdoses increased 40%. Zero hate crime allegations were added to pending cases.

Now a year-and-a half into this administration, violent crime continues to rise. Robberies have now increased more than 14% city-wide. In the Richmond neighborhood for example, robberies increased nearly 52%. We saw the deadliest year ever for fatal overdoses in San Francisco. And the current District Attorney has eliminated programs that reduce recidivism, engaged in prosecutorial misconduct that jeopardizes the legal process, and exacerbated the backlog of cases which means violent felonies are not being prioritized in the courtroom.

We need someone who is serious about keeping San Franciscans safe. Someone who can meet this moment of crisis with courage and integrity. Someone who will be honest about the data regarding what does and doesn’t work. Someone who is ready to roll up their sleeves and work collaboratively to find solutions, rather than point fingers or spread careless mistruths.

And we need someone who will hold everyone accountable before the law. The criminal justice system needs to treat all of us the same regardless of wealth, race or status. There needs to be accountability for people who harm others in our community. Law enforcement officials should be held accountable if they break the law. And elected officials who spend our tax dollars on policies that don’t work and who engage in malpractice need to be held accountable.

That person is Ryan Khojasteh.

From his respected career prosecuting violent crimes, advocating for victims and working closely with the police as a Deputy District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney, to his expansive community leadership in neighborhood organizations, to his work to uplift immigrant communities and combat anti-AAPI hate – creating real safety for our communities isn’t new to Ryan. 

Ryan has prosecuted misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile delinquency cases. He has reviewed warrants for the police, has made charging decisions, and has experience with the grand jury. He has handled Collaborative and treatment courts, prosecuted probation and parole violations, and secured over a million dollars in restitution orders for victims of crime. This diverse experience has uniquely prepared him for the job of DA – to drive solutions that serve every person in the courtroom by protecting and supporting victims while holding perpetrators accountable in a fair and responsible way.

Ryan personally understands the impacts of crime and violence. At a young age, he tragically lost a beloved family member to an armed robbery that escalated into a homicide. This tragedy was a formative experience that sparked a devotion to reducing gun violence and addressing public safety. Far too many of us have been victims of crime. What each of us wishes after that experience is that it never happened to us, and that it won’t happen again to anyone else. This is the highest responsibility of any law enforcement agency – one which Ryan will take on headfirst. 

San Francisco skyline

Our beloved city is struggling. We encounter human desperation and suffering on nearly every corner. Despite San Francisco having a nearly $15 billion budget, we face unprecedented challenges – a tragic homelessness crisis, unacceptable open-air drug markets, organized retail theft threatening our businesses, auto-burglary rings targeting tourists and residents and a deadly fentanyl and drug addiction epidemic. We lost 806 people to accidental overdoses in 2023, the highest recorded level the city has ever seen. We are agonizing over the direction of San Francisco and we want change.

Chinatown in San Francisco, California

We also saw increased violent crime last year: a recent armed robbery at a Noe Valley donut shop; a violent assault that led to the death of a store clerk in the Richmond; a random attack on multiple people at a long-standing West Portal candy store; a rolling gun battle along the Embarcadero during Father’s Day and a shoot-out next to a law school. This has left the community feeling tense and vulnerable.

It’s time for an honest conversation about solutions – not politics, scare tactics or pointing fingers.

You were promised that a recall would make you safe. You were promised that San Francisco could immediately turn the page. You were told that by arresting drug users, not drug dealers, drug use would go down, car break-ins would go down, retail theft would go down and your families would be safer.

Instead, our city has become less safe. During the first year of the current administration, crime increased across the board by 2.4%. Violent crime especially went up nearly 5%. Robberies increased 11.5%. Fatal overdoses increased 40%. Zero hate crime allegations were added to pending cases.

Now a year-and-a half into this administration, violent crime continues to rise. Robberies have now increased more than 14% city-wide. In the Richmond neighborhood for example, robberies increased nearly 52%. We saw the deadliest year ever for fatal overdoses in San Francisco. And the current District Attorney has eliminated programs that reduce recidivism, engaged in prosecutorial misconduct that jeopardizes the legal process, and exacerbated the backlog of cases which means violent felonies are not being prioritized in the courtroom.

We need someone who is serious about keeping San Franciscans safe. Someone who can meet this moment of crisis with courage and integrity. Someone who will be honest about the data regarding what does and doesn’t work. Someone who is ready to roll up their sleeves and work collaboratively to find solutions, rather than point fingers or spread careless mistruths.

And we need someone who will hold everyone accountable before the law. The criminal justice system needs to treat all of us the same regardless of wealth, race or status. There needs to be accountability for people who harm others in our community. Law enforcement officials should be held accountable if they break the law. And elected officials who spend our tax dollars on policies that don’t work and who engage in malpractice need to be held accountable.

That person is Ryan Khojasteh.

From his respected career prosecuting violent crimes, advocating for victims and working closely with the police as a Deputy District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney, to his expansive community leadership in neighborhood organizations, to his work to uplift immigrant communities and combat anti-AAPI hate – creating real safety for our communities isn’t new to Ryan. 

Ryan has prosecuted misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile delinquency cases. He has reviewed warrants for the police, has made charging decisions, and has experience with the grand jury. He has handled Collaborative and treatment courts, prosecuted probation and parole violations, and secured over a million dollars in restitution orders for victims of crime. This diverse experience has uniquely prepared him for the job of DA – to drive solutions that serve every person in the courtroom by protecting and supporting victims while holding perpetrators accountable in a fair and responsible way.

Ryan personally understands the impacts of crime and violence. At a young age, he tragically lost a beloved family member to an armed robbery that escalated into a homicide. This tragedy was a formative experience that sparked a devotion to reducing gun violence and addressing public safety. Far too many of us have been victims of crime. What each of us wishes after that experience is that it never happened to us, and that it won’t happen again to anyone else. This is the highest responsibility of any law enforcement agency – one which Ryan will take on headfirst. 

San Francisco skyline

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