Green Festival Speakers
Ross Mirkarimi was elected San Francisco District 5 Supervisor in 2004, and re-elected in 2008. In 2009, he was appointed by the State Senate to the California Coastal Commission, one of the most powerful land-use bodies in the United States. He has authored more than 80 ordinances that have had both citywide and national impact.
His legislation accomplishments include several first-in-the-Nation laws including:
- a ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drug stores, which sparked similar legislation around the world;
- a commuter benefits law, requiring private-sector businesses to allow employees to pay for public transit expenses with pre-tax dollars;
- climate change mandatory protocols for both public and private sectors;
- public health, land-use and public safety regulations of medicinal cannibis dispensaries.
Community organizing and activism have always been a significant part of Ross's life. He was a co-founder of the California Green Party.