The San Francisco firebrand looking to reshape the city

BY OLIVIA MILTNER

Sonja Trauss doesn’t seem like someone who frequents cocktail parties. Genuine and attentive, yes, but she’s far more at ease debating solutions to San Francisco’s housing crisis than mingling and making small talk. However, these soirees have become a regular part of Trauss’ routine — a necessity for a candidate on the fundraising circuit. Trauss, head of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation, is running for supervisor of District 6, a heady blend of wealthy SoMa loft dwellers and the Tenderloin’s homeless population.

As she moves around this particular evening’s event, she talks development with community housing folks and political strategy with a pair of lawyers. When someone offers Trauss a chair (she’s eight months pregnant), it surprises no one who knows her that she replies “No,” rather forcefully.

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