June 2018 Endorsements

Local Measures

 

Prop A - Public Utilities Revenue Bonds: Yes. Extends hydroelectric power into SF without PG&E infrastructure.

Prop B - Prohibiting Appointed Commissioners from Running for Office: Yes. It would diminish opportunities for pay-to-play politics and soliciting donations for favors.

Prop C - Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Child Care and Education: YES! Provides universal affordable Early Childhood Education to kids 0-5 and increases salaries of childcare workers.

Prop D - Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Housing and Homelessness Services: No. Half of the housing would go to people earning over $100k-$150k/year. Most importantly, the measure has a poison pill to kill Prop C if it passes with more votes.

Prop E - Prohibiting Tobacco Retailers from Selling Flavored Tobacco Products: Yes. The Tobacco industry is pouring money into the NO campaign.

Prop F - City-Funded Legal Representation for Residential Tenants in Eviction Lawsuits: YES! This measure provides a right to counsel to any tenant served with an eviction notice!

Prop G - Parcel Tax for San Francisco Unified School District: Yes. Teachers need funding. Flat parcel tax on all private land, shops, or homes, with exemption for anyone over 65yo, but no exemptions for low income.

Prop H - Policy for the Use of Tasers by San Francisco Police Officers: No. Takes regulatory power from an appointed government body and gives it to a private corporate entity. Tasers can are deadly weapons, and the measure gives the Use of Force guidelines to the Police Officers Association, which says that verbally resisting arrest can be cause for using tasers. It's no a deescalation tool, but an "attitude check" weapon that's used on black and brown bodies.

Prop I - Relocation of Professional Sports Teams: Yes. Even though the measure won't do anything substantial right now. The Warrior's stadium is a done deal.

 

Regional Measures

 

Regional Measure 3 - Bay Area Traffic Relief Plan: No. It’s a regressive way to fund public transit, and 40% of funds go to highway widening, so much of the money really isn’t public transit at all. The folks driving into SF are also predominantly lower income and more communities of color, and would exempt the Golden Gate bridge, which is where all the rich people from Marin come through.

 

State Measures

Prop 68 - California drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all act of 2018: Yes

Prop 69 - Motor vehicle fees and taxes: restriction on expenditures: appropriations limit: Yes. It’s a legislative work-around that allows us to spend gas tax money on public transit and roads even in years of recession, despite the Gann Limit (a ratio of people:dollars that automatically cuts spending in recession years).

Prop 70 - Greenhouse gas reduction reserve fund: No. It would require a higher 2/3rds threshold every time money from the cap-and-trade fund would be used. It’s very difficult to get to 2/3rds, so this would weaken our ability to use the money for progressive measures, forcing compromise with Republicans. 

Prop 71 - Ballot measures: effective date: Yes. Makes it so ballot measures go into effect 5 days after certification of Secretary of State, instead of whenever specified by the measure.

Prop 72 - Property tax: new construction exclusion: rain water capture system: Yes.


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