Endorsements Nov 2016
The SF Berniecrats met twice to vote on all these candidates and measures. To win our endorsement, each candidate had to win at least 60% of the vote.
President: Jill Stein - CA is going blue anyway. If Jill gets 5%, Green Party gets federal funding
US Senate: No Endorsement - Harris is tied to corrupt Dem establishment, and needs improvement on police reform; Sanchez is a blue dog but voted against the Iraq war
Congress D12: Preston Picus - Picus is a Berniecrat and school teacher; Pelosi is a liar
Congress D14: Jackie Speier
State Senate D11: Jane Kim - Endorsed by Bernie and hopefully the future of the Dem Party
State Assembly D17: No Endorsement - Neither are progressive enough
State Assembly D19: No Endorsement - Neither are progressive enough
Superior Court: Victor Hwang - Progressive civil rights advocate
San Francisco Races
Board of Education:
Community College Board:
BART D7: Lateefah Simon - Progressive advocate for disenfranchised
BART D9: Bevan Dufty
D1: Sandra Lee Fewer - fighter for affordable housing & education
D3: Aaron Peskin - Progressive staple in SF
D5: Dean Preston - One of CA’s greatest tenant’s rights advocate
D7: Norman Yee
D9: Hillary Ronen - Progressive civil rights worker
D11: Kimberly Alvarenga - Housing and workers advocate. Herrera was a close second.
State Ballot Measures
51 - School Bonds for K-12 and Community Colleges: Yes. Will pay for school construction and repair. Not perfect but we'll take it.
52 - Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program: No. Fees on hospitals will go to special interests.
53 - Revenue Bonds: No. Republican Trojan Horse to stop progress.
54 - Legislature proceedings: Yes. Public oversight is good.
55 - Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare: Yes! Tax the rich for education.
56 - Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare: Yes. Cigarettes will kill you.
57 - Juvenile sentencing: Yes. Help kids get their lives back.
58 - English education: Yes. Overturns English-only education.
59 - Corporate spending in politics: Yes!!! Overturn Citizens United!
60 - Condoms in porn: No. Nobody wants this and it doesn’t help anyone.
61 - CA drug prices: Yes. Keeps drug prices down.
62 - Repeal the death penalty: Yes! Execution IS cruel and inhuman.
63 - Ammo sales: Yes. A weak show-piece for Newsom, but we’ll take what we can get.
64 - Marijuana Legalization: Yes! End prohibition now. The US will follow.
65 - Plastic bag charges: No. Undermines plastic bag ban, takes $ out of CA.
66 - Accelerated death penalty: No! Innocent people will die.
67 - Plastic bag ban: Yes. Keeps the ban alive.
RR - BART bonds: Yes. Gives BART money they need, keeps us safe.
San Francisco Ballot Measures
A - School bonds (local): Yes. Repair and construct new schools. Seems to benefit construction companies more than improving the quality of education, but it's better than nothing.
B - City College tax: Yes. $20 parcel tax to help City College.
C - Affordable housing bonds: Yes. Loans for affordable housing.
D - Vacancy appointments: Yes. Requires interim election for vacant seats.
E - Street trees: Yes. Trees are the city’s responsibility.
F - Youth voting: Yes. Lets 16-17 year-olds vote in school board elections.
G - Police oversight: Sure. Rename the Office of Citizen Complaints. Separate budget from SFPD, but doesn’t provide real reforms.
H - Public advocate: Yes. Creates Office of Public Advocate, balancing the power of the Mayor.
I - Senior funding: Yes. Funding for senior citizens and the disabled.
J - Homeless and transport funding: No. Good ideas, dangerous implementation. Initiated by Ed Lee and Weiner.
K - Sales tax: No. Money won’t be used properly. Linked to measure J.
L - MTA oversight: Yes! Gives progressive Board of Supervisors leverage for SFMTA.
M - Housing Commission: Yes. Takes oversight for housing from Mayor to Housing and Development Commission.
N: Non-Citizen parents can take part in School Board votes: Yes! We fought a war over taxation without representation. Already pay taxes, so deserve to be involved.
O - Increase in commercial space in Hunters Point and Candlestick: No. We'ld prefer this land be used for residential or mixed use.
P - Competitive bidding: No! Will make affordable housing worse.
Q - Prohibits tent on sidewalks: No. Doesn’t work when we have a shortage of housing and criminalizes homelessness.
R - Neighborhood Crime Unit: No. Creates Scott Weiner Gestapo.
S - Allocates Hotel Tax for Arts, and Moscone Center: Yes.
T - Restrict campaign contributions: Yes!
U - Affordable Housing Requirements: No! Makes it harder for middle and low income people to get affordable housing.
V - Tax sugar sweetened beverages: Yes. Regressive tax, but sodas cause health problems.
W - Tax on Properties Over $5 Million: Yes!
X - Preserves space for Arts, small businesses, and community services: Yes. Helps SOMA and Mission.