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California! San Francisco! What have we got here! Here’s how I’m planning to vote so far, but open to change. Change my mind.
State Ballot Props
Prop 1 - Yes. “Issues $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans' home loans.”
Prop 2 - Yes. “Authorizes state to use revenue from millionaire’s tax for $2 billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing.”
Prop 3 - Weak yes. “Issues $8.877 billion in bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects.”
Prop 4 - Weak yes. “Issues $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals.” I guess I like hospitals? And children?
Prop 5 - No. “Revises process for homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments.” Sounds innocuous enough - but this would expand Prop 13, aka the ballot measure that passed once that ensured that we’d never be able to raise property taxes again.
Prop 6 - Hell no. “Repeals 2017’s fuel tax and vehicle fee increases and requires public vote on future increases.” Speaking of hamstringing our ability to ever raise taxes. And like… if we’re going to tax anything, it should be cars.
Prop 7 - Yes. “Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight saving time if federal government allows.” Someday we could get out of this stupid charade!
Prop 8 - Weak yes. “Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above a certain amount.” But really, beats me. Something something, this is a union dispute that made it onto the ballot somehow.
Prop 10 - Weak no. “Allows local governments to regulate rent on any type of housing.” This is the most reasonable-to-disagree IMO. Rent control is a tricky issue, there’s good reason to support it here in SF even if I don’t like it in general. But as one of my friends said, “It seems like right now rent control is fairly available to tenants who want it and we have a lot of tenant rights, so the current setup has most of the benefit without the distortion.” But, this might be worthwhile.
Prop 11 - No. “Allow ambulance providers to require workers to remain on call during breaks paid.” Why are we ballot propping this?
Prop 12 - Weak yes. “Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specific sizes.” Sure. The less gross our food supply system, the better. Some concern that this is deceptive and actually rolls back some protections. I’ll keep an eye on this.
State Elected Officials
Governor: Gavin Newsom. Duh.
Senator: Kevin De Leon. Feinstein’s still living in the good old days of decorum and decency, while Senate Republicans have abandoned those. I wish we were still in the good old days too, but I’d rather fight in the awful new days than just get eaten by them. Plus, I kiiinda don’t think you should be allowed to be one of the 120-ish most powerful people in the country at age 85 to 91. (We’ll see how this belief ages.)
Attorney General: Xavier Becerra.
Minor statewide offices: Hernandez, Yee, Ma, Padilla, Lara, Thurmond all seemed fine to me before.
SF Ballot Props
Prop A - Yes. $425M to rebuild the seawall.
Prop B - No. “Puts forward guidelines that any city department or the Board of Supervisors could enact to protect privacy in the collection, storage and sharing of personal information of San Francisco residents and visitors.” I’m in favor of privacy as much as the next person. But city-level is not the level at which to get Facebook to quit their nonsense. Plus, nonbinding: more fuss without doing anything.
Prop C - Hell yes. “Imposes an additional tax on individuals and businesses that receive more than $50 million in gross income in San Francisco, to fund homelessness services and housing.” Of course!
Prop D - Yes. “Levies an additional tax on the gross receipts of cannabis-related businesses in San Francisco and extends local business taxes to companies based elsewhere but doing business in San Francisco.” Sure. If you’re gonna tax anything, cannabis seems as good a thing as any.
Prop E - No. “Allocates a portion of the city’s hotel tax for arts and culture programs.” Let the supervisors do their job, don’t tell them where the money goes, and especially don’t tell them where the money should go in order to fund unnecessary-but-nice things.
District 8 supervisor - Mandelman. He seems decent and is the only actual candidate here.
SF Assessor: Carmen Chu. Happy to delegate my thought here to the Yimby guide.
Bart board: Janice Li. Yimby and SF Bike Coalition employee.
School board: Collins and Moliga seem widely recommended, and Parker for the Yimbys.
College board: Davila and Selby also seem widely recommended, and Oliveri for the Yimbys.
Some endorsements and sources:
Cal Bike (in an email; they just said Newsom, Yes on 1, No on 6 and 10.)
SF League of Pissed-off Voters
Bay Curious podcast doin' a week about the ballot props.
Pete Rates the Propositions
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