A breakdown of what San Francisco propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election. Read More
As required by a voter mandate, the San Francisco Public Library is now re-examining its library hours.
In November 2007, voters approved Proposition D, which extended for 15 years the Library Preservation Fund, which requires that a portion of property taxes go toward library operations. Read More
San Francisco has too many elections, and having officials run in low-turnout years wastes money that could be going to better causes. Read More
Of all the items on the November ballot that will garner voter attention, a plan to realign the election schedule for citywide offices might get lost in the mix.
Proposition D would move the city attorney and treasurer races into the same cycle as contests for mayor, district attorney and sheriff. The measure, which was placed on the ballot by unanimous approval from all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors, has not drawn any funding for support or opposition. Read More
The votes are in and political partisans are either celebrating or mourning the election results.
The only item that hangs in the balance is one of the more controversial measures: Proposition H, a policy statement asking the school board to give all students the right to go to neighborhood schools (as opposed to a lottery in which geography is just one of several factors). Read More
Voters chose what was billed as a consensus pension-reform measure even though it would save The City less money than one authored by Public Defender Jeff Adachi, which was headed for defeat.
The dueling pension measures were placed on the November ballot as The City faces skyrocketing pension costs that could reach as high as $800 million by 2014. Read More
All eyes are on San Francisco, and for good reason. On Tuesday, voters will elect The City’s next chief executive in its first competitive mayoral contest to use ranked-choice voting. The outcome will be significant. The new mayor will set the tone at City Hall, preside over negotiations with every major city union, and influence key policy initiatives for years to come. Read More
‘Passage of this measure will lead to costly litigation that the voters will ultimately pay for,” read part of an argument opposing Proposition M in the November 2008 election. The measure passed, and today the Board of Supervisors will vote to pay $122,500 for the legal fees of plaintiffs who just won a case invalidating Prop M. Read More
Columnists have different approaches to the Comments Section. Personally, I like to read them and take the thoughtful messages seriously. And that’s why I’m dedicating this blog entry to a commenter on my article yesterday about the campaign to defeat Proposition D and its unfounded accusation that the two main backers of D are “tea party billionaires.” Read More
A deal Mayor Ed Lee struck with police and fire unions was not embraced Wednesday by two members of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, who expressed concerns about the cost to The City and why these public safety unions should enjoy protections from Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s Proposition D pension measure while the other city labor unions would not. Read More