Vote for a better San Francisco

We are known in San Francisco for our tough political battles and our protests. Yet no matter where anyone stands on the political spectrum, we all agree on one principle: the importance of voting.

The Department of Elections offers many options for voters to cast their ballots before or on Election Day on Tuesday. Here are a few:

Vote in City Hall: City Hall is open for voting today, Friday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (enter on Grove Street), and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vote by mail: The Elections Office recommends voters mail their ballots no later than Friday to allow time for pickup and delivery, or drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at any polling place in San Francisco on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vote at the polls: Polling places are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Make no mistake, this election is critical to the future of our city. We must continue to support initiatives that will bring prosperity to all corners of our city and vote down measures that threaten to kill jobs, harm private property owners and leave public playing fields unusable for our children.

The Chamber of Commerce — representing 1,500 local businesses — is proud to provide you with the following guide to Tuesday’s election:

Vote yes on Proposition A

This $500 million general-obligation bond will allow the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to make significant capital investments in The City’s transportation infrastructure without raising taxes.

Vote yes on Proposition C

This measure combines four amendments to the City Charter that renew and/or increase the funds available for critically important programs that serve San Francisco’s children, youth and their families, including those provided by the San Francisco Unified School District.

Vote yes on Proposition F

Required by the passage of Proposition B in the June election, this voter initiative seeks approval to make height adjustments necessary to revitalize a portion of the historic Union Iron Works and Pier 70 site on Port of San Francisco property along our eastern waterfront. Business, labor and civic groups and nearly every elected official agrees: Vote yes on F.

Vote yes on Proposition I

This sensible measure will allow The City to renovate playgrounds, walking trails, and athletic fields with artificial turf and/or lights where such projects have been found to double the usage of the space and are environmentally appropriate.

Vote yes on Proposition K

This measure confirms Mayor Ed Lee’s goal of building at least 30,000 new units of housing by 2020 with at least one-third affordable and more than 50 percent within reach of the middle class.

Vote yes on Proposition L

This voter initiated policy statement addresses the need to bring balanced transportation policies to San Francisco. The measure asks The City and SFMTA to implement policies in the future that support the needs of the driving public as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.

Vote no on Proposition G

This complicated and financially onerous measure will make it extremely costly for a property owner to resell residential property if less than five years have passed since the purchase date. It will not stop speculators. It will hurt small-property owners.

Vote no on Proposition H

The City has a critical shortage of playing fields and this unnecessary measure will prevent the Beach Chalet soccer fields in Golden Gate Park from receiving the repair they need so they can be used year-round.

There you have it. We urge you to support a prosperous San Francisco by voting to grow jobs, rebuild Muni, improve our schools and prevent onerous taxation.

Bob Linscheid is president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.

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