Vote your mind

Election week is here. Don’t forget to vote if you haven’t already. While the June ballot features many primary contests that promise bruising November races, crucial decisions will be made on Tuesday.

The San Francisco Examiner has endorsed the candidates and issues we think most deserve your vote. Our picks, originally published last month, are included below in shortened form. (See our full endorsements at

We hope our endorsements are useful, but don’t take our — or anyone else’s — word for it. Spend some time researching the issues and make up your own mind. Happy voting.

Michael Howerton, Editor in Chief

BERNIE SANDERS for U.S. President
The fact Bernie Sanders has made the California primary meaningful for the first time in half a century speaks to the force of discontent in this country and the sense that, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is a flawed standard bearer for the party.

Sanders’ vision for the future of America is optimistic, egalitarian and just. The revolution he speaks of is about restoring hope to so many who have assumed the terrors and injustices of modern life were insurmountable.

That vision, that government can better people’s lives and root out entrenched corruption and cowardice, deserves our heartfelt support and full-throated endorsement.

State Attorney General and former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris is more than just a hometown favorite. Her record of promoting social justice along with criminal justice embodies the values we must push for on the national level.

NANCY PELOSI for U.S. Congress, District 12
We look forward to Nancy Pelosi continuing her record of strong and effective leadership in Washington, D.C., and hope that, come the new year, she returns to her role as speaker of the house.

U.S. Congress, District 14
Rep. Jackie Speier is running uncontested for reelection.

State Assembly, 17 and 19
There are only two candidates in each race, including incumbent Democrats David Chiu (District 17) and Phil Ting (District 19), so all will continue to compete in the November election.

VICTOR HWANG for Superior Court Judge, Office 7
Victor Hwang, deputy Director for the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, has the strong experience as a civil rights attorney and public defender that will serve him well for the position.

JANE KIM for State Senate, District 11
Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener will assuredly compete in November to determine who will go to Sacramento as the new state Senator for District 11, replacing termed-out Sen. Mark Leno. We support Kim as the most effective leader for San Francisco in the state Senate at this crucial time.

REFORM SLATE for San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
It’s time for a fresh look at the DCCC to disrupt the influence of special interests that have been entangled in City Hall in recent years. The Reform Slate is our pick to deliver more independence and better deals for the people of San Francisco.

17th Assembly District (East Side):
Alysabeth Alexander, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, Petra DeJesus, Bevan Dufty, Jon Golinger, Pratima Gupta, Frances Hsieh, Jane Kim, Rafael Mandelman, Sophie Maxwell, Aaron Peskin, Leroy Wade Woods and Cindy Wu.

19th Assembly District (West Side):
Brigitte Davila, Sandra Lee Fewer, Hene Kelly, Leah LaCroix, Eric Mar, Myrna Melgar and Norman Yee.

A few other candidates deserve an independent look: incumbents Alix Rosenthal and Rebecca Prozan, and newcomers Gary McCoy and Keith Baraka.

YES on Proposition A: Public Health and Safety Bond
San Francisco health, fire and homeless facilities would receive vital seismic upgrades and renovations from this $350 million bond.

YES on Proposition B: Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund, Charter Amendment
Parks, one of our few democratizing safe-zones in this quickly changing city, deserve steady funding for the next three decades, beginning with annual $3 million increases from the general fund for the first decade.

YES on Proposition C: Affordable Housing Requirements, Charter Amendment
The City is in desperate need of housing for low- and moderate-income families, and this measure
helps move us in the right direction, giving the Board of Supervisors control over the number of affordable homes in new residential projects. Projects with at least 25 units would include a quarter at below market-rate — 15 percent for low-income and 10 percent for middle-income residents.

YES on Proposition D: Office of Citizen Complaints Investigations, Initiative Ordinance
It is alarming that not all police shooting incidents in The City are now required to be investigated by San Francisco’s police watchdog agency, the Office of Citizen Complaints. Proposition D, if passed, will fix that.

YES on Proposition E: Paid Sick Leave, Initiative Ordinance
Proposition E brings San Francisco’s paid sick leave law in line with the state’s.

YES on Measure AA
This regional measure asks voters in the nine local counties to approve a $12 parcel tax to raise $25 million for 20 years to restore and protect the Bay shoreline. It’s a small price for such a vital and collective good.

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