There are a total of 17 California and 25 San Francisco ballot measures this year. We focused on ballot measures that will impact the most vulnerable communities — low-income, immigrant, homeless people, and working families. Our recommendations include:
- Ensuring we have the resources to fund important educational and health care services for underserved populations
- Eliminating a death penalty system that is racially biased and ineffective
- Preventing practices that criminalize homeless communities
- Increasing the civic participation of the most impacted communities
- Stopping the displacement of low income families
Click here to download the PDF guide with full text to take with you to the ballot box. (The guide is bilingual English/Chinese.)
CALIFORNIA VOTER RECOMMENDATIONS
Yes on 55 Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare:
Support public schools and colleges.
Proposition 55 extends for another 12 years the personal income tax increases on the wealthiest Californians to fund needed education and healthcare programs.
Yes on 57 Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing:
Create a justice system that rehabilitates youth and nonviolent offenders.
Proposition 57 would increase parole chances for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and give people more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior. It would also allow judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.
Yes on 58 English Language Education:
Provide better teaching methods for immigrant children to overcome language barriers in school.
Proposition 58 would change state policy to no longer require English-only instruction for English learners and allow school districts to utilize multiple programs based on parent/community input.
Yes on 62 Death Penalty:
End the death penalty in California.
Proposition 62 would repeal the state death penalty and replace the maximum punishment for murder with life in prison without possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to those already sentenced to death.
SAN FRANCISCO VOTER RECOMMENDATIONS
Yes on A School Bonds:
Strengthen our public schools.
Proposition A will allow the San Francisco Unified School District to issue bonds not to exceed $744.25M for the construction, upgrade and acquiring of facilities in order to meet the needs of the diverse and growing student population.
Yes on B City College Parcel Tax:
Continue to support City College to better serve its diverse students.
Proposition B would increase the parcel tax and extend it for 15 years to provide critical funding for City College of San Francisco which serves students from all ages, ethnicities and income levels.
Yes on F Youth Voting in Local Elections:
Promote voter participation; allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote.
Proposition F is a charter amendment that would enable 16 and 17 year olds to vote in general municipal elections for local officials and measures.
Yes on M Housing and Development Commission:
More community input for effective affordable housing policies.
Proposition M is a charter amendment that would create the Housing and Development Commission, accountable to the public, to oversee City housing departments in recommending housing development policies and expenditure of affordable housing funds.
Yes on N Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections:
Give all parents a voice in their children’s education.
Proposition N is a charter amendment that will allow parents and legal guardians regardless of citizenship the opportunity to vote for members of the school board.
No on P Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City Owned Property:
Maintain high standards and community involvement in affordable housing development.
Proposition P would require the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to receive at least three proposals for all affordable housing projects on city-owned property and to accept the proposal with the “best value.” This will create unnecessary delays in the construction of affordable housing and decrease the quality of the housing stock.
No on Q Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks:
Don’t criminalize homeless communities.
Proposition Q would prohibit the placement of tents on public sidewalks without a City permit and allow the police to remove unauthorized tents, but does not increase affordable housing options or shelter beds.
No on R Neighborhood Crime Unit:
Prevent more police intrusion that leaves out community solutions.
Proposition R would require the Police Department to assign at least 3 percent of its force to a new Neighborhood Crime Unit. The Unit would be responsible for investigating and preventing crimes that affect “neighborhood safety and quality of life,” including obstructing the sidewalk and panhandling.
No on U Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Development Projects:
Don’t displace low income families by redefining affordable housing to higher income levels.
Currently market-rate developers can meet a City requirement to provide affordable housing by reserving 12%-15% of units for low-income households. Proposition U would change the income eligibility limit for low-income housing units from 55% of area median income to 110%, making it more difficult for lower income families to secure housing.
October 24: Last day to register to vote in San Francisco
November 1: Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot
November 8: Election day (polling places open from 7am to 8pm)