By Louise “Lou” Fischer–
Prepare your blue or black pen; The voters of San Francisco are finally approaching the electoral outcome of this wild and crazy year that included four elections. If this were a four-act opera by Bizet, Puccini or Verdi, now would be the time when everyone who wasn’t already dead would sing about people who died (Carmen, La Boheme and Aida, respectively).
If you haven’t registered to vote, you have until October 24, so go ahead. A mail-in ballot (VBM) was mailed to every registered voter in California on October 10. San Francisco City Hall is open for in-person voting and ballot drop-off daily and on the two weekends before Election Day.
There’s a shitload of candidates and two shitloads of ballot metrics. As the state of California has whittled it down to seven proposals, city lawmakers are abrogating their responsibilities to legislate, so it’s up to voters to become instant experts on public works, tax policy, infrastructure, and government. other abstruse topics that everyone ignored. civics class in middle school. Be a mensch; send in your ballot on time because elections have consequences.
Federal and state elections
I’ve covered most of these candidates for the June primary election, but here they are again in case you’ve been sleeping all of May:
United States House of Representatives, CD11: Nancy Pelosi
United States House of Representatives, CD15: Kevin Mullin
US Senate: Alex Padilla
Governor: Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis
California Secretary of State: Shirley Weber
California Treasurer: Fiona Ma
California Controller: Malia Cohen
California Attorney General: Rob Bonta
California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
California Equalization Board, District 2: Sally Lieber
State Assembly, District 17: Matt Haney or nobody, you decide
State Assembly, District 19: Phil Ting or not, the choice is yours
Elections in San Francisco
City Attorney: David Chiu from time to time in 2023
District Attorney: Brooke Jenkins
Assessor-Recorder: Joaquin Torres
Public defender: Rebecca Young, who? I’m going off script, but I met her and was impressed. When in doubt, support a highly skilled woman of color.
District 8 BART Council: Janice Li
Board of Education (3 seats): Lainie Motamedi and Lisa Weissman-Ward
City College (4-year term, 3 seats): Thea Selby, Jill Yee and Vick Chung
City College (2-year special election): Murrell Green
District 2 Supervisor: Catherine Stefani, for D2 Supervisor and any future position; she’s an unsung heroine at City Hall who gets things done without fanfare.
District 4 Supervisor: Joel Engardio – yes, he ran for D7 recently, but the 2020 census redrew the lines and the “border crossed him”.
District 6 Supervisor: Matt Dorsey
District 8 Supervisor: Rafael Mandelman
District 10 Supervisor: Shamann Walton
Proposal 1: Maintain the reproductive rights that women have enjoyed since 1973: YES – If you live in San Francisco and vote against it, you should leave now.
Proposal 26: Further legalize gambling claiming to help tribes and homeless people: NO
Proposition 27: Allow gigantic gambling corporations outside of California to make big money by making it easier for people to gamble their lives: NO – Don’t believe the hype and endless advertisements; that does not help most Indian tribes. There are already 66 tribal casinos, 84 card rooms and 33 horse racing facilities in California. Put down your fucking phone and go out if you want to play.
Proposal 28: K-12 Arts and Music Education Funding: YES—Do you want to compete with my partner, Amy, who teaches middle school music? Now listen here, never vote against education!
Proposal 29: Put more restrictions on dialysis centers (again): NO – 3rd time (in four years) is not the charm; stop putting the health of kidney patients at risk.
Proposition 30: The most seductive and confusing state proposition in California history with no good result, but includes the words “electric vehicles” and “climate change” so that every environmental benefactor in California thinks that he should vote for. YES if you want to give Lyft a billion dollar corporate document or NO if you don’t and are ok with waiting for a better idea in the next election.
Proposition 31: Stop tobacco companies from trying to (re)kill young people with candy-flavored products: YES—Stop crying about “adult choice”; tobacco companies use these products to target children, and besides, you shouldn’t smoke either.
Ballot measures in San Francisco
As always, the devil is in the details; what seems like a good idea is often a wolf in sheep’s clothing, so without killing any more metaphors, here are the polling metrics for San Francisco with some new perky names I made up because I didn’t like the real ones names and this is my column so I can do that.
Measure A: Cost-of-living adjustment to prevent retired, low-wage municipal workers from being homeless, hungry and broke: YES
Measure B: Stop spending millions on redundant administrative bureaucracy and just keep the streets clean: YES
Measure C: Waste more money on homelessness with another useless commission in the name of oversight: NO
Measure D: Simply build more affordable housing and stop the petty politics and allow every fucking yahoo in town to block the construction of much needed new housing: YES
Measure E: Divert any chance of building affordable housing in the city: NO
Measure F: Prevent libraries from crumbling into dust while supporting the only institution that offers literacy programs for children (and adults), offers free use of computers and printers, and has a system free e-book lending: YES
Action G: Provide funding to schools to support student well-being and success programs: YES—Never vote against education.
Measure H: A solution to the pursuit of a problem; move the elections of certain elected municipal officials to even years because a grumpy member of the supervisory board saw an opportunity to take power: NO
Measure I: A measure purporting to be about Golden Gate Park when in reality it is a futile effort to fight Mother Nature and spend billions in the future to keep the Great Highway open, which should never have been be built first: NO
Measure J: It was my favorite shortcut to the Sunset District, but it’s the right thing to do; no more cars going through Golden Gate Park (permanently closed part of JFK Drive): YES
Measure K: The so-called ‘Amazon tax’ that won’t impact Amazon, but will screw up small businesses and is so bad that even the group that put it on the ballot said ‘my bad thing , I didn’t think so” and suspended the campaign: NO
Measure L: Keep SF public transit from literally and financially derailing with a minimal sales tax you won’t notice: YES
Measure M: Support the efforts of an anti-housing member of the Supervisory Board to implement a lame vacancy tax on housing to distract from the fact that the BOS is the main obstacle to housing construction in SF: NO
Measure N: Change the murky and corrupt governance structure of the underutilized Golden Gate Park underground parking garage so people don’t have to spend a fortune to park a car: YES
Measure O: Approval of a small tax on tiny plots to help City College: YES — I’m not happy about another property tax, but never vote against education.
Be a good citizen; don’t forget to vote no later than November 8, 2022.
Louise (Lou) Fischer is a former co-chair of the board of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and was a nominated and elected delegate for the State Democratic Party. She is a proud graduate of the Emerge California Women’s Democratic Leadership program, served as a commissioner in San Francisco, and has held leadership positions in several nonprofit and community organizations.
Well-educated women rarely make history
Posted on October 20, 2022