Endorsements for November Election
Sat Sep 6, 2014 1:20:00 am

Following are the endorsements finalized at the Sept. 3 General Membership meeting of San Francisco for Democracy:

United States - Federal
U.S. House of Representatives District 12 - Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House or Representatives District 14 - Jackie Speier

California Offices
Governor - Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown
Lieutenant Governor - No Endorsement
Secretary of State - Alex Padilla
Controller- Betty Yee
Treasurer - John Chiang
Board of Equalization - Fiona Ma
Attorney General - Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner - Dave Jones
Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tom Torlakson

Assembly District 17 - David Campos
Assembly District 19 - Phil Ting

City and County of San Francisco
Board of Supervisors: District 2 - No recommendation *
Board of Supervisors: District 4 - No endorsement
Board of Supervisors: District 6 - Jane Kim
Board of Supervisors: District 8 - No recommendation *
Board of Supervisors: District 10 - Tony Kelly
Public Defender - Jeff Adachi
Assessor/Recorder - Carmen Chu
Superior Court Seat 20 - Daniel Flores
Bay Area Rapid Transit: District 8 - No endorsement
Community College Board: Four-Year Term - Wendy Aragon, Brigitte Davila, Thea Selby
Community College Board: Two-Year Term - William Walker
Board of Education - Stevon Cook

State of California Propositions
Prop 1 (Water Bond) - No recommendation *
Prop 2 ("rainy day" fund increase) - Yes
Prop 45 (Healthcare Insurance) - Yes
Prop 46 (Drug & Alcohol Testing) - No recommendation *
Prop 47 (Criminal sentences) - Yes
Prop 48 (Indian Gaming) - Yes

City and County of San Francisco Propositions
Prop A (Transportation Bond) - Yes
Prop B (Transportation Funding) - Yes
Prop C (Children's fund) - Yes
Prop D (Retiree Health Benefits) - Yes
Prop E (Tax Sugared Beverages) - No recommendation *
Prop F (Pier 70) - Yes
Prop G (Transfer Tax on Property) - Yes
Prop H (Golden Gate keep grass) - Yes
Prop I (Kill Prop H + worse) - No
Prop J (Minimum Wage Increase) - Yes
Prop K (Affordable Housing) - Yes
Prop L (Transportation Priorities) - No

* No recommendation - did not meet the 60% threshold.

Videos, candidate questionnaires, and ballot measure information may be found here.


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June 3 Endorsements
Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:02:00 am

On Thursday, April 10, the San Francisco for Democracy PAC made its endorsements for the June 3 election.  The results were:

Congressional District 12

No Recommendation*

(Pelosi / Hermanson split)

California Secretary of State

Derek Cressman

Board of Equalization

Fiona Ma

Assembly, District 17

David Campos

Assembly, District 19

Phil Ting

State Proposition 41

YES

State Proposition 42

YES

San Francisco Proposition A

YES

San Francisco Proposition B

YES

*No candidate received the 60% threshold needed for endorsement.


Candidate questionnaires and ballot measure summaries are available here.


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DFA bringing back Night School
Tue Mar 4, 2014 1:19:00 pm

Democracy for America is bringing back its long-missed online classes for grassroots campaigners.  All classes start at 6pm Pacific Time and run for one hour a night; this month the topic is fundraising.  And the best part: it's free!  You can sign up here.


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2013 Endorsements
Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:21:00 am

On Thursday, September 19, San Francisco for Democracy and its PACs met to formulate our endorsements for the November 5 local election.  The results were:

District 4 supervisor: no endorsement
Assessor-Recorder: Carmen Chu
City Attorrney: Dennis Herrera
Treasurer: Jose Cisneros

Prop A: Endorsed
Prop B: Endorsed
Prob C: Endorsed
Prob D: Endorsed

See the forum for ballot measure analysis.


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November 2012 Endorsements
Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:17:15 am
 
President Barack Obama
U.S. Senate Dianne Feinstein
U.S. House, District 12 Nancy Pelosi
2nd choice: Barry Hermanson
U.S. House, District 14 Jackie Speier
CA Senate, District 11 (early endorsed) Mark Leno
CA Assembly, District 17 (early endorsed) Tom Ammiano
CA Assembly, District 19 Phil Ting
Supervisor, District 1 Eric Mar
Supervisor, District 3 David Chiu
Supervisor, District 5 John Rizzo
Supervisor, District 7 F.X. Crowley
Supervisor, District 9 David Campos
Supervisor, District 11 John Avalos
   
Board of Education Sandra Lee Fewer
Gladys Soto
College Board Amy Bacharach
Chris Jackson
Rafael Mandelman
BART Board, District 7 Maria Alegria
BART Board, District 9 No Recommendation
   
Local Propositions  
Prop A (CCSF Parcel Tax) Yes
Prop B (Parks Bond) No
Prop C (Housing Trust Fund) Yes
Prop D (Consolidating Odd-Year Elections No
Prop E (Gross Receipts Tax) Yes
Prop F (Water Study) No
Prop G (Opposing Corporate Personhood) Yes
   
State Propositions  
Prop 30 (Governor's Tax Measure) Yes
Prop 31 (Budget Limitaions)       No
Prop 32 (Destroying Union Political Power) NO
Prop 33 (Mercury Insurance) No
Prop 34 (Repeal Death Penalty) Yes
Prop 35 ("Human Trafficking") No Recommendation
Prop 36 (Ease Three Strikes) Yes
Prop 37 (Labeling GMOs) Yes
Prop 38 (Education Sales Tax) No Recommendation
Prop 39 (Tax Multistate Biz; Clean Energy Jobs) Yes
Prop 40 (Keep Independent Senate Redistricting) Yes

Candidate questionnaires, videos, and ballot measure info can be found here. Our handy voter guide is here.


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CA is Charlie Jr's Plaything?
Sat Sep 8, 2012 2:20:08 am

 

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Our Endorsements for the June 2012 Election
Wed May 2, 2012 11:18:00 am
U.S. Senate Diane Feinstein
U.S. House, District 12 Nancy Pelosi, 1st choice
Barry Hermanson, 2nd choice
U.S. House, District 14 Jackie Speier
CA Senate, District 11 (early endorsed) Mark Leno
CA Assembly, District 17 (early endorsed) Tom Ammiano
CA Assembly, District 19 Phil Ting
   
Local Propositions  
Prop  A (Waste)  No
Prop  B (Coit Tower) Yes
   
State Propositions  
Prop 28 (Term Limits) Yes
Prop 29 (Cigarette Tax)       No Recommendation

Candidate questionnaires can be found here.


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Early Endorsements, 2012
Sun Feb 5, 2012 11:20:00 am

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Senator Mark Leno, and Norman Solomon (congressional candidate in CA02) were all early-endorsed at the February 2, 2012 PAC meeting.


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Early Endorsements, 2012
Sun Feb 5, 2012 11:20:00 am

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Senator Mark Leno, and Norman Solomon (congressional candidate in CA02) were all early-endorsed at the February 2, 2012 PAC meeting.


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Meet Leland Yee
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:22:00 am

Tom Brown and Susan Pfeifer are holding a special meet-the-candidate event September 24 for our endorsed mayoral candidate. If you're not into machine politics, you should at least consider throwing one of your votes Senator Yee's way; in any case it makes sense to come out and meet the man yourself. Please note: this is not a fundraiser.


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SOS recommendation
by Jim Soper, Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:49:00 am

Many of you know that I have been active with Election Integrity issues since 2005. This fall we of the Wellstone Voting Rights Task Force had the opportunity to interview all 3 candidates for Secretary State. After much discussion, we decided that Derek Cressman is the most qualified candidate for the job. I hope that you will come to the same conclusion.


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Why I'm voting No on props B/C
by Jeff Whittington, Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:15:12 am

I can appreciate that a lot of time and effort went into the planning for the 8 Washington condominium project, and that at the time it was seen as a necessary revenue vehicle for a city that was so broke it had to start charging for the Arboretum. But that was years ago, and as will.i.am would say, It's a New Day, so google up the boom. These measures should be decided based on what's best for the city.

The height issue is what started all this, and it should not be ignored. In question is less the height of this particular project, which will slope gracefully down to street level from a bunch of high rises, than the principle that once you've broken the height rule for one development, it's been broken, and likely will be for a lot of others as well.


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WHY I’M VOTING NO ON PROPOSITIONS B & C
by Peter Wong, Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:31:00 am

Propositions B & C allow San Franciscans to decide the fate of the controversial 8 Washington condo project.   This project will do the opposite of what needs to be done to address San Francisco’s current housing problems.  In fact, it’ll contribute to the worsening of a particular socioeconomic problem in America.  That’s why I’m voting No on Propositions B and C.

Nobody denies that there’s a serious imbalance between the people who want to live in San Francisco and the amount of housing available to shelter them.  At 18,000 people per square mile, San Francisco is second only to New York City for the Most Densely Settled American City crown.  San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association (SPUR) executive director Gabriel Metcalf notes this situation has been worsened by the size of the employment boom brought by the likes of Twitter. 


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Why I will vote Yes on Props B and C
by Tom Brown, Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:40:04 pm

Many of my progressive friends are opposed to the 8 Washington project and will be voting NO on Props B and C because they would prefer to have more affordable housing built in its place. I, too, would like to see that happen, but I do not believe it will if these propositions are defeated.  I believe Alec Bash (30 years of city planning experience) when he says that it's not economically feasible for a developer to build both types at the 8 Washington site unless, of course, the plans call for much more density than what the 8 Washington developers have proposed.  Here's why:

City code allows a developer to:
1. build 20% of the new units as affordable on the site.
2. build 20% of the new units off site, but within a 1 mile radius
3. donate money to the affordable housing fund to pay for 20% of the units.

Unless there's a change in that law, I don't see how pulling the plug on 8 Washington will realize the goal of achieving more than 20% affordable housing. History bears me out. Years ago there was a plan to develop Mission Bay that called for 37.5% affordable housing units on site. But there was a well-financed campaign against it launched by campaign manager Clint Reilly. Eventually, a new plan was approved under the Brown administration which only had 28% affordable housing (in a much more remote area than 8 Washington.).

8 Washington developers have agreed to pay for 25% affordable housing...a concessation originally requested by Supervisor Jane Kim during the height rezoning at the Board of Supervisors.   If 8 Washington is voted down in November, the immediate consequence will be the voiding of plans to directly fund 34 new affordable housing units (and up to 55 affordable housing units by leveraging that payment), and a delay of perhaps many years to begin and approve yet another development plan for that area. Rather than saying No to a small amount of rich people's housing in this instance, why not say Yes, but reap millions ($7M annually with a net present value of over $100M) for the City and Port, and affordable housing for as many as 55 units?


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