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Inside San Francisco (Oct 21st, 2016)

In this special edition of Inside San Francisco, we’ll break down all of the propositions you’ll see in California on Nov. 8. We also have information and links to resources that may help you make more confident, educated decisions at the polls. Enjoy!


Monday, Oct. 24: This is the last day to register to vote in California or update registration information. You can find more information about registering here.

Tuesday, Nov. 1: This is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot. You can learn how to request a ballot here.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: This is Election Day. All mailed ballots must be post-marked on or before this date.



Proposition A: San Francisco Unified School District Bond Issue. This would increase the debt of the San Francisco Unified School District by $744,250,000 through issuing bonds, to be used for maintenance and repairs.

Proposition B: San Francisco Community College. This would renew a $99 per year parcel tax for 15 years to support the college.

Proposition C: San Francisco Affordable Housing Bond. This would repurpose $261 million in bonds to fund the purchase and improvement of buildings in need of safety upgrades.

Proposition D: San Francisco Vacancy Appointments. This would require the mayor to appoint a temporary replacement to fill a vacancy in city government. The individual would not be able to run in the election for a permanent replacement.

Proposition E: San Francisco City Responsibility for Street Trees and Sidewalks Amendment. This would transfer the responsibility from property owners to the City for maintaining trees and sidewalks damaged by the trees.

Proposition F: San Francisco Youth Voting in Local Elections. Residents at least 16 years old could vote on local candidates and local ballot measures if they are U.S. citizens.

Proposition G: San Francisco Police Oversight Amendment. The Office of Citizen Complaints would be renamed the Department of Police Accountability.

Proposition H: San Francisco Establishment of a Public Advocate Office Amendment. The position of Public Advocate would be created to investigate and attempt to resolve complaints from members of the public on city services and programs.

Proposition I: San Francisco Funding for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities Amendment. A Dignity Fund would be created to provide funding for programs and services for adults with disabilities and seniors.

Proposition J: San Francisco Homeless Services and Transportation Funds Amendment. The creation of a Homeless Housing and Services Fund would begin in 2018, and the Transportation Improvement Fund would launch in 2018 to improve the transit system.

Proposition K: San Francisco Sales Tax Increase. The sales tax would increase 0.75 percent to 9.25 percent for the next 25 years.

Proposition L: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Governance Amendment. The mayor would nominate four members to the SFMTA Board of Directors, while the Board of Supervisors would nominate its own three members.

Proposition M: San Francisco Housing and Development Commission Establishment Amendment. This would establish the Housing and Development Commission, Department of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Housing and Development Commission would oversee the other two commissions and help address housing issues in the city.

Proposition N: San Francisco Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections. Non-citizen residents of San Francisco could vote for members on the Board of Education.

Proposition O: San Francisco Office Development in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point. The Planning Code to exempt new office space in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point would be amended.

Proposition P: San Francisco Minimum Three-Proposal Requirement for Affordable Housing Projects. The City could move forward with an affordable housing project on city-owned property only if the Housing Office receives at least three proposals.

Proposition Q: San Francisco Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks. City officials could remove tents on public sidewalks within 24 hours, as long as they provide shelter options to residents.

Proposition R: San Francisco Neighborhood Crime Unit Creation. The police department would have to create a unit consisting of 3 percent of all sworn police offices dedicated to preventing crimes harmful to neighborhood safety and quality of life (presuming there is a minimum of 1,971 sworn police officers).

Proposition S: San Francisco Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds. Some of the city’s hotel tax would go toward arts programs and family homeless services.

Proposition T: San Francisco Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists. Lobbyists would have to identify agencies and officials they plan to lobby, and they would be prohibited from making campaign contributions to officials they are registered to lobby.

Proposition U: San Francisco Income Qualifications for Affordable Housing. It would increase the income eligibility limit for on-site rental units for all new and existing affordable housing units. Any rental unit counting toward the affordable housing requirement must be available to households earning up to 110 percent of the area’s median income.

Proposition V: San Francisco Soda and Sugary Beverages Tax. A 1 cent per ounce tax would be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Proposition W: San Francisco Real Estate Transfer Tax. This would increase the transfer tax rate for sales of residential and commercial properties. It would vary according to the cost of the sale.

Proposition X: San Francisco Replacement Space Requirement for Development Projects. Developers would have to provide space for neighborhood arts during the development process.

Measure RR: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. This would increase the BART debt by $3.5 billion in bonds, to be used for maintenance of the transportation system.


This year, there are 17 statewide propositions on the ballot for California voters.
  • Proposition 51: School bonds. This would authorize $9 billion in general obligation bonds for the new construction and modernization of K-12 public school facilities, charter schools, vocational education facilities, and California Community Colleges facilities.
  • Proposition 52: Medi-Cal hospital fee program. This would indefinitely extend a statute that imposes fees on hospitals in order to fund Medi-Cal healthcare services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.
  • Proposition 53: Revenue bonds. It would require statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds ($2 billion or more) could be issued or sold by the state for projects.
  • Proposition 54: Legislature, legalization and proceedings. This would prohibit legislature from passing any bill unless it’s been published online 72 hours before the vote.
  • Proposition 55: Tax extension to fund education and healthcare. This would extend the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools and California Community Colleges by 12 years.
  • Proposition 56: Cigarette tax to fund healthcare, tobacco use prevention, research and law enforcement: The cigarette tax would increase by $2.00 per pack.
  • Proposition 57: Criminal sentences, parole, juvenile criminal proceedings, and sentencing. Parole would be considered for nonviolent felons. Sentence credits could be authorized for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Juvenile courts could decide whether juveniles are prosecuted as adults.
  • Proposition 58: English proficiency, multilingual education. This would require public schools to support English language proficiency. School districts would be authorized to create dual-language programs.
  • Proposition 59: Corporations, political spending, federal constitutional protections. This would ask whether elected officials in California should use their power to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
  • Proposition 60: Adult films, condoms. This would require adult film performers to use condoms during filming. Producers would also have to pay performers for vaccinations, testing and medical exams.
  • Proposition 61: State prescription drug purchases. State agencies generally prohibit state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid by the VA for the same drug (after all discounts).
  • Proposition 62: Death penalty. The death penalty would be repealed and replaced with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. It would also apply to existing death sentences.
  • Proposition 63: Firearms, ammunition sales. This would require a background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. It would also ban the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.
  • Proposition 64: Marijuana legalization. This would legalize marijuana under state law for adults aged 21 or older. State taxes would be imposed on sales and cultivation.
  • Proposition 65: Carryout bags. Money collected by grocery and other retail stores through the mandated sale of carryout bags would go toward a special fund to support environmental initiatives.
  • Proposition 66: Death penalty procedures. Superior courts would set initial petitions and limits on successive petitions. Appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals would have to accept death penalty appeals. Prison officials would be exempt from the regulation process for developing execution methods.
  • Proposition 67: Ban on single-use plastic bags. This would prohibit grocery and other retail stores from offering single-use plastic or paper carryout bags, but allows the sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.


  • The general election candidates for California’s U.S. Senate seat are Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez. You can read more about Harris and Sanchez’s positions on their respective websites.
  • There will be 53 candidates elected to serve in the U.S. House for California.
  • Nine incumbent state senators are not running for re-election. You can view the full list here.
  • Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, November 8.
  • California law requires employers to give employees time out of the workday to get out and vote.
  • There is an online tool to help you find out if you’re already registered to vote.
  • You do not have to vote on every contest on the ballot.
  • There is a map that shows which type of technology is used to register ballots during Election Day (2012).
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