This voting guide is about local San Francisco/Bay Area/California issues. It’s based on my
pro-housing, transportation, and justice policy lens
to these issues where the “Democratic” or “Republican” positions can be less clear ー and yet day-to-day, local policy deeply impacts how people live and work.
Why trust this guide?
First, if your policy viewpoint aligns to mine, I suspect this guide can be a “shortcut” through the plethora of candidates and ballot measures. Second, I have followed these issues extensively for years and in the Bay Area in particular. I have worked directly on urban technology since 2014 and over the course of that work, met with numerous government officials, community groups, and other interested parties in cities to understand these issues from all sides.
1. We need more housing across income levels
I see today’s housing policy as a core mechanism reinforcing racial and economic inequality. Scarce, expensive housing means fewer economic opportunities and financial security for all, but especially for those with the least means. We need to solve for the disproportionate impact of displacement on poorer communities, and we also need to balance the needs of the “future residents” who are blocked from cities due to today’s policies, but could access them in the years to come with more just policies.
2. Transportation should be people-first, not car-first.
Cars, including rideshare, have an important role. However, they
we need to in cities, use nearly 25% of many city’s land mass (e.g. SF or NYC), and are heavily subsidized through free roadway use and car storage (e.g. cheep parking). Public transportation, bikes/micromobility, and other creative solutions are how we’ll build a
city and enable people from all areas of a city to access economic opportunity and community. I’m not dogmatic on these, but we should (Also, yes, we’re in COVID. But we’re building infrastructure for decades ahead, not just the next year).
3. In a just society, anyone irrespective of race, wealth can live freely and access opportunity.
This ties to issues of criminal and climate justice and worker protections. It also ties to wealth inequality, which the above issues exacerbate today. Note: in California, many decades-old “environmental protections” are actually mechanisms to implement segregation under a different name and continue to be used to exclude people from communities.
4. Competitive markets and an un-corrupt government can help enable the above.
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. While I’m using Coda to write this and happen to work there, this is a purely personal project. All views are my own.
Ling Lin for bouncing ideas and research off each other and pushing me to write this up;
. Some of the propositions titles come from
✅ Just the Choices
District 12 (SF)
Nancy Pelosi (D)
District 14 (SF + San Mateo County)
Jackie Speier (D)
Scott Wiener (D)
David Chui (D)
Tom Temprano/Victor Olivieri/Jeanette Quick/Aliya Chisti
Rank order: 1. Danny Sauter/2. Spencer Simonsen
Rank order: 1. Myrna Melgar/2. Emily Murase/3. Joel Engardio
ー (I’m unable to endorse Hillary Ronen, but she’s the only balloted candidate)
Issues $5.5 billion in bonds for state stem cell research institute
Requires commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value and dedicates revenue
Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which says that the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting
Restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole
Allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections
Changes tax assessment transfers and inheritance rules
Makes changes to policies related to criminal sentencing charges, prison release, and DNA collection
Expands local governments' power to use rent control
Considers app-based drivers to be independent contractors and enacts several labor policies related to app-based companies
Requires physician on-site at dialysis clinics and consent from the state for a clinic to close
Expands the provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA
Replaces cash bail with risk assessments for suspects awaiting trial
Health and Homelessness, Parks, and Streets Bond
Department of Sanitation and Streets, Sanitation and Streets Commission and Public Works Commission
Removing Citizenship Requirements for Members of City Bodies
Sheriff Department Oversight Board and Inspector General
Business Tax Overhaul
Youth Voting in Local Elections
Neighborhood Commercial Districts and City Permitting
Real Estate Transfer Tax
Parcel Tax for San Francisco Unified School District
Affordable Housing Authorization
Business Tax Based on Comparison of Top Executive's Pay to Employees’ Pay
💬 Choices & Explanations