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May 2, 2016  |  Endorsements for June 7, 2016 election

The SF Moderates Board has made its endorsements of candidates and ballot measures for the June 7, 2016 election (vote by mail starts May 9). In particular, if you are a registered Democrat, the “Democratic County Central Committee” endorsements are very important this year – we have done our homework on the DCCC candidates that we believe will reflect SF Moderates values, so be sure to take these recommendations to the polls or when voting by mail!


Prop A – Health ... | Read More >

February 20, 2016  |  How Requiring Too Much Affordable Housing Kills Housing

Want to know the severe negative unintended consequences of the proposed ordinance to double affordable housing requirements for new housing? Read the letter to the Board of Supervisors signed be a wide cross-section of members of the housing industry in San Francisco.

The measure is being heard by the Board of Supervisors on February 23rd sometime after 2pm would go to the voters in June.

Re: Proposed Affordable Housing Ordinance increasing BMR

February 18, 2016

Dear Supervisors,

As drafted, the proposed ordinance to increase required ... | Read More >

December 14, 2015  |  A Court for the 10th Circle of Hell

By Joel P. Engardio

A man pushed a needle of heroin into his arm as I walked by a Market Street doorway near City Hall. A woman cradling a vodka bottle slept in the next storefront. Another man screamed and spit in an incoherent rage outside the 24-hours Carl’s Jr. I was headed to on a Sunday night.

“Are you sure it’s safe?” my husband asked as I left our westside home to meet David Traylor across town. Two years earlier Traylor ... | Read More >

December 9, 2015  |  Jane Kim is a Time Traveler: 5 Reasons Jane Kim Still Needs To Do Better on Housing

By Armand Domalewski

Thanksgiving break was a nice respite from the unsteadiness of poorly paid adulthood; driving around in a car and sleeping in a bed bought by my parents was a nice way to forget that I had a job that paid too little and an apartment that cost too much. Retreating into a sepia toned version of your childhood is a nice way to push away the anxieties of adulthood, for a bit, but we can’t ... | Read More >

November 15, 2015  |  From Near Death and Homeless to City Hall

By Joel P. Engardio

When I was looking to hire a coordinator for my 2012 supervisor campaign, one resume stood out for all the wrong reasons: an entry-level job that lasted nine months followed by years of unexplained holes.

It even dared to list Supervisor Scott Wiener as a reference — one of San Francisco’s most well known and hardest-working politicians.

Yet Wiener called to vouch for the applicant: an HIV-positive, formerly homeless and recovering meth addict. He had interned in Wiener’s City ... | Read More >