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November 8, 2016  |  November 8, 2016 Election Endorsements

The SF Moderates Board has made its endorsements of candidates and ballot measures for the November 8, 2016 election. As a San Francisco focused non-partisan organization, SF Moderates actively supports and endorses candidates who share our values, and recommends common sense positions on local ballot measures. We tend not to focus our efforts on State level races or propositions. Be sure to take these recommendations to the polls or when voting by mail! 

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!

PROPOSITIONS

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 >

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 >