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.
Prop A – Affordable Housing Bond – YES. Housing bonds are only a part of the solution to San Francisco’s housing crisis, but they play a role. This bond will help some low, moderate and middle income households achieve affordable housing.
Prop B – Paid Parental Leave for City Employees – YES. Technical change to the City’s charter to provide better and more flexible parental leave for City employees.
Prop C – Expenditure Lobbyists – NO. Overbroad regulation penalizes individuals, nonprofits and labor unions for engaging with policymakers at City Hall.
Prop D – Mission Rock Project – YES. Waterfront projects are now required to be approved by voters to allow for height increases specific to each project; this 28-acre project just south of AT&T Park would create up to 2,000 units of housing (including 40% affordable to low and middle income residents), eight acres of parks and open space, and allow for the rehab of Pier 48. The project has gone through an eight year community planning process.
Prop E – New rules for public meetings – NO. We sympathize with the desire to facilitate the use of new technology in connection with City Hall meetings. However, this ordinance is not well thought through, and creates significant demands on public resources without a funding source. We also question whether a hard-to-amend ballot initiative is the right approach to solving the problem of public access.
Prop F – Short Term Residential Rentals – NO. AirBnB-type rentals need to be regulated, but using the ballot box to do it is misguided, and this legislation could result in a surge of neighbor vs. neighbor frivolous lawsuits. The Board of Supervisors is the right place to adjust city policies relating to short-term rentals.
Prop G – Renewable Energy Truth in Advertising Act – NO. This proposal requires changes to the implementation and marketing of the CleanPowerSF program and creates a new definition of “renewable, green-house gas-free power for CleanPowerSF. After a compromise with opponents of Prop G, the proponents of Prop G have abandoned support of the measure.
Prop H – Clean Energy Right to Know Act. Prop H makes it city policy that terms such as “clean energy” and “green energy” adhere to the state’s definition of renewable energy. However, the City’s CleanPowerSF program is already doing the things required by Prop H. This measure was largely put on the ballot as a “poison pill” to Prop G. This measure doesn’t meaningfully address a policy issue facing the city, and doesn’t need to be on the ballot.
Prop I – Mission District Housing Moratorium – NO, NO, NO. Prop I would prohibit the City from issuing permits for market-rate housing in the Mission District for 18 months. Stopping new housing is the worst thing the City can do given our housing crisis – it will create increase housing prices by reducing supply, create incentives for evictions and displacement (as people who would have chosen new construction instead go after existing housing) and reduce creation of affordable housing (since market-rate housing funds affordable housing under the City’s inclusionary housing policies).
Prop J – Legacy Business Preservation Fund – NO. San Francisco adopted an ordinance by board vote in 2015 to try to preserve “legacy businesses” (businesses that had operated in the City for 30 or more years, and contributed significantly to the City’s history or identity. Prop J relaxes the rules for legacy businesses to include 20-year old businesses in some cases, and also establishes a fund to subsidize those businesses for up to $50,000 per year. The subsidies of Prop J are not well targeted, may not generate the desired results, and could have been enacted by the board (did not need to be on the ballot).
Prop K – Surplus Public Lands – YES. This measure elevates and expands the City’s prioritization of affordable housing on publicly-owned land, and strengthens processes for the sale or development of those sites. San Francisco has an urgent need for affordable housing, and Prop K sets up a flexible to use surplus City land to address that need.
Mayor — Ed Lee
Sheriff — Vicki Hennessy
District 3 Supervisor — Julie Christensen
District Attorney — George Gascon
City Attorney — Dennis Herrera
Treasurer — Jose Cisneros
City College Board — Alex Randolph