Election 2016

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Races: The Candidates

D1 Supervisor

Sherman D’Silva

Sandra Lee Fewer

Richie Greenberg

Jason Jungreis

Samuel Kwong

Brian J. Larkin

David Lee

Jonathan Lyens

Marjan Philhour

Andy Thornley

Races: The City Ballot Measures

Proposition A

School Bonds

55% required

To repair and rehabilitate San Francisco Unified School District facilities to current accessibility, health, safety, seismic and instructional standards, replace worn-out plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and major building systems, renovate outdated classrooms and training facilities, construct school facilities and replace aging modular classrooms, improve information technology systems and food service preparation systems, shall the San Francisco Unified School District issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $744,250,000 at legal rates, with annual audits, and citizen’s oversight?

Proposition B

City College Parcel Tax

66 & ⅔% required

To continue providing City College of San Francisco local funds the State cannot take away and offset cuts to prevent layoffs; ensure affordable education for students; maintain core classes in writing, math and science; prepare students for four-year universities, workforce training in careers in nursing, engineering/technology; provide counselors; keep college libraries open; shall San Francisco Community College District renew its existing annual parcel tax at $99 per parcel for fifteen years, requiring annual independent audits and citizen oversight?

Proposition C

Loans to Finance Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing

66 & ⅔% required

Ordinance calling and providing for a special election to be held in the City and County of San Francisco on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to San Francisco voters a proposition to amend Proposition A (approved November 1992) to authorize the City to incur general obligation bonded indebtedness (Bonds) for the purpose of making amendments to the Affordable Housing Loan Program (as defined herein) and the Market Rate Loan Program (as defined) for the additional purposes of providing loans to finance the cost to acquire, improve, and rehabilitate and to convert at-risk multi-unit residential buildings to permanent affordable housing, performing needed seismic, fire, health, and safety upgrades and other major rehabilitation for habitability, and related costs necessary or convenient for the foregoing purposes; providing for the levy and collection of taxes to pay both principal and interest on such Bonds; incorporating the provision of the Administrative Code relating to the Citizens’ General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee’s review of the Bonds; setting certain procedures and requirements for the election; adopting findings under the California Environmental Quality Plan, and with the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1(b).

Proposition D

Vacancy Appointments

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters at an election to be held on November 8, 2016 to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to require the Department of Elections to hold a special election when there is a vacancy in the Office of Member of the Board of Supervisors, unless a regularly scheduled election will be held within 180 days of the vacancy; provide that the Mayor shall appoint an interim Supervisor to fill a supervisorial vacancy until an election is held to fill that vacancy, with the interim Supervisor being ineligible to compete in that election; and require the Mayor to fill vacancies in all local elective offices within 28 days of the vacancy.

Proposition E

Responsibility for Maintaining Street Trees and Surrounding Sidewalks

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to transfer responsibility for the maintenance of street trees to the City, establish the Street Tree Maintenance Fund primarily to pay for such maintenance and the maintenance of trees on San Francisco Unified School District property, and require an annual contribution by the City to the Fund of $19 million, adjusted annually for changes in aggregate discretionary City revenues; and to affirm the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Proposition F

Youth Voting in Local Elections

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco, to authorize 16- and 17-years-olds to vote in municipal elections, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016.

Proposition G

Police Oversight

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to: re-name the Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) as the Department of Police Accountability (DPA); to give DPA direct authority over its proposed budget; and require DPA to conduct a performance audit every two years of how the Police Department has handled claims of officer misconduct and use of force.

Proposition H

Public Advocate

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to: 1) create the Office of the Public Advocate; 2) set the Public Advocate’s powers and duties; 3) authorize the Public Advocate to review the administration of City programs, including programs for transmitting information to the public, and to receive, investigate, and attempt to resolve complaints regarding City services and programs; 4) authorize the Public Advocate to receive and investigate specified whistleblower complaints; 5) authorize the Public Advocate’s election, removal, and salary; and 7) set city policy regarding sufficient funding and minimum staffing for the Office of Public Advocate; and setting operative dates.

Proposition I

Funding for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to: 1) establish the Dignity Fund to support Seniors and Adults with Disabilities; 2) require an annual contribution by the City to the Fund including an annual baseline amount of $38 million, increasing by $6 million for fiscal year 2017-2018, and increasing by $3 million a year for the next 9 years until fiscal year 2026-2027, and continuing at that amount, adjusted annually for changes in aggregate discretionary City revenues, for the next 10 years until fiscal year 2036-2037; 3) establish a planning process for expenditures from the Fund; 4) create an Oversight and Advisory Committee; 5) set an expiration date of June 30, 2037; and, 6) change the “Commission on Aging” to the “Aging and Adult Services Commission” and update its responsibilities.

Proposition J

Funding for Homelessness and Transportation

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to: create a Homeless Housing and Services Fund and appropriate $12.5 million to the Fund in fiscal year 2016-2017 and $50 million annually to the Fund, adjusted for changes in discretionary City revenues, for the next 24 years; and create a Transportation Improvement Fund and appropriate $25.4 million to the Fund in fiscal year 2016-2017 and $101.6 million annually to the Fund, adjusted for changes in discretionary City revenues, for the next 24 years, and authorize the City to issue indebtedness secured by monies deposited in the Transportation Improvement Fund.

Proposition K

General Sales Tax

50% + 1 approval required

Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to impose a transactions (sales) and use tax at the rate of three-quarters of the one percent (0.75%) for a period of 25 years, to be administered by the State Board of Equalization in accordance with Parts 1.6 and 1.7 of Division 2 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code; and increasing the City’s appropriations limit by the amount of the tax increase for four years from November 8, 2016; and directing submissions of the tax for voter approval at the November 8, 2016 general municipal election.

Proposition L

MTA Appointments and Budget

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to split the power to make appointments to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors between the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to lower the vote by which the Board of Supervisors may reject the SFMTA Budget from seven to six, and to make related changes implementing these amendments.

Proposition M

Housing and Development Commission

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco, to create the Housing and Development Commission to oversee the Department of Economic and Workforce Development and the Department of Housing and Community Development; to require the Commission to review and make recommendations regarding proposed development agreements and conveyance of certain surplus City property before the Board of Supervisors considers such proposals; to require the Commission to hold hearings and make recommendations regarding proposals to adopt or change inclusionary housing requirements for housing developments; to require the Commission to adopt rules creating competitive selection processes for the Department of Housing and Community Development’s expenditure of affordable housing funds and for the development of affordable housing on City-owned property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Housing and Community Development; and to provide that ordinances regarding inclusionary housing requirements and rules regarding competitive selection for affordable housing adopted under the processes set forth in the Charter may supersede ordinances and rules adopted by the Board of Supervisors or the voters prior to March 1, 2017.

Proposition N

Non-citizen Voting in School Board Elections

50% + 1 approval required

Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to authorize San Francisco residents who are not United States citizens but who are the parents, legal guardians, or caregivers of a child residing in San Francisco to vote in elections for the Board of Education.

Proposition O

Office Development in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point

50% + 1 approval required

This measure would amend the Planning Code to exclude new office space in this project area from Proposition M’s annual 950,000 square foot limit. This measure would also amend the Planning Code to exempt any new office space in the project area from counting towards the annual limit that will apply elsewhere in the city.

Proposition P

Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City-Owned Property

50% + 1 approval required

The People of the City and County of San Francisco in enacting this Initiative hereby declare the following purposes: a) To ensure that affordable housing projects funded, at least in part, with the City’s affordable housing resources undergo an open and transparent competitive bidding process. b) To ensure that the City actively seeks competitive bids or proposals from qualified and competent bidders. c) To ensure that the City, except in limited circumstances, chooses the best value proposal in order to maximize the City’s return on its affordable housing resources. d) To ensure that the City’s affordable housing policies seek to maximize the efficiency and minimize the costs to taxpayers of affordable housing projects. e) To ensure that the City maximizes the amount of affordable housing which can be built in any given affordable housing project by getting the most out of the City’s affordable housing resources.

Proposition Q

Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks

50% + 1 approval required

Ordinance amending the Police Code to prohibit placement of tent encampments on public sidewalks.

Proposition R

Neighborhood Crime Unit

50% + 1 approval required

Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to create the Neighborhood Crime Unit in the Police Department, to be activated when the Controller certifies that the Department is at the full staffing level mandated in the City Charter, and to set minimum staffing levels for and assign duties to the Unit.

Proposition S

Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds

66 & ⅔% required

This allocation of revenue from the existing Hotel Tax achieves that goal [ending family homeless in San Francisco] by dedicating funds that will supplement San Francisco’s investments in housing and services for homeless families. All funds generated by the allocation will augment -- and not supplant -- current appropriations, and will be earmarked to expand programs that will prevent families from becoming homeless in the first instance, and establish sufficient exits from homelessness for those families who lack housing. San Francisco, with its robust economy and proud tradition of caring for its most vulnerable residents, can be the first city in the country to end family homelessness.

Proposition T

Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists

50% + 1 approval required

Motion ordering submitted to the voters, at an election to be held November 8, 2016, an ordinance amending the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to restrict gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists.

Proposition U

Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Development Projects

50% + 1 approval required

The People of the City and County of San Francisco in enacting this Initiative hereby declare the following purposes: a) To adopt new inclusionary or affordable housing obligations in the limited context of on-site affordable rental housing units, which are presently allowed under current Planning Code Section 415.6. b) To allow middle-income residents, defined for purpose of this Initiative as households who earn up to 110% of AMI, to participate more fully in the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program. c) To amend the BMR Program to allow households who earn up to 110% of AMI to rent BMR rental housing units and participate in the BMR rental lottery. d) To allow middle-income residents, including teachers, nurses, social workers, public sector employees and many others, to afford housing in the City. e) To increase affordable rental housing opportunities for moderate and middle-income residents. f) Permit MOHCD to set the rent for BMR rental housing units rented to middle income renters at a percentage of their annual income that is consistent with the percentage that low income renters pay from their income for BMR rental units to ensure that the BMR Program is applied fairly and equitably to all eligible participants.

Proposition V

Tax on Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

50% + 1 approval required

Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code by imposing a tax of one cent per ounce on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, and amending the Administrative Code by creating a Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee.

Proposition W

Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million

50% + 1 approval required

Motion ordering submitted to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, an ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to increase the Real Property Transfer Tax rate from 2% to 2.25% on properties with a consideration or value of at least $5,000,000 and less than $10,000,000 and less than $25,000,000; and from 2.5% to 3% on properties with a consideration or value of at least $25,000,000, and to clarify the application of the Real Property Transfer Tax to transfers of ownership interests in legal entities; and increasing the City’s appropriations limit by the amount of tax increase for four years from November 8, 2016.

Proposition X

Preserving Space for Neighborhood Arts, Small Businesses and Community Services in Certain Neighborhoods

50% + 1 approval required

Motion ordering submitted to the voters, at an election to be held November 8, 2016, “Ordinance amending the Planning Code to require replacement space and Conditional Use authorization for conversion of Production, Distribution, and Repair Use, Institutional COmmunity Use, and Arts Activities Use”; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Proposition RR

BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief

66 & ⅔% required

An election will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (the “District” or “BART”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of not to exceed $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds of the District to invest in the BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief Program to repair and replace critical infrastructure, prevent accidents, breakdowns and delays, relieve overcrowding, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, improve earthquake safety and expand safe access into BART stations, including for seniors and persons with disability.

Races: The State Ballot Measures

Proposition 51

Public School Facility Bonds

Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K-12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities. Fiscal Impact: State costs of about $17.6 billion to pay off both the principal ($9 billion) and interest ($8.6 billion) on the bonds. Payments of about $500 million per year for 35 years.

Proposition 52

Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fee Revenue Dedicated to Medi-Cal

Increases required vote to two-thirds for the Legislature to amend a certain existing law imposes fees on hospitals (for purpose of obtaining federal Medi-Cal matching funds) and that directs those fees and federal matching funds to hospital-provided Medi-Cal health care services, to uncompensated care provided by hospitals to uninsured patients, and to children’s health coverage. Eliminates law’s ending date. Declares that law’s fee proceeds shall not be considered revenues for purposes of applying state spending limit or determining required education funding.

Proposition 53

Voter Approval Requirement for Revenue Bonds above $2 Billion Initiative

Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. Fiscal Impact: State and local fiscal effects are unknown and would depend on which projects are affected by the measure and what actions government agencies and voters take in response to the measure’s voting requirement.

Proposition 54

Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote

Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote. Requires Legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet. Authorizes use of recordings. Fiscal Impact: One-time costs of $1 million to $2 million and ongoing costs of about $1 million annually to record legislative meetings and make videos of those meetings available on the Internet.

Proposition 55

California Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative

Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare. Fiscal Impact: Increased state revenues - $4 billion to $9 billion annually from 2019-2030 - depending on economy and stock market. Increased funding for schools, community colleges, health care for low-income people, budget reserves, and debt payments.

Proposition 56

Tobacco Tax Increase

Increases cigarette tax by $2,000 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. Fiscal Impact: Additional net state revenue of $1 billion to $1.4 billion in 2017-18, with potentially lower revenues in future years. Revenues would be used primarily to augment spending on health care for low-income Californians.

Proposition 57

California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative

Allow parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Provides juvenile court judge decides whether juvenile will be prosecuted as adult. Fiscal Impact: Net state savings likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually, depending on implementation. Net county costs of likely a few million dollars annually.

Proposition 58

California Non-English Languages Allowed in Publication Education Act

Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers. Fiscal Impact: No notable fiscal effect on school districts or state government.

Proposition 59

California Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question

Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional. Fiscal Impact: No direct fiscal effect on state or local governments.

Proposition 60

Condoms in Pornographic Films

Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual inercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations. Requires producers to post condom requirement at film sites. Fiscal Impact: Likely reduction of state and local tax revenues of several million dollars annually. Increased state spending that could exceed $1 million annually on regulation, partially offset by new fees.

Proposition 61

Drug Price Standards Initiative

Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi-Cal. Fiscal Impact: Potential for state savings of an unknown amount depending on (1) how the measure’s implementation challenges are addressed and (2) the responses of drug manufacturers regarding the provision and pricing of their drugs.

Proposition 62

Repeal of the Death Penalty Initiative

Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. Fiscal Impact: Net ongoing reduction in state and county criminal justice costs of around $150 million annually within a few years, although the impact could vary by tens of millions of dollars depending on various factors.

Proposition 63

Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban Initiative

Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal by sale to dealer, destruction, or removal from state. Requires most individuals to pass background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice. Requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement. Prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms. Establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by felons and violent criminals. Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited person to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Proposition 64

California Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law. Designated state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry. Imposes state excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15% of sales price, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. Exempts medical marijuana from some taxation. Establishes packaging, labeling, and advertising and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation of marijuana. Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana to minors. Authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions.

Proposition 65

Dedication of Revenue from Disposable Bag Sales to Wildlife Conservation Fund Initiative

Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects. Fiscal Impact: Potential state revenue of several tens of millions of dollars annually under certain circumstances, with the monies used to support certain environmental programs.

Proposition 66

Death Penalty Procedures Initiative

Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods. Fiscal Impact: Unknown ongoing impact on state court costs for processing legal challenges to death sentences. Potential prison savings in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

Proposition 67

California Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law prohibits grocery and certain other retail stores from providing single-use bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.

The Endorsing Organizations

Political Parties

San Francisco Democratic Party

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San Francisco Green Party

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SF Moderates

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San Francisco Republican Party

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Neighborhood Associations

Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council

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South Beach Mission Bay Business Association

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Political Clubs

Affordable Housing Alliance

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Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

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Black Young Democrats of San Francisco

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FDR Democratic Club

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Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club

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Home Sharers Democratic Club

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Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco

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League of Pissed-Off Voters

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League of Women Voters

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Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club

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Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club

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San Francisco for Democracy

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San Francisco Latino Democratic Club

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San Francisco Women's Political Committee

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San Francisco Young Democrats

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Yimby Party

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Media

Bay Area Reporter

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Bernalwood

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Potrero View

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San Francisco Bay Guardian

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San Francisco Chronicle

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San Francisco Examiner

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Community Organizations

San Francisco Apartment Association

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San Francisco Berniecrats

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

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San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

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San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

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San Francisco Labor Council

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San Francisco League of Conservation Voters

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San Francisco Planning & Urban Research (SPUR)

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San Francisco Rising

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San Francisco Tenants Union

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San Francisco Transit Riders Union

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Save North Beach Village

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San Francisco Tomorrow

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SEIU Local 1021

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Sierra Club San Francisco Bay

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United Educators of San Francisco

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Neighborhood Political Orgs

Bernal Heights Democratic Club

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Central City Democratic Club

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District 5 Democratic Club

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D5 Action

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District 8 Democratic Club

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New Avenues Democratic Club

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Noe Valley Democratic Club

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Potrero Democratic Club

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Richmond District Democratic Club

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South Beach District 6 Democratic Club

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