Articles Recently Tagged: Ballot Measures

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All The Way From A to L: San Francisco’s Ballot Measure Rundown

Twelve local measures are set to appear on the November ballot in San Francisco, measures which have just been lettered from A to L.  The full rundown and summaries from the Department of Elections or past SocketSite coverage: A – $500 Million Transportation and Road Improvement Bond B – Population-Based Adjustment for the City’s Transportation Read More »

Affordable Housing Goals Replace Balance On November Ballot

Supervisor Jane Kim’s watered-down ballot measure “to affirm the City’s commitment” to a set of Affordable Housing Goals, a non-binding Declaration of Policy, has been approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and submitted to San Francisco’s Department of Elections. The five Housing Goals which the policy would affirm, but on which the City would Read More »

Kim Guts Housing Balance Initiative, Lee To Cancel Competing Plan

Supervisor Kim has gutted her “Housing Balance” ballot initiative, turning it into a non-binding vote on public policy versus a measure which would have created major hurdles for housing developers any time the percentage of affordable housing in San Francisco’s housing pipeline dropped below 30 percent. Assuming Kim’s proposed amendments are approved by San Francisco’s Read More »

Golden Gate Park Turf Battle Headed To The Ballot Box

The proposed ordinance which would block the renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park and has qualified for the November ballot and will go head-to-head with the mayor’s “Children’s Playgrounds, Walking Trails and Athletic Fields Act,” a counter measure which would allow the conversion of the Beach Chalet’s four grass fields to synthetic turf and Read More »

Measure To Increase Heights For Pier 70 Project Qualifies For Ballot

Measure To Increase Heights For Pier 70 Project Qualifies For Ballot

The proposed ballot measure to increase Pier 70’s building height limits from 40 feet to 90 feet and help clear the way for Forest City’s development of up to 1,000 new units of housing, two million square feet of commercial space, and 400,000 square feet of retail, cultural and maker uses has qualified for the November Read More »

Measure “To Restore Transportation Balance” Qualifies For Ballot

The decidedly pro-car and parking ballot measure known as “Restoring Transportation Balance in San Francisco” has qualified for the November ballot. If passed, the measure would seek to ensure that the City “equally enforce(s) traffic laws for all users of San Francisco’s streets and sidewalks” and would establish the following as official City policy: Parking meters Read More »

Bond, Affordable Housing Bond: Beyond The Battle Of The Ballots

Officially lobbed by Supervisor Chiu, Mayor Ed Lee is slated to answer the following “housing crisis” question of the week in a prepared address to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday: “Mr. Mayor, last month, Supervisor Jane Kim and three colleagues introduced a ballot measure that would limit the production of market rate housing Read More »

Signatures For Three Ballot Measures Submitted For Verification

Signatures in support of three proposed ballot measures have been submitted to San Francisco’s Department of Elections for verification. Assuming at least 9,702 valid signatures per measure, the proposed ordinances which would block the renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park and approve the up-zoning of Pier 70 for redevelopment will Read More »

Housing Balance Versus Housing Now

Housing Balance Versus Housing Now

Supervisor Jane Kim is moving forward with a ballot measure which would require developers to obtain special authorization from the Planning Commission in order to build any market rate housing in San Francisco if a project would cause the percentage of Below Market Rate housing built in the city since 2006 to drop below 30 percent Read More »

Mayor Lee Counter Attacks Athletic Fields Renovation Measure

Mayor Lee Counter Attacks Athletic Fields Renovation Measure

While the Coalition to Protect Golden Gate Park continues to gather signatures to support their proposed ballot measure which would require athletic fields in Golden Gate Park west of Crossover Drive to be maintained as natural grass and without lighting, a measure which is designed to block the approved renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Read More »

Stiff “Anti-Speculation” Tax Headed To The Ballot Box In SF

A proposed measure which would establish a stiff tax to penalize real estate speculators in San Francisco appears to be headed for the November ballot. Designed by the San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition and sponsored by Supervisor Mar with the support of Supervisors Avalos, Campos and Kim (the four votes needed to place the measure on Read More »

Record Low Voter Turnout Avoided, But It’s Close (Unlike Prop B)

Record Low Voter Turnout Avoided, But It’s Close (Unlike Prop B)

While the results for the June 3 election have yet to be certified, with an additional 28,901 vote-by-mail ballots having been counted since Election Day, along with 2,491 provisional ballots cast, the total voter turnout in San Francisco is up to 29.33 percent which is roughly 1 percentage point higher than the record low turnout Read More »

Proposition B To Limit Building Heights Passes: 59% Yes / 41% No

Proposition B To Limit Building Heights Passes: 59% Yes / 41% No

With 100 percent of precincts having reported, San Francisco Proposition B which will require voter approval for any increase in the existing height limits for property currently under control of the Port of San Francisco has passed with 59.4% of ballots marked YES versus 40.6% marked NO. Local Measure A which will allow the City to issue Read More »

Don’t Let A Record Low Turnout Decide The Waterfront’s Fate

As of yesterday, 62,875 of the 236,054 vote-by-mail ballots which had been issued to voters in San Francisco for today’s election had been returned. And as such, with 435,757 registered voters in San Francisco, the “turnout” will be at least 14 percent.  And embarasingly, it might not be too much more. The record low turnout for Read More »

Ballot Measure To Clampdown On Airbnb-ing Moves Ahead

The backers of the proposed ballot measure which would clampdown on illegal short-term rentals and Airbnb’s business in San Francisco by instituting the “Neighborhood Preservation and Public Revenue Recovery Ordinance” have amended the ordinance to eliminate the explicit threat of criminal prosecution and incarceration for scofflaws. The amendment, however, simply removes a bit of duplicative language from Read More »