How Green is Your Supervisor?
This is a report card for the 2013 Supervisors. It shows the most important votes in 2013, from a Green Party perspective, and whether each supervisor supported or opposed our position. Some of the votes are on amendments to legislation.
It was difficult for us to pick legislation to score this year, because the Supervisors were unanimous in the vast majority of their votes. All too often, the Board served as nothing more than a rubber stamp for Mayor Lee. For example, in one boondoggle revealed by Weekly reporter Joe Eskenazi in a recent article, Mayor Lee ordered $38 million in failure-prone hybrid buses, which were paid for and arrived in Alameda weeks before an oblivious Board of Supervisors voted (unanimously, as usual) to authorize the purchase order.
While several Supervisors scored well this year, a Greener Board of Supervisors would be much more proactive about pushing for things that benefit working people, such as passing a Living Wage mandate, creating a municipal Bank of San Francisco, fixing Muni, building truly affordable housing, and creating more municipal utilities (e.g., public power, internet, and cable TV departments). As demonstrated by Matt Gonzalez in 2000, or Kshama Sawant in Seattle several months ago, the election of just one radical to a legislative body can really shift the political spectrum. We hope such people will step forward to run for office in SF this November!
|Supported Green Party position|
|Opposed Green Party position|
|Not yet appointed|
|D 1: Eric Mar||D 2: Mark Farrell||D 3: David Chiu||D 4: Katy Tang||D 5: London Breed||D 6: Jane Kim||D 7: Norman Yee||D 8: Scott Wiener||D 9: David Campos||D 10: Malia Cohen||D 11: John Avalos|
|Fund Public K-12 Education||Y||N||Y||-||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|Appoint Corrupt Commissioner to Port Commission||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N|
|Expose Influence Buying at DA's Office||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Y||N||Y|
|Appoint Ethical Candidate to Ethics Commission||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y|
|Non-resident fees at Botanical Garden||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N|
|Enable Raid on Retiree Health Care Funds||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Close Parks at Midnight||N||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N|
This January and February, we have 8 weeks to gather signatures from 10,000 voters in order for Green Party candidates for statewide office to be allowed to appear on the June election ballot.
The Green Party candidates currently running for office (in SF) are:
- Luis Rodriquez for Governor
- Laura Wells for Controller
- Ellen Brown for Treasurer
- David Curtis for Secretary of State
Barry Hermanson for Congress
More info (and signature forms for the statewide candidates that you can print out yourself) are on the Green Party of California's website.
The SF Green Party has endorsed the following candidates and propositions for November 2013. See below for longer explanations.
Don't forget to connect the arrow next to "write-in" as well.
- A: NO - potential raid on retiree health trust fund
- B: NO - wall on the waterfront / more condos for millionaires
- C: NO - (similar to B) wall on the waterfront / more condos for millionaires
- D: YES - statement in favor of cheaper prescription drugs
Other Local Offices:
Voter Guide (detailed explanations):
The SF Green Party will host a candidate forum this Wednesday, 9/25--come ask questions to candidates in the races for D4 (Sunset) Supervisor, City Attorney, Assessor, and Treasurer. The forum will take place from 7-9 pm in the Community Room at the Taraval/Parkside Police Station, 2345 24th Ave, in the Sunset. The event is open to the public and all are invited!
Please read candidates' answers to our Supervisorial questionnaire in advance, so we don't ask them questions they've already answered on the record. We received the following response from D4 Supervisorial candidates (all 3 were invited but only one responded):
Supervisorial candidates (D4): Mike Murphy (write in candidate)
Note that we do not currently have questionnaires for the other citywide contests; all candidates from those contests were invited.
The Green Party's 2012 Presidential Candidate, Jill Stein, has recently spoken out on many issues, from trying to stop the war drums against Syria to fighting the Trans Pacific Partnership. Dr. Stein will be visiting the Bay Area from September 15-18, including an event in San Francisco on Monday, September 16!
The SF Green Party & Occupy SF Forum present:
2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein
Mon 9/16, 6-9 pm
Location: UNITE HERE Local 2 Action Room
209 Golden Gate Ave @ Leavenworth
near Civic Ctr BART
Free! Donations to Occupy SF and SF Green Party are welcome.
Seats 150+, so invite anybody interested in building an alternative to the 2-party system.
If you live in the North Bay and can't come to our event, Jill will also be speaking at the Petaluma Progressive Festival (http://www.progressivefestival.org/) on September 15.
She will also attend several house party fundraisers for Single Payer Now in Oakland and SF: RSVP to either for details on locations:
After Wednesday's historic Supreme Court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage in CA, and overturning part of DOMA, the Green Party put out a press release praising the decisions. But after this weekend's celebrations, there's still much work to be done, as New York Green Drew Langdon acknowledged:
We commit to continue the struggle because we understand that equality means more than marriage equality. The struggle continues, as we work to make full protections for our transgender siblings a reality. The struggle continues as we ensure that every LGBTQI person has enough food to eat, a roof over their heads, and the proper care for a healthy life. The struggle continues as we work to ensure the basic dignity and human rights that we all deserve.
The Supreme Court ruling removes the last remnants of protection for poor and minority voters and will openly invite new and creative ways to repress the most vulnerable people in our society.
What the Supreme Court should have done is expand the principles of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into the emerging Jim Crow states of Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
The Green Party thinks we need far stronger protections than those that had been guaranteeed by the Voting Rights Act, including an acknowledgement of everybody's right to vote and have your vote counted, and fair access to run as a candidate.