This month, we're moving our meeting from the 4th Wednesday to the 5th (April 29, from 7-9 pm), in order to schedule a discussion of the upcoming Mayoral campaign. What would the Green Party like to accomplish in this election, and what lessons can we learn from previous Green campaigns for Mayor? We'll have a panel discussion and Q&A with:
- Francisco Herrera, Green Party member, and current candidate for Mayor
- Terry Joan Baum, Green candidate for Mayor in 2011 (and a previous Green congressional candidate)
- Barry Hermanson, Green candidate for a number of previous campaigns, including Congress
The meeting will be held at our new office space in the Redstone Building: 2940 16th Street.
Room change update: we'll meet in the Mojo Theatre space on the 2nd floor (room 217) rather than the 3rd floor.
How Green is Your Supervisor?
This is our report card for the SF Board of Supervisors in 2014. It shows the most important votes in 2014, from a Green Party perspective, and whether each supervisor supported or opposed our position. Some of the votes are on amendments to legislation. Compare to our 2013 and 2012 report cards.
|Supported Green Party position|
|Opposed Green Party position|
|Excused Absence (Vacation or Resigned)|
|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|
|Sharp Park Golf Course||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N|
|"Google Bus" Pilot Project||-||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N|
|Support Landlords Over Evictees||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||N|
|Kick Angela Chan off Police Commission||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N|
|Muni Ad Contract||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||N|
|Revisit Sunshine Task Force Appointments||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y|
|Muni Riders Subsidizing Sunday Drivers||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N|
|Let Voters Elect our Electeds||Y||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y|
|More City Funds for Muni||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||-|
|Home Monitoring of Inmates||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||-|
|Limit Airbnb Rentals to 90 Days||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y|
|Collect Airbnb Back Taxes||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y|
|AT&T Building Permit||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||Y|
|Table "Black Lives Matter" Resolution||N||Y||-||Y||Y||N||-||Y||N||Y||N|
Instead of our monthly meeting, please join us at our Green Holiday Party! Saturday, December 13, 6-10 pm at the Alley Cat Gallery (same place as the bookstore), 3036 24th St near Treat, San Francisco. Close to the 24th St BART station, and wheelchair accessible.
All ages welcome! Everybody is invited, including people who are not SF Green Party members. We will provide tamales and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You are free to bring additional food or drinks to share. The event is free, but donations are also welcome.
These are the SF Green Party Endorsements for the November 2014 election. We are mailing a postcard like the one below to all our members, so if you can donate to this effort please click the "Donate" link to the left. We also need volunteers to help us hand these out.
Our complete Voter Guide is now posted. Click "read more" to see full explanations of the reasons behind our endorsements.
NO on A - transit bond with very little oversight
YES on B - set aside money from the General Fund to fund the MTA, increasing with population growth
YES on C - property tax to pay for more public pre-K education and other programs to benefit kids
YES on D - allow former Redevelopment Agency employees into the Retiree Health Care system
no consensus on E - Soda tax; we were split on this, so we'll present the arguments made by Greens on both sides of the debate
YES on F - raise height limits for development on Pier 70
YES on G - anti-speculation real estate transfer tax
YES on H - keep Golden Gate Park natural grass, no stadium lighting by the beach
NO on I - stop nighttime lighting and fake turf on our parks; let voters decide
YES on J - minimum wage increase
NO on K - nonbinding statement that supports building less affordable housing than current policy
NO on L - "transportation balance" proposal
SF Board of Supervisors, D2 - Juan-Antonio Carballo (sole endorsement)
SF Board of Supervisors, D4 - no endorsement
SF Board of Supervisors, D6 - Jamie Whitaker (sole endorsement)
SF Board of Supervisors, D8 - no endorsement
SF Board of Supervisors, D10 - Tony Kelly (sole endorsement)
SF Community College Board, 2-year seat - William Walker
State Assembly, AD 17 - David Campos
Superior Court Judge, Seat 20 - Daniel Flores
Public Defender - Jeff Adachi
SF Board of Education - no endorsement
BART Board, D8 - no endorsement
NO on 1 - anti-environmental water bond
NO on 2 - rainy day fund, when we should be stimulating the local economy
YES on 45 - limits on health insurance rate increases
NO on 46 - we support raising the malpractice award cap, but strongly oppose random drug testing
YES on 47 - changing some nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors
no consensus on 48 - casino referendum; we were split on this, so we'll present the arguments made by Greens on both sides of the debate
YES on 49 - statement opposing unlimited corporate bribes (this was pulled from the ballot, so we won't get to vote on it, but we'll still express our opposition to corporate-owned politicians)
Click below to read our complete Voter Guide:
The following candidates have returned questionnaires, and have been invited to speak and answer questions on Wednesday evening, August 27, from 6-9 pm. Our candidate forum and endorsement meeting will take place in room 302 of the Redstone Building, located at 2940 16th Street (between Mission and South Van Ness, 1 block from 16th St BART). Everybody is welcome to the forum, and active Greens are invited to stay until 10 to help us make endorsement decisions.
BART candidate: Nick Josefowitz
Fake Turf Wars
While other cities have turned away from artificial turf, SF is making a big play for fake grass
It’s Sunday morning, 5 a.m., on the ragged fringes of San Francisco, California. It is strangely quiet. Where once birdsong emanated from the underbrush, there are now signs posting the use of glyphosate (the soil toxin found in Roundup and Aquamaster), and much of the avian habitat has been removed. Where once there was an open meadow behind Golden Gate Park’s Beach Chalet, there is an imposing chain link fence that surrounds the field. Inside the enclosure is seven acres of grass – forage grounds for wildlife, and fields of play – a pastoral setting for recreation in the wilder-by-design far west end of Golden Gate Park and, now, the site of intense controversy.