There will be a lot on this November's ballot, so we have started making our endorsements early! We will continue making endorsements of candidates at a candidate forum and endorsement meeting on September 6 (Mojo Theater on the 2nd floor of the Redstone Bldg, 6-9 pm). We've sent questionnaires to candidates for Supervisor, BART, School Board, and College Board. We will post answers to our questionnaires before the forum. We will also post a complete voter guide with all of the reasoning behind each of our ensorsements.
We have endorsed Francisco Herrera for District 11 Supervisor!
Francisco finished second to Ed Lee in last year's Mayoral race, and is now running to replace John Avalos, who is termed out from the Board of Supervisors. Find about more about Francisco and his campaign on his Facebook page
Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka are the Green Party candidates for President and VP of the United States!
For all those inspired by Bernie Sanders, we welcome you to continue the political revolution, in a party that actually shares your values! Find out more about Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka on her website.
Candidates: In addition to Francisco, we will make other endorsements of local candidates (including ranked choice endorsements) at a special meeting in September. Candidates for School Board, College Board, Supervisor, and BART Board have been sent questionnaires. We have already endorsed Victor Hwang for Superior Court Judge (that election was originally in June and will have a runoff in Nobember).
- NO on 51 - limits on developer fees, masquerading as a school bond
- no endorsement on 52 - the CA legislature could extend the hospital fee in order to obtain federal Medi-Cal matching funds, without going to the voters
- NO on 53 - require voter approval for revenue bond-funded projects (although we still vehemently oppose Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels plan)
- YES on 54 - recording legislative sessions, allow time to read bills before voting
- YES on 55 - extend income taxes on rich people
- YES on 56 - increased tobacco taxes
- YES on 57 - increase parole opportunties (we don't think ANY kids should be tried as adults)
- YES on 58 - reform (and eventually repeal) Prop 227, California's English-only education law
- YES on 59 - advisory measure to repeal Citizens United (unlimited corporate political donations)
- NO on 60 - condoms in porn (we support better health care and testing regulations, and oppose criminalizing the sex industry)
- YES on 61 - make state agencies pay the same price as the US Dept of Veterans Affairs for drugs
- YES on 62 - ending the Death Penalty in California
- NO on 63 - restrictions on ammunition that don't apply to retired police
- YES on 64 - legalize recreational use of marijuana
- NO on 65 - attempt to undermine plastic bag ban
- NO on 66 - speeding up Death Penalty cases
- YES on 67 - upholding the statewide single-use plastic bag ban
- YES on A - school bond (although we have our usual reservations about bonds)
- YES on B - parcel tax to fund City College
- NO on C - $260 million bond to fund displacement of SF residents by private landlords
- YES on D - allow people to vote in special elections to fill vacant Supervisorial seats, rather than having them filled by the Mayor
- YES on E - City will maintain street trees, rather than property owners
- YES on F - allowing 16-17 yr olds to vote in local elections
- YES on G - an almost meaningless renaming of the Office of Citizens Complaints, that will at least make their budget independent of the SFPD's budget
- YES on H - decentralizing some of the Mayor's power into a new citywide elected Public Advocate position
- NO on I - set-aside of some of the SF City Budget to a Mayor-controlled agency that would provide services to seniors and adults with disabilities (although we support more funding for this purpose, the Supervisors can fund such programs without creating a new agency that's ripe for corruption and unaccountable to the voters)
- NO on J - set-aside of some of the SF City Budget to fund homeless services, housing, and transportation improvements (like Prop I, this would give more power to the Mayor, encourage corruption, and have less oversight by our elected Supervisors)
- NO on K - increase the regressive sales tax to 9.25%
- YES on L - gives the Board of Supervisors some appointments to the SFMTA, and allows them to reject the budget with 6 votes instead of 7
- YES on M - creates a Housing and Development Commission, which would decentralize Mayoral power and give the Board of Supervisors more input into development
- YES on N - allowing noncitizen parents/guardians of SFUSD kids to vote in school board elections
- NO on O - further gentrification of Bayview
- NO on P - a measure that encourage corruption by allowing the Mayor more opportunities to pick politically connected developers to build projects, with a lack of public transparency
- NO on Q - symbolic "open sidewalks" measure to encourage police to ignore serious crimes and instead push homeless people from one block to the next
- NO on R - misleading "safe neighborhoods" measure to create a full-time police unit specifically to push homeless people from one block to the next (it will create much more UNSAFE neighborhoods by taking police away from investigating serious crimes)
- NO on S - set aside hotel tax income to be used for arts and programs to help homeless families. As is the case with Props I and J, these programs are something the Supervisors could fund now if they wanted to, without going to the ballot
- YES on T - restricting gifts and contributions from lobbyists
- NO on U - changes the definition of "affordable housing" to "unaffordable to most residents who live here"
- no consensus on V - 1 cent per ounce soda tax, that would go into the SF General fund. We did not reach consensus on endorsing either yes or no on this proposition, for much the same reason that we did not reach consensus on the 2014 soda tax.
- YES on W - real estate transfer tax on $5 million+ properties
- YES on X - preserve space for arts, small business, and community services in Mission, SOMA
- YES on RR - $3.5 million bond to fund BART maintenance, with extreme reservations due to the BART board's near-perfect track record of mismanagement and boondoggles
And although this will not be on the public ballot in November, for those of you who are KPFA members, we have endorsed the United for Community Radio slate of candidates in their station board elections.
These are the SF Green Party Endorsements for the June 2016 election. We will be mailing a postcard like the one below to all our members, so if you can help, please click the "Donate" link to the left.
A complete Green Voter Guide is now posted. Click "read more" to see full explanations of the reasons behind our endorsements.
Five candidates are on our primary ballot in California, competing to be the Green Party nominee for President. (Note that we do not generally endorse in Green Party primaries). They are:
Barry Hermanson for Congress, CD12
YES on A: bond for SF General Hospital
NO on B: Set-asides for corrupt Rec & Park department
YES on C: Charter Amendment for Affordable Housing
YES on D: Office of Citizen Complaints
YES on E: Paid Sick Leave
No position on AA: Parcel tax for Bay restoration
No position on 50: Legislative suspension process
Early endorsement for November:
Francisco Herrera for Supervisor, District 11
If you re-registered in order to vote in another party's primary, please re-join the Greens after June 7 to help us stay on the ballot!
Click below to read our complete Green Voter Guide:
How Green is Your Supervisor?
This is our report card for the SF Board of Supervisors in 2015. It shows the most important votes in 2015, 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 2014, 2013, and 2012 report cards.
|Supported Green Party position|
|Opposed Green Party position|
|Absent (Not re-elected)|
|D 1: Eric Mar||D 2: Mark Farrell||D 3: Julie Chris-tensen||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|
|Cypress security contract||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||N|
|More police, no more oversight||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||Y||N|
|Short Term Rental Regulation||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y|
|Roommates / rent stabilization||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||Y||Y|
|Protect Sanctuary City Policy||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|Transportation sustainability fee||Y||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y|
|Approve 5M project||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N|
These are the SF Green Party Endorsements for the November 2015 election. We will be 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.
Our complete Voter Guide is now posted. Click "read more" to see full explanations of the reasons behind our endorsements.
Sheriff: Ross Mirkarimi (sole endorsement)
Community College Board: Wendy Aragon (sole endorsement; this is NOT a ranked choice seat, so the person with the most votes wins, even if not a majority)
SF Board of Supervisors, D3: no candidate from District 3 sought the Green Party's endorsement
SF City Attorney: no endorsement
SF District Attorney: no endorsement
SF Treasurer: no endorsement
NO on A: "affordable housing" bond with few restrictions and little oversight on what the money will be spent on
YES on B: more paid parental leave for City employees
NO on C: "ethics reform" that would stifle grassroots organizing against the Democratic Party Machine
NO on D: Mission Rock luxury development near the Giants stadium
NO on E: "sunshine and open government law" that would make it easier for corporations to stack public comment; also a stalking horse to circumvent campaign spending limits for next year's Supervisorial race in District 1
YES on F: real regulations on Airbnb and other fake hotel companies
NO on G: "renewable energy truth" act allowing PG&E to lie about how dirty their energy is
YES on H: clean energy act put on the ballot to counter PG&E's deceptive Prop G
YES on I: temporary moratorium on building luxury housing in the Mission
NO on J: "legacy business historic preservation fund" that would create a slush fund for the Democratic Party Machine to reward favored businesses
YES on K: initiative requiring development of 100% affordable housing on smaller publicly owned properties that are developed for housing, and a mix of luxury and affordable housing in larger developments on public property
Click below to read our complete Green Voter Guide:
We emailed questionnaires to all candidates for Supervisor, Mayor, and College Board who gave their contact info to the Department of Elections. We have invited all candidates who return completed questionnaires on time to speak and answer questions at our candidate forum and endorsement meeting, on Wednesday, August 26 from 6-9 pm (note new start time). This forum is open to the public, and everybody is invited! Our forum and endorsement meeting will take place in room 302 of Redstone Building, located at 2940 16th Street (between Mission and South Van Ness, 1 block from 16th St BART).
Ballot propositions and their text are on the Department of Elections website. We'll have outside presenters for some of the more difficult ones, and have shorter discussions on others.
We received the following responses from candidates seeking our endorsement. Please read them before the meeting so you can follow up on anything of particular interest:
Supervisor: No candidates from District 3 are seeking our endorsement.
The SF Green Party has endorsed Francisco Herrera for Mayor in 2015!
Francisco Herrera is a musician, a long-time Green, and an activist with the Living Wage Coalition. On his website, he writes:
"The difference between myself and other candidates is that the value I place in community voices over the desires of a handful of wealthy elite.
My campaign is committed to building affordable housing, community policing, funding community needs, and protecting the integrity of our diverse neighborhoods. As a community activist connected with movements across San Francisco, I know that there are solutions to the challenges we face if we open City Hall to the people."
Francisco needs donations to appear on the ballot, since the Green Party does not automatically get a ballot line in California elections. Please donate to his campaign before June 9 to help him pay his filing fee, so that voters will have a Green choice this November!