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!
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.