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SF Supervisors Report Card 2014

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.

Key:

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
Delay "Prezageddon" Y N N N N Y Y N - N Y
Table "Black Lives Matter" Resolution N Y - Y Y N - Y N Y N
Overall Score 93% 0% 29% 7% 7% 80% 50% 13% 93% 7% 92%

Read more: SF Supervisors Report Card 2014

Fake Turf Wars, by Mike Murphy

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.

 

 

Beach Chalet proposed 60 foot light towersphoto by SF Ocean Edge, on Flickr  - A rendering of the proposed light towers for the Beach Chalet soccer complex. These 60 foot tall poles and the 150,000 watts of light change this area from parkland into an urbanized space.

 

Read more: Fake Turf Wars, by Mike Murphy

Earth Day 2013: Stop the Pollution!

 

While the web was swarmed this week with climate change articles, the message boards were swamped with comments from an active group who seem to honestly and truly believe that there is nothing wrong with burning as much fuel and creating as much waste as possible.  

 

This very noisy minority has done a great job, thus far, in obfuscating the fact that climate change is a very important issue according to the federal government and that the scientific community has come to a consensus regarding the pressing nature of changing the way our species burns fuel and creates waste.

 

Where are our leaders in Congress?  Why aren’t they leading us to change?

 

Two reasons: First, wealthy interests have spent tons of money confusing people about the real impact of climate change.  Second: Big businesses and rich individuals profiting from the use of fossil fuels are bribing our congresspeople at an alarming rate. 

 

These are important things to consider as President Obama weighs arguments on the permit decision for the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Proponents of the pipeline argue that it will not spill very often and will create jobs, even though most scientists agree that tar sands oil will be a huge problem for the global environment.

 

What about the Keytstone I pipeline?  The one they started using in 2010 and claimed would spill only once every 7 years?  Oh yeah, it spilled 12 times in 12 months.

 

But just look at how much money backers of the pipeline are spending

SF Supervisors Report Card 2013

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!

 

Find out which Supervisor represents your neighborhood. Compare to our report card from 2012.

 

Key:

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
Support CleanPowerSF Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Close Parks at Midnight N Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y N
Overall Score 88% 0% 38% 0% 25% 50% 25% 13% 88% 25% 88%

 

 

Read more: SF Supervisors Report Card 2013

SF Supervisors Report Card 2012

How Green is Your Supervisor?

This is a report card for the 2012 Board of Supervisors. It shows the most important votes in 2012, from a Green Party perspective, and whether each Supervisor supported or opposed our position on legislation. Some of the votes are on amendments to legislation.

 

We plan to release a report card every year on key Supervisorial votes.

 

If you don't know which district you live in, click here for a map.

 

Key:

Supported Green Party position
Opposed Green Party position

 

  D 1:
Eric Mar
D 2:
Mark Farrell
D 3:
David Chiu
D 4:
Carmen Chu
D 5:
Christina Olague
D 6:
Jane Kim
D 7:
Sean Elsbernd
D 8:
Scott Wiener
D 9:
David Campos
D 10:
Malia Cohen
D 11:
John Avalos
Sharp Park Restoration Y N Y N Y Y N N Y N Y
Sunshine Task Force Purge N Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y N
Wall on the Waterfront Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
Stop Beach Chalet Soccer Fields N N N N Y N N N N N N
CleanPowerSF Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
Mirkarimi Removal Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y N
Nudity Ban N Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y N
Free Muni for Low-income Youth Y N Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
Overall Score 63% 0% 50% 0% 88% 75% 0% 13% 88% 25%

88%

 

 

Read more: SF Supervisors Report Card 2012