We’re Not Political: Get To Know The Props Coming in November

We normally don’t talk politics unless it’s something super hilarious but this time around, a lot of options are on the table — so when you’re at the poll on November 8th, give yourself the gift of knowledge and get familiarized.

Prop A — School Bonds: To repair and
rehabilitate San Francisco Unified School District facilities to current
accessibility, health, safety, seismic and instructional standards,
replace worn-out plumbing, electrical,
HVAC, and major building systems, renovate outdated classrooms and
training facilities, construct school facilities and replace aging
modular classrooms, improve information technology systems and food
service preparation systems, shall the San Francisco Unified School
District issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $744,250,000 at legal
rates, with annual audits, and citizen’s oversight?

Prop B — City College Parcel Tax: To continue providing
City College of San Francisco local funds the State cannot take away and
offset cuts to prevent layoffs; ensure affordable education for
students; maintain core classes in
writing, math and science; prepare students for four-year universities,
workforce training in careers in nursing, engineering/technology;
provide counselors; keep college libraries open; shall San Francisco
Community College District renew its existing annual parcel tax at $99
per parcel for fifteen years, requiring annual independent audits and
citizen oversight?

Prop C — Loans to Finance Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing: Ordinance calling and providing for a special election to be held in the City
and County of San Francisco on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of
submitting to San Francisco voters a proposition to amend Proposition A
(approved November 1992) to authorize the City to incur general
obligation bonded indebtedness (Bonds) for the purpose of making
amendments to the Affordable Housing Loan Program (as defined herein)
and the Market Rate Loan Program (as defined) for the additional
purposes of providing loans to finance the cost to acquire, improve, and
rehabilitate and to convert at-risk multi-unit residential buildings to
permanent affordable housing, performing needed seismic, fire, health,
and safety upgrades and other major rehabilitation for habitability, and
related costs necessary or convenient for the foregoing purposes;
providing for the levy and collection of taxes to pay both principal and
interest on such Bonds; incorporating the provision of the
Administrative Code relating to the Citizens’ General Obligation Bond
Oversight Committee’s review of the Bonds; setting certain procedures
and requirements for the election; adopting findings under the
California Environmental Quality Plan, and with the eight priority
policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1(b).

Prop D — Vacancy Appointments: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters at an
election to be held on November 8, 2016 to amend the Charter of the City
and County of San Francisco to require
the Department of Elections to hold a special election when there is a
vacancy in the Office of Member of the Board of Supervisors, unless a
regularly scheduled election will be held within 180 days of the
vacancy; provide that the Mayor shall appoint an interim Supervisor to
fill a supervisorial vacancy until an election is held to fill that
vacancy, with the interim Supervisor being ineligible to compete in that
election; and require the Mayor to fill vacancies in all local elective
offices within 28 days of the vacancy.

Prop E — Responsibility for Maintaining Street Trees and Surrounding Sidewalks: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters at an election
to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the City and
County of San Francisco to transfer responsibility for the maintenance
of street trees to the City, establish the Street Tree Maintenance Fund
primarily to pay for such maintenance and the maintenance of trees on
San Francisco Unified School District property, and require an annual
contribution by the City to the Fund of $19 million, adjusted annually
for changes in aggregate discretionary City revenues; and to affirm the
Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental
Quality Act.
           

Prop F — Youth Voting in Local Elections: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters to
amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco, to authorize
16- and 17-years-olds to vote in municipal elections, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016.
                       

Prop G — Police Oversight: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an
election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the
City and County of San Francisco to:
re-name the Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) as the Department of
Police Accountability (DPA); to give DPA direct authority over its
proposed budget; and require DPA to conduct a performance audit every
two years of how the Police Department has handled claims of officer
misconduct and use of force.
           

Prop H — Public Advocate: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an
election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the
City and County of San Francisco to: 1)
create the Office of the Public Advocate; 2) set the Public Advocate’s
powers and duties; 3) authorize the Public Advocate to review the
administration of City programs, including programs for transmitting
information to the public, and to receive, investigate, and attempt to
resolve complaints regarding City services and programs; 4) authorize
the Public Advocate to receive and investigate specified whistleblower
complaints; 5) authorize the Public Advocate’s election, removal, and
salary; and 7) set city policy regarding sufficient funding and minimum
staffing for the Office of Public Advocate; and setting operative dates.
           

Prop I
— Funding for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an
election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the
City and County of San Francisco to: 1) establish the Dignity Fund to
support Seniors and Adults with Disabilities; 2) require an annual
contribution by the City to the Fund including an annual baseline amount
of $38 million, increasing by $6 million for fiscal year 2017-2018, and
increasing by $3 million a year for the next 9 years until fiscal year
2026-2027, and continuing at that amount, adjusted annually for changes
in aggregate discretionary City revenues, for the next 10 years until
fiscal year 2036-2037; 3) establish a planning process for expenditures
from the Fund; 4) create an Oversight and Advisory Committee; 5) set an
expiration date of June 30, 2037; and, 6) change the “Commission on
Aging” to the “Aging and Adult Services Commission” and update its
responsibilities.
           

Prop J
— Funding for Homelessness and Transportation
: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8,
2016, to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to:
create a Homeless Housing and Services Fund and appropriate $12.5
million to the Fund in fiscal year 2016-2017 and $50 million annually to
the Fund, adjusted for changes in discretionary City revenues, for the
next 24 years; and create a Transportation Improvement Fund and
appropriate $25.4 million to the Fund in fiscal year 2016-2017 and
$101.6 million annually to the Fund, adjusted for changes in
discretionary City revenues, for the next 24 years, and authorize the
City to issue indebtedness secured by monies deposited in the
Transportation Improvement Fund.

Prop K
— General Sales Tax
: Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to
impose a transactions (sales) and use tax at the rate of three-quarters
of the one percent (0.75%) for a period of
25 years, to be administered by the State Board of Equalization in
accordance with Parts 1.6 and 1.7 of Division 2 of the California
Revenue and Taxation Code; and increasing the City’s appropriations
limit by the amount of the tax increase for four years from November 8,
2016; and directing submissions of the tax for voter approval at the
November 8, 2016 general municipal election.
           

Prop L — MTA Appointments and Budget: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to
amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to split the
power to make appointments to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation
Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors between the Mayor and the Board of
Supervisors to lower the vote by which the Board of Supervisors may
reject the SFMTA Budget from seven to six, and to make related changes
implementing these amendments.
           

Prop M
— Housing and Development Commission
: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an
election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the
City and County of San Francisco, to create the Housing and Development
Commission to oversee the Department of Economic and Workforce
Development and the Department of Housing and Community Development; to
require the Commission to review and make recommendations regarding
proposed development agreements and conveyance of certain surplus City
property before the Board of Supervisors considers such proposals; to
require the Commission to hold hearings and make recommendations
regarding proposals to adopt or change inclusionary housing requirements
for housing developments; to require the Commission to adopt rules
creating competitive selection processes for the Department of Housing
and Community Development’s expenditure of affordable housing funds and
for the development of affordable housing on City-owned property under
the jurisdiction of the Department of Housing and Community Development;
and to provide that ordinances regarding inclusionary housing
requirements and rules regarding competitive selection for affordable
housing adopted under the processes set forth in the Charter may
supersede ordinances and rules adopted by the Board of Supervisors or
the voters prior to March 1, 2017.
           

Prop N — Non-citizen Voting in School Board Elections: Describing and setting forth a proposal to the voters, at an
election to be held on November 8, 2016, to amend the Charter of the
City and County of San Francisco to
authorize San Francisco residents who are not United States citizens but
who are the parents, legal guardians, or caregivers of a child residing
in San Francisco to vote in elections for the Board of Education.
           

Prop O
— Office Development in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point
: This measure would amend the Planning Code to exclude new
office space in this project area from Proposition M’s annual 950,000
square foot limit. This measure would also amend the Planning Code to
exempt any new office space in the project area from counting towards
the annual limit that will apply elsewhere in the city.
           

Prop P
— Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City-Owned Property
: The People of the City and County of San Francisco in enacting this Initiative hereby declare the
following purposes: a) To ensure that affordable housing projects
funded, at least in part, with the City’s affordable housing resources
undergo an open and transparent competitive bidding process. b) To
ensure that the City actively seeks competitive bids or proposals from
qualified and competent bidders. c) To ensure that the City, except in
limited circumstances, chooses the best value proposal in order to
maximize the City’s return on its affordable housing resources. d) To
ensure that the City’s affordable housing policies seek to maximize the
efficiency and minimize the costs to taxpayers of affordable housing
projects. e) To ensure that the City maximizes the amount of affordable
housing which can be built in any given affordable housing project by
getting the most out of the City’s affordable housing resources.
           

Prop Q
— Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks
: Ordinance amending the Police Code to prohibit placement of tent encampments on public sidewalks.

Prop R
— Neighborhood Crime Unit
: Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to create the
Neighborhood Crime Unit in the Police Department, to be activated when
the Controller certifies that the
Department is at the full staffing level mandated in the City Charter,
and to set minimum staffing levels for and assign duties to the Unit.

           

Prop S — Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds: This allocation of revenue from the existing Hotel Tax
achieves that goal [ending family homeless in San Francisco] by
dedicating funds that will supplement San Francisco’s
investments in housing and services for homeless families. All funds
generated by the allocation will augment – and not supplant – current
appropriations, and will be earmarked to expand programs that will
prevent families from becoming homeless in the first instance, and
establish sufficient exits from homelessness for those families who lack
housing. San Francisco, with its robust economy and proud tradition of
caring for its most vulnerable residents, can be the first city in the
country to end family homelessness.

           

Prop T
— Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists
: Motion ordering submitted to the voters, at an election to
be held November 8, 2016, an ordinance amending the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to restrict gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists.
           

Prop U — Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Development Projects: The People of the City and County of San Francisco in enacting this Initiative hereby declare the
following purposes: a) To adopt new inclusionary or affordable housing
obligations in the limited context of on-site affordable rental housing
units, which are presently allowed under current Planning Code Section
415.6. b) To allow middle-income residents, defined for purpose of this
Initiative as households who earn up to 110% of AMI, to participate more
fully in the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program. c) To
amend the BMR Program to allow households who earn up to 110% of AMI to
rent BMR rental housing units and participate in the BMR rental lottery.
d) To allow middle-income residents, including teachers, nurses, social
workers, public sector employees and many others, to afford housing in
the City. e) To increase affordable rental housing opportunities for
moderate and middle-income residents. f) Permit MOHCD to set the rent
for BMR rental housing units rented to middle income renters at a
percentage of their annual income that is consistent with the percentage
that low income renters pay from their income for BMR rental units to
ensure that the BMR Program is applied fairly and equitably to all
eligible participants.
           

Prop V
— Tax on Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
: Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code by imposing a tax of one cent per
ounce on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, and amending
the Administrative Code by creating a Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax
Advisory Committee.
           

Prop W — Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million: Motion ordering submitted to the voters, at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, an ordinance
amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to increase the Real
Property Transfer Tax rate from 2% to 2.25% on properties with a
consideration or value of at least $5,000,000 and less than $10,000,000
and less than $25,000,000; and from 2.5% to 3% on properties with a
consideration or value of at least $25,000,000, and to clarify the
application of the Real Property Transfer Tax to transfers of ownership
interests in legal entities; and increasing the City’s appropriations
limit by the amount of tax increase for four years from November 8,
2016.
           

Prop X — Preserving Space for Neighborhood Arts, Small Businesses and Community Services in Certain Neighborhoods: Motion ordering submitted to the
voters, at an election to be held November 8, 2016, “Ordinance amending
the Planning Code to require replacement space and Conditional Use
authorization for conversion of Production, Distribution, and Repair
Use, Institutional COmmunity Use, and Arts Activities Use”; and
affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California
Environmental Quality Act.
           

Prop RR — BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief: An election will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid
Transit District (the “District” or “BART”) on November 8, 2016, to
authorize the sale of not to exceed $3.5
billion in general obligation bonds of the District to invest in the
BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief Program to repair and
replace critical infrastructure, prevent accidents, breakdowns and
delays, relieve overcrowding, reduce traffic congestion and pollution,
improve earthquake safety and expand safe access into BART stations,
including for seniors and persons with disability.
          


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