SF Rising Action Fund 2015 Endorsements
San Francisco Rising Action Fund is excited to share our 2015 election endorsements with you! We are proud to stand with candidates who are guided by their values of social justice and equity. We can depend on their respected leadership to create concrete changes for San Francisco’s immigrants, people of color, families, workers, tenants, and youth.
On Tuesday, November 3rd, cast your ballot with SF Rising Action Fund’s endorsements to ensure our city stays affordable for all!
Summary of Positions
Prop A: $310 Million Affordable Housing Bond
Prop J: Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund
Prop K: Surplus Public Lands Ordinance
Prop C: Expenditure Lobbyists
Prop E: Sunshine and Open Government Act
This year we are working on 3 key issues: Aaron Peskin, Prop F, and Prop I
Vote Aaron Peskin for District 3 Supervisor!
Aaron Peskin has 2 decades of experienced leadership delivering concrete wins for San Francisco’s tenants and working families. As a neighborhood activist in Chinatown and North Beach, and 8 years as a former District 3 Supervisor, Aaron has proven that he will stand with our communities against corporate greed and real estate speculators.
During his time as Supervisor, Aaron fought to expand and protect renters’ rights, including:
- A relocation assistance program for Ellis Act victims;
- Strengthened regulations to protect tenants from being evicted as a result of condo conversions;
- Protected rights for single room occupancy (SRO) tenants;
- Expanded affordable housing programs.
Aaron also fought for concrete improvements for workers and their families, including:
- Putting the San Francisco’s Minimum Wage Increase on the ballot and leveraged his position as Board President to ensure voters could access paid sick days.
- Co-sponsored the Health Care Security Ordinance, which created Healthy San Francisco for all San Franciscans and became a national model for universal healthcare in the United States.
Aaron Peskin has proven he is a champion for working people, families and tenants. We need someone to be fighting for us in City Hall. Let’s get him back into his supervisor seat!
Prop F – “Air BnB Law” – Short-Term Residential Rentals
This measure will help to stem the displacement from increasing rents and extreme shortage in housing by regulating “short term rentals” (like AirBnB). If passed, it will prevent residential rental units from converting to tourist use, by only permitting residents who have occupied the residence for 60 consecutive days can offer a residential unit for short-term rent; toughen provisions on unhosted rentals; and keep Air BnB accountable to city laws around short-term rentals.
Prop I – “Save the Mission” – Temporary Suspension of Luxury Development in the Mission
This measure will temporarily suspend the development of any luxury housing project in the Mission District, one of the most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in the city. It will also require the city to develop a Neighborhood Stabilization Plan that would enforce zoning controls, legislation, policy, and funding to enhance affordable housing in the Mission so that at least 50% of all new housing will be affordable for low income to middle income households.
Prop A – $310 Million Affordable Housing Bond
This ballot measure would allow the City & County of San Francisco to borrow up to $310 million to finance the construction, preservation and / or acquisition of low- and middle-income housing, including public housing. If passed, the funding made available would represent a modest investment in addressing the housing crisis that is pushing out working class people in San Francisco by building up to 620 of the estimated hundreds of thousands affordable housing units needed and contributing funding toward the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of public housing repairs.
Prop J – Establishing the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund
This measure would provide financial resources to protect San Francisco’s historic small businesses from closing as a result of the dynamic changes in San Francisco’s economy. If passed, resources would be made available for legacy businesses that: have been operating in San Francisco for 20-30 years; significantly contributed to the history and identity of a neighborhood; agree to maintain its identity, name and craft.
Prop K – Surplus Public Lands Ordinance
Publicly owned land is a public resource that should continue to serve the public interest. This measure would increase land available to provide long-term solutions for families that desperately need housing. If passed, it will set priorities, standards and procedures to make it easier for the city to prioritize underutilized city owned land for affordable housing development.
Prop C – Expenditure lobbyists
Corporate lobbyist activities are currently already recorded with the Ethics Commission. This measure would create a new category of lobbyist — an “expenditure lobbyist” — defined in a way that would impose arduous tracking of talking with elected officials. Though purporting to increase transparency, it’s impact would be to discourage & make more challenging organized grassroots political participation.
Prop E – Sunshine & Open Government Act
The purported purpose of this act is to make government more accessible to the public. If passed, however, it would allow for corporate lobbyists to hire commenters to pose as members of the public by requiring anonymity for persons testifying. This would risk corporate sponsored filibustering and threaten the city’s long-standing practice of mobilizing to public hearings to advocate for resources for families and neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Don’t forget Election Day is November 3rd! Be sure to get to your polling place between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Novermber 3rd. Absentee ballots will be mailed out on October 5th!