What’s on your ballot for the California Primary on March 3: school bonds, vacancy tax and more

We host a series of debates on local measures that will be on the primary ballot on March 3, 2020 and on the November 2020 ballot, and of a broader interest. Hosted by Cat Brooks and Brian Edwards-Tiekert.

San Francisco’s Proposition E

We kick off our series with a debate on San Francisco’s Proposition E, a proposal to cap office development in proportion to the amount of affordable housing the city builds.

The ballot question reads:

“Shall the City amend the Planning Code to allow 100% Affordable Housing Projects and Educator Housing Projects in public zoning districts and to expedite     approval of these projects?”

  • For: Jon Jacobo, director of engagement and public policy at TODCO, the Tenants and Owners Development Corporation, which is sponsoring Proposition E.
  • Against: Corey Smith, deputy director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, which is opposing the measure.

San Francisco’s Proposition D

February 4, 2020

San Francisco Proposition D is a proposed tax on vacant storefronts, which San Francisco voters will decide on the March 3rd ballot. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the SF Chronicle editorial board have endorsed the measure.

The ballot question reads:

“Shall the City impose a 1.5% business tax on shared rides and a 3.25% business tax on private rides for fares charged by commercial ride-share and driverless-vehicle companies until November 5, 2045, raising an estimated $30-35 million annually, to fund improvements in Muni service and bicycle and pedestrian safety?”

We host a debate, moderated by

  • For: Aaron Peskin, San Francisco Supervisor for District 3
  • Against: Clint Griess, executive director of the San Francisco Republican Party, which is opposing Proposition D.

California’s Proposition 13 (new)

February 6, 2020

California will soon vote on Proposition 13, the School and College Facilities Bond, would authorize $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facilities, including $9 billion for preschool and K-12 schools, $4 billion for universities, and $2 billion for community colleges.

  • For: Tony Thurmond, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Against: Brian Jones, Republican State Senator for the 38th District

San Jose’s Measure E

February 10, 2020

San Jose’s Measure E is a real property transfer tax on properties worth $2 million or more to fund affordable housing.

  • For: Michael Lane, Deputy Director of Silicon Valley at Home
  • Against: Pierluigi Oliverio, Board Member of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association
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