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San Francisco Measure C: Diversity On Boards

Dennis Jarvis
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Measure C would change the makeup of city representatives by allowing more immigrant populations to serve.

This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.  

San Francisco Measure C would allow any San Francisco resident of legal voting age — at least 18 years old — to become a member of a board, commission, and advisory body. 

Under existing law, city government members are required to prove U.S. citizenship before serving. Arguments in favor say that some groups are not being represented well enough in city government.

The entire board of supervisors except for one member supports this measure. They say current city commissions don’t reflect the diverse population of the city well enough. These underrepresented groups include Asian Pacific Islanders, Latinx, and others. Since 2015, the number of people of color serving on boards and commissions has decreased every year, according to city officials. Proponents say greater diversity in government will create better policies that look out for all residents.

Other supporters include the Libertarian Party of San Francisco. They say non-citizens pay taxes just like other residents. Therefore, the government should represent everyone, and not discriminate on the basis of race or country of origin. Other groups in favor of the measure include the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, the Chicano Latino Caucus, San Francisco Women Leaders, and several labor unions.

The leading opponent is the San Francisco Republican Party. They are opposed to giving non-legal residents permission to serve on government groups. They say the best way for immigrants to be involved in the government is by getting U.S. citizenship. 

If you want to allow non-US-citizen San Francisco residents to serve on city boards, commissions, and advisory bodies, vote yes. If you don't, vote no. 

Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.