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Foster City residents behind the campaign to recall Councilmember Herb Perez say he’s “a bully.” Perez, who is an Olympic gold medalist in taekwondo, was first elected to City Council in 2011. 

Herb Perez at the Olympics:

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San Francisco’s Prop C is an incredibly small and specific ballot measure, but it’ll likely mean a lot to the handful of people it affects. 

It has to do with providing retirement health care benefits to about a hundred San Francisco Housing Authority employees. 

Here’s the back story:

San Francisco Housing Authority is the federally funded agency that provides rental assistance like Section 8 vouchers to city residents. 

It was mismanaged for years. Last year, the feds ordered that the city take it over and get into shape.

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If you live in San Francisco, you’ve likely thought about the ‘Big One.’ So Proposition B probably won’t come as a big surprise. The measure is called the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond. It would allow the city to issue around $600 million to pay for earthquake-related infrastructure improvements 

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Prop A would let City College of San Francisco borrow up to $845 million by issuing bonds. The money would go to buy or construct new buildings and fix up existing ones at the nine campuses to make them safe and energy efficient.

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The first thing you should know: This has nothing to do with the Prop 13 most Californians have heard about: That’s the measure that capped property taxes more than four decades ago. This Prop 13 just happened to be assigned the same number.

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Let’s start with a little backstory. More than $15 million was raised for last year’s elections in San Francisco, according to the city’s Ethics Commission. That’s a lot of cash! About a third of it came from independent groups that raise private money to influence voters. The concern with these political action committees or PACs is that, because they’re private, you don’t really know who’s behind them. 

 

Proposition E looks to address San Francisco’s twin crises — homelessness and ultra-high housing costs. If it passes, more of the city opens up to affordable housing development.

San Francisco Proposition D: Ride-Share Tax

Oct 16, 2019
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Measure D is about traffic. 

It would create the city’s first ever tax on trips provided by ride-share companies, like Uber and Lyft. 

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If you’ve spent any time walking around San Francisco lately you’ve probably seen signs in corner stores about Proposition C.  It's about e-cigarettes and it’s sparked one of the most impassioned debates going on in the city this electoral season.

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San Francisco's Proposition B would change the name of the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services.

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The median home sales price in San Francisco is $1.35 million. The median rent of a one bedroom apartment is $3,700 per month. It’s a lot of money.

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Oakland’s Measure Y is about just cause evictions. Under the city’s current ordinance, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants without just cause.

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Measure Q is Berkeley's response if Californians approve Proposition 10 this November, which would repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Quick reminder: Costa Hawkins is a 1995 law that largely prevents cities and towns from having rent control.

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Oakland’s Measure AA creates a 30-year parcel tax to fund early childhood education and college readiness programs.  

Palo Alto Proposition F: Health Care Cost Initiative

Oct 17, 2018
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Measure F limits how much hospitals, medical clinics and other health care providers in Palo Alto can charge patients and insurers for care. Under the measure, medical providers can’t charge more than 15 percent above the reasonable cost of care provided. What’s reasonable cost?

Berkeley Proposition O: Affordable Housing

Oct 11, 2018
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The cost of rent is on the rise in Berkeley. This is making it hard for low and middle income residents to afford to stay in the city.

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If you live in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Sobrante, and Kensington, listen up. You’ll be voting on Measure FF this November.

Napa Proposition F: Hotel Tax for Affordable Housing

Oct 9, 2018
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Affordable housing is on the ballot everywhere this election, and wine country is no exception.

Santa Clara County Proposition A: Sales Tax Measure

Oct 9, 2018
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Measure A is about the renewal of a one-eighth cent sales tax increase in Santa Clara County, keeping most of the county’s total sales tax at 9%.

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In the upcoming November election San Mateo County will consider a half-cent transportation sales tax, also known as Measure W.

Oakland Proposition W: Vacant Property Tax

Oct 4, 2018
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Measure W is a vacant property tax in Oakland, aimed at reducing homelessness and illegal dumping.

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Voters around California are weighing dozens of ballot measures that would impose taxes on marijuana businesses in different cities and counties. Oakland’s Measure V is unique, however, because it could lead to lower tax rates for marijuana businesses.

San Francisco Proposition E: Hotel Tax for Cultural Purposes

Oct 1, 2018
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San Francisco’s Proposition E would redirect a fraction of the city’s hotel taxes to support the arts. The Board of Supervisors unanimously put this measure on the ballot, and it wouldn’t require a tax increase.  

 

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Proposition D is known as the Marijuana Business Tax Increase. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors put the measure on the ballot to add another tax onto cannabis businesses operating in the city.

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There's been a lot of debate recently about how tech companies should handle our data, and whose job it is to regulate it. San Francisco's Proposition B, also called the Privacy First Policy, is one approach to the problem. It aims to protect people from having their personal information abused by companies.

 

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Proposition C would create an additional tax on San Francisco businesses with gross receipts, or revenue, of more than $50 million a year to fund homeless services.

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If you were asked to name a piece of San Francisco infrastructure that’s still in use after over a hundred years, what would you guess? The Golden Gate Bridge? Coit Tower? Nope! But if you guessed the Embarcadero Seawall, you’d be correct!

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Proposition 12 has to do with the caging of farm animals.

 

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Alright, let’s say you are a paramedic and you work for an ambulance company. When you take a lunch break, are you still on-call? Can your company make you respond to an emergency?

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This proposition would allow cities to expand their rent control ordinances by repealing the 1995 law known as Costa Hawkins.

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