In San Francisco, Election Day is on Tuesday, June 7, and there are a number of important issues on the ballot. To help you make an informed decision, CAA is proud to endorse the following ballot propositions.
Yes on Prop A – MUNI Reliability and Street Safety Bond
This $400 million bond will upgrade San Francisco’s transportation infrastructure, making public transit more accessible for the general public. Funds will go towards:
- Repairing, renovating, and modernizing SFMTA equipment and facilities
- Bringing smart signals, wider sidewalks, and dedicated traffic lanes to public streets, making MUNI service safer and more reliable
- Improving the speed and capacity of MUNI vehicles
- Keeping people safe with pedestrian countdown signals and more
- Modernizing streets and sidewalks with bikeways and curb extensions
- Implementing speed reduction measures like traffic calming
The connection: The communities we serve depend on MUNI in all parts of life, with 90 percent of CAA clients using public transit to travel to and from work. This ballot proposition would strengthen and modernize our transportation infrastructure, making travel safer, faster, and more reliable for all.
It would also fund new additions to our streets and sidewalks — e.g., crosswalk countdowns and curb extensions — to protect individuals who navigate San Francisco on foot. This includes children and elders as well as people with disabilities.
Yes on Prop C – Recall Timelines and Vacancy Process
This ballot proposition would make changes to the recall process in municipal elections to increase government accountability and strengthen our democracy. If passed, the following changes would take place:
- Elected officials must serve for 12 months (now 6 months) in office before a recall can take place
- No recall petition can be submitted within 18 months before a regularly-scheduled election
- If a recall is successful then whoever is appointed to replace the official will be disqualified from running for office to fill the vacancy in the forthcoming special election
- If a Mayor is recalled then the Board of Supervisors will appoint a replacement. Their appointee will be disqualified for running in the forthcoming special election
The connection: Historically, CAA has advocated for legislation that supports good governance and facilitates a stronger democratic process. Too often recall elections are neither fair nor equitable.
This proposition would put in place guardrails to ensure that the recall process does not become a partisan weapon used to overturn the will of San Francisco voters. It would also create a fairer electoral process, ensuring voters – not elected officials – have the power to decide who occupies the vacated office of a recalled official.
Yes on Prop G – Public Health Emergency Leave
This ballot measure will require large employers to provide 80 hours of paid health emergency leave in the event of a public health emergency — e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic.
If passed, employers with 100 or more employees worldwide would be affected and all San Francisco residents – including full-time, part-time, and contract employees – would be eligible for leave.
Paid emergency leave could be used when an employee is:
- Compelled to follow a public health order – e.g., shelter in place
- Experiencing symptoms or advised to self-isolate by a healthcare provider
- Caring for a family member for one of the reasons above or because their school/place of care is closed due to the public health emergency in question
- A member of a vulnerable group and works outdoors during a public health emergency that affects air quality
The connection: Many of CAA clients work in high-risk industries, like service and hospitality. They come into contact with hundreds of people every day, making them more susceptible to sickness and disease, like COVID-19.
Building on recent legislation, like the San Francisco Access to Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, this ballot proposition would help our clients and community members keep their families safe in the event of a public health emergency without compromising their livelihoods.
How to cast your vote
Election Day is just two weeks later on Tuesday, June 7. Polling places can be found throughout San Francisco, and will be open from 7AM-8PM Pacific Time. To find your polling place, visit https://sfelections.org/tools/map_poll_time
Let your voice be heard! If you have additional questions about the upcoming election, contact the San Francisco Department of Elections.
For English, call (415) 554-4375. For Chinese, call (415) 554-4367.