This loophole was recently employed by proponents of the Waterfront Height Limit Initiative to steal the opposition's official position in the voter pamphlet, robbing the voters of a legitimate opposition argument in the ballot
San Francisco, CA - Today at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will ask the City Attorney to draft legislation to close a loophole in the ballot argument lottery conducted by the Board of Elections. This undemocratic loophole allows any individual to submit dozens of ballot arguments, unfairly weighting the lottery so that their argument will be selected over individuals who only submit a single ballot argument. In the recent selection process for the June ballot pamphlet, the proponents of the Waterfront Height Limit Initiative used this tactic to flood the oppositional argument lottery - and won the right to be the official opponent of the ballot measure they support. This robbed the legitimate opposition of the opportunity to present an argument in the ballot, and will leave voters with a misleading ballot pamphlet.
Resolution introduced today requests report on the measure's potential impacts on the City's housing (including affordable housing), infrastructure, transportation, and open space needs, as well as the City's tax base
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for an impartial, multi-departmental study of the ballot measure to require voter approval of development projects that exceed current height limits on San Francisco's waterfront. In this study, city departments will report on how the proposed initiative ordinance will affect, if passed, the city's housing, infrastructure, transportation, and open spaced needs. The Resolution requests the reports be produced by March 7, 2014.
December 1st, 2013
On September 6, the National Park Service released its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Draft Dog Management Plan.
The Plan, which follows a 2011 draft that was subject to significant public criticism - including a resolution I authored at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors opposing it - calls for dramatically limiting dog access on federal lands in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. In San Francisco, the Plan would restrict dog access at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, and Ocean Beach, among other properties.Read more
San Francisco Apartment Association
Last year, I authored long-overdue legislation to simplify payment of parking tax by small property owners and to provide an amnesty so that people who were unaware of their tax obligation can come forward, become legal and pay taxes in the future.Read more
Two of the most common questions I'm asked as an elected official are "Why do you make us vote on so many things?" and "Why doesn't the Board of Supervisors do its job and pass legislation without asking us to pass it for you?" Last Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors placed a charter amendment I'm sponsoring on the November ballot -- a measure that will start us on the long road of reforming our ballot measure system.Read more