A Very SF Weekly Guide to the June Election

Behind on the mayoral race drama or still confused about conflicting propositions? We've rounded up our coverage of this sudden, whirlwind election.

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The June 5 election is less than one week away and there’s no shame in still being hopelessly lost about how you want to vote.

We’ve spent the past few months covering this sudden mayoral election and the city’s local measures and today, we’re putting the highlights in one place. 

Mayoral race:

Does This Mayoral Race Even Matter?
Spoiler alert: Yes, it does.

One, Two, Three: The Ins and Outs of RCV
Got questions about ranked-choice voting? We’ve got answers.

Missing in Action: Breed Has Spotty Attendance Record for Mayoral Forums
London Breed has skipped nearly half of the dozen mayoral forums hosted by community groups. In contrast, Jane Kim and Mark Leno have only missed one each.

Celebrities Go to Bat for Their Favorite Mayoral Candidates
With a historic election in sight, some celebrities have publicized their enthusiasm for the major candidates. Will it make a dent in the election?

Video: Storm of Racist Slurs Halts Jane Kim Rally
London Breed supporters shouted down Jane Kim at a Fillmore rally Saturday.

Leno and Kim Endorse Each Other for Mayor
In a ranked-choice gambit, Jane Kim and Mark Leno encourage their supporters to vote the other as their No. 2 option in the mayoral race.

Head of the PAC
Medium co-founder Ev Williams just gave $100,000 to Super PACs supporting London Breed’s mayoral campaign, as big tech continues to disrupt the race.

Political Spampaign
Unsolicited campaign text messages are blowing up phones all over town, and it might get worse as the election approaches.

Local Ballot Measures:

Regional Measure 3: Voters Must Decide if Bridge Tolls Hikes or Traffic Sucks More
Bay Area voters have the chance to address traffic in a rare regional measure. But is it the right solution?

Proposition A: Little-Noticed Prop. A Could Threaten PG&E Monopoly
Proposition A paves the way for San Francisco to build its own clean power infrastructure and offer an alternative to PG&E.

Propositions C and D: June ‘Poison Pill’ Ballot Duel Looks Good For Office Space Landlords
What do the Republican tax cut, the Central SoMa Plan, and two dueling propositions on the June ballot all have in common? Commercial real estate giants keep winning.

Proposition E: S.F. Voters Stare Down Big Tobacco
The proposed “menthol ban” has drawn more campaign cash than anything else on the ballot.

Proposition F: Eviction Stress Reaches Far and Wide in Renter-Heavy S.F.
Fear of forced displacement has traumatized a city full of renters, and for some people, the effects are long-lasting.

Proposition G: Voters May Increase Teachers’ Pay in June
A ballot measure could raise about $50 million annually to keep teachers from leaving the city due to lack of affordability.

Prop I Seeks to Atone for Warriors’ Move
Thanks to a homeless San Francisco resident, June voters may formally apologize to Oakland for poaching the Golden State Warriors.

San Francisco Superior Court:

Four Public Defenders File to Run for Superior Judge, Shaking Up the Courts
All people of color, the four lawyers seek to oust four incumbent judges appointed by Republican governors.

District 8:

Mandelman Sweeps Endorsements Ahead of June Election
Despite Sup. Jeff Sheehy’s busy track record in office he’s faced with a serious challenger for the District 8 seat.

For would-be voters who think they missed their chance and don’t think this roundup is particularly useful, California’s conditional voting registration means you can still register at the polls. So join your fellow San Franciscans in choosing the next mayor likely for the next 10 years and other important decisions, like taser regulations for police officers and affordable housing.

For the complete voter guide by the San Francisco Department of Elections, visit its website.

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