The Nov. 5, 2019 election has a few things going against it.
It’s filled purely with local races, is sandwiched between the “Blue Wave” 2018 midterms and 2020 March presidential primary, and some residents might not even know it’s happening.
But several big issues are at hand, including the city’s biggest affordable housing bond, the remaking of leadership in the criminal justice system, the Board of Supervisors makeup, and a tax on rideshares to battle congestion, to name a few.
Here’s what you may have missed from our coverage.
Barring a Miracle, Breed Will Sail to Victory in November
With no serious contender on the ballot, Mayor London Breed will likely win this election, and the next.
Why Is the District Attorney’s Race So Important?
Voters have a rare chance in November to think critically about a key part of our criminal justice system.
Leno blasts District Attorney appointment, will campaign against Loftus (SF Examiner)
Former State Senator Mark Leno had not endorsed in the race, but expressed disgust at Mayor London Breed’s appointment so close to the election, which he described as a naked power play.
District 5 Supervisor
November’s Only Supervisor Race Should Be Close
The candidates don’t necessarily disagree, but have different priorities.
Supervisor Brown Evicted Tenants 25 Years Ago
The incumbent District 5 supervisor bought the Fillmore Street building with co-owners in 1994 for $275,000. Two decades later, she sold it for $2.6 million.
Supervisor Vallie Brown apologizes for falsely claiming former tenant didn’t pay rent (SF Examiner)
Apology comes after court documents emerge in decades-old eviction battle.
City Attorney, Public Defender, Community College Board, Sheriff, and Treasurer
And Then There Was One
Five races have just one candidate, including some running for the first time.
Nonprofit with Wall Street Connections Pays for a Lot of City Treasurer’s Travel
Public bank advocates question nonprofit’s ties to big banks.
Ballot Measures: Propositions A and E
Affordable Housing Looms Large in November
Voters weigh $600 million for low-and middle-income residents, plus housing its educators.
Armed With Own Ballot Measure, Supervisors Kill Breed’s Teacher Housing Plan
Because one teacher housing measure isn’t enough, City Hall came up with three dueling initiatives.
Breed, Supervisors Merge Dueling Housing Ballot Measures
Many teachers had supported the supervisors’ measure, and the competing proposals were not a good look.
Renaming The Department of Aging and Adult Services (KALW)
Proposition B would also add qualifications for the seven people who oversee the department.
Juul Spending Money Like A Drunken Sailor To Overturn E-Cigarette Ban
The vape behemoth has spent more money so far than everyone else on the ballot combined.
Campaign for pro-vaping measure to be suspended after JUUL pulls funding (SF Examiner)
Juul ceased campaigning to overturn San Francisco’s vaping moratorium but Prop. C remains on the ballot.
Uber, Lyft Tax Inches Closer to 2019 Ballot
The campaign is largely funded by Uber and Lyft to generate revenues from a surcharge to battle congestion.
Small Donations Would Pack Bigger Punch Under Local Election Reform
The Sunlight on Dark Money initiative is part of larger election reform this year.