Exploding signature gathering costs threaten SF homeless, housing ballot measures

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

Okay folks, this is weird: Too much local democracy is threatening local democracy.

Let me explain.

A surge in local Bay Area ballot measures is driving up the price for paid signature gatherers (the gig-economy workers who are paid by the signature), and those price hikes are now causing activists to put the kibosh on San Francisco ballot measures.

That price hike was one among a few reasons our local Berniecrats decided to press pause on their Community Housing Act, they told me, and now may also threaten a ballot measure aimed at housing thousands of San Franciscans who are homeless… (more)

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