Ballot Measure Battle Royale, Episode 1: Charter Amendments

by Diego Aguilar-Canabal : thebaycitybeacon – excerpt

What is a charter amendment, and which could end up on your next ballot?

Charter Amendments are explicit changes to the city charter, which must be approved by a citywide vote. These are the hardest-sought ballot measures that can have the most meaningful impact on how city government operates. Some of these are spats between factions or rivalries, while others represent more significant power struggles between the Executive and Legislative branches of government. Others may be more mundane or popular issues that, for whatever reason, can only be addressed through the city charter.

Whether the Board of Supervisors votes to put it on the ballot, or activists gather thousands of signatures to qualify, here’s an exhaustive list of all the proposed charter amendments under consideration: … (more)

A lot of readers are asking these questions. If you do not understand how the local government operates you will be confused by what is going on at City Hall. This article describes this year’s list of ballot initiatives up for consideration.

Mayor’s adviser will work to defeat 4 ballot measures

By Emily Green : sfchronicle – excerpt

Winnicker will work with veteran political consultant Ace Smith to try to defeat Propositions D, H, L and M — all of which were put on the ballot by the board’s progressive supervisors…

Prop. D would require a special election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors. Currently, the mayor appoints someone to fill out the term.

Prop. H would create an Office of Public Advocate.

Prop. L would split the power to make appointments to the Municipal Transportation Agency Commission between the Board of Supervisors and the mayor. Now, the mayor has sole appointing authority. It would also make it easier for the supervisors to reject the MTA’s budget.

Prop. M would create a housing commission to oversee the Department of Economic and Workforce Development and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development…(more)

Mayor is lining up the opposition to fight the ballot measures that would put limitations on the power of the Mayor’s office. Some feel that power has become too concentrated and needs to be cut back. Stay tuned as the November elections heat up.

 

November 2016 Charter Amendments

introduced at roll call

Charter Amendments: Legislation Introduced at Roll Call May 24,2016

160581 Charter Amendment – [Homeless Housing and Services Fund; Transportation Improvement Fund – Budget Set-Asides]  Sponsors: Mayor; Avalos, Wiener and Farrell

160582 Charter Amendment – [City Responsibility for Maintaining Street Trees] to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to transfer responsibility for the maintenance of street trees from abutting property owners to the City;  Sponsor: Avalos

160583 [Charter Amendment – Public Advocate] Charter Amendment (First Draft) to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to create the office of Public Advocate. Sponsors: Campos; Avalos, Kim and Mar

160584 [Charter Amendment – Independent Investigations Bureau in the Office of the District Attorney] to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to designate an Independent Investigations Bureau in the Office of the District Attorney as the primary agency to investigate criminal conduct arising out of critical incidents in the City involving officer-involved use of force, upon the District Attorney’s establishment of the Bureau; Sponsor: Cohen

160585 [Charter Amendment – Dignity Fund] to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to: 1) establish the Dignity Fund to support Seniors and Adults with Disabilities; Sponsors: Cohen; Mar, Yee, Avalos and Campos

160586 [Charter Amendment – Independent Police Oversight Department and Budget Set-Aside] to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to: re-name the Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) as the Independent Police Oversight Department (IPOD); Sponsor: Cohen

160587 [Charter Amendment – Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections] Draft Charter Amendment to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco by amending Section 8.100 and adding Section 13.111 to authorize San Francisco residents 18 years of age or older who are the parents, legal guardians, or caregivers of children in the San Francisco Unified School District to vote in elections for the Board of Education, Sponsor: Mar

160588 [Charter Amendment – Housing and Development Commission] to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco, to create the Housing and Development Commission to oversee the Department of Economic and Workforce Development, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Real Estate; Sponsors: Peskin; Kim

160589 [Charter Amendment – Municipal Transportation Agency – Appointments to Board of Directors and Budget Process] to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to split the power to make appointments to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors between the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors, to lower the vote by which the Board of Supervisors may reject the SFMTA Budget from seven to six, Sponsors: Yee; Kim, Peskin and Campos