In 2018, San Francisco made choices. In 2019, we’ll deal with them.

By Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt

It’s difficult to come up with a valediction for 2018, an overstuffed year that was to San Francisco political developments what Buca di Beppo is to portion size and sensible interior decor.

n short, there was so much loaded onto our plates that, by the time we were halfway through with one course, we’d forgotten what came only just before. There was just too much to get through; it left us all feeling a bit sick…

We made our decisions. In the coming year, for good or ill, we will live with them…

The board of supervisors likely hasn’t had this much potential leverage and power since 2001, following a progressive sweep of Mayor Willie Brown’s handpicked slate. It remains to be seen how this board will govern and what issues our legislators will take up, but this much seems clear — a majority of them owe Mayor Breed nothing…(more)

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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.

Four new supervisors sworn in to office Sunday

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

Four new additions to the Board of Supervisors were sworn in to office Sunday, and each spoke to what they’ll bring to the table in San Francisco’s often contentious lawmaking body. Sandra Lee Fewer in District 1, Hillary Ronen in District 9, Ahsha Safai in District 11 and Jeff Sheehy in District 8 were all sworn in Sunday…

After she was sworn in, Fewer said “I see you” to families struggling to make ends meet, but also corporate interests trying to flood local elections with money.  We are not a district who does not want to see change,” Fewer told the crowd, “but we want to remain a neighborhood as we change.”…

“There are challenges,” Sheehy said, including evictions, especially startling because “We’re The City of St. Francis.” Sheehy also spoke to battling Trump, and protecting existing rights for LGBT people across The City, as well as medical coverage for everyone…

On stage after being sworn in, Safai said as supervisor-elect he met with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, who he said mainly wanted to convince him to approve a contract to purchase more buses.  Safai said that few supervisors ever turned down such contracts. Instead, he told them he wanted to “talk about parking, talk about slowing traffic down.” His constituents in District 11, which includes the Excelsior and Crocker Amazon, strongly prioritize a need for more parking…

Ronen, the District 9 supervisor, was sworn in by District Attorney George Gascon and Public Defender Jeff Adachi together at Mission Neighborhood Centers in the Mission District.  Uniting the two officials — both often on opposite sides of the criminal justice system — was intentional, she said, to show the need for a justice system that works for everyone. “The thing is about progressives in San Francisco,” she said, “our fundamental fight, is we want to shift wealth and power from the ultra rich and corporate elite to the majority of people.”… (more)

i think we should be cautiously optimistic as we look at the new Supervisors. They appear to be listening to the constituents and that is what we want from them. Their attention and their service that they pledged to provide to us. Be sure to meet them and their aides and let them know what your concerns are. See you at City Hall.