The first salvo in the mayor’s race is a superPAC attack ad

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Anonymous (so far) Breed supporters go after Leno for Farrell vote in what could be a sign of unlimited money flooding the race


A Return to the Ballot

By Nuala Sawyer : sfweekly – excerpt

June’s local election was expected to be a quiet one — but then the mayor died, the YIMBY party drafted a ballot measure, SFPD pushed for tasers, and an eviction law was introduced that could change the future for every renter in the city…

With only a couple weeks left to file for mayor and the Feb. 3 signature deadline looming for ballot measures, our hilly city is officially in election season. Here’s a quick guide to some of what’s coming…

Leading the pack is Mark Leno, who had already announced his intention to run in 2019… He pledges to fight for “regular San Franciscans — the immigrants, tenants, homeowners, and small businesses.”…

Currently, the other candidate of note is Sup. Jane Kim. As one of the progressives on the Board of Supervisors, Kim offers a stark contrast to Sup. London Breed — should the latter decide to run. Although she’s got less political experience than Leno, as a current supervisor and candidate for the state Senate in 2016, Kim arguably has more city name recognition…

Two other women of note who signed applications so far are Angela Allioto and Amy Farah Weiss. The link to watch for updates:

Potential Ballot initiatives for the June 2018 ballot:

No Eviction Without Representation Initiative: More information can be found at

Muni Department Split: Supes. Aaron Peskin and Ahsha Safai are behind this measure, which would split the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency into two separate agencies. One side would handle Muni, and the other would oversee San Francisco’s parking and streets. Added on would be the ability for supervisors to appoint the Board of Directors, a right that the mayor currently holds…

YIMBY Automatic City Housing Approval: The YIMBY — Yes in My Backyard — party launched its own ballot measure this year, cheerfully titled the “Affordable and Teacher Housing Now Initiative.” More information is at

Flavored Tobacco Repeal: Sup. Malia Cohen spearheaded a ban on flavored tobacco products earlier this year, citing statistics that 80 percent of Black smokers consume menthol cigarettes…

San Francisco Arts and Family Funding: A revival of 2016’s failed Proposition S, this ballot measure would retain part of the city’s hotel tax to fund the arts — particularly the Cultural Equity Endowment, granted to artists and organizations that cater to underserved populations...

Relocation of Professional Sports Teams Initiative: this measure would give San Franciscans a voice for future relocation of professional sports teams. More information can be found at

SFPD and Tasers: Last but not least is this controversial measure, which would bring the San Francisco Police Department’s desire for Tasers to the voters…(more)





Hillary Ronen kicks off D9 supe campaign

by Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

More than 100 people brave the rain to support Campos aide in what will be a critical race for control of the board

JANUARY 14, 2016 – Hillary Ronen, who has worked as chief of staff to Sup. David Campos the past six years, formally announced today that she’s running for the District 9 seat.

Ronen joins Edwin Lindo and Josh Arce, who have both filed paperwork and announced their candidacies. But neither has presented anything close to the kickoff event Ronen put on.

A few hours earlier, School Board member Sandy Fewer filed her paperwork at City Hall to run for District 1 supervisor. Kimberly Alvarenga has already filed in D11,  meaning the progressives will have three strong women running for the key districts where progressive incumbents are termed out



It’s possible that none of the four stalwarts of the progressive bloc will be on the board in January. And if the mayor’s allies and the real-estate interests win in Districts 1, 9, and 11, the board will have a much more conservative tilt.

The mayor will not appoint a progressive in D6 if Kim wins, so control of the board will depend overwhelmingly on those three seats.

So we’re seeing the beginning of a coalition campaign; Ronen, Alvarenga, and Fewer – all of them mothers — are all supporting each other, and they all have the support of most of the progressive elected officials. It’s a long way to November, and in every district the mayor and the tech-mogul bullies and the real-estate interests will put up a fight. But we can see the future of the progressive movement right now – and it’s moms… (more)