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Bay View Voters Guide

November 3, 2008

by Bay View Publisher Willie Ratcliff

This is the most important election of our lifetimes. WE MUST VOTE 100%.

In San Francisco and the Bay Area, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you are in line when the polls close, you still can vote. You may take this Bay View Voters Guide into the voting booth with you.

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Call (415) 554-4375 in San Francisco or (510) 272-6973 in Alameda County to confirm your registration and polling place – many have changed – and for other information and help with voting. You can also find your polling place and get lots more information specific to your address at www.voteforchange.com.

Do not let your vote be stolen! Take your photo ID to the polls with you – just in case. And in case lines are long, some folks recommend taking along something to eat, maybe a folding chair and a pack of cards to “party” with your line-mates.

Whatever you do, do not leave the polls without casting a vote. Avoid using a provisional ballot if at all possible. Vote a regular ballot and double-check it before it’s scanned.

If you suspect your voting rights or anyone else’s are being threatened, call (866) OUR-VOTE (or 1-866-687-8683). Be sure to report any harassment by police or any effort by anyone to intimidate you or discourage you from voting.

Winning takes work. On Election Day, after you’ve voted and made sure your loved ones have voted, hit the streets and the phones to push the candidates and ballot measures you believe in into the winners’ column. And don’t stop after Nov. 4. That’s when our organizing, our pushing, our demands will win liberty and justice for us and our precious children.

To learn how we arrived at our Voting Guide recommendations, read my editorial, “Bringing democracy to Amerikkka,” along with many more stories about the election on this website. Some of my favorites are “Please don’t feed the PiGE!” “Cindy Sheehan speaks at Bayview Hunters Point Town Hall Meeting,” “What our country desperately needs is a leader who loves us,” “Vote Yes on Prop H: Don’t believe PG&E’s fossil fuel-powered lies,” “Jerry’s Brown-nosin’ with California’s prison guards” and “Barbara Lopez fights for a School Board that looks like San Francisco.”

Here are the Bay View’s recommendations:

NATIONAL CANDIDATES

President of the United States: Barack Obama

Cindy Sheehan
Congress, District 8: Cindy Sheehan

Congress, District 12: Barry Hermanson

STATE CANDIDATES

State Assembly, District 12: Fiona Ma

State Assembly, District 13: Tom Ammiano

LOCAL CANDIDATES

Superior Court Judge, Seat 12: Gerardo Sandoval

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 1: Eric Mar

SF Board of Supervisors, District 3: Denise McCarthy, Tony Gantner, David Chiu

SF Board of Supervisors, District 4: Dave Ferguson

SF Board of Supervisors, District 5: Ross Mirkarimi

SF Board of Supervisors, District 9: Mark Sanchez, Eric Quezada, David Campos

SF Board of Supervisors, District 11: John Avalos, Randy Knox, Julio Ramos

SF School Board: James Calloway, Sandra Fewer, Barbara Lopez, Norman Yee

Community College Board: Chris Jackson, Bruce Wolfe, Milton Marks

BART Director: Lynnette Sweet

STATE BALLOT MEASURES

State Proposition 1A, High-speed train bond: Yes

State Proposition 2, Farm animal protections: Yes

State Proposition 3, Children’s hospital bonds: Yes

State Proposition 4, Parental notification and wait for abortion: No

State Proposition 5, Treatment not prison: YES

State Proposition 6, Increased police and prison spending and youth incarceration: NO

State Proposition 7, Flawed renewable energy proposal that excludes smaller projects: No

State Proposition 8, Ban on same-gender marriage: NO

State Proposition 9, Restrictions on parole: NO

State Proposition 10, Alternative fuel vehicles bond: No

State Proposition 11, Redistricting commission: No

State Proposition 12, Veterans bonds: Yes

LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES

San Francisco Proposition A, SF General Hospital bonds: Yes

San Francisco Proposition B, Affordable Housing Fund: YES

San Francisco Proposition C, Ban on city employees serving on commissions: No

San Francisco Proposition D, Pier 70 development financing: Yes

Stop the pollution that’s poisoning our people! Vote YES on Prop H!
San Francisco Proposition E, Recall election reform: No

San Francisco Proposition F, Mayoral election in even-numbered years: Yes

San Francisco Proposition G, Retirement credit for unpaid parental leave: Yes

San Francisco Proposition H, Clean Energy Act: YES

State Proposition I, Independent Ratepayer Advocate: No

State Proposition J, Historic Preservation Commission: Yes

State Proposition K, Decriminalizing sex work: YES

State Proposition L, Funding for Community Justice Center: NO

State Proposition M, Prohibiting harassment of tenants: Yes

State Proposition N, Real estate transfer tax: Yes

State Proposition O, Emergency Response Fee: Yes

State Proposition P, Transportation Authority changes: No

State Proposition Q, Payroll tax changes: Yes

State Proposition R, Renaming sewage plant: No

State Proposition S, Budget set-aside policy: No

State Proposition T, Free and affordable substance abuse treatment: Yes

State Proposition U, No more Iraq war funding: Yes

State Proposition V, Return of JROTC to public high schools: NO

If you have any problems with voting, call Bay View publisher Willie Ratcliff at (415) 671-0789.

12 thoughts on “Bay View Voters Guide

  1. K.

    I am deeply troubled at the thought of proposition K passing in San Francisco. It is extremely important that voters thoroughly consider the implications of this. The loopholes in this proposition will limit San Francisco’s ability to investigate and prosecute prostitution-related activities such as pimping, pandering and human trafficking. Even more alarming, proposition K will create a ‘policy’ against social service programs that help women and girls trapped in prostitution to escape. I am not only speaking as a San Franciscan and a woman, but I am also speaking as a former prostitute whose life was rescued by SAGE-one of the San Francisco social service programs that proposition K seeks to defund.
    I was introduced to SAGE while I was in the San Francisco County Jail. SAGE taught me how to become empowered, speak my voice and fight for opportunity in life. When you look at me today, you would never imagine that I was once sleeping on the streets in the Mission District, meeting up with ‘customers’ behind dumpsters, and doing everything in my power to avoid accepting my reality. I appear as the typical college student who is secure, confident and full of hope and promise for the future. I appear this way because that is who I am. Today I am very confident in my strengths and abilities, very secure in my identity as an empowered woman, and extremely driven to seek out a better future for myself and the community in which I live.
    There are hundreds of other women like me in San Francisco. You may not recognize us because we don’t walk around with a sign saying “I’m a former prostitute.” We have carved out new identities for ourselves. We have learned how to be healthy, happy human beings. We are now working hard to make this world a little better for ourselves and the next generation. Proposition K will eliminate any opportunity for other women and girls to receive the same help I did. It will benefit San Francisco tremendously to keep these programs in place and allow law enforcement to rid the streets of the pimps, traffickers and other perpetrators that prey on the most vulnerable. Please understand there is true potential there if you allow it to blossom. Please vote NO on K.

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  2. K2

    Prop K is a vote for human rights of one of the most oppressed groups in history sex workers. Why should people engaging in consensual sex be arrested and thrown in a cage? Help those people, don’t put them away. Prop K would increase the safety of sex workers, reduce violence against them and improve public health
    Yes on Prop K

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  3. Slava

    Proposition K does NOT stop enforcement of laws against human trafficking. The public defender has confirmed this in a statement. The National Lawyers Guild has also said that Prop K will result in INCREASED prosecutions for trafficking, because when people see evidence of it, they will be able to report it without fear of arrest.

    Marjan Withers, former president of the experts group on trafficking, European Commission has also endorsed Prop K. You can read her statement, as well as the others on the yesonpropk.org website.

    I am all for programs that help people get out of prostitution, as long as they do not arrest people first and force them into it. Prop K only stops mandatory programs based on arrest.

    We do not need to arrest people in order to offer services. We need to be giving people services or job training BEFORE they get arrested.

    Prop K also allows sex workers the ability to form unions. How can that be bad?

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  4. Brody

    I’m a Social Worker in San Francisco and I work in supportive housing. I am offering a Voter’s Workshop to my clients and I plan to illustrate who is supporting which propositions in the city and state wide by presenting the endorsements of varrious political and action groups. I am happy to be able to present the Bay View Voter’s Guide to my group. Thank you for putting this together.

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  5. Slava

    Currently pimps rarely get arrested. Prop K will change the dynamic, so that sex workers can report violence against them.

    Also, if a pimp is taking all of a sex worker’s money, they should be able to go to the labor commissioner and file a claim for back pay. That is what Prop K will allow.

    Also, Prop K will not stop prosecutions for trafficking. There hasn’t been a single prosecution for trafficking since Kamala Harris took office, so it can’t get much worse in that regard.

    Prop K will create a situation where people can report trafficking to the authorities.

    I think most people in San Francisco agree that the current system is not working.

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  6. Aaron

    K is flawed.

    I agree almost completely with this guide, but after thorough research on K I’ve decided it’s not thorough enough. Conceptually it’s got the right idea… but the approach is inadequate. If prostitution is to be legalized it should be regulated. This doesnt provide protection for anyone except pimps.

    NO on K.

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  7. K.

    It is very important for San Francisco voters to read the actual text of proposition K. Not many would argue that prostitutes should not be arrested for prostitution, but that is NOT what prop K says. Prop K says the city “shall stop enforcing laws against prostitution.” That goes FAR BEYOND consensual adults exchanging money for sex. “Prostitution” includes all aspects including pimping, pandering, human trafficking, etc.
    Also, prop K will ‘stop funding anti-prostitution programs.’ What are ‘anti-prostitution programs’ you ask? Well, they are social service programs that help women and girls to escape prostitution and obtain safe housing, vocational training, trauma and addiction recovery services, and mentorship opportunities. Why would a caring and compassionate person want to deny women and girls of these life-changing services?

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  8. K.

    Masquerading as a progressive initiative, Prop K will harm women, children, and the San Francisco community as a whole. The measure directs San Francisco Police Department and the District Attorney’s office to refuse to enforce the State of California’s prostitution laws. These sections include the laws used to investigate and prosecute traffickers and those involved in exploiting children. Non-enforcement of these laws would put all of us at risk, and send an invitation out to pimps, traffickers, and johns.

    Join the No On K: Committee Against Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation and our allies including Mayor Gavin Newsom, District Attorney Kamala Harris, Feminists Gloria Steinem, and many other community leaders and organizations in defeating this Proposition. See our list of supporters below from elected Organizations, Elected Officials/candidates and community leaders.Vote No On K.

    Want to learn more? Visit: http://www.noonk.net

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  9. Slava

    I am not masquerading as anything. I believe sex workers deserve rights.

    Prop K only stops investigation and prosecution of consensual prostitution, NOT human trafficking, kidnapping, child abuse, child molestation, sexual slavery, extortion, etc. In fact Prop K mandates “vigorous enforcement of laws against coercion, extortion, battery rape and other violent crimes, regardless of the victims status as sex worker.

    There are at least twice as many endorsers for the Yes on K side, including the Democratic Party, the California STD controller’s Association, the Coalition for Labor Union Women, Young Workers United, and the SF Tenants Union, to name a few.

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  10. San Francisco Financial Planner

    VOTE AGAINST PROPOSITION Q!

    Prop Q is a tax increase on the small businesses that are the lifeblood of our city. It is disguised as a tax cut, but is really a substantial tax increase on businesses with as few as 3 or 4 employees. Prop Q redefines ‘payroll’, deviating from the state and federal definitions so that the City can start charging a 1.5% income tax on the profits of small businesses.

    Don’t be fooled…vote no on Q!

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  11. Leo

    No on K, prostitution victimizes women and children of both sexes, this is the wrong legislation badly thought through – prostitutes -male and female- report violence against them all the time, ask the police,

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