Bay View Voters Guide for Nov. 6, 2018

by Dr. Willie and Mary Ratcliff

San Francisco is a rich city! This election gives voters, including those of us on the “poor side of town,” the rare opportunity to spend some of that wealth on ourselves, the people who need it most.

On Nov. 6, 2018, or sooner if you prefer to vote early, we can vote for local Proposition C to house the homeless – put on the ballot by homeless people – and we can vote for state Prop 10 to control sky-rocketing rents to protect ourselves from the threat of homelessness.

Here in District 10, comprising Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Potrero Hill, we are electing new leadership to the Board of Supervisors – an opportunity to relive the glory days when BVHP was a force for City Hall to contend with and the oldtimers told us to “VOTE 100%”! They not only meant we should all vote, but that on critical issues we should vote as a block.

Gloria Berry – Photo: Julie Wong

All the candidates for District 10 Supervisor but one are Black, fracturing the “Black vote.” We must choose the candidate we believe can champion us through enormous challenges like the Hunters Point Shipyard’s eco-fraud scandal and ending the lockout of Blacks from the construction boom. For us, it was love at first sight for Gloria Berry, who in our opinion has the most knowledge and integrity, and she’s not afraid to speak truth to power. We believe Theo Ellington and Asale Chandler deserve your No. 2 and 3 choices.

Here in District 10, comprising Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Potrero Hill, we are electing new leadership to the Board of Supervisors – an opportunity to relive the glory days when BVHP was a force for City Hall to contend with and the oldtimers told us to “VOTE 100%”!

We’ve reached across the Bay once again to endorse Jovanka Beckles, former Richmond vice mayor and city councilor, for state Assembly District 15. Jovanka, a leader in bringing Chevron under the control of the people of Richmond rather than the other way around, combines extraordinary courage with kindness, embracing especially the most vulnerable. In Sacramento, this coalition-builder can transform California.

Jovanka Beckles – Photo: Ben Schiff

On Election Day, Nov. 6, your polling place, shown on the back of your city Voter Pamphlet, is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can vote by mail if you prefer – instructions are in the pamphlet – or vote at City Hall on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4. Questions? Call Elections at 415-554-4375. However you do it, VOTE 100%!

Candidates – San Francisco

District 10 Supervisor: 1. GLORIA BERRY, 2. or 3. Asale Chandler, Theo Ellington

Public Defender: Jeff Adachi

Assessor-Recorder: Carmen Chu

Board of Education: Gabriela Lopez, Alison Collins, Faauuga Moliga

Community College Board: Brigitte Davila, Thea Selby, John Rizzo

Candidates – Regional

BART Board: William Walker

Candidates – California

Assembly District 15: JOVANKA BECKLES

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

Attorney General: Xavier Becerra

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Controller: Betty Yee

Treasurer: Fiona Ma

Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara

Board of Equalization: Malia Cohen

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: Carol A. Corrigan – No

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: Leondra R. Kruger – Yes

Presiding Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 1: James M. Humes – Yes

Associate Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 1: Sandra Margulies – No

Associate Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 2: James A. Richman – No

Associate Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 2: Marla Miller – Yes

Associate Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 3: Peter John Siggins – Yes

Associate Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 4: John B. Streeter – Yes

Associate Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 4: Alison M. Tucher – Yes

Associate Justice Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 5: Barbara Jones – Yes

Candidates – United States

U.S. Senator: Kevin De Leon

Propositions – San Francisco

Prop A, Seawall: No – BVHP unprotected, rents to increase, benefiting businesses should pay more

Prop B, City Privacy Guidelines: Yes

Prop C, Taxes on Biggest Businesses to Fund Homeless Services: YES, YES, YES

Prop D, Cannabis and Non-Local Business Tax: Yes

Prop E, Hotel Tax for the Arts: Yes

Proposition – Regional

Measure M, Bay Area Traffic Relief Plan: Yes

Propositions – California

Prop 1, Veterans Housing Bonds: Yes

Prop 2, Homeless Housing Bonds: Yes

Prop 3, Water Projects Bonds: No

Prop 4, Children’s Hospital Bonds: Yes

Prop 5, Expand Prop 13: NO – funding killer for public schools and services

Prop 6, Eliminate Gas Tax: NO – effort to defund government

Prop 7, Eliminate Daylight Savings Time: Yes

Prop 8, Regulate Kidney Dialysis Charges: Yes

Prop 10, Repeal Costa-Hawkins, Allow More Rent Control: YES, YES, YES

Prop 11, Require Private Ambulance Crews to Work During Breaks: No

Prop 12, Standards for Farm Animal Confinement: Yes

Bay View publisher Dr. Willie Ratcliff and managing editor Mary Ratcliff can be reached at editor@sfbayview.com or 415-671-0789. We acknowledge and thank leading educator Jeremiah Jeffries (empower75@gmail.com) for his excellent Voter Guide. After extensive research of the candidates, issues and the recommendations of others, we found his choices the most compelling.