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YIMBY Endorsements

View our November 2018 endorsements, determined by a democratic vote of our membership.

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NOVEMBER 6, 2018

San Francisco Election

San Francisco Candidates

San FranciscO DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISOR

Nick Josefowitz

From his enthusiastic advocacy for AB 2923 allowing more homes on BART stations, to his support of Senator Wiener’s SB 827, Nick is loudly pro-housing. Endorsed by State Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting, In his own words: “As Supervisor, I would be the strongest advocate on the Board for increasing housing production – with a focus on housing that is affordable to working families and low income San Franciscans. …Our response to the housing affordability crisis is so deeply flawed that the time for half measures is long past.” Read more on his answers to our questionnaire. View candidate website.

San FranciscO DISTRICT 4 SUPERVISOR

Trevor McNeil

Trevor McNeil favors multi-family housing construction in exclusionary single-family areas and he is not afraid of building up to make homes more affordable in the Sunset. As the Sunset grows, Trevor is a strong advocate for safer streets, improved bike infrastructure, and reliable transit. As icing on the cake, Trevor has pledged to not follow the unspoken rule of “supervisorial prerogative” that is crippling our Board of Supervisors. Endorsed by State Senator Scott Wiener, Trevor is also longtime member of YIMBY Action and its affiliated club for the Sunset, “Westside = best side!” As a father of three children who struggled to find housing, he has experienced firsthand how our housing shortage is impacting families who want to establish roots in the City. View candidate website.

San FranciscO DISTRICT 6 SUPERVISOR

Sonja Trauss

Sonja Trauss has the backbone to tackle San Francisco’s housing shortage, and will force the Board of Supervisors to get serious about our city’s problems. Founder of the Bay Area Renters Federation aka SF BARF in 2014 and co-founder of the YIMBY Party in 2016, this former math teacher was the first to rally renters to advocate for the radical idea of building more apartments. Her bold advocacy cut through the nonsense, forcing the establishment to acknowledge that our housing crisis is a housing shortage, and demanding that San Francisco build more of every kind of housing. Unwilling to indulge in the fake “Market Rate vs Affordable” debate, Sonja is advocating for legalizing Affordable Housing everywhere. Sonja is focused on ensuring housing, homelessness, transit, and street life are all improved in District 6. She’ll tackle our homelessness crisis head on by pushing for more housing, doubling our shelter beds, and getting every district to do their part. View candidate website.

San FranciscO DISTRICT 8 SUPERVISOR

Rafael Mandelman

Rafael Mandelman, first elected just a few months ago in in June, put in the hard work to earn his new role and gets our vote of confidence. As he puts it, “San Franciscans do not disagree about as much as we think we do.” While Rafael may not be ready go to battle with NIMBYs over new market-rate housing like we think he should, he’s prepared to do so for subsidized affordable housing, homeless shelters, daytime drop-in centers, and safe-injection sites, which are all very important to YIMBYs. He has already demonstrated a willingness to put citywide needs first and work across the aisle to make progress where there is common ground. We are hopeful that Rafael is moving in the right direction and look forward to working with him.View candidate website.

San Francisco District 10 Supervsior

Theo Ellington

Theo Ellington is far-and-away the most YIMBY candidate in the District 10 race. In order to address the housing crisis, Theo knows we must increase the overall production of housing. He understands the leadership local officials must take to achieve our Regional Housing Needs Allocation numbers. His stated policy approach will consist of removing barriers from the planning process, and identifying creative land-use strategies to build more housing in our city. He says it straightforwardly, “In order to address the housing crisis we must increase the overall production of housing. …My policy approach will consist of removing barriers from the planning process and identifying creative land-use strategies to build more housing in our city.” We urge you to vote Theo Ellington for District 10 Supervisor. View candidate website.

SF City College Board

Victor Olivieri

Olivieri’s platform emphasizes building housing on City College land, especially the Balboa Reservoir. By contrast, two of his opponents, Rizzo and Davila, have delayed or outright opposed such housing. That’s why YIMBY recommends leaving the third voting slot blank—since this is not a ranked-choice ballot, any votes for Rizzo and Davila could hurt the pro-housing candidates.

SFUSD Board of Education

Michelle Parker

Michelle Parker demonstrates an unmatched depth of knowledge about the needs of teachers, students and families in increasingly unaffordable San Francisco. Parker’s commitment to racial diversity and equitable opportunity for students has upended traditional assumptions about neighborhood schools and busing. She has a plan for hundreds of units of teacher housing – an actionable plan that includes specific sites. In her work with YIMBY-affiliated Grow the Richmond, she has advocated with parents of young children, navigating the dual challenges of housing affordability and school placement. Michelle Parker is an unusually well-qualified candidate for service on the San Francisco Board of Education.

SF Assessor-Recorder

Carmen Chu

In her first term as Assessor, Carmen Chu’s leadership in implementing new technologies and improving business processes has delivered real results for San Francisco. Over the last few years, Chu and her team has closed the gap on a decades old assessment backlog and brought in over half a billion dollars in additional revenues helping to pay for additional investments in homeless services including navigation centers, housing, transportation and other services. We urge you to vote Carmen Chu for Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco.

BART BOARD District 8

Janice Li

Janice Li works as the Advocacy Director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and started her career as an affordable housing advocate in Buffalo, New York. Most important to YIMBY voters, Janice is a strong supporter of taking advantage of Chiu’s AB 2923 to build housing on BART-owned land. She wants to be a leader on the BART Board to make sure the agency takes advantage of this new law, which relaxed height limits and abolished parking minimums for new development. She’s a member of westside YIMBY affiliate club “Westside = best side!” and has spent her free time attending meetings and speaking in support of teacher housing in her neighborhood since well before she announced her run for office. In addition to holding unapologetically YIMBY views, Janice is also incredibly qualified.

CA ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 17

David Chiu

David Chiu has a strong track record of writing pro-housing legislation and is serious about increasing affordability by advocating for more housing construction, new funding sources for subsidized housing and strong tenant protections. This year he sponsored AB 2923, which will help BART reach its goal of building 20,000 housing units near its stations — a critical step for increasing transit-oriented development and reducing emissions. He was instrumental in carrying last year’s ambitious housing package for streamlining new construction and providing billions towards affordable housing. We’re excited to support him in his re-election campaign for State Assembly!

CA ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 19

Phil Ting

Phil Ting continues to be a strong advocate for urbanism and building housing both within San Francisco and at the state capitol. He has authored, co-sponsored, and advocated for a number of pro-housing bills just this year alone. Ting is a strong advocate for Accessory Dwelling Units and has taken pro-housing positions that demonstrated a commitment to leading his district on housing. His opponent is vociferously against building new housing—this is a no-brainer.

California Ballot Propositions

PROP

1

Prop 1 – Support

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs

PROP

2

Prop 2 – Support

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness

PROP

3

Prop 3 – Support

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability

PROP

4

Prop 4 – NO ENDORSEMENT

Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care

PROP

5

Prop 5 – OPPOSE

Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property

 

PROP

6

Prop 6 – OPPOSE

Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate.

PROP

7

Prop 7 – NO ENDORSEMENT

Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period.

PROP

8

Prop 8 – NO ENDORSEMENT

Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment

PROP

10

Prop 10 – NO CONSENSUS

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property

 

PROP

11

Prop 11 – NO ENDORSEMENT

Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability

PROP

12

Prop 12 – NO ENDORSEMENT

Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products.

San Francisco Ballot Propositions

PROP

A

Prop A – SUPPORT

Embarcadero Seawall Earthquake Safety Bond

PROP

B

PROP b – NO ENDORSEMENT

City Privacy Guidelines

PROP

C

Prop C – SUPPORT

Additional Business Taxes to Fund Homeless Services

PROP

D

Prop D – NO ENDORSEMENT

Additional Tax on Cannabis Businesses

PROP

E

Prop E – NO ENDORSEMENT

Partial Allocation of Hotel Tax for Arts and Cultural Purposes

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