June 4, 2008
Notes by Edward Paik
Good morning, San Francisco. Some of you voted in the second half of the primaries yesterday, and the results are as follows:
U.S. Congress - District 8 (San Francisco)
Nancy Pelosi, 87%
Dana Walsh, 100%
Nancy Pelosi was easily reelected into her 21st year as a Member of Congress against pro-impeachment Shirley Golub, better known for her use of simile in a political Comcast ad comparing Pelosi to a rubber chicken.
State Senate - District 3 (Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma)
Mark Leno, 44%
Sashi McEntee, 100%
It's official: Former small business development consultant Sashi McEntee will face Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno in November.
State Assembly - District 12 (San Francisco, San Mateo)
Fiona Ma, 100%
Conchita Applegate, 100%
On a platform supporting education for the unemployed, welfare receivers and new immigrants, Conchita Applegate will run to become the first Philippine-American to be elected to State Assembly against Fiona Ma. But Ma, the incumbent, has improved her outreach to the community’s economy in recent years.
State Assembly - District 13 (San Francisco)
Tom Ammiano, 100%
Harmeet K. Dhillon, 100%
Tom Ammiano has pressed the progressive agenda for domestic partnerships and universal health care that is at the focus of today’s politics. Yet, Harmeet K. Dhillon’s experience with commercial litigation and arbitration in the Bay Area has a record that speaks for itself.
State Ballot Measures
There'll probably be more bizarre street parties now that the proposition that looked to abolish rent control is crushed.
Prop 99 brings an end to eminent domain, yet without ending rent control. Instead the measure goes to create a provision for residential properties against private developers and government agencies.
San Francisco Measures:
School parcel tax
Increases taxes for educational programs, thus increasing teacher salaries, teacher training and educational resource. With the state of educators in San Francisco, who are underpaid in comparison to other nearby counties, the measure goes toward the public school system at the price of parcel taxes.
City retiree benefits change
Offers reasonable retirement benefits (full life health benefits for city employees who work 20 years as opposed to five, partial benefits after 10 years) that could solve City Hall’s deficit without increasing taxes.
Benefit denials for convicts
Public employees found guilty of “moral turpitude” will no longer receive disability pay or benefits regardless of the manner of crime.
Appointments to city commissions
Helps appoint more women, minorities, and the disabled into city commissions.
Board approval of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission appointees
Reform against a mayor’s control in appointments to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is responsible for electricity, water, as well as other resources. The SFPUC will now be able to confirm appointments through a majority vote.
Bayview Hunters Point redevelopment
Redevelopment for affordable housing in and around the Bayview area, including the existing Monster Park Stadium.
Bayview jobs, parks and housing initiative
Revitalizes the Bayview community by developing unused land for public parks, economic opportunities, etc. For San Francisco 49er fans, the measure includes a new stadium for the football team, including transportation resources, in an obvious effort to keep the team in the city.
This one is supposed to keep elected officials from soliciting money though city contractors, extending the ban on committees to individual politicians.