SPUR Ballot Recommendations, Now in Haiku!
By the SPUR Staff*
October 10, 2016

Photo by flickr user nshepard

This November, Bay Area voters will wade through dozens of ballot measures. As usual, SPUR has conducted in-depth analysis and made recommendations on all local measures in San Francisco — and this year we’re endorsing several in San Jose and Oakland, as well as a cross-county measure.

Researching and debating 30 ballot proposals generated a veritable mountain of analysis. To simplify the results, we’ve distilled our recommendations into verse. For your enjoyment, we present #VoterHaiku. (With special thanks to Damian Carroll who pioneered #haikutheprops for California state ballot measures.)

Follow the links below to read our complete analysis and recommendations.

 

Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties
 

YES ON RR: BART Bond

BART packed like sardines.

Trains and tracks are getting old.

Now’s the time: invest.

 

San Jose
 

YES ON A: Santa Clara County Housing Bond

Solving homelessness —

not easy, but maybe just

start with building homes.

 

YES ON B: VTA Sales Tax

A calmer commute

for all: roads, bikes, downtown BART.

Just a half-cent more.

 

YES ON G: Business Tax Modernization

Raise the business tax

so San Jose can invest

in smart policy.

 

Oakland
 

YES ON A1: Alameda County Housing Bond

Oakland! We love you!

Let’s build the affordable

housing we all need.

 

YES ON KK: Oakland Infrastructure Bond

Let’s try to prepare

a sustainable future

as we grow the Town.

 

San Francisco
 

YES ON A: School Bond

Our schools teach our kids.

They’re our future, after all.

So let’s fund them well.

 

YES ON B: City College Parcel Tax

It’s been rough, but

City College is on the rise.

Help our students thrive!

 

YES ON C: Housing Loan Program

Rehab housing with

underused earthquake money:

Smart idea — yes.

 

NO ON D: Vacancy Appointments

Political grudge —

not the best reason to

limit mayor's power.

 

YES ON E: Street Trees

Trees and sidewalks do

a lot for us. The city

should keep them healthy.

 

YES ON F: Local Voting Age

Let the youth vote!

They have to live the longest

with our choices.

 

YES ON G: Police Oversight

Yes to independence

for investigators of

police misconduct.

 

NO ON H: Public Advocate

Who are electeds

if not public advocates?

Do we need one more?

 

NO ON I: Dignity Fund

Special fund for seniors

but what will it take away from?

Please budget for all!

 

YES ON J: Dedicating the Prop. K Sales Tax

A city with so much

shouldn’t ignore homelessness

or those who ride the bus.

 

YES ON K: Sales Tax for Transportation and Homelessness

Why renew this tax?

Homelessness, potholes, Muni.

K funds Prop. J’s dreams.

 

NO ON L: MTA Board and Budget

When have politics

ever made Muni better?

Keep ’em off the bus.

 

NO ON M: Housing and Development Commission

A bold power grab

designed to keep the mayor

from getting stuff done.

 

YES ON N: Noncitizen Voting

Parents of all types

should be allowed to vote for

SF Board of Ed.

 

YES ON O: Bayview Office Development

We don’t think Prop. M

was meant to keep jobs away

from poor neighborhoods.

 

NO ON P: Competitive Bidding

Nonprofits, compete!

When they already have to,

what are we solving?

 

No Recommendation on Q: Tent Encampments

Tents on the sidewalk:

Nuisance? Necessity?

We’re not sure Q helps.

 

NO ON R: Neighborhood Crime Unit

This is a good plan

but it does not need a vote.

Keep the ballot clean.

 

No Recommendation on S: Allocating the Hotel Tax

Money for the arts:

They would get it anyway

but this locks it in.

 

NO ON T: Lobbyists Gifts and Reporting

Stopping twenty-five-

dollar gifts won’t get money

out of politics.

 

NO ON U: Affordable Housing Eligibility

Housing: Who is it for?

A good policy question,

but not for the ballot.

 

YES ON V: Soda Tax

One penny per ounce —

a tax on sugary drinks.

Better public health.

 

NO ON W: Transfer Tax

Let’s not depend on

a volatile income source

to fund ongoing needs.

 

NO ON X: Manufacturing and Arts Space

Ballot box zoning

won't actually preserve

jobs or artists’ space.

 

Read our San Francisco Voter Guide >>

Read our Oakland endorsements >>

Read our San Jose endorsements >>

 

 

 

*Thanks to Noah Christman, Kathryn Exon Smith, Benjamin Grant, Alicia John-Baptiste, Sarah Karlinsky, Alyssa Kies, Susannah Parsons, Karen Steen, Laura Tolkoff, Kristy Wang, Jennifer Warburg and Eli Zigas.

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