November 2020 Voter Guide

Ballot analysis and recommendations

SPUR analyzed all local and state measures on the San Francisco, San José and Oakland ballots for the November 2020 election. Our analysis includes the background behind the measures, pros and cons, and a recommendation on how to vote.

San Francisco (SF)

San José (SJ)

Oakland (OAK)

Bay Area (BA)

California (CA)

Acknowledgments

The goal of the SPUR Voter Guide is to offer objective analysis and advise voters on which measures will deliver real solutions. 

For San Francisco measures, our Ballot Analysis Committee heard arguments from both sides of the issues, debated the measures’ merits and provided recommendations to our San Francisco Board of Directors. The board then voted, with a 60 percent vote required for SPUR to make a recommendation.

SPUR’s San Francisco Board of Directors debated and voted on SPUR’s local San Francisco ballot recommendations on August 26, 2020.

For San Jose local measures, SPUR’s San Jose Board of Directors reviewed and debated the merits of select local measures and voted, with a 60 percent vote required for SPUR to make a recommendation.

For Oakland local propositions, SPUR’s Policy Advisory Board heard arguments from different sides of the issues, debated the measures’ merits and provided recommendations to our Oakland Board of Directors. The board then voted, with a 60 percent vote required for SPUR to make a recommendation.

For California state propositions, a sub-committee of the SPUR Executive Board heard arguments from different sides of the issues, debated the merits of state measures and provided recommendations to the SPUR Executive Board. The Executive Board then voted, with a 60 percent vote required for SPUR to make a recommendation.

San Francisco Ballot Analysis Committee:  Bob Gamble (Co-Chair), Molly Turner (Co-Chair), Nadia Anderson, Peter Back, Chris Brown, Michaela Cassidy, Jim Chappell, Kim-Mai Cutler, Tamsen Drew, Stephen Engblom, Don Falk, Diane Filippi, Ed Harrington, Vince Hoenigman, Traci Lee, Aaron Johnson, Greg Johnson, Hao Ko, Jim Lazarus, Terry Micheau, Rebecca Prozan, Joe Speicher, Doug Shoemaker and Fran Weld.

Oakland Policy Advisory Board: Dahlia Chazan, Deborah Boyer, Elisse Douglass, Lynette Dias, Alexis Pelosi, Gloria Bruce

SPUR Staff: Susannah Parsons, Hannah Schwartz, Katie Ettman, Eli Zigas, Ben Grant, Michelle Huttenhoff, Kristy Wang, Michael Lane, Laura Feinstein, Eli Zigas, Helen Woodbury

Editors: Valerie Sinzdak, Karen Steen, Colleen Valles

Published on September 23, 2020