San Francisco has a climate action plan. You can read it on the SFGov website. We’ve 5 more years to reach the proposed goals of the plan. A 20% reduction in emissions by 2012. Its a meaty read, but how can we, you and I, us San Franciscans, actually put it in to action.
Congratulations to all who worked hard for both local, state and federal elections. By and large, the environment looks to be a winner. Environmental groups and activists worked hard to defeat Prop 90 and representatives like Richard Pombo, to reelect local candidates like Chris Daly.
If you are interested in finding out how our endorsements work, or wish to bring an issue or a candidate to the board, please contact michelle -at- sflcv.org
2006 November Elections
- Assembly, 12th District: Barry Hermanson
- District 2 Supervisor: no endorsement
- District 4 Supervisor: Doug Chan
- District 6 Supervisor: Chris Daly
- District 8 Supervisor: Alix Rosenthal
- District 10 Supervisor: Sophie Maxwell
- Bart Board: Emily Drennan
- Community College Board:
- Board of Education:
- Dan Kelly
- Jane Kim
- Mauricio Vela
- YES on Prop A – School Bond and Tax Rate
- YES on Prop E – Parking Tax Ordinance
This ordinance places a 10% surcharge on the city’s parking tax, and closes a loophole that exempts valet parking from the tax. Funds raised through Prop E (an approximate $26 million) will end up going to Muni and other city services. It provides another reason why people should get out of their cars and choose to walk, bike or take public transit. Prop E will save us pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
- YES on Prop H – Relocation Assistance for No Fault Tenant Removal
- YES on Prop J – Impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney – Declaration of Policy
We know that this statement of policy doesn’t mean much really, and it is perhaps even a little silly — but here it is, George Bush and Dick Cheney are the worst thing that has happened to the environment since the invention of the gas powered automobile. From appointing industry and political hacks, to Orwellian language control (healthy forests for log cutting, clear skies for more coal pollution), for the squelching of science. An impeachment would be a good thing, however improbable.
Green Drinks for McNerney
When: Tuesday, September 5th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Varnish Fine Art, located at 77 Natoma Street between 1st and 2nd
Streets in San Francisco.
Jerry McNerney is the Democratic candidate in California’s Eleventh Congressional District, which begins just on the other side of the East Bay Hills. He is running against Rep. Dick Pombo, America’s top wildlife villain and one of the 13 most corrupt politicians in Congress. Jerry McNerney stands for integrity: truth about Iraq, common sense about public finance and healthcare, protecting the environment, and support for education and jobs in Congressional District 11.
This will be a special opportunity for you to meet Jerry and contribute to his campaign. The first 40 drinks are free, but bring your checkbooks to help Jerry unseat America’s top wildlife villain!
September 5, 2006
05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Varnish Fine Art
77 Natoma St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
- What are the top 3 environmental issues facing San Francisco?
- What can the city do to improve San Francisco’s natural and urban environment?
- How do you think we should balance the recreational uses with protecting San Francisco’s natural areas and green spaces? What can the city due to better provide natural habitats, parks, and more trees?
- What qualifications would you consider to be most important in Planning Commission appointees?
- What measures would you take to encourage San Franciscans to get out of their cars?
- Do you feel that environmental racism is an issue in San Francisco? How do you suggest we address this issue?
- What, if anything, would you do to change the way the City manages its wastewater and runoff?
- What are some concrete steps you will implement as a Supervisor to help our city do its share to combat global warming?
- Are you going to participate in the City’s voluntary public financing program? If not, why not and will you comply with the City’s voluntary spending limits?
- Why should SFLCV endorse you?
- What are your qualifications to be a Community College Board member?
- How would you increase public transit use by CCSF students and employees?
- Do you support green building standards for new and renovated buildings at CCSF? If so, what should be included in these standards?
- What should CCSF do to improve its environmental practices?
- What is your opinion of facilities planning at CCSF?
- What is your opinion of CCSF’s role in neighborhood planning around its campuses?
- Why should SFLCV endorse you?
- What are your qualifications for Board of Education
- How should the school district improve its coordination with Muni and BART, in order to provide better access to schools for students and employees?
- What should the school district do to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to its schools?
- Do you support green building standards for new and renovated school district buildings? If so, what should be included in these standards?
- What should the School District do to improve its environmental practices?
- What is your opinion of the School District’s current environmental education curriculum? How can it be improved?
- Should the School District increase the amount of trees, landscaping, and grass play fields at City schools? If so, how should these improvements be paid for?
- Why should SFLCV endorse you?
We are very dissappointed in Mayor Newsom’s recent veto of the Healthy Saturdays initiative, and are dismayed by the De Young Museum’s misleading attack on the proposal — which after all is a trial, not a permanent fixture. The veto survived today (May 23) thanks to the usual supects on the board.
For a good round up of the issues, and what you can do about it, check out the Bike Coalition’s Golden Gate Park page.
When collections from gas sales tax increases faster than other taxable items, transit funding gets a boost (throught a complicated formula) to help cover its higher costs of fuel and accomodate higher demand. These funds are split between state and local agencies (through the State Transit Assistance Program).
Or that is transit funding SHOULD get a boost, but over the last two decades, most of this money has ended up in the general fund. Our Governor’s budget proposal is no better, and over the next 10 years, will divert and estimated $4.1 billion spillover funds away from transit.
No. Proposition A allocates $10 million more from the City’s General Fund for the next 3 years to violence prevention and intervention services. We are opposed to this on good government grounds. While we are not opposed to any of these services in general, this seems a poor way to legislate.
Yes. Proposition C changes the appointment process of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority — giving the Board of Supervisors 2 appointments. The TJPA is responsible for the designing, building and operating of the Transbay terminal in San Francisco. This proposition continues a process of giving some powers of appointment to the Board of Supervisors.
We have not taken a position on Prop B or D.
For California State Initiatives and Candidates, please see the California League of Conservation Voters.
DCCC – 12th AD
- Susan Hall
- Trevor McNeil
- Jane Morrison
- Melanie Nutter
- Connie O’Conner
- Roy Recio
- Jason Wong
DCCC – 13th AD
- David Campos
- Gerry Crowley
- Rick Galbreath
- Michael Goldstein
- Robert Haaland
- Rafael Mendelman
- Laura Spanjian
- Holli Thier
- Jordanna Thigpen
- Scott Wiener
- John-Marc Chandonia
- Susan King
- Kim Knox
- Nancy Lewis
- Sue Vaughan
- Patrick Villano