Since 1980, we have made candidate and ballot measure endorsements in San Francisco elections. Here are some of our most recent.
November 2018 Candidate Questionnaires
The San Francisco League of Conservation Voters invited November 2018 candidates to be considered for endorsement by submitting responses to our questionnaire. Their responses are below. We used these responses along with interviews to inform our endorsements. We have posted all responses we received, regardless of our endorsement decision.
Stay tuned for San Francisco League of Conservation Voters' endorsements for November 2018!
Board of Education
BART Board, District 8
Community College Board
Board of Supervisors
June 2018 Endorsements
The San Francisco League of Conservation Voters supports the following candidates and local propositions. Follow the links to find out more about our rationale and how your vote influences the sustainability of San Francisco and beyond.
November 2016 Endorsements
Here are our endorsements for the November 8th, 2016 election. Click on the links (in bold) below for more info. We'll be posting more details soon, so please check back.
Board of Supervisors Dist. 1: #1 Andy Thornley #2: Sandra Fewer
Board of Supervisors Dist. 3: Aaron Peskin
Board of Supervisors Dist. 5: Dean Preston
Board of Supervisors Dist. 7: Norman Yee
Board of Supervisors Dist. 9: Hillary Ronen
BART Board D7: Lateefah Simon
BART Board D9: Gwyneth Borden
June 2016 Endorsements
Click on the links (in bold) below for more info.
Yes on AA: Bay Restoration – A modest tax to raise $500 million to restore the Bay's wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Yes on B: Sustainable Park Funding – An extension and gradual increase in the set-aside in the city's budget to create sustainable funding ($1 billion over 30 years) for park maintenance.
Yes on C: Affordable Housing -- Charter Amendment authorizes the Supervisors to update Inclusionary or Affordable Housing requirements, and provides increased interim requirements.
Our endorsements for the Democratic County Central Committee are as follows:
Sandra Lee Fewer
November 2015 Endorsements
Click on the links below for more info.
Board of Supervisors, District 3: Aaron Peskin – A long time environmental champion!
Yes on A: Affordable Housing Bond – More affordable housing NOW!
No on C: Lobbyists Ordinance – Badly drafted ethics reform which will unfairly harm small non-profits
Yes on D: Misson Rock Development – On balance, a good development proposal for Mission Rock
No on E: Public Meetings – A deeply flawed attempt at more public access which would make our local democracy worse, not better
Prop F: Short Term Residential Rentals – A flawed solution to the big problem of short term residential rentals. (Read for why we can neither support nor oppose)
No on G: Bad Definition of Clean Energy – A cynical, restrictive & disingenuous attempt to slow down SF’s CleanPowerSF initiative.
Yes on H: Good Definition of Clean Energy – A measure to protect CleanPowerSF from Prop G.
No on I: Mission Luxury Housing Moratorium – The moratorium will definitely make some parts of the Mission’s housing problems worse, and very unlikely to make any of them better.
Yes on J: Legacy Business Preservation Fund – An interesting effort to support San Francisco businesses that make up our social fabric
Yes on K: Surplus City Property Ordinance – Prioritize the City’s Surplus Lands for Affordable Housing
November 2014 Endorsements
Yes on A: Transportation & Road Improvement Bond
Yes on B: Population-based Finding for Muni
Yes on E: Soda Tax
Yes on F: Pier 70 Development Site Height Limit Increase
Yes on G: Surtax on Transfers of Residential Real Property
Yes on H: Requiring Certain Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park to be Maintained as Natural Grass
No on I: Park Code – Children’s Playgrounds, Walking Trails, Athletic Fields
No on L: Policy Regarding Transportation Priorities in San Francisco
Supervisor D2: Juan-Antonio Carballo (sole endorsement)
Supervisor D6: Jane Kim (1), Jamie Whitaker (2)
Supervisor D8: Scott Wiener (sole endorsement)
Supervisor D10: Malia Cohen (1), Tony Kelly (2)
BART Board: Nick Josefowitz
November 2013 Endorsements
No on B: NO 8 Washington Street Initiative
No on C: NO 8 Washington Street Referendum
November 2012 Endorsements:
Yes on B: Bond Funding to Improve SF’s Parks!
Yes on C: Build MORE Affordable Housing!
Yes on F: Yes Hetch Hetchy – maybe, maybe not. STUDY better water recycling system? DEFINITELY!!
Supervisor D1: Eric Mar (sole endorsement)
Supervisor D3: David Chiu (sole endorsement)
Supervisor D5: John Rizzo (1), Christina Olague (2), Julian Davis (3)
Supervisor D7: Norman Yee
Supervisor D9: David Campos
Supervisor D11: John Avalos
Community College Board: Rafael Mandelman, Chris Jackson, Amy Bacharach
School Board: Sandra Fewer, Jill Wynns, Rachel Norton, Matt Haney
BART Board: Tom Radulovich
June 2012 Endorsements:
No on A: San Francisco is making great progress towards our “Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020” goal & Prop A could put that at risk. No on A.
Yes on B: Protect Coit Tower from Recreation and Park privatization efforts. Yes on B.
Democratic County Central Committee AD17:
Haaland, Gabriel Robert
Democratic County Central Committee AD19:
November 2011 Endorsements:
Yes on A: School Bonds
Yes on B: Road Repaving and Street Safety Bonds
No Position on C: City Pension and Health Care Benefits
No on D: City Pension Benefits
No on E: Amending or Repealing Legislative Initiative Ordinances and Declarations of Policy
Yes on F: Campaign Consultant Ordinance
Yes on G: Sales Tax
No Position on H: School District Student Assignment
Mayor: David Chiu (1), Dennis Herrera (2), John Avalos (3)
District Attorney: David Onek (1), Sharmin Bock (2)
Sheriff: Ross Mirkarimi
November 2010 Endorsements:
Yes on AA: Vehicle Registration Fee
Yes on A: Earthquake Retrofit Bond
No Position on B: City Retirement and Health Plans
Yes on C: Mayoral Appearances at Board Meetings
Yes on D: Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections
Yes on E: Election Day Voter Registration
Yes on F: Health Service Board Elections
Yes on G: Transit Operator Wages
No on H: Local Elected Officials on Political Party Committees
No Position on I: Saturday Voting
No Position on J: Hotel Tax Clarification and Temporary Increase
No Position on K: Hotel Tax Clarification and Definitions
No on L: Sitting or Lying on Sidewalks
No Position on M: Community Policing and Foot Patrols
Yes on N: Real Property Transfer Tax
Supervisor D2: Janet Reilly (sole endorsement)
Supervisor D4: no endorsement
Supervisor D6: Jane Kim (1), Debra Walker (2), Jim Meko (3)
Supervisor D8: Rafael Mandelman (sole endorsement)
Supervisor D10: Eric Smith (1), Tony Kelly (2), Chris Jackson (3)
Community College Board: John Rizzo, Lawrence Wong, Anita Grier
School Board: Natasha Hoehn, Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza
Assessor-Recorder: Phil Ting
BART Director: Bert Hill