WORK IN PROGRESS: I’ve posted this early just in case anyone is doing early voting or filling out an absentee ballot. I should have this finalized shortly – so if you’re not voting early – please come back in a few days!
THIS IS AN EARLY DRAFT.
[Ed. Note: In a shocking turn of events, I’m going to get this November slate out LONG in advance. This might mean I’ve replaced with a pod. Hmmmm…..
You can find all the online ‘Deep Slates here - before 2013, I only sent them out via email.]
FOR NEWBIES: Every election cycle, I put out my “‘Deep Slate”: my endorsements for that election. If you know who I am, you know how I skew, but regardless, I recommend you read the “MY VALUES” section below to understand where I’m coming from. THE LIST section is just the no-frills list of how I’ll be voting & THE DETAILS section is the longer explanation of how I arrived at each vote.
Next, if you don’t want to read my blather & just want to know my recommendations: Here’s just the LIST (great to take to the polls) But, the blather really is the best part, so you can see what I think & how you may agree & disagree. But you should agree
Thanks as always to the number of folks who have asked me for my opinions. I know I say it every time but it is quite true: I really am honored by your interest.
This past two months has been fairly insane for me, mostly because of my political shenanigans: As an environmentalist, this ballot is a big deal and I’ve been hitting the streets for Yes on Props A & B and especially No on L; As an SF Bike Coalition board member, I’m busy with our hunt for a new ED; and at work we’ve been putting out a big new release of our software. So yeah – CRAZY. And I still need to work on my Halloween costume still! Eeek.
So without further preamble – let’s just get this all taken care of. My recommendations!
If you like what you read, please do let me know! Also questions, criticisms, comments welcome!
The format of this post is simple:
- The LIST: The simple list of my endorsements for this election
- The DETAILS: The whys and wherefors of each endorsement.
- My VALUES: A brief explanation of my values and sources, to help make sense of my opinions.
The key is as follows:
- The more UPPERCASE – the more strongly I feel.
- An ‘*’ by the Yes/No means I don’t know a lot about it & went with the SF Bay Guardian or California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) or some set of organizations I value, like the Sierra Club.
United States Representative: Nancy Pelosi
Governor: JERRY BROWN
Lt Governor: gavin newsom
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla*
Controller: Betty Yee*
Treasurer: John Chiang*
Attorney General: Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones*
Board of Equalization: Fiona Ma*
Assembly D17: David Campos
Assembly D19: Phil Ting
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Thomas Torlakson*
Prop 1: Water Bond: No
Prop 2: Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund: Yes
Prop 45: Notice for Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes: Yes
Prop 46: Medical Malpractice Awards Cap & Drug Testing of Doctors: No
Prop 47: Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes: YES
Prop 48: Indian Gaming Compacts Referendum: no
Supreme Court: Approve All
Court of Appeal: Approve All
Superior Court: Daniel Flores
Board of Education: Shamann Walton*, Stevon Cook*, Emily Murase*
Community College Board (4 yr): Wendy Aragon*, Brigitte Davila*, THEA SELBY
Community College Board (2 yr): William Walker*
BART Director: NICK JOSEFOWITZ
Assessor-Recorder: Carmen Chu
Public Defender: Jeff Adachi
Board of Supervisors:
D2: Juan-Antonio Carballo
D4: Katy Tang
D6: Jane Kim, Jamie Whitaker
D8: SCOTT WIENER
D10: tony kelly
Prop. A: Transportation Bond: YES YES YES
Prop. B: Adjusting Transportation Funding for Population Growth: YES YES YES
Prop. C: Children’s Fund etc. Renewal: Yes
Prop. D: Retiree Health Benefits: Yes
Prop. E: Soda Tax: YES
Prop. F: Pier 70 Development: Yes
Prop. G: Additional Transfer Tax on Residential Property Sold Within 5 Years of Purchase: Yes
Prop. H: Golden Gate Park Athletic Fields Should Be Grass With No Artificial Lighting: YES YES YES
Prop. I: Renovation of Playgrounds, Walking Trails, and Athletic Fields: NO NO NO
Prop. J: Minimum Wage Increase: Yes
Prop. K: Affordable Housing: Yes
Prop. L: Transportation Priorities: NO NO OH HELL NO
If you want these as a handy, printable list, just click here.
Read on for the details of why I’m recommending the above…