In this race, we asked candidates: “Opinions in this district have been deeply divided on the topic of city-approved encampments for people experiencing homelessness and whether or how the city should provide tents, hotel rooms or other accommodations for homeless people. How should City Hall respond to the need for shelter in this district and the concerns of business owners and housed residents?”
In this race, we asked candidates: “San Francisco’s permitting process for both new development, like housing, and new uses of existing space, like new businesses, is complex and lengthy. What opportunities for reforming that process do you see, and what parts of the process do you think are important and should be preserved?”
In this race, we asked candidates: “The coronavirus pandemic has led to economic recession and has overwhelmed some city resources, like financial assistance for small businesses, while others, like public transportation, are cut back. With all this in mind, what do you think City Hall should prioritize to support small business owners?”
In these races for BART Board for District 9 and District 7, we asked candidates: “What are your top priorities for BART as the pandemic continues and after shelter-in-place orders are lifted?”
Three Bay Area counties — San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara — will be voting on Measure RR. This is a one-eighth-cent sales tax meant to provide critical funding for Caltrain. Though transit advocates have warned the rail service may shut down if the measure is not approved, it is not an emergency measure brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
This measure proposes a business tax increase intended to encourage businesses to equalize their pay structure or pay higher tax rates. The tax rate would increase in step with the ratio of CEO pay to median worker compensation. Revenue from the measure is expected to range from $60 million to $140 million a year. The Board of Supervisors intends to direct revenue from this tax toward hiring doctors, nurses and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.
This measure is an attempt to allow the city to create low-rent housing units. While the city manages several types of affordable housing, this measure would allow the city to own and build the units rather than depend on nonprofits or private developers, who are obligated to contribute to below market rent housing in the city.
This tax measure would repeal a 2018 parcel tax to fund schools and replace it with a lower tax, and add exemptions, which proponents hope will result in voters approving it by a higher margin.
This measure would double the transfer tax levied on properties worth $10 million or more. A transfer tax is charged by the city when a property is sold. Currently, a 2.75% tax is levied on buildings worth $10 million to $25 million, and a 3% tax is levied on buildings worth more than $25 million. If voters were to approve this proposition, both of these taxes would double, with a few exceptions.
This is an ordinance intended to help small businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic by making it easier to get permits for certain uses of public space, and to streamline permitting in general. It would make changes to the city’s planning and tax code to speed up the process for new businesses to open in commercial corridors and for existing businesses to get new permits. It also would give the Board of Supervisors the ability to make certain changes to the code.