To Fight Apathy, Viewing Electoral Participation as Collective, Not Solitary, Act

President Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election. At all levels, candidates have been responding to this in part by encouraging constituents to vote. But Knight Foundation research into voter participation in the 2016 presidential election found that around 43% of eligible voters did not cast a ballot.

Jackie Fielder and Sen. Scott Wiener

State Senate Candidates Cite Fire, COVID-19 Recovery, Housing Among Priorities

“Civic” spoke with San Francisco candidates running for the state Legislature before the primary election on March 3. Since then, a great deal has happened, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent recession and the massive wildfires that have at times turned our skies orange. We are offering those original interviews as part of our election coverage, but wanted to give the candidates a chance to address what has happened since the primary. The candidates for State Senate in District 11 are Jackie Fielder and Sen. Scott Wiener.

John P. McDonnell and Assemblyman Phil Ting

State Assembly Candidates, District 19

“Civic” spoke with San Francisco candidates running for the state Legislature before the primary election on March 3. Since then, a great deal has happened, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent recession and the massive wildfires that have at times turned our skies orange. We are offering those original interviews as part of our election coverage, but wanted to give the candidates a chance to address what has happened since the primary. The candidates for State Assembly in District 19 are John P. McDonnell and Assemblyman Phil Ting.

Assemblyman David Chiu and Starchild are State Assembly candidates for District 17.

State Assembly Candidates, District 17

“Civic” spoke with San Francisco candidates running for the state Legislature before the primary election on March 3. Since then, a great deal has happened, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent recession and the massive wildfires that have at times turned our skies orange. We are offering those original interviews as part of our election coverage, but wanted to give the candidates a chance to address what has happened since the primary. Assemblymember David Chiu is running unopposed for the District 17 State Assembly seat.

The CEO of Gap, a company headquartered in San Francisco, makes 3,566 times what the company’s median worker makes, according to reporting in Recode. Measure L would target companies with high executive pay with a business tax.

Tax Measure Seeks to Rein in CEO Compensation

Proposition L, a tax measure on the November ballot, is intended to give businesses incentive to change their pay structure to bring executive compensation more in line with workers’. Revenue from the measure, if passed, is expected to range from $60 million to $140 million a year.

Sales Tax for Caltrain Improvements to Face Three Counties’ Voters

Adina Levin, executive director of the nonprofit Friends of Caltrain and cofounder and advocacy director of the nonprofit Seamless Bay Area, explains how Measure RR got on the ballot and what it would enable Caltrain to do. Eric Garris, a San Francisco resident who submitted the official opposition to the measure, lays out his argument against the tax.