Using the Ballot to Fight Corruption

The Public Press hosted a panel discussion on Oct. 29 exploring how voters can use the ballot box to hold local and state government accountable. Veteran good-government experts provided a break down of the challenges in San Francisco and California, and answered questions from the audience.  Read more
Jessica Lo Surdo, M.S. (foreground), a staff scientist at the Food and Drug Administration, studies chain reactions in stem cells in an FDA laboratory on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md.

Insider Opposes $5.5 Billion State Bond to Fund Stem Cell Research

Jeff Sheehy has been a lonely voice on the board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, where he stands in opposition to the state ballot measure that would fund the organization for years to come.  Proposition 14 asks California voters to approve a $5.5 billion bond to allow the institute to continue to provide grants for stem cell research, with the goal of creating new treatments for some of medicine’s most intractable problems.   Read more
A registered nurse with the Florida Department of Health explains the process of specimen collection to a nursing home resident in Northeast Florida, May 1, 2020.

Senior, Disability Advocates Mobilize to Ensure Care Facility Residents Vote

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed elections, and for people who live in residential care facilities like nursing homes, that may be creating barriers to participation. Last week, organizers with Senior and Disability Action called together advocates and experts to lay out what rights these residents have and how to ensure they are able to exercise them.    Read more

How Proposed S.F. Tax Measures Could Affect Inequality

Among more than a dozen ballot propositions that voters are deciding on in November, several are tax measures, including ones on businesses, property, and purchases. Many have components meant to reduce inequality or fund much-needed services. “Civic” talked with Donnie Charleston, director of public policy and advocacy for E Pluribus Unum, a nonprofit whose mission is to build a more just, equitable and inclusive South.  Read more

‘She Represents’ Offers Critical Feminist Look at Women in Politics

Writer and former San Francisco Bay Guardian culture editor Caitlin Donohue has released a new book for young adult readers about women in politics, titled “She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics … and the World.” With illustrations by artist Briana Arrington, the book profiles political figures from the Bay Area, including Barbara Lee, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, and from around the world.  Read more

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

The political climate at the local level can often be in stark contrast to what’s being discussed at the national level, where 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.  Read more

City College Board Candidates Outline Plans for Coronavirus Crisis Recovery — November 2020

From the San Francisco November 2020 Nonpartisan Voter Guide. Dozens of candidates are vying for local offices, including seats in six supervisorial districts, two seats on the BART Board of Directors, and four seats each on the boards for City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District.  Read more