November 2019 Endorsements

These are the SF Green Party Endorsements to date for the November 2019 election.

 

SF Candidates:

Mayor - Joel Ventresca (sole endorsement)

 


SF Ballot Measures:

NO on A (housing bonds for mostly private housing)

no position on B (tiny changes to a commission name and appointments)

NO on C (JUUL ballot measure)

NO on D (Uber/Lyft ballot measure)

NO on E (allow private development on public open space in SF)

YES on F ("sunshine on dark money")

 

We will continue to make endorsements at a special endorsement meeting on September 18 (Redstone Building, Rm 305, 6:30-9 pm).  Additional candidate questionnaires will be posted prior to this meeting.

 

We submitted an official opponent's argument to the Department of Elections in opposition to Prop D.  We lost the lottery to the Republicans, so we will not be the official opponents.  However, our argument is posted below.  We will release an expanded version of this argument in our Voter Guide, to be published after we finish making our endorsements.

 

SF Green Party Argument in Opposition to Prop D:

 

Uber and Lyft are responsible for the huge increase in traffic congestion in San Francisco.  A 2019 study showed that these companies caused 2/3 of a 62% rise in congestion between 2010 and 2016.  Traffic has only gotten worse since then.  Traffic slows Muni buses and taxis and causes dangerous air quality, injuries and deaths for pedestrians and bicyclists, lost time, and increased stress.

To "mitigate" these impacts, Prop D would add a token 15 - 33 cent increase to the cost of a typical $10 Uber or Lyft ride.  It is projected to raise $35 million per year, supposedly to relieve traffic congestion.

We oppose Prop D because the tax is far too small compared to the size of the problem.  $35 million is tiny on the scale of our City budget, and will have almost no impact on traffic.

What is really needed?  A USF report estimated that making Muni free to all riders would cost less than $200 million per year.  A tax five to ten times higher than Prop D could pay for free Muni, along with increased service.  Good, free public transit, along with a tax of a few bucks on each Uber and Lyft ride, might actually get some people out of cars.

Uber and Lyft run totally counter to San Francisco's strong labor and environmental values: not only do their drivers not have unions, labor rights, or normal employee benefits, but the companies create massive carbon emissions by incentivizing drivers to commute long distances.  Revenue flows to their executives, while social and climate costs are passed on to us.

We can’t keep kicking the can down the road.  If we want a viable future for our children, we need real change, not photo ops for politicians and their corporate buddies.