Ballot Resources (2016)

ABBA is committed to providing non-partisan, well informed, and timely information on policies that impact the arts and cultural ecosystem in the bay area. We've compiled a few resources to share.

ABBA's endorsement of Proposition S (SF)  - explanatory essay "Vote S to Stabilize Artists and Homeless Families" by Rebecca Bowe

SF Candidate Questionnaire by ABBA

Voter's Edge - online tool for CA voter's, see your ballot online and track your choices AND see your options to submit your ballot


Ballot.FYI Solid, non-partisan summary of CA ballot measures 

SF Department of Elections' online voter guide 

San Francisco Public Press - Breaking down the ballot by theme

Alameda County - List of Measures 

Ballotpedia - lists Dept of Elections info along with news coverage

Advocacy & Nonprofits - Info on NP engaging in advocacy vs. lobbying activities

Wondering how the local propositions relate to the arts? Look no further! Here's a list of SF and Oakland props made by Mona Webb and Alex Randall with one-sentence summaries of how they relate (when they do) and what they're about (if they don't, directly).


 - What It's About - 

Relevance To Arts / if no direct relevance, what it's about

San Francisco




School Bonds - 

Provide funding for new school of the arts and arts education center in Civic Center


City College Parcel Tax - 

Keep City College afloat, which services many local artists


Loans to Finance Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing - 

Frees up more money for SF to invest in affordable housing developments


Vacancy Appointments - 

Prevents appointed temporary officials from making use of "incumbancy" in an election


Street Trees - 

Will keep SF public trees healthier


Youth Voting - 

Empowers youth artists 16+ to have an official voice in city governing


Police Oversight - 

Creates greater oversight/accountability for police department


Public Advocate - 

Establishes new position within SF government to investigate citizens' issues


Funding for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities - 

Makes more funding available to services for senior and disabled artists


Funding for Homelessness and Transportation - 

Creates steady funding for homelessness as well as improvements to public transportation


General Sales Tax - 

Will provide tax revenue needed for funding homelessness and transportation services


MTA Appointments and Budget - 

Transfers some oversight of MTA board and budget from mayor to supervisors


Housing and Development Commission - 

Would add an extra layer of oversight to housing projects in SF


Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections - 

Empowers non-citizen parents to have a say in school board elections


Office Development in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point - 

Hastens development in Candlestick Point that would likely cause more SF housing troubles


Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City-Owned Property - 

Requires multiple bids on affordable housing projects


Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks - 

Attempts to address homelessness in a very 


Neighborhood Crime Unit - 

Adds police presence to neighborhoods without addressing justice issues


Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds - 

Establishes steady and significant funding for the arts


Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists - 

Tightens restrictions on political lobbying


Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Development Projects  -

Raises maximum income to qualify for affordable housing


Tax on Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - 

Will (hopefully) promote better dietary habits for all


Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million - 

Brings more money in from real estate deals to fund city services


Preserving Space for Neighborhood Arts, Small Businesses and Community Services in Certain Neighborhoods - 

Helps ensure that art space displacement is followed by art space replacement


BART Safety, Reliability, and Traffic Relief - 

Increases funding for BART repairs








Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond - 

Will provide affordable housing to vulnerable groups like seniors,veterans, low-income families, and people with disabilities.


Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act - 

Attracting and retaining teachers and increasing access to courses in arts, music, and world languages in grades 6, 7, and 8.


Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Distribution Tax Ordinance - 

A tax on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, including soda, sports drinks, sweetened teas, and energy drinks.This money would go into the city’s general fund.


City-Owned Real Property Maximum Lease - 

The City Council could lease City-owned land for up to 99 years. Measure II should help increase construction of affordable housing.


Just Cause for Eviction and Rent Adjustment - 

Extend “just cause” eviction protections to housing built before December 31, 1995, require landlords to petition the City’s Rent Board before they raise rents above the standard cost of living.



Oakland Police Commission - 

LL would replace the Citizens’ Police Review Board with an Oakland Police Commission. 


AC Transit Parcel Tax Extension - 

C1 would extend the $96 parcel tax until 2039.AC Transit needs this funding to continue providing reduced fares and transportation options for youth, seniors, and people with disabilities.


BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief - 

RR would allow BART to sell up to $3.5 billion in bonds. By selling bonds, BART would get up to $3.5 billion to spend on 

improving its system.




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