Thursday, December 15, 2016

RESULTS: BOMA SF-PAC Voter Guide for the November 8, 2016 Election

BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Voter Guide
November 8, 2016 Election

BOMA San Francisco has an active Political Action Committee (BOMA SF-PAC) that campaigns for candidates and issues that promote the economic vitality of the industry and the City and County of San Francisco. Here is a brief report of results of the November 8th election.

The BOMA SF-PAC did well. Our members managed to elect sensible representatives to the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. They were also able to defeat most of the ineffectual measures on the local ballot. Indeed, there were 25 measures for the San Francisco electorate to vote on, including the $3.5 billion regional bond measure for BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). 

There were a number of propositions that were important for BOMA San Francisco members:
  • Proposition Q, the no tents on public sidewalks measure. BOMA supported that effort and it passed. 
  • Propositions D, H, L, and M would have limited the Mayor’s powers of appointment, ability to promote economic development and new housing in the city, and would have created a new Office of Public Advocate, adding another layer of bureaucracy to our already costly city government. BOMA opposed these four measures and they failed. 
  • Proposition RR. BOMA supported the BART bond, which would update and modernize the transit’s computer and signalization systems. The BART bond passed. 
  • Proposition W. Lastly, our industry lost Proposition W, a transfer tax hike measure that increases the top rate from 2.5% to 3% on sales over $25 million. 
    • This tax increase was proposed to the public as a means of making San Francisco City College tuition free. 

BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Slate Card - November 8, 2016 General Election

Candidates Endorsed

SUPPORT --- Proposition C - Loans to Finance Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing                                      
OPPOSE --- Proposition D - Vacancy Appointments    
SUPPORT --- Proposition E - Responsibility for Maintaining Street Trees and Surrounding Sidewalk
OPPOSE --- Proposition H - Public Advocate
SUPPORT --- Proposition J - Funding for Homelessness and Transportation 
OPPOSE --- Proposition L - MTA Appointments and Budget  
OPPOSE --- Proposition M - Housing and Development Commission
SUPPORT --- Proposition O - Office Development in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point
SUPPORT --- Proposition Q - Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks
SUPPORT --- Proposition RR (Regional Proposition) - BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief


NO POSITION --- Proposition A - School Bonds - PASSED
OPPOSE --- Proposition B - City College Parcel Tax - PASSED 
NO POSITION --- Proposition F - Youth Voting in Local Elections - DID NOT PASS
NO POSITION --- Proposition G  - Police Oversight - PASSED
NO POSITION --- Proposition I - Funding for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities - PASSED
SUPPORT --- Proposition K - General Sales Tax - DID NOT PASS
NO POSITION --- Proposition N - Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections - PASSED
SUPPORT --- Proposition P - Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City-Owned Property - DID NOT PASS
SUPPORT --- Proposition R - Neighborhood Crime Unit - DID NOT PASS
NO POSITION --- Proposition S - Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds - PASSED
OPPOSE --- Proposition T - Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists - PASSED
SUPPORT --- Proposition U - Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Development Projects - DID NOT PASS
NO POSITION --- Proposition V - Tax on Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - PASSED
OPPOSE --- Proposition W - Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million - PASSED
OPPOSE --- Proposition X - Preserving Space for Neighborhood Arts, Small Businesses and Community Services in Certain Neighborhoods - PASSED

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