The Foghorn’s Guide to Primary Propositions

On Mar. 5, San Francisco voters will be presented with a series of local ballot measures. The Foghorn has compiled a simplified guide of the ballot propositions for the 2024 primary elections. Propositions A-F include possible policy changes ranging from affordable housing to developments in education. All information about the propositions has been sourced from the San Francisco Department of Elections Voter Information Pamphlet. 

Proposition A: Affordable Housing Bonds’

Proposition A would enable the city of San Francisco to use a general obligation loan of up to $300 million to be applied towards affordable housing efforts for low-income households, senior housing, and workforce housing. If passed, a majority of the funds would be directed towards new rental housing, while the remaining funds would be directed towards existing housing, and efforts to provide housing for individuals who have experienced “trauma related to homelessness,” according to the San Francisco Ballot Simplification Committee. Prop A has the possibility to fall back on tenants, as landlords would be allowed to tack potential property tax increases on their rent. 

Prop C: Real Estate Transfer Tax Exemption and Office Space Allocation

Proposition C would create a tax exemption for buildings converted from commercial to residential use. If passed, the transfer tax exemption would be granted for a collective 5 million square feet of property in San Francisco, as long as permission is granted to the property owner prior to January 1, 2030. Additionally, Prop. C would allow the Board of Supervisors to create changes to the transfer tax without voter approval, with the exception of transfer tax increases. If Prop. C passes, the City of San Francisco would be able to use former commercial spaces for development – such as many of the Financial District’s abandoned office buildings. 

Prop D: Changes to Local Ethics Laws 

Proposition D would instill more ethical practices and guidelines for San Francisco City officers and workers. This includes expanding the list of gifts that are unacceptable for City employees or officers to accept, and adjusting policies defining bribery to include the acceptance of anything of value for themselves or a third party. If passed, new guidelines would be added for City employees that require department heads to report gifts received within their departments, provide stronger rules regarding prohibited nonwork activities, as well as strengthen rules about disclosing personal, professional and business relationships. Prop. D would require all city employees with decision-making power to complete annual ethics training. The passing of this proposition would make it so any further changes to City ethics laws will require voter approval or supermajority votes from both the Board and the City Ethics Commission.

Proposition F: Illegal Substance Dependence Screening and Treatment for Recipients of City Public Assistance

The passing of Prop. F will require adult recipients of County Adult Assistance Programs who are suspected of drug dependence to enroll in treatment in order to continue to receive benefits

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