Elections And Endorsements

SF PAC meeting
July 10, 2019, 1pm
Local 21 San Francisco Office
1167 Mission St. 2nd. Fl
San Francisco, CA


Local 21 2019 Political Endorsements


San Francisco City & County

Board of Supervisors, District 5 - Vallie Brown

District Attorney - Suzy Loftus (1st choice)

District Attorney - Chesa Boudin (2nd choice)

Mayor - London Breed

City Attorney - Dennis Herrera

Public Defender - Manohar Raju

Sheriff - Paul Miyamoto

Community College Board - Ivy Lee

Board of Education - Jenny Lam

SF Retiree Healthcare Trust Fund - David Salem


Proposition A (YES) - Affordable housing bond. Authorizes $600 million in bonds to build or acquire affordable housing.

Proposition B (YES) - Renames the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services.

Proposition C (NO) - Overturns legislation that suspends the sale of e-cigarettes not reviewed by the FDA.

Proposition D (YES) - Small tax on Uber and Lyft rides that will raise up to $32 million annually for transit improvements.

Proposition E (YES) - Allows for 100% affordable and educator housing to be built on public land where such projects are now prohibited.

Proposition F (YES) - Requires independent expenditure committees to disclose their funders and limits contributions from developers with major land use matters before the city.


Local 21 2018 Political Endorsements

For a printable flier of our endorsements, click here. 

*Candidates with an asterisk next to their names are current or retired Local 21 members.


Assembly District 15 - Jovanka Beckles
Assembly District 17 - David Chiu
Assembly District 18 - Rob Bonta 
Assembly District 19 - Phil Ting 
Assembly District 20 - Bill Quirk 
Assembly District 25 - Kansen Chu 
Assembly District 27 - Ash Kalra
Prop. 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 (YES) – Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds to support affordable housing and a veterans’ home ownership programs. 
Prop. 3 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply, etc.:  (YES) – Authorizes $8.8 billion in general obligation bonds to fund water supply infrastructure projects, support safe drinking water and water quality, and watershed and fisheries improvements. 
Prop 5: Changes Requirements for Home Owners to Transfer Property Tax (NO) – Changes rules for how property taxes are calculated for replacement residences that would result in property tax losses for cities, counties, and schools of around $300 million per year in the near term, growing to over $2 billion per year. 
Prop. 6: Eliminate Road Repair and Transportation Funding (NO) – Repeals a 2017 transportation law’s revenue provisions. Would result in loss of transportation revenues of $2.9 billion in 2019, increasing to $4.9 billion annually by 2021, which pay for repairs and improvements to roads, highways, and public transportation.
Prop. 10: Expands Locals’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Property (YES) – Addresses a growing housing crisis in California by allowing cities to pass policies that would limit rental rates that property owners may charge for new tenants, new construction, and single-family homes. 


San Francisco City & County

Board of Supervisors, District 2 – Catherine Stefanie
Board of Supervisors, District 4 – Gordon Mar
Board of Supervisors, District 6 – Matt Haney
Board of Supervisors, District 8 – Rafael Mandelman*
Board of Supervisors, District 10 – Shamann Walton
Assessor-Recorder – Carmen Chu
Board of Education - Monica Chinchilla
Board of Education - Alison Collins
Board of Education - Faauuga Moliga
BART Board of Directors, District 8 – Jonathan Lyens*
Measure A: Seawall Bond (YES) - Authorizes the issuance of $425 million in general obligation bonds for seismic strengthening and repair of the Embarcadero Seawall. 
Measure B: Privacy Guidelines (YES) – Establishes a Privacy First Policy to provide guidance to the City when considering the adoption of privacy-protective laws and policies. Principles include limiting collection and storage of personal information, de-identifying data sets, and securing personal information against unlawful access.
Measure C: Gross Receipts for Homeless Services (YES) – Establishes a gross receipts tax for all business with receipts of over $50 million. This would result in new tax revenue of $250 - $300 million annually dedicated to housing and homeless services, including shelters, prevention, and mental health services. 
Measure D: Cannabis Tax (YES) - Establishes an additional gross receipts tax for cannabis businesses. This would result in additional revenue of $7 - $16 million by 2021 with all new revenue going to the general fund.


Contra Costa County 

Martinez City Council – Debbie McKillop*
West Contra Costa Unified School District Board - Valerie Cuevas 
West Contra Costa Unified School District Board - Madeline Kronenberg 
West Contra Costa Unified School District Board - Consuelo Lara
Richmond Measure H: Luxury Real Estate Tax (YES) - This measure would increase the tax on luxury real estate transactions and produce an increase of $3.9 million annually for the general fund. These funds would expand youth services like after school programs; ensure city workers receive fair compensation and benefits, and help balance Richmond’s budget.
Measure R: Cannabis Tax (YES) - Establishes a tax for cannabis cultivation and other cannabis businesses that would generate a $1.7 to $4.4 million annually in revenue to fund County public safety, health service, and environmental protection programs.


Alameda County

Oakland City Auditor - Courtney Ruby
Oakland City Council, District 2 – Nikki Fortunato-Bas
Oakland City Council, District 4 – Joseph Tanios*
Oakland City Council, District 4 – Sheng Thao*
Oakland City Council, District 6 – Desley Brooks
Oakland Measure W: Parcel Tax on Vacant Properties (YES) – Enacts a Vacant Property tax to fund homeless services and resources to address illegal dumping. The tax would generate annual revenue between $6.6 million and $10.6 million.

Oakland Measure X: Real Property Transfer Tax (YES) – Changes the current real estate transfer tax from a flat tax to a progressive tax. This would reduce the real estate transfer tax for low and moderate income first time homebuyers and increase the tax on properties over $2 million. The progressive tax would increase annual revenue to the general fund between $1.7 million and $17 million.

Oakland Measure Y: Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance (YES) – Strengthens the just cause ordinance by removing an exemption for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes and gives the City Council additional authority to strengthen eviction protections.

Oakland Measure Z: Hotel Workers Protections (YES) – Establishes minimum workplace protections for hotel workers, including regulations to reduce workplace sexual harassment and assault, and establishes a $15/hour minimum wage for hotel workers.
Oro Loma Sanitary District Board – Fred Simon*
Berkeley Unified School Board - Ty Alper
Berkeley Unified School Board -  Julie Sinai
Berkeley Unified School Board - Ka’Dijah Brown
EBMUD Board of Directors, Ward 7 - Frank Mellon
Hayward Mayor - Barbara Halliday

Hayward City Council - Sarah Lamnin
Hayward City Council - Aisha Wahab
Hayward Measure T: Increase in Real Property Transfer Tax (YES) – Increases the real estate transfer tax from $4.50 per $1,000 of value to $8.50 per $1,000 of value. Would generate revenue of $13 million annually for the city general fund.
San Leandro City Council, District 1 - Deborah Cox
San Leandro City Council, District 3 - Lee Thomas 
San Leandro City Council, District 5 - Corina Lopez 


Santa Clara County

Board of Supervisors, District 4 - Don Rocha
San Jose City Council, District 7 - Maya Esparza
Cupertino City Council - Darcy Paul
Cupertino City Council - Savita Vaidhyanathan
Cupertino City Council - Tara Sreekrishnan
Sunnyvale City Council, Seat 3 - Mason Fong
Mountain View City Council - Pat Showalter*
Santa Clara Valley Water Board, District 1 - John Varela
Santa Clara Valley Water Board, District 6 - Tony Estremera
Santa Clara Valley Water Board, District 7 -  Gary Kremen
Measure A (YES) – The measure is an extension of a 1/8-cent sales general sales tax that generates $50 million annually for Santa Clara County. The measure was originally passed by voters in 2012 with a 10-year sunset and needs to be renewed. Needs a simple majority to pass.