Election Slate for June 5, 2018

Each election I prepare a slate card for my friends so we can debate how to vote here in San Francisco (and beyond). Here’s what I have so far… I’d love your input (I’ll post comments people submit to me below)–

Elected Offices

California Governor: Delaine Eastin (due to Gavin Newsom’s stance in favor of charter schools)

California Lieutenant Governor: Gayle McLaughlin (rocking former Richmond mayor)

California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

California Controller: Betty Yee

California Treasurer: Fiona Ma (supports public bank)
[Friend’s comment: “Fiona Ma is not a good choice for Treasurer. She has been an ineffective SF Supervisor and State Legislator, and is without a backbone or independent thought. I agree with the Bay Guardian that she will do what she is told by the rich and powerful. I approached her about the plight of women prisoners at Valley State Prison for Women some years ago and she couldn’t have been less interested, and offered that she join a delegation of women legislators to investigate which she declined. I don’t think there is an excellent candidate for that position. She may say she is for a public bank, but I don’t think she could actually ever do anything about that…………all the best, Corey”]

California Attorney General: Dave Jones

California Insurance Commissioner: Nathalie Hrizi (supports single-payer healthcare system without insurance companies)

California Board of Equalization, District 2: Malia Cohen

United States Senate: Kevin De Leon

United States Representative, District 12: Ryan Khojasteh

California State Assembly, District 17: No-one (I feel like David Chiu’s political tactics border on the unethical)

San Francisco Judge of the Superior Court No. 4: Phoenix Streets

San Francisco Judge of the Superior Court No. 7: Maria Evangelista

San Francisco Judge of the Superior Court No. 9: Kwixuan Maloof

San Francisco Judge of the Superior Court No. 11: Niki Judith Solis

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

San Francisco Mayor: Jane Kim (rank 1), Mark Leno (rank 2)

[*not* London Breed; thanks to Rachel who writes that adding Angela Alioto as a third is not a good idea: “Not sure if Angela Alioto remains a good third choice. According to SF Examiner, she has introduced a measure to undermine San Francisco’s sanctuary city status. And she’s repeating the right-wing Republican rhetoric, debunked by FactCheck, that sanctuary cities have higher crime rates.”]

San Francisco Supervisor District 8: Jeff Sheehy (*not* Rafael Mandelman due to long record of poor decision making on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees.)

California Propositions

68: Yes

69: Yes

70: No

71: Yes

72: Yes

Regional Proposition

Regional Measure 3: Yes

San Francisco Propositions

A: Yes

B: Yes

C: Yes

D: No

E: No

F: Yes

G: Yes

H: No

I: Yes

Happy and Sad Lists

I will keep adding items as they occur to me.

Things that make me happy:

  • Eating breakfast sitting on my sunny front porch
  • Making love / feeling loved / expressing love to someone who adores it
  • An excellent conversation
  • A delicious meal
  • The sense of accomplishment at a task or project well done
  • A cool breeze on a warm day
  • Harvesting food from my garden
  • A just-cleaned home
  • A clean, warm towel
  • Clean bedsheets
  • Myself or someone else growing to their full potential
  • A kind offer of assistance, given or received
  • A heartfelt apology for wrongdoing, given or received
  • Returning home after a journey

Things that make me sad:

  • Leaving a much-loved person or place
  • Being ill
  • Feeling alone
  • Injustice
  • Untimely or unwarranted death
  • The ravages of unbridled welfare capitalism
  • Evictions
  • People who convince themselves they aren’t worthy (unless it’s part of a kinky scene)
  • People who underestimate themselves or others
  • People who can’t see beyond the box they are in
  • Unfairly judging people on personal characteristics such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.

Election Slate for November 8, 2016

Each election I prepare a slate card for my friends so we can debate how to vote here in San Francisco (and beyond). Thanks to Edward and Ruth for their ballot reading brunch. Here’s what I have so far… I’d love your input (I’ll post comments people submit to me below)–

Elected Offices

U.S. President: Hillary Clinton (if you’re in a battleground state, please vote lesser-of-evils Clinton, rather than Green or Libertarian or whatever, to inflict the least suffering on the largest number of humans and our planet)

U.S. Vice President: Tim Kaine

U.S. Senator: Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative: Picus, a Bernie Democrat running as an independent, as protest against Pelosi (thanks to Edward for changing my mind on this one)

California State Senator: Jane Kim (don’t even get me started on Wiener)

California State Assemblymember: David Chiu

Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 7: Victor Hwang

San Francisco Board of Education (up to four):

Stevon Cook
Matt Haney
Mark Sanchez
Rachel Norton

San Francisco Community College Board (up to four):

Shanell Williams
Tom Temprano
Alex Randolph
(I can’t bring myself to vote for Rafael Mandelman due to his collaboration with the forces taking over City College and the other candidate is worse)

BART Director District 9: Bevan Dufty

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 1: Sandra Lee Fewer (crucial to keeping a progressive majority, thanks Gabriel!)

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 3: Aaron Peskin

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 5: Dean Preston

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 7: Norman Yee

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 9: Hilary Ronen (you have three choices for ranked voting, but the others aren’t worthy of a ranking in my opinion)

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 11: Kimberly Alveranga (crucial to keeping a progressive majority, thanks Gabriel!)

California Propositions

51: No (especially because of the $500 million in charter school funding)
52: Yes
53: No
54: Yes
55: Yes
56: Yes
57: Yes
58: Yes
59: Yes (finally made it to the ballot this year)
60: No (does nothing to increase safer sex while anyone could sue adult film industry)
61: No (may result in increased drug prices and red tape delays)
62: Yes (abolish the death penalty! although the forced labor section is suboptimal)
63: Yes
64: Yes (legalize it!)
65: No
66: No
67: Yes

Regional Proposition

RR: Yes

San Francisco Propositions

A: Yes
B: Yes
C: Yes
D: Yes
E: Yes
F: Yes
G: Yes
H: Yes
I: Yes
J: Yes
K: Yes
L: Yes
M: Yes
N: Yes
O: No (proponents still haven’t built housing promised with prior proposition)
P: No (city forced to reject good bid if three bids not received)
Q: No
R: No
S: Yes
T: Yes
U: No (misleadingly named trick by developers)
V: Yes
W: Yes
X: Yes
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