What will be on our ballot on June 5?

As the primary season hopscotches across the country causing
a flutter of excitement in first one state and then another, Californians may
feel completely left out. Our primary election doesn’t come until June 5, so it
is quite likely that the presidential candidates for both major parties will be
determined by that time. Still, there are other races coming up on our ballot
and also two local ballot measures and two state measures.

Candidates for office

Just to keep things complicated, there will be two formats
for the primary ballot for candidates. Following the requirements of Proposition
14, passed in 2010, voters from all parties will receive a ballot listing all
candidates from all parties for most positions EXCEPT the candidates for
president and for the political party central committees. In other words,
voters who registered as Republicans will receive a ballot with all the
Republican candidates for president listed and all candidates for the
Republican Central Committee. Their ballots will also list all of the
candidates from all parties for the offices of U.S. Senator, U.S.
Representative in Congress, and for the State Senate and Assembly as well as
the Superior Court judges. Democrats and members of other parties will receive
comparable ballots with their candidates listed.  Is that confusing enough?

Ballot measures—San Francisco

The Ballot Simplification Committee worked this week to
prepare the ballot measures for the June voters’ pamphlet. The final titles are
not set yet, but the wording of both measures has been approved.

One proposition is an initiative that deals with Garbage Collection and Disposal. At the
present time, one company holds contracts to collect trash, recyclables, and
compostables from residential and commercial sites in the City. Under the
proposed initiative, the City would competitively award five separate
agreements: one for residential collection, one for commercial collection, one
for the recovery and processing of recyclables and compostables, one for
transportation to disposal sites, and one for the actual disposal. Each
agreement would be for a ten-year term and would be citywide. No single company
could provide both recycling recovery services and garbage disposal services.   The
Board of Supervisors would be required to approve the maximum rates that
residential and commercial customers would pay. The Supervisors would also be
empowered to make amendments to the ordinance without further voter approval to
advance the purposes of the measure.

The second ballot measure is a Declaration of Policy concerning
Coit Tower.Coit Tower was built in 1933. It is located
in Pioneer Park at the top of Telegraph Hill. The murals inside the tower were
painted as part of a WPA depression-era project and offer a vivid picture of
the City during the Great Depression.  (If you haven’t visited
Coit Tower and seen the murals, you should set a date to do that. They are one
of the glories of San Francisco.) Coit Tower and Pioneer Park are managed by
the City’s Recreation and Parks Department. The City’s Arts Commission is
responsible for maintaining the murals. A private company runs concession
operations at Coit Tower including a food and beverage stand, gifts store, and
the right to operate the elevator and special events. The City allocates the
money from this concession to the Parks and Recreation Department. Recently the
Department has allocated $250,000 to the Arts Commission as well as setting
aside one percent of gross revenues from the tower for mural preservation and

The proposition would make it City policy to strictly limit
commercial activities and private events at Coit Tower and to use funds the
City gets from the Coit Tower concession for preserving the Tower murals,
protecting and maintaining the building and beautifying Pioneer Park around the

Further information about the city ballot measures will appear on the local League of Women Voters website sfvotes.org as it becomes available.

Ballot Measures—California

There are two state ballot measures that will appear on the June 5 ballot. You can find a brief description of the state measures on
the Secretary of State’s website . Further information about the ballot measures will soon be available at the California League of Women Voters site at cavotes. org


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