October 2013


San Francisco November Election



Visit our website for the LWVSF Education Fund's impartial, nonpartisan pros and cons guide - a must for every San Francisco voter. Send it to your friends and don't forget to vote on November 5th!


Learn more about the issues!

Check out the informational videos from SFGovTV to learn more about the issues on the ballot.

The League's Position on Propositions B and C


Prop B
8 Washington Initiative

Position LWVSF 2013

The Question: Shall the City allow a development project at the 8 Washington Street Site that would include new housing, retail and recreational facilities, and open space, and would increase the legal building height limits on a portion of the Site?


LWVSF Recommendation: Opposed
Opposed: This proposition is asking for direct approval by voters for a special use district ordinance through the initiative process, rather than relying on the City’s planning process and a referendum to the voters for variances. The Board of Supervisors approved the project and elected to use the referendum process to seek voter approval for increasing height limits in the 3.2 acre parcel that includes the Port’s land. In addition, the height and bulk of 8 Washington exceed the zoned height limits by 52 feet. The project also creates shadows in the open space of Sue Bierman Park created after the Embarcadero Freeway was torn down.



Prop C
8 Washington Referendum
Position LWVSF 2013

The Question: Shall the City ordinance increasing legal building height limits on an approximately half-acre portion of the 8 Washington Street Site along Drumm Street take effect?


LWVSF Recommendation: Opposed
All City developments should conform to the principles of the San Francisco General Plan and not exceed the existing zoned height limits. This proposition would establish a precedent of increasing height limits in this area of the City from 84 feet to 92 and 136 feet. The development would also create shadows in the open space of Sue Bierman Park that was created after the Embarcadero Freeway was torn down.


For more information about these measures visit our website.

ACTION ALERT: Support EPA Limits on Carbon Pollution


What's really scary this Halloween? CARBON POLLUTION! Find out what you can do about it.


A message from LWV President Elisabeth MacNamera:


There are plenty of things to be scared of this Halloween season: goblins and ghouls, witches and haunted houses, deadly air pollution and climate change. Those last two might seem out of place, but they’re a real threat to the health of our children and the environment.


Luckily, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proposed a first-ever federal carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America. Stand with the League and tell the EPA you support this groundbreaking regulation to control carbon pollution and fight global warming.


This proposed regulation is a game changer for the climate – especially because power plants are our single largest source of carbon pollution. Corporate polluters are already doing everything they can to block these important health protections, while members of the environmental and health communities are already voicing their support.  If supporters like you stand up and demand the strongest standard possible, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier future for everyone.


Read more.


LWVC's Guide to California Government Is Now Available!


The League of Women Voters of California's long-awaited Guide to California Government, or G2CG, is a nonpartisan, easy-to-read book for navigating the complicated process for voting and engaging with our state government. This 15th edition of the guide provides essential information for every citizen or future citizen of California.


It is available for purchase now - get yours today!

LWVSF Has A New Look!


Have you checked out our website lwvsf.org lately? It got a facelift - and it looks great! It is now easier than ever to keep up-to-date on the latest with LWVSF - upcoming events, local issues, national and statewide calls to action, and more. LWVSF wishes to thank and acknowledge our friends at LWV Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville for generously sharing their template, as well as web developer and longtime LWVSF member Marge d'Wylde for many hours of donated time. Thanks also to Communications Chair Kathleen Haley,  Communications Committee member Natalya DeRobertis-Theye and LWVC President and Communications Committee member Jennifer Waggoner for their work on this time-intensive effort. We are so proud of our new website - check it out today!

Upcoming Events



Election Day
November 5, 2013 
San Francisco League Holiday Party
December 7, 2013 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Our annual holiday party is always a great way to ring in the holiday season - join us to catch up with League friends, network, enjoy tasty snacks and learn about the League's latest. 
Speaker TBD
Please RSVP to lwvsf@lwvsf.org or 415-989-8683 for location.  





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