Consider the Association’s Ballot Recommendations
When Voting Tomorrow
(Editor’s Note: On May 4, 2010, REALTOR® Advantage Online published descriptions of the propositions appearing on the June 8 municipal ballot and the Association’s recommendations. If you are a San Francisco voter and have not voted yet, please consider the Association’s recommendations when voting. And, don’t forget to vote NO on F.)
Proposition A (School Facilities Special Tax): Would authorize the imposition of a special tax on parcels in Community Facilities (Mello-Roos) District No. 90-1 for the following: seismic upgrading of San Francisco Unified School District facilities; repair, replacement, improvement and rehabilitation of fire and life-safety building systems; deferred capital maintenance of San Francisco Unified School District facilities; and incidental expenses. The maximum annual special tax on parcels will be the following for the first year:
$32.20 per parcel for single-family residential parcels; and
$16.10 times the number of dwelling units thereon for mixed use parcels and multi-family residential parcels.
The adjustment for inflation will not exceed two percent per year.
On June 5, 1990, the electors approved the imposition of a special tax to finance certain facilities of the San Francisco Unified School District. The tax has been annually imposed to pay for the facilities. However, not all of the facilities have been completed and the term of the special tax has expired. Proposition A would allow the completion of facilities previously approved, extend the imposition of the previously approved special tax and provide for the reauthorization of the previously authorized facilities.
Association Position on A: No recommendation
Proposition B (Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond): Would authorize the City and County of San Francisco to incur a bonded indebtedness of $412,300,000 to finance the construction, acquisition, improvement and retrofitting of neighborhood fire and police stations, the auxiliary water supply system, a public safety building, and other critical infrastructure and facilities for earthquake safety and related costs necessary and convenient for the foregoing purposes, and authorizing landlords to pass-through 50 percent of the resulting property tax increase to residential tenants in accordance with the city’s “Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance.”
Association Position on B: No recommendation
Proposition C (Film Commission): Would amend the Charter to establish a Film Commission consisting of eleven members, who will each serve a four-year term. The mayor will nominate six members and the Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors will nominate five members. The commission will develop, recognize and promote film activities in the city. The members will work together to explore and promote long-term goals for film making as a major emphasis of the city’s economic and cultural base, and encourage the recognition of film arts as an art form with widespread economic components.
Currently, the Film Commission consists of eleven members appointed by the mayor. The commission is not a Charter commission.
Association Position on C: Vote YES
Proposition D (Retirement Benefit Costs): Would amend the Charter to establish an employee contribution rate of nine percent for all employees hired on or after July 1, 2010 who become members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and authorize all contracts with CalPERS for persons hired on and after July 1, 2010, to include a two-year formula for the calculation of final compensation “to the fullest extent possible.” It also would create new San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) plans for safety members hired on and after July 1, 2010 that increase required employee retirement contributions to nine percent and modify the average final compensation calculation from a one-year formula to a two-year formula.
Association Position on D: No recommendation
Proposition E (Budget Line Item for Police Security for City Officials and Dignitaries): Would require the annual budget approved by the Police Commission and submitted by the mayor to include a line item for funds appropriated to provide security to city officials and visiting dignitaries.
Association Position on E: No recommendation
Proposition F (Renters’ Financial Hardship Applications): Would allow renters to file a petition claiming financial hardship at any time with respect to any rent increase. Payment of the rent increase would be stayed for a period of 60 days from the date of filing or until a hearing is held and a decision issued by an Administrative Law Judge.
In determining whether the renter’s claim of financial hardship is to be granted, the Rent Board and the Administrative Law Judge would base their decision on:
Whether a tenant in a household is either unemployed or has had wages reduced by 20 percent or more compared to 12 months prior, or whose sole income consists of government benefits such as Social Security, SSI, SDI or similar benefits and has not received a cost of living increase in the past 12 months; and
Whether the rent including the increase comprises or will comprise 33 percent or more of the tenant’s gross income.
The renter’s assets also are to be considered in making the determination.
Upon a finding that the tenant has financial hardship, the Administrative Law Judge will order that the rent increase will not be in effect for a specific period of time based on the tenant’s circumstances and schedule a review at the end of that period. If the rent increase is later allowed, it will take effect as of the date the tenant’s income or assets changed to permit the increase.
Association Position on F: Vote NO
Proposition G (Transbay Transit Center): Would call on the California High Speed Rail Authority to abandon consideration of an alternate site for high speed rail at Main and Beale Streets and focus on bringing high speed rail to the Transbay Transit Center.
Association Position on G: Vote YES