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Amending/Repealing Legislative Initiative Ordin. and Dec.of Policy
City and County of San Francisco
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 59369 / 32.87% Yes votes ...... 121248 / 67.13% No votes
Index of all Propositions
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Shall the City amend its Charter to allow the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor to amend or repeal initiative ordinances and declarations of policy that the Board of Supervisors or the Mayor place on the ballot and that the voters approve after January 1, 2012?
Should the proposed Charter amendment be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would not in and of itself affect the cost of government. However, the amendment would provide the Board of Supervisors with the authority to change future City programs that otherwise could not be changed without voter approval. In general, this authority could reduce costs by allowing the Board of Supervisors to reduce or eliminate programs and requirements.
The amendment gives authority to the Board of Supervisors to amend and repeal ballot measures placed on the ballot by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors and approved by the voters after January 1, 2012. Currently, voter-approved ballot measures generally may not be amended or repealed except by another ballot measure. The amendment or repeal authority would be subject to certain limits including that no amendments could be made until at least three years after the passage of a measure.
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Proposition E||Arguments Against Proposition E|
|Yes on E--good-government reform of our broken ballot measure
Send a message to politicians to do their jobs instead of having the voters decide issues that should be handled at
City Hall. San Franciscans are asked to vote on too many propositions that should be dealt with by our representatives. It's too easy to put things on the ballot. Politicians use ballot measures to score political points. Too often, hastily thrown together measures aren't fully developed or properly vetted, leading to measures that might make good campaign slogans, but have unintended consequences
once enacted. And, once ballot measures are adopted, they cannot be amended by the Board of Supervisors no matter how
much time passes, how small the change, or how broad the consensus. The only way to change a ballot measure is to go back to voters with yet another ballot measure, perpetuating the cycle of ballot box legislating.
California is the only state in the nation that makes voter adopted legislation permanently untouchable except by
more ballot measures.
Prop E applies only to future ordinances and policies placed on the ballot by the Board or Mayor--measures that the Board and Mayor could pass but instead punt to voters. Prop E has no impact on measures placed on the ballot by collecting voter signatures. Voter-signed measures will remain untouchable by City Hall. Under Prop E, for 3 years after voters pass legislation, the measure will be untouchable by the Board. For the next 4 years, the Board can amend/repeal with a 2/3 vote. After 7 years, the measure will be amendable/repealable like other legislation.
Prop E helps fix our dysfunctional system. Yes on E! Supervisor Scott Wiener Supervisor David Chiu Supervisor Sean Elsbernd Supervisor Carmen Chu Supervisor Mark Farrell Supervisor Malia Cohen
Let's check the record: In the case of the proposed destruction of Parkmerced's 1,538 garden apartments, Wiener supported the Board of Supervisors' vote of 6-to-5 to throw the residents out of their homes. Acting Mayor Ed Lee--strongly under the influence of political fundraisers and lobbyists--signed the ordinance.
Wiener and Lee publicly allied themselves with Wall Street's Daniel Mudd, the former CEO of real estate mortgage-plagued Fannie Mae, and his controversial Fortress Financial Group -- which now controls Parkmerced. Mudd wants to replace the 1,538 garden apartments with tower apartments next to the San Andreas Faultline(which caused the 1906 Earthquake and Fire), increasing Parkmerced's population from 8,000 to 30,000 persons and producing likely traffic jams on 19th Avenue.
Wiener has serious limits as a Supervisor. Vote AGAINST misguided Proposition E. Dr. Terence Faulkner, J.D. Former Member of San Francisco City Government's Cable Television Task Force* John Michael Russom Parkmerced Resident* Patrick C. Fitzgerald Past Secretary San Francisco Democratic Party* Gail Neira San Francisco Republican Alliance* http://www.sfraba.org Events: 415-820-1430
|THE QUESTION: SHOULD THE SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BECOME A DE FACTO "HOUSE OF LORDS" WITH RIGHTS TO OVERRULE VOTERS PASSED INITIATIVE ORDINANCES AND POLICY DECLARATIONS???:
The voters sometimes make mistakes. The problem is that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors also makes errors, often influenced by lobbyists. The Hitler-fighting United Kingdom's great Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill explained the problem rather well: "Democracy is really a very bad form of government--until we consider the alternatives." AN ALTERNATIVE TO DEMOCRACY: Supervisor Scott Wiener feels that the Board of Supervisors, acting as a de facto "House of Lords", should have rights to overturn voters passed initiative ordinances and policy declarations. The oldtime British House of Lords and King George III made a few mistakes as well. The result was the American Revolution. The Coalition For San Francisco Neighborhoods, an alliance of almost 50 community groups with a total membership of more than 10,000 people, has urged a "NO!
vote on Proposition E.SOME HISTORY: When San Francisco political boss Abraham Reuf was put on trial for corruption in 1907, the first prosecuting attorney was shot down in the courtroom. His successor was a lawyer with considerable physical and moral courage--Hiram Johnson.
MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK: Hiram Johnson got Abraham Reuf convicted. He led a political reform movement against the Southern Pacific Railroad (then California's largest landowner), and was elected with the support of the Lincoln Roosevelt League as the Progressive Republican Governor of California.
Johnson brought in some basic democratic reforms: initiative,referendum, and recall. Women were also given the right to vote, almost a decade before the rest of the Nation. Join the Coalition For San Francisco Neighborhoods and many other groups in voting AGAINST outrageous Proposition E. Dr. Terence Faulkner Chairman of Citizens For Election Law Reform.