Measures

The Department of Elections is happy to assist with your ballot measure submission needs.

 

Local and district measures qualify for the ballot in various ways. Depending on the type of proposed legislation, a measure can be:

  • Submitted after a vote by the Board of Supervisors or another agency, such as the Board of Education or Community College Board
  • Submitted by the Mayor or four or more members of the Board of Supervisors
  • Qualified through the initiative process with a sufficient number of voter signatures

An individual San Francisco voter or group of San Francisco voters may submit an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot before San Francisco voters; the Department of Elections facilitates this multi-step qualification process. For details about the initiative process, consult the resources in this section.

The Department of Elections is happy to assist with your ballot measure submission needs. To schedule an appointment, call us or use our appointment form.

For information about state ballot measures,visit the website of the California Secretary of State for information. 

Potential Local and District Ballot Measures

Potential measures are posted upon submission to the Department of Elections. There may be other potential measures under consideration by the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor, or another agency that are not included on this page. For the June 5, 2018 election, local and district ballot measure lists become final after the submission deadline:

  • Local Measures – March 2, 2018
  • District Measures – March 9, 2018

When a potential ballot measure is submitted to the Department of Elections, the Department requests permission from the measure’s proponent to make contact information available to the public. If there is no contact information for a particular measure on this page, the proponent has not authorized the Department to release this information.

Draft Title of Proposed Measure Submitted for Title & Summary Title & Summary Issued Submission Deadline Proponent(s) & Contact Information Status

Referenda: Repeal of Ordinance Banning the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

n/a n/a 8/7/2017 Joel Aurora
(415) 389-6800
jaurora@nmgovlaw.com
Signatures verified; petition successful
Declaration of Policy: Relocation of Professional Sports Teams 5/05/2017 5/08/2017 11/13/2017 Allen Jones
P.O. Box 410273
San Francisco, CA 94141
(415) 756-7733
Jones-allen@att.net
Signatures verified; petition successful

Ordinance: City-Funded Legal Representation For All Residential Tenants in Eviction Lawsuits

11/1/2017 11/16/2017 5/15/2018

Dean Preston

Jen Snyder
SFRightToCounsel@gmail.com
www.SFRightToCounsel.com
415-504-0666

Signatures verified; petition successful

Ordinance: Use of Tasers by San Francisco Police Officers

11/21/2017 12/1/2017 5/30/2018

Martin Halloran,
Mary Harris,
Angelique Mahan

Thomas A. Willis and Karen Getman

Remcho, Johansen, & Purcell, LLP
1901 Harrison Street, Suite 1550
Oakland, CA 94612
510-346-6200
twillis@rjp.com

kegetman@rjp.com

Signatures verified; petition successful

Ordinance: Parcel Tax for San Francisco Unified School District

12/8/2017 12/21/2017 6/20/2018 Jose Tengco,
David Strother,
Catherine Sullivan
Signatures verified; petition successful

Ordinance: Tax on Commercial Rents to Fund Child Care and Education

01/09/2018 01/17/2018 07/16/2018 Norman Yee Signatures verified; petition successful

Ordinance: Commercial Rents Tax for Early Child Care and Education

n/a n/a n/a Supervisors:
Norman Yee
Jane Kim
Sandra Lee Fewer
Hillary Ronen
Initiative measure submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by four or more Supervisors under SF Charter section 2.113.

Ordinance: Additional Gross Receipts Tax on Commercial Rents

n/a n/a n/a Supervisors:
Ahsha Safai
Jeff Sheehy
Katy Tang
Malia Cohen
Mark Farrell
Initiative measure submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by four or more Supervisors under SF Charter section 2.113.

Charter Amendment: Appointed Board Members and Commissioners Seeking Elective Office

n/a n/a n/a Supervisors:
Aaron Peskin
Jane Kim
Ahsha Safai
Norman Yee
Initiative measure submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by four or more Supervisors under SF Charter section 2.113.

Charter Amendment: Revenue Bonds for Public Utilities Commission Clean Power, Water, and Clean Water Facilities

n/a n/a n/a Board of Supervisors Initiative measure submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by four or more Supervisors under SF Charter section 2.113.

Charter Amendment: Term Limits for the Mayor and Members of the Board of Supervisors

11/6/2017 11/13/2017 5/14/2018

Corey Smith

Jesse Mainardi
Mainardi Law
315 Montgomery, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-735-1649
jesse@mainardi.law

Proof of publication submitted; awaiting signatures

Charter Amendment: Automatic City Approval of Certain Housing Projects that Comply with Local Zoning

11/21/2017 12/6/2017 6/4/2018

Laura Clark

Jesse Mainardi
Mainardi Law
315 Montgomery, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-735-1649
jesse@mainardi.law

Proof of publication submitted, awaiting signatures

Ordinance: Central South of Market Office Development

12/6/2017 12/21/2017 6/20/2018 John Elberling,
Gabriel Metcalf
 
Thomas A. Willis
Remcho, Johansen & Purcell, LLP
1901 Harrison St, Suite 1550
Oakland, CA 94612
510-346-6200
Title and summary received, awaiting proof of publication

Ordinance: Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds

12/11/2017 12/21/2017 6/20/2018 Martha Ryan,
Brad Erickson
 
50+1 Strategies LLC
1 Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Proof of publication submitted, awaiting signatures

Ordinance: No Cost Permit for Summer of Love Anniversary Concert

12/20/2017 1/2/2018 7/2/2018 Julius Karpen Proof of publication submitted, awaiting signatures

Referenda: Repeal of Ordinance Amending the Administrative Code to Declare the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples Day

n/a n/a 03/12/2018 James Sutton
Contact: 415-732-4501
jsutton@campaignlawyers.com
Awaiting signatures

Calendar for Ballot Measures

Ballot measure submission deadlines and related schedules are set by law and cannot be extended under any circumstance. To learn more about what activities must occur during specified periods, consult the calendar below. Use the drop-down menu to filter the list for ballot measure activities.

Resources for Ballot Measures

 
The San Francisco Department of Elections has prepared a guide that summarizes the requirements and procedures for qualifying Charter Amendments, Ordinances, and Declarations of Policy for the ballot through the initiative process. This guide is intended to answer common questions about the initiative process and is not intended to be all-inclusive. This guide does not have the force and effect of law, regulation, or rule, and interested parties should not rely on this guide as a substitution for consulting an attorney. This guide applies only to initiative Charter Amendments, Ordinances, and Declarations of Policy for the City and County of San Francisco.   June 5, 2018 – Guide to Qualifying San Francisco Initiative Measures (PDF)
 

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