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. 

Qualified Local and District Measures

The Director of Elections determines the title and letter designation of each measure. The title of each measure is subject to change prior to letter designation. If the Department of Elections receives more than one proposed proponent or opponent argument for a measure, the Department will select one proponent and one opponent argument according to priority levels and, if necessary, by lottery. If an argument designated by motion of the Board is not submitted, the Department will select according to the next priority level.

The Department requests permission from each 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.

*Persons who are entitled to submit the proponent or opponent argument for a particular measure may assign the right to submit the argument to another person or persons, provided that the assignee is eligible to submit an argument

**The Department of Elections will not be accepting Paid Ballot Arguments for Regional Measure 3

Ballot Questions (PDF)

Letter Regional Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
3

Regional Measure 3**

Bay Area Toll Authority   Gabriel Metcalf, SPUR Terence Faulker
Charter Amendments
Letter City and County Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
A

Public Utilities Revenue Bonds

Board of Supervisors   Mayor Mark Farrell* Libertarian Party of San Francisco
B

Prohibiting Appointed Commissioners from Running for Office

Supervisors:
Aaron Peskin
Jane Kim
Ahsha Safai
Norman Yee
CommissionersWithoutConflicts@gmail.com Supervisor Aaron Peskin Terence Faulkner
Ordinances and Declarations of Policy
Letter City and County Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
C

Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Child Care and Education

Norman Yee   Supervisor Norman Yee Libertarian Party of San Francisco
D

Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Housing and Homelessness Services

Supervisors:
Ahsha Safai
Jeff Sheehy
Katy Tang
Malia Cohen
Mark Farrell​
  Supervisor Ahsha Safai Howard Strasser
E

Prohibiting Tobacco Retailers from Selling Flavored Tobacco Products

N/A   Supervisor Malia Cohen Carolina Escorcia, Center for Economic Independence of Women and Youth*
F

City-Funded Legal Representation for Residential Tenants in Eviction Lawsuits

Dean Preston Jen Snyder
SFRightToCounsel@gmail.com
www.SFRightToCounsel.com
415-504-0666
SF Right to Counsel Committee San Francisco Apartment Association
G

Parcel Tax for San Francisco Unified School District

Jose Tengco,
David Strother,
Catherine Sullivan
info@yestosfteachers.com Mayor Mark Farrell* Libertarian Party of San Francisco
H

Policy for the Use of Tasers by San Francisco Police Officers

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
kgetman@rjp.com
Martin Halloran Supervisor Malia Cohen
I

Relocation of Professional Sports Teams

Allen Jones P.O. Box 410273
San Francisco, CA 94141
(415) 756-7733
Jones-allen@att.net
Allen Jones No Argument Submitted

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

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

Ordinance: Changing Kearny Street to Mayor Ed Lee Street

3/5/2018 3/8/2018 9/4/2018 Emma Tao Proof of publication submitted, awaiting signatures

Ordinance: Development of the Balboa Reservoir Property

3/12/2018 3/23/2018 9/19/2018 Steve Zeltzer Title and summary received, awaiting proof of publication

Ordinance:SF Community Housing Act of 2018

4/16/2018 n/a n/a Benjamin Becker
415-952-0972
Awaiting Title and Summary

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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