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San Francisco County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Directory of San Francisco County, CA Propositions
County Results as of Nov 17 4:08pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (580/580)
78.7% Countywide Voter Turnout (375,877/477,356)

Propositions
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Proposition A. San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center Earthquake Safety Bonds, 2008 -- City of San Francisco (Bond - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 300,595 / 83.81% Yes votes ...... 58,049 / 16.19% No votes
To ensure the availability of San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center in the event of a natural disaster or emergency, by building and/or rebuilding and improving the earthquake safety of the hospital and to pay related costs necessary or convenient for the foregoing purposes, shall the City and County of San Francisco issue $887,400,000 in general obligation bonds subject to independent oversight and regular audits?

Proposition B. Establishing Affordable Housing Fund -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 166,299 / 47.81% Yes votes ...... 181,534 / 52.19% No votes
Shall the City establish an Affordable Housing Fund; set aside from the property tax 2 cents for every $100 of assessed value for this Fund through 2024; and use this Fund, subject to public review, to acquire and develop new affordable housing units meeting certain priorities and income limitations?

Proposition C. Prohibiting City Employees from Serving on Charter Boards and Commissions -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 124,395 / 38.06% Yes votes ...... 202,419 / 61.94% No votes
Shall the City prohibit City employees from serving on most Charter created boards and commissions?

Proposition D. Financing Pier 70 Waterfront District Development Plan upon Board of Supervisors' Approval -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 226,513 / 68.07% Yes votes ...... 106,228 / 31.93% No votes
Shall the City provide funds to develop Pier 70, based on new City hotel and payroll expense tax revenues from the development, if the Board of Supervisors approves a financial and land use plan for Pier 70?

Proposition E. Changing the Number of Signatures Required to Recall City Officials -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 195,605 / 60.10% Yes votes ...... 129,862 / 39.90% No votes
Shall the City adopt state law signature requirements for petitions to recall City officials?

Proposition F. Holding All Scheduled City Elections Only in Even- Numbered Years -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 144,592 / 45.00% Yes votes ...... 176,692 / 55.00% No votes
Shall the City shift all City elections except special elections to even-numbered years after the November 2011 election?

Proposition G. Allowing Retirement System Credit for Unpaid Parental Leave -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 202,011 / 62.47% Yes votes ...... 121,354 / 37.53% No votes
Shall the City allow City employees to purchase retirement system credit for unpaid parental leave taken before July 1, 2003, as long as the purchase price covers all City costs?

Proposition H. Setting Clean Energy Deadlines; Studying Options for Providing Energy; Changing Revenue Bond Authority to Pay for Public Utility Facilities -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 133,214 / 38.62% Yes votes ...... 211,681 / 61.38% No votes
Shall the City: evaluate making the City the primary provider of electric power in San Francisco; consider options to provide energy to San Francisco residents, businesses and City departments; mandate deadlines for the City to meet its energy needs through clean and renewable energy sources; establish a new Office of the Independent Ratepayer Advocate to make recommendations about utility rates to the City's Public Utilities Commission; and allow the Board of Supervisors to approve the issuance of revenue bonds to pay for any public utility facilities without voter approval?

Proposition I. Creating the Office of an Independent Rate Payer Advocate -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 117,050 / 36.71% Yes votes ...... 201,811 / 63.29% No votes
Shall the City create an Office of the Independent Ratepayer Advocate to make recommendations about utility rates to the City's Public Utilities Commission?

Proposition J. Creating a Historic Preservation Commission -- City of San Francisco (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 183,372 / 55.64% Yes votes ...... 146,194 / 44.36% No votes
Shall the City establish a seven-member Historic Preservation Commission and give it authority over historic preservation-related decisions in the City?

Proposition K. Changing the Enforcement of Laws Related to Prostitution and Sex Workers -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 140,185 / 40.94% Yes votes ...... 202,235 / 59.06% No votes
Shall the City: stop enforcing laws against prostitution; stop funding or supporting the First Offender Prostitution Program or any similar anti-prostitution program; enforce existing criminal laws that prohibit crimes such as battery, extortion and rape, regardless of the victim's status as a sex worker; and fully disclose the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against sex workers?

Proposition L. Funding the Community Justice Center -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 132,097 / 42.54% Yes votes ...... 178,440 / 57.46% No votes
Shall the City guarantee that the City provide first-year funding for the Community Justice Center, authorize the Director of Property to lease space for the CJC, and define the CJC's scope and operations?

Proposition M. Changing the Residential Rent Ordinance to Prohibit Specific Acts of Harassment of Tenants by Landlords -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 195,023 / 58.84% Yes votes ...... 136,416 / 41.16% No votes
Shall the City's Residential Rent Ordinance be amended to prohibit specific acts of tenant harassment by landlords and to provide for enforcement by means of court orders, rent reduction, monetary awards or criminal penalties?

Proposition N. Changing Real Property Transfer Tax Rates -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 223,808 / 68.56% Yes votes ...... 102,621 / 31.44% No votes
Shall the City increase its transfer tax on sales of real estate worth more than $5 million to 1.5% and reduce the tax by up to 1/3 on sales of residences where the seller installed solar energy systems or made seismic safety improvements?

Proposition O. Replacing the Emergency Response Fee with an Access Line Tax and Revising the Telephone Users Tax -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 208,044 / 66.74% Yes votes ...... 103,679 / 33.26% No votes
Shall the City replace the Emergency Response Fee with an Access Line Tax at the same rates and with the same exemptions, and revise the Telephone Users Tax?

Proposition P. Changing the Composition of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 101,230 / 32.99% Yes votes ...... 205,665 / 67.01% No votes
Shall the City change the size and composition of the Transportation Authority Board and encourage the Authority to use City agencies and departments to perform staff functions, to obtain expert financial review before adopting Authority budgets, and to adopt the same ethics and public records laws that apply to City agencies?

Proposition Q. Modifying the Payroll Expense Tax -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 233,411 / 74.20% Yes votes ...... 81,178 / 25.80% No votes
Shall the City specify that certain partnerships and other businesses are subject to the City's payroll expense tax and expand the payroll expense tax exemption for small businesses so that businesses with annual payroll expenses of $250,000 or less would not have to pay the tax?

Proposition R. Renaming the Oceanside Water Treatment Plant -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 101,376 / 30.25% Yes votes ...... 233,733 / 69.75% No votes
Shall the City change the name of the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W Bush Sewage Plant?

Proposition S. Policy Regarding Budget Set-Asides and Identification of Replacement Funds -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 167,974 / 55.66% Yes votes ...... 133,817 / 44.34% No votes
Shall it be City policy that the voters will not approve any new set-aside of City revenue unless the set-aside identifies a new funding source, includes limits on annual increases, and automatically expires after 10 years?

Proposition T. Free and Low-Cost Substance Abuse Treatment Programs -- City of San Francisco (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 200,649 / 61.24% Yes votes ...... 127,014 / 38.76% No votes
Shall the City be required to provide enough free and low-cost substance abuse treatment services to meet demand and to maintain funding for such services?

Proposition U. Policy Against Funding the Deployment of Armed Forces in Iraq -- City of San Francisco (Declaration of Policy - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 193,407 / 59.25% Yes votes ...... 133,002 / 40.75% No votes
Shall it be City policy that its elected representatives in the United States Senate and House of Representatives vote against any further funding for the deployment of United States Armed Forces in Iraq, except for funds to withdraw troops?

Proposition V. Policy Against Terminating Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Programs in Public High Schools -- City of San Francisco (Declaration of Policy - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 179,639 / 54.63% Yes votes ...... 149,169 / 45.37% No votes
Shall it be City policy to encourage the School Board to reverse its decision to terminate JROTC and to continue to offer JROTC in San Francisco public high schools?

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