Ballot Measure Battle Royale, Episode 1: Charter Amendments

by Diego Aguilar-Canabal : thebaycitybeacon – excerpt

What is a charter amendment, and which could end up on your next ballot?

Charter Amendments are explicit changes to the city charter, which must be approved by a citywide vote. These are the hardest-sought ballot measures that can have the most meaningful impact on how city government operates. Some of these are spats between factions or rivalries, while others represent more significant power struggles between the Executive and Legislative branches of government. Others may be more mundane or popular issues that, for whatever reason, can only be addressed through the city charter.

Whether the Board of Supervisors votes to put it on the ballot, or activists gather thousands of signatures to qualify, here’s an exhaustive list of all the proposed charter amendments under consideration: … (more)

If you do not understand how the local government operates you will be confused by what is going on at City Hall. This article describes this year’s list of ballot initiatives up for consideration.

Metermadness will only concern itself with the Charter Amendment to Split the SFTA. read the rest of the article for the issues in the article.

Splitting Apart the SFMTA:

Despite their endorsements of rival candidates in the 2016 election, Supervisors Ahsha Safai and Aaron Peskin joined forces to introduce a ballot measure that would rescind authority over automobile traffic from the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Parking and traffic policy would instead by governed by a new Department of Livable Streets, under the auspices of a commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors…

Supervisor Safai’s office believes constituents may want to see car traffic decoupled from the central agency’s jurisdiction, as a bureaucracy under mayoral control may be less politically responsive than your District Supervisor. Ingleside residents repeatedly requested a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Avalon and Edinburgh—if the SFMTA hadn’t denied these requests, Safai contends, then Supervisorial control these sorts of traffic decisions could have prevented several injuries.

If passed, the ballot measure would give a Supervisor receiving such complaints “final oversight on mobility management, parking, and traffic calming” under the Livable Streets Department, according to Safai’s office…

Safai’s legislative aide Cathy Mulkey Meyer was notified by the Ingleside Police Station that a pedestrian had been hit at the intersection. A car crash followed just last week, on January 18. According to Meyer, the SFMTA only provides “significant” traffic calming measures—like a stop sign—“if the SFMTA engineers observe right number of pedestrians are interacting with a hazardous number of cars travelling at rapid speeds during a few hours on one day of the year.”

Meyer added that these traffic audits “don’t reflect the nuances neighbors plan their daily lives around, whether walking across the street or deciding what time to leave for work”—or, in the case of this intersection, three schools within a three-block radius. One local traffic engineer, speaking to the Beacon under the condition of anonymity, insisted that “any assessment” for traffic calming purposes would have “absolutely” included factors such as nearby schools(more)

1 thought on “Ballot Measure Battle Royale, Episode 1: Charter Amendments

  1. The amendment introduced to move muni over to livable streets is a 100% total scam. Livable streets division was created by the sfmta. Think of it like Safeway. Sfmta is the corporate office and livable streets division is one of their stor locations. But in this case the store is an office within the corporate office.

    Now livable streets is listed as a non profit. Funded by yours truly… the sfmta. Now bike lanes, bulb outs, red bus lanes, come out of this division. If this amendment is past you will then give this livable streets division control of our traffic and parking. Their plans have already caused the mess that were in. Nothing will change and things will be worse. Are you crazy???

    Here comes the scam. They’ve wanted to move parking and traffic to livable streets for years. However, they can’t just do that and say ok you guys control it. Prop E does not allow it. The prop E I refer to is the prop e that created the sfmta in the first place. Although prop e completely fucked the city up it does have some rules. One of the rules is that you can’t just move muni over here or parking and traffic over there. Any move of this sort must be voted on by the citizens. Hence this new charter amendment.

    It’s a fucking scam with supervisors acting like they’re hearing the citizens. If you want to seperate muni or parking and traffic then what you need is a a whole new measure. Not a “charter amendment” to slightly amend the existing deal which is prop e.

    Parking and traffic or must have its own department complete separation from sfmta or any sfmta “division”. With its own director or own board of directors voted in. Passing this amendment will only makw it easier and taking less time to implement more dumb ass street plans that involve parking or traffic. Less studies, less open houses etc.

    This should be shot down. And continue with complaints straight to the supervisors. No amendment and triple the attack on the supervisors.

    Extra knowledge. Take a look at their board of directors and advisory board.


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