Endorsements Nov 2008
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4!
The SF Bicycle Coalition made endorsements in the Board of Supervisors and BART Director races as well as serveral ballot measures Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
All SFBC Members as of August 22, 2008, should have received an e-mail on Thursday, August 28 with voting instructions. If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact Frank to check your membership status.
We appreciate all of our members who voted in the SFBC's endorsements process during the past two weeks. Voting is now closed, but you can still read candidates' responses to the SFBC's survey.
Board of Supervisors Districts
- District 1: Richmond.
- District 3: North Beach, Nob Hill, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Fisherman's Wharf.
- District 4: Sunset, Parkside.
- District 5: Panhandle, Haight Ashbury, Alamo Square, Western Addition, Hayes Valley, Inner Sunset.
- District 7: West Portal, Lake Merced, Park Merced.
- District 9: Inner Mission, Bernal Heights, Portola.
- District 11: Cayuga Terrace, Crocker Amazon, Excelsior, New Mission Terrace, Ocean View, Merced Heights, Ingleside.
Note: These neighborhoods are offered just as a guide. Please review your ballot materials or consult the Board of Supervisors page for definitive supervisorial district information.
BART Board of Directors
- District 7: Alameda/Contra Costa/San Francisco (all partial). No candidates in this district returned their SFBC questionnaires, so the SFBC will not make an endorsement in this district.
- District 9: San Francisco (partial).
Consult the BART Board of Directors page for BART district specifications.
No other race is more important than the Board of Supervisors' elections in November for the SFBC's top issues -- including building a complete Citywide Bike Network, increasing the number of bike trips in the city, and increasing bike parking and access to transit. The outcome of this election will influence San Francisco's bike friendliness for years to come.
No decision-making group in San Francisco holds as much sway over bike issues -- from deciding on bike lane proposals to funding choices for bike projects -- as the 11-member Board of Supervisors. As you're probably aware, the race is already gearing up, with five of the seats on the Board up for consideration. In order to have a bike-friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors, it is essential that bike-friendly candidates win these races.
How Does The Process Work?
We've asked all of the declared candidates about where they stand on our issues by asking them to respond to our questionnaire. For those who responded, we've posted their questionnaires online to share with SFBC members and the public. (We also encourage members to visit the candidates' own campaign websites -- which we've posted -- to learn about their positions on other issues.)
All current SFBC members had the chance to review the candidates' questionnaire responses and to cast your votes for the SFBC's endorsements in the elections.
Online member voting was open between Monday, August 25th and Friday, September 5th (by 5pm). After that, the SFBC Board reviewed the members' recommendations and made the final decisions on endorsements for the November races. We will announce these endorsements in the October/November Tube Times.
SFBC members may vote in all of the races, regardless of where they live. We are using the Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) system again this year, so you will have the chance to rank your choices in each district.
SFBC members were emailed specific instructions on how to vote, as well as their passwords.
Thank you for taking the time to vote.