Bike Vote June 2006
Important State Election June 6th
Mark your calendars to vote on June 6th for key races for State Assembly and State Senate. Though the SFBC is not making endorsements in these races, we do have some important & relevant information to share about some of the candidates.
State Assembly District 12
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, Reilly has actively supported our campaign to prohibit tolls on bicyclists and pedestrians on the Golden Gate Bridge, and she actively supports Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which will dramatically improve transit service in the Richmond District. Janet has the individual support of sustainable transportation leaders such as Leah Shahum of the SFBC, Tom Radulovich of TLC, and Emily Drennen of Walk SF.
Longtime SFBC member and Green Party candidate Barry Hermanson has been a vocal and active supporter of better bicycling conditions and sustainable transportation, overall. He regularly testifies on behalf of SFBC projects as hearing, adding an important voice as a small businessman.
As a member of the SF Board of Supervisors, Ma has voted for bike lane proposals, but it should be noted that these proposals, by and large, get unanimous support at the Board. Ma was one of four Supervisors voting against the legislation for Healthy Saturdays in the Park just weeks ago, and she has touted that position prominently in her campaign materials. She has also been lackluster in her support of Geary BRT, to say the least.
State Assembly District 13
Assembly member Mark Leno, a strong, longtime supporter of the SFBC, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
As an S.F. Supervisor, Yee was hardly a friend of the bicycle advocacy community. At one time, he even led a Car Critical Mass as a protest against bicyclists' growing power (We asked: how would you differentiate a Car Critical Mass from any other day of the week?!) But Yee has become somewhat more supportive of our issues since he's been in the State Assembly and, given his main opposition's positions, see below, it may be worth giving Yee another look.
We'll admit that we don't know much about Nevin's record, but we are alarmed, to say the least, that this candidate has come out so strongly in opposition to Healthy Saturdays and to Geary BRT. Read the letter he sent to voters slamming both issues. Worrisome....
We don't know much about this candidate's record, but check out his website for more info.
With all of the candidates in the state races, we encourage you to learn more about them. This is not intended to be a full assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, but only a chance to share what we have learned about some of them and how they relate to the SFBC's issues.