Bike Vote November 2008
2008 Results: WE WON BIG!
As we wake to the remarkable result of our national presidential election (wow!), the SFBC is proud to celebrate the many victories of our Bike Vote 08 slate for local and state races.
Prop 1A (California High Speed Rail) PASSED
Prop A (rebuilding SF General Hospital) PASSED
Prop P (weakening SF County Transportation Authority) FAILED
State Senate, District 3: Mark Leno
State Assembly, District 13: Tom Ammiano
BART Director, District 9: Tom Radulovich
SF Supervisor, District 1: Eric Mar
SF Supervisor, District 3: David Chiu
SF Supervisor, District 5: Ross Mirkarimi
SF Supervisor, District 7: Sean Elsbernd
SF Supervisor, District 9: David Campos
SF Supervisor, District 11: John Avalos
A BIG THANKS to all the SFBC members who helped get out the bike vote--your time and energy made a real difference for a better bike-friendly outcome. Keep an eye on the SF Dept. of Elections' official results page for updates to the Supervisor races, and get ready for a new chapter in public policy for great streets!
Why should you care about the local races?With the Bike Plan Injunction nearing its end, we have the potential now to champion a Bike Plan that could finally make San Francisco the most bike-friendly big city in the nation.
But we cannot do it without a strong, pro-bike Board of Supervisors. Your volunteer help was critical to ensuring a bike-friendly City Hall- which we now have!
The SFBC has endorsed the following candidates and measures as the most bike-friendly.
State Senate 03:
For the BART Board of Directors District 9 seat, we enthusiastically endorse Tom Radulovich .
And we have taken the following positions on local and state measures:
Yes on A , a bond measure to re-build General Hospital.
No on P, a misleading effort to end the independence of the Transportation Authority and weaken oversight of transportation projects.
Yes on 1A , the state bond measure to fund high-speed rail between L.A. and S.F.
Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
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. To learn more about our endorsements process, look here.