Election Briefs from KALW News Your 2020 elections guide for Bay Area ballots, covering all the measures and propositions in digestible 2-minute summaries.
Election Briefs from KALW News

Election Briefs from KALW News

From KALW

Your 2020 elections guide for Bay Area ballots, covering all the measures and propositions in digestible 2-minute summaries.

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Measure RR: Caltrain Sales Tax

Measure RR would add a 0.125% sales tax on Caltrain fares for the next 30 years. In regular times, Caltrain estimates this would bring in $100 million dollars annually for the financially struggling transit service.

San Francisco Measure L: The 'Overpaid Executive' Tax

This proposition is more popularly known as the " overpaid executive tax ." Here's how it would work: Starting in 2022, if a San Francisco-based company's highest-paid employee makes between 100 to 200 times the median salary of the company's local workforce, then the city would levy a point one percent fee of the company's total revenues.

San Francisco Measure K: Authorizing 10,000 Units of Affordable Housing

Today we're talking about San Francisco's Measure K. This proposition would authorize San Francisco to develop and own up to 10,000 units of affordable rental housing. Its supporters call it a " green light for social housing ." That means housing for a mix of income groups , owned or financed by the government. But Measure K is just an authorization: a separate citywide measure would need to pass in order to provide the funding. That's Proposition I .

San Francisco Measure K: Authorizing 10,000 Units of Affordable Housing

San Francisco Measure J: Parcel Tax For Schools And Teachers

Measure J is a $288 parcel tax designed to raise funds for teacher salaries and school improvements. It would apply to all taxable real estate in the city though there is an exemption for seniors over 65. The Controller's Office says the measure could generate almost $50 million a year.

SF Measure I: Real Estate Transfer Tax

Measure I proposes to double property tax rates for properties sold at more than $10 million. San Francisco's Accounting Office estimates this could increase annual revenues by an average of $196 million, but that could fluctuate significantly.

San Francisco Measure H: Save Our Small Businesses Initiative

Measure H is called the Save our Small Businesses Initiative . This prop intends to assist small businesses in San Francisco by making it easier for them to open and operate.

San Francisco Measure G: Youth Voting In Local Elections

Measure G proposes to amend San Francisco's voter age requirement for local elections, allowing 16 and 17-year olds to vote on municipal measures . It would not affect voting eligibility for state or national ballot measures.

San Francisco Measure F: Overhauling Business Taxes

Local government leaders are aiming to soften COVID-19's blow to the economy by overhauling the city's tax structure. Measure F would eliminate the city's tax on how businesses pay their workers. This means taxes on any kind of compensation . It would also increase taxes on all revenue certain businesses generate from normal operations. These are called gross receipt taxes. The changes are meant to incentivize employment. City accounting officials estimate the pandemic gutted 100,000 jobs this

San Francisco Measure E: Police Department Staffing Levels

If passed, Measure E would allow San Francisco to make changes to the number of full-time police officers on its force.

San Francisco Measure D: Sheriff's Department Oversight

EDITOR'S NOTE: Since the story was originally published, San Francisco's Office of the Controller increased the estimated annual cost of creating the Inspector General's Office from $1.4-$1.8 million up to $2-$2.5 million. Earlier this year, George Floyd's killing while in police custody prompted greater focus on police oversight and accountability nationwide. Here in San Francisco, Measure D aims to investigate misconduct within the Sheriff's Department.

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