DCCC Joins Quickly Growing Opposition to Cars-First Prop L

Prop L was slammed by the SF Democratic County Central Committee last night, via an almost-unanimous vote against endorsing the measure to “restore transportation balance” for motorists. The DCCC’s endorsements hold a lot of sway, and its resounding “no” vote on the measure was a key litmus test to see whether the Republican-backed measure would garner any sympathy from SF’s political establishment.

The SF Transit Riders Union’s Peter Straus testifies against Prop L at the DCCC. Photo: Thea Selby/SFTRU

All but one of the DCCC’s 32 members, which include six supervisors and a full roster of veteran SF office holders, voted against or abstained from endorsing the proposition. The only “yes” vote came from Carole Migden, formerly a senator, assemblywoman, and city supervisor. Current office holders who voted against it include Supervisors Malia Cohen, David Campos, Eric Mar, Scott Wiener, John Avalos, and David Chiu, as well as Senator Mark Leno. Supervisor London Breed also opposes it.

Cohen and Campos, who have criticized parking meter expansions and developments without parking, hadn’t made their positions on Prop L known until now. The only supervisors who have yet to weigh in are Katy Tang, Norman Yee, and Mark Farrell.

Mayor Ed Lee hasn’t spoken up on Prop L either, although it’s funded by one of his major campaign backers, tech billionaire Sean Parker.

The DCCC joins a quickly growing roster (listed below) of endorsements from influential people and organizations in SF. The DCCC also endorsed Prop A, the $500 million transportation bond measure, and Prop B, Supervisor Wiener’s measure to tie funding for Muni and safer streets to population growth.

No one from the public spoke in favor of Prop L at the DCCC meeting, but a dozen or so slammed it.

“If you have to drive, if you want to drive, if you find yourself behind the wheel, your best friend is the person who took Muni — not your parking place,” said one man. “San Francisco’s going to probably grow by about 200,000 people in the next 25 years. We don’t want half of those people, or any percent of those people, in cars.”

Here’s the full list of endorsements so far from the “No on L” campaign website:

Elected Leaders

Mark Leno, State Senator
David Chiu, President San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Eric Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Jane Kim, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Scott Wiener San Francisco Board of Supervisors
John Avalos, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
David Campos, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Alix Rosenthal, Vice-Chair, Democratic County Central Committee
Rafael Mandelman, Democratic County Central Committee
Hene Kelly, Democratic County Central Committee
Kelly Welsh Dwyer, Democratic County Central Committee
Matt Haney, Board of Education
Tom Radulovich, BART Board of Directors

Organizations:

CC Puede
San Francisco League of Conservation Voters
The San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council
Potrero Hill Democratic Club
New Avenues Democratic Club
Walk SF
Livable City
SF Bicycle Coalition
SF Transit Riders

Individuals (* affiliations listed for identification purposes only):

Christina Olague, President, Latino Democratic Club*
Nicholas Josefowitz, former SF Commission on the Environment*
Bruce Agid, South Beach/Rincon/Mission Bay Neighborhood Association Board Member and Transportation Rep.*
Patrick Valentino, Vice President, South Beach | Mission Bay Business Association
Winston Parsons, Chairperson, GoGeary
Mónica Negra Mojina Guerra, Youth Program Coordinator
Paul Hogarth, Tenderloin Resident
Peter Gallotta, Geary Citizens’ Advisory Council*
Fran Taylor, CC Puede co-chair
Aliza Paz, Resident