Today’s Headlines

  • BART Board and Bond Results (KQED)
  • J, K and Other Election Results (SFChron)
  • SF Voters Want Better Muni – But Don’t Want to Pay for it (SFBay)
  • Mixed Results on Bay Area Rent Control Measures (SFChron, BizJournal)
  • San Mateo and Burlingame Turn Down Rent Control (DailyJournal)
  • Santa Clara Transportation Tax (MercNews)
  • Will New Apple Building Push Up Silicon Valley Housing Prices? (SFGate)
  • Gluten Free Buses (SFGate)
  • Commentary: No Assurance BART Will Spend Bond Money Wisely (EastBayTimes)

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  • shamelessly

    SF voters want better Muni, but don’t want to pay for it with regressive sales taxes that hit poor and working class people the hardest.

  • I’d like to see a ballot measure to fund real transit projects like extending the Central Subway to the wharf, rail under Geary, etc. I have no problem paying more in sales tax if all the proceeds go towards building transit infrastructure that allows people to get around the city more freely and reduces congestion on our roadways.

  • RE: RR

    That’s why I voted No. It’s unclear how that money will be spent and, unlike proponent’s claims, the passage of RR will not reduce congestion or relieve air pollution. It’s not like the money will go towards building new lines or stations which will encourage people to ditch their cars. The money will go towards a few repairs to placate naysayers and the rest into their hefty retirement packages.

  • als

    This San Francisco voter does not want to vote on one ballot measure that addresses two different matters. You want my vote on transit funding – ask. You want my vote on homeless issues – ask.

  • voltairesmistress

    Roger Rudnick, Could you please explain to readers why you continually cite articles from the East Bay Times? My impression is that its editors are very anti-mobility. I cannot remember a transit project they have supported. Am I wrong? And if I’m right, then why do you keep posting this reactionary shite?

  • voltairesmistress

    I get what you are saying. I did vote for K’s sales tax, but I did not like the combining of two major issues under one sales tax increase. Both homelessness and transit are issues that deserve focused policy proposals and funding to match. Prop K (combined with J) were not specific enough. And the poor showing of K shows how badly it’s backers miscalculated.

  • voltairesmistress

    Frankly, I wonder why San Francisco has not yet attempted to pass a graduated income tax. It seems that would get a lot more support than a sales tax increase. Does anyone know if a New York City like income tax is simply ruled out by state law or something?

  • RichLL

    No California city can pass a city income tax because of state law. Ditto a capital gains tax, wealth tax or an estate tax.

    Very few cities nationally have a city income tax – those that do are mostly back east – NYC, Chicago, Detroit and Philly (from memory).

    I feel sure SF would have passed a city income tax years ago if they were not prevented. In fact SF is quite limited in the taxes it can raise.

  • mx

    Me too. Unfortunately, given the costs of the Central Subway, we’d need a 20+% sales tax to afford any of these projects, especially as I fear we may now not see much in the way of federal transit dollars for a long time.

  • Meanwhile, LA’s transit network keeps growing and growing.

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