The Guardian's voter Clip-Out Guide

Our Oct. 1 cover screamed "Election!" even if our current cover doesn't.

So we’ve heard a little confusion — and even some amusing conspiracy theories — about why the Guardian’s regular voter Clip-Out Guide isn’t on our cover like it usually is in the issue before the election. Rest assured, loyal Guardian readers (and haters), it’s right there, along the bottom.

With only eight items on the ballot, and fairly minimal interest in all but two of those items, we didn’t think it made sense to devote our entire cover to the election (but check out our cool Death Issue instead). Besides, it was only a month ago that we did devote the whole cover to the hottest items on the ballot, Props. B&C.

But in the interests of tradition, let me reinforce, here and now, how the Guardian thinks you should be voting on Tuesday: Yes on Prop. A; No, no, no! on Prop. B; No on Prop. C; Yes on Prop. D; Dennis Herrera for City Attorney; Jose Cisneros for Treasurer; Katy Tang for D4 Supervisor; and Carmen Chu for Assessor.   

If you want longer explanations of our reasoning, read our full endorsements. And check back here on election night for some live blogging and tweeting of the results — that may also be in a more abbreviated form than in years’ past, but blame this lackluster election and not anything going on over here at the good ole Bay Guardian.



I voted no. Admittedly, I'm no expert; even after reading the ballot pamphlet I'm still not sure whether it's good or bad in the long run. Times like these you gotta rely on shorthand. Look at how the Guardian, the Milk Club, and the Tenants Union went, as well as Plan C and the Republican Party, and then you pretty much know how to vote.

Except that on this one you can't do that, because everybody seems to be yes. Except... Mark Farrell seems a little bit too excited about his yes vote. His smiling mug was the on the front page of the glossy I got in favor of Prop A. Red flag #1. And the Republican Party calls it "sensible reform." When the party of Boner and Cruz call something "sensible," that's a big red flag to run the other way.

But then the Guardian is also "yes" on it. And so is the Milk Club... although there were noises about reconsidering.

In politics, there is rarely a true win-win. Someone is seeing cards that other players are not, and someone is getting the wool pulled over their eyes. The way I see it... the folks at the Chamber and Plan C play for keeps. I'm voting NO.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 30, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

I thought Prop A looked pretty good. Do you have any specific concerns with it?

Posted by Ed on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 12:58 am

Here is a pretty good explanation from the SF Green Party:

"NO on A (potential raid on retiree health trust fund)

In June 2008, voters established a retiree health care trust fund to help pay the health insurance costs of retired City employees. The Green Party supported that measure, even as we continued to fight to replace for-profit insurance with less expensive and better Single Payer coverage.

Under existing law, money contributed by current City employees goes into a trust fund, which cannot be spent until 2020, and only then on insurance costs. City College employees pay into a separate trust fund, with identical restrictions. The current trust fund governing and distributing board consists of of five members: two at large (public employees), one Board of Supervisors, and one member each appointed by the Controller and Mayor. This gives SF public employees a semblance of comfort in knowing that their funds are under safe lock and key, in contrast to the workers of San Mateo Co, who saw significant losses due to risky investments.

This year, Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced Prop A, which addresses loopholes in the way funds may be spent starting in 2020, along with changing structure of the governing board. These restrictions will supposedly help protect taxpayers from future raids on the funds.

However, in fact Prop A does the opposite, by allowing the trust funds to be spent immediately under certain circumstances. If Prop A passes, the Mayor and Supervisors could spend money from the City fund with a supermajority vote, starting as early as next year. It is unclear who would control the City College trust fund, but we are worried that the funds would be controlled by the unelected "special trustee" who has usurped control of City College from the elected board. We are very worried that in either case, the funds would not be spent for their intended purpose--just as federal pension funds have been plundered for the purpose of "balancing the federal deficit."

We urge voters to protect the trust fund by voting NO on Prop A. If there really is a problem with the way funds will be managed starting in 2020, there is still plenty of time to fix this, without introducing loopholes that may allow the money to be stolen by corrupt politicians. Join us by standing against government fiscal intervention and in solidarity with unions (including SEIU 1021) in opposing Prop A."

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 1:32 am

My voter book says there are no arguments against A.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 6:41 am
Posted by klkjsoi on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:45 pm
Posted by klk on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

take action to prevent greedy goblins from trashing their faerie river habitat, and ripping all the faerie fish to shreds!

Posted by nlkojso on Nov. 02, 2013 @ 12:50 am

Not sure I understand. Even with Prop A, disbursements from the trust fund should still be restricted to paying for retiree health care costs. Worrying about the fund being taken to pay for health care costs now rather than later seems a bit silly to me.

Also, don't the Mayor, Board, and Controller basically all have to agree to if they want to make disbursements before the fund is fully funded? If we're at the point where they've all decided to become that reckless, the City's finances are probably screwed anyway.

Posted by Ed on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 12:01 am
Posted by klkjso on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:47 pm
Posted by klk on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

tells the true story

Posted by klkjso on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

red white and blue cards

Posted by jlksdfjkfi on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:59 pm


Now that you've outed yourself, don't you think you should cut back on the spamming?

Posted by racer さ on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

when tricksy fairies (plural) have cleverly run faerie rings all around his head, so twisty that minions will never know which way is up

or who is who.... ;)

Posted by jlksdfjk on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

Did you frantically call the SFBG to get about seventy comments deleted from the other thread?

Posted by racer さ on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

helps silver skee bhals pop into holes like bottle rockets

and amusingly imagines that racer x had to call anybody, to spin his skie bahl fugues

and thereby twist tricksy rainbow spark tracers around the heads of thicky trolls, to distract them from keeping their eyes upon




Posted by jlksdfj on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

Whatever floats your boat, man...

Posted by racer さ on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

punctuation mark, that is written by myself and others who you scoff at as dismissively unimportant

perhaps see a counselor about that, so that you can become a truly free individual, who doesn't have to derive the very core of his identity from his petty scorn for others

Posted by nlkojsodu on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

Hey, I'm not the guy posting half the comments on this board...

Posted by racer さ on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 9:26 pm
Posted by nlkojsod on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

as the precinct polls should do, so that everyone has a chance to vote!

Posted by nlkojsod on Nov. 02, 2013 @ 12:46 am

need to throw spin number


Posted by jlksdfj on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

again there must be three!

Posted by nlkoj on Nov. 02, 2013 @ 12:52 am

wipe your tired late night eyes of their spinning ski ball buzzed exhaustion, and decide on which favorite all night diner to tumble into to eat hash browns and coffee and recuperate

thank you for playing Election Day Ski Ball....!

save up those dimes and nickles to get ready for the next round!

Posted by nlk on Nov. 02, 2013 @ 1:39 am

"your enemy's enemy is your friend". In other words, you look at what the Republicans are recommending and then vote the opposite.

Ironically I have heard that a lot of people do that with the SFBG slate i.e. look at it to see how NOT to vote.

The interesting thing about A is that almost everyone supports it. My understanding is that it simply prevent the Supes from spending the ehalth care money on anything else. Seems right to me.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 5:44 am

It's the best I've heard yet. I just had a gut feeling based on the noises I was hearing. Eric's explanation confirms that my political instincts were correct.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 7:37 am

It's hard to make this election exciting as much as some people try. Turnover may be a record low so I'm not sure what can be read into the results either way.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 7:58 am

doesn't even know the difference between "turnover" and "turnout"

hee hee heeee :)))

Posted by klkjso on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:51 pm
Posted by jlksdfjkfi on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

and give me Harry Caray singin' "take me out to the ball game"

Posted by jlksdfjkfi on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:05 pm
Posted by klkjso on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

they have outrageous good fortune!

Posted by jlksdfjkfi on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

scraggly winged imp ;)

Posted by jlksdfj on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

No, No and No and spoil your ballot for the uncontested electeds.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 5:50 am

It's never happened before, but it seems clear this time.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 5:55 am

brags about being a dumbass voter

Posted by klkjso on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

with goopy tar sands oil running through their veins

Posted by jlksdfjkf on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

I mean, Dennis Herrera and that other guy are soooo progressive, such independent thinkers... always willing to buck the system, which must be why no one was run against them. And Carmen Chu... just brilliant. Look at her record of accomplishment on the BOS. So much of what this city is today, is due to the hard work of Carmen Chu. And Katy Tang is just so chock full of ideas and experience. We're looking at potential presidential material here!

Worthy endorsements all. The new SFBG is demonstrating that it's exactly the kind of independent, progressive voice this city needs!

Posted by Greg on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 7:46 am

should have spent less time whining here, and more time getting someone on the ballot.

You, Eric and Marcos could have stood for these positions. I'm sure you'd pull in double-figures. In votes, I mean, not percentages.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 8:00 am

The nonprofit monopoly on progressive politics has suffocated independent progressive and liberal voices in the neighborhoods, people who could otherwise put together the coalitions required to run competitive campaigns.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

Where is the independant thinking there?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

It is not worth it to me to spend actual time working on politics if only to be preempted and sold out by people who hate me, further empowering them.

Gardening is more rewarding and productive to me.

To the extent that I do politics these days, it is issue and neighborhood based, trying to build consciousness towards community empowerment, it is not electoral.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

The enemy was stronger, more organized, better funded?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

It should go without saying that my political opponents are better funded.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

Armed with the certainty that you are right, can you not carry the day for social justice and the dignity of all men?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

makes fun of caring about truth


Posted by jlksdfjkf on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

the best lie comes wrapped in the truth....

Posted by nlko on Nov. 02, 2013 @ 12:55 am

Good Doctor Gobels begs to interject.

The best lie is the big lie, repeated endlessly.

Posted by pete moss on Nov. 02, 2013 @ 7:13 am

cause cynical dark elf to despair


Posted by klk on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

not your mind

remember the warming light of the sun

Posted by jlksdfjkf on Nov. 01, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

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