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LWVSF chooses areas of focus through a member-led program planning process. Our three current areas — local redistricting, community safety, and open government — were approved for 2021–2023.
San Francisco gets to redraw its board of supervisors district map just once every ten years. Redistricting is a rare opportunity to ensure everyone has a voice in our democracy. We are advocating for San Franciscans to have more opportunities to give input and feedback into the local redistricting process.
Our community safety area of focus works on two separate but related issues:
Policing practices. Our police department has hundreds of reform initiatives up for review. San Franciscans deserve clear explanations of what these reforms will do. We're keeping a watchful eye on government meetings, supporting those most negatively affected by policing practices, and bringing information into public view.
Housing and homelessness. We are taking action on the root causes of homelessness and ways to support stable housing solutions, in order to help create permanent solutions to homelessness in our city. We'll share more information soon.
In 2019–2021, policing practices, the Sunshine Ordinance, and Schools and Communities First were our areas of focus.
The San Francisco Police Department has hundreds of reform initiatives. You deserve clear explanations of what these reforms will do. How are they prioritized? Who is responsible? Why are these changes being made? How do we know if a reform is working? What if some people benefit, but other people suffer?
As one of our current areas of focus through 2021, we're helping all San Franciscans understand and shape policing practices. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunshine Ordinance, also known as San Francisco Administrative Code Chapter 67, is San Francisco’s open government law. First enacted in 1993 and amended by voters in November 1999 through Proposition G, it is based on the California Public Records Act and the state's open meetings law, known as the Ralph M. Brown Act. It draws additional authority from Article I, Section 3 of the California Constitution. LWVSF has a permanent seat on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.
As one of our current areas of focus through 2021, our Advocacy Committee educates voters about the Sunshine Ordinance and supports efforts to strengthen the legislation through a future ballot measure. To get involved, email email@example.com.
Update: California Proposition 15 was narrowly defeated in the November 2020 election, with over 48% of voters supporting fair and balanced funding for public schools and local community services. It needed 50+% to pass. This area of focus is no longer active.
The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act, known as Schools and Communities First, was a statewide ballot measure in the November 2020 election (Proposition 15). It would have restored an estimated $12 billion a year for schools, community colleges, and other vital community services. LWV of California was one of the leading organizations in the statewide coalition that got Prop 15 on the ballot.
As one of our areas of focus for 2019–2021, LWVSF members supported Schools and Communities First by taking part in the largest signature gathering effort in California history and helping a new generation of voters learn about this issue.
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