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 This area of focus is no longer active.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.