Just about everyone in San Francisco who isn’t clueless or soporific will be going to the polls Nov. 4 to vote for Barack Obama. Turnout will be heavy; even though Obama is likely to win California by 10 points and John McCain isn’t campaigning here, the hope and promise of the Democratic nominee coming at a time when the nation is in terrible shape and the economy is on the brink of collapse will bring people to the polls in droves.
We’ll be among those voters, proudly casting our ballots for Obama. The thought of another four years of George Bush-style policies is terrifying; nobody wants to sit this one out.
But while so much attention is on Washington, there’s a lot at stake in San Francisco, too and it’s critical that all the Obama voters don’t just stop at the top of the ballot.
The city’s future is also on the line downtown, frustrated by the policies a progressive Board of Supervisors has introduced in the past eight years, is fighting back hard, trying to regain control. The direction of the next board and city hall will be determined in Districts 1, 3, and 11, where the incumbents are termed out and progressives are fighting downtown-funded candidates.
There’s so much else on the ballot public power (yes on H!), tax policy (yes on N and Q!), crucial affordable housing (yes on B!), races for school board and community college board … And that doesn’t even count the East Bay.
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On Nov. 4, vote early, vote often, and vote as if your country and your city depends on it. Our recommendations follow.