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Candidates: Uncontested Races
Three of the city’s top officials are running unopposed in November.
District Attorney George Gascón was San Francisco police chief when he was appointed by then-mayor Gavin Newsom in January 2011 to succeed Kamala Harris, who was elected California attorney general in November 2010. He was elected to a full term in November 2011. With 30 years’ experience in law enforcement, Gascón is the first in the city and country to hold both positions. During his tenure with the San Francisco Police Department he instituted COMPSTAT, which tracks crime statistics, and he is trying to replicate the system for the District Attorney’s Office.
Gascón says he has directed his staff to focus on prosecuting more serious and violent crime, instead of minor, drug-related offenses. He has also tried to keep low-level offenders from entering the justice system using his Neighborhood Courts program, which empowers community leaders with selecting appropriate punishments — such as community service — for misdemeanor crimes.
Dennis Herrera ran for San Francisco City Attorney in 2001 and won, and he is completing his third term in office. Before that, he was appointed to the city’s Police Commission by then-mayor Willie Brown, and he ultimately served as its president.
Herrera was the first to file a government lawsuit attacking the constitutionality of state bans on gay marriage. He also sued San Francisco City College’s accreditors, stalling their efforts to revoke the school’s accreditation status.
José Cisneros was appointed by then-mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004, and elected the following year. He is completing his third full term.
Cisneros has overseen the city’s transition to an online tax and fee payment system. His “Bank on San Francisco” program has spurred tens of thousands of city residents to get bank accounts for the first time. And since 2011, every child in the city’s public school system has gotten a college savings account, bankrolled with private and public money, through Cisneros’ “Kindergarten to College” program.
District Attorney George Gascón speaking to the South Beach|Rincon|Mission Bay Neighborhood Association. Photo by Stella Sadikin / San Francisco Public Press
2015 Nonpartisan Election Guide
All told, hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars are on the line on the November 2015 ballot. And if this year mirrors previous off-year elections, then a minority of San Franciscans will decide the outcome. Stay tuned. A lot is at stake.
For the full guide: sfpublicpress.org/election2015
would create a fund with up to $310 million for helping people remain in, and move to, San Francisco if they otherwise could not afford to do so.
would increase paid parental leave for qualified city government workers.
would require more people to register as official lobbyists, potentially increasing transparency in government.
would make it possible for the Mission Rock waterfront development to move forward in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
would give members of the public more access to, and control over, the meetings of San Francisco government’s “policy bodies,” which direct City Hall’s agendas.
would actively regulate the city’s short-term rental industry, much of which currently operates outside of City Hall’s knowledge and control.
would either restrict the defintion of “clean” or “green” energy (G) or nullify that restriction (H).
would suspend nearly all housing construction, demolition or conversion in the Mission District for 18 months to give politicians time to create a long-term plan for helping low- to middle-income people who live in the neighborhood.
would help longtime businesses continue operating in San Francisco.
aims to make it easier for developers to build affordable housing using city-owned land.
Three candidates are vying for the District 3 supervisorial seat on Nov. 3.
Mayor Ed Lee is running for a second four-year term and is likely to be re-elected, but is being challenged by five eclectic political newcomers.
Incumbent Ross Mirkarimi faces challenges from two candidates with experience in the department.
The city attorney, district attorney and treasurer are all running unopposed.
Four candidates square off to lead City College of San Francisco through a rocky transition.