Kate Slate – February 15, 2022

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Hello Voter!

Here is the Kate Slate for the February 15, 2022, Consolidated Election in San Francisco. 

The goal of the Kate Slate is to encourage others to VOTE. I share my personal cheat sheet to help others navigate their own ballot. I write the Kate Slate race-by-race, issue-by-issue, and share why I am voting the way I am. Sometimes I end up voting against something that seems right up my alley if there is some fatal flaw. In the Kate Slate, I tell you how I voted and what impacted my decisions. You probably won’t agree with me on everything, and that is okay! If you’d like to hear more about the Kate Slate, scroll down to the end.

Just please vote on or before Tuesday, February 15, 2022. In fact, bonus points if you vote early. San Francisco polls are open! 

Here is how you can vote this year:

  • Vote by mail. All registered voters were to be mailed a ballot for this election. You must return your ballot on time to be counted. If you return your ballot by mail, make sure it’s postmarked by February 15 (check collection times if you use a USPS mailbox). You can also return your ballot at your polling place on Election Day, February 15. You may also authorize another person to drop off your ballot for you. Follow the directions in your ballot package.
  • Vote using a Voter Drop Box. This is the first election that San Francisco is providing 34 drop boxes across San Francisco where you can return your ballot. These boxes are available 24/7 through 8 p.m. on Election Day, February 15.
  • Vote at the Voting Center. The Voting Center is open to provide ballots and services to all City residents who wish to pick up or drop off vote-by-mail ballots, register to vote (before or after the registration deadline), obtain personal assistance, use accessible voting equipment, obtain replacement ballots, and cast their ballots in person. This is a great resource if you make an error on your ballot and need to get a new one. 
  • Vote in person at your polling place. They will be open February 15, 7am to 8pm. They can also assist you if you make an error on your ballot and need a new one.

Even if you missed the deadline to register to vote in this election, you can still vote provisionally at all polling places in San Francisco, as well as the City Hall Voting Center. Provided you are eligible to vote in San Francisco and have not cast another ballot, your ballot will be counted.

Go vote. Once you vote, you can track your ballot using the voter portal, no matter how you plan to vote. But make a plan to vote. My plan is to drop my ballot off in a shiny new Voter Drop Box.

Feel free to forward the Kate Slate to friends (and friends, if someone other than me–Kate–sent this to you feel free to drop me a line if you end up reading it, I like to hear who this made its way to, and I can add you to the email list for the next Kate Slate).

As always, thanks for reading, now please go vote. Take others with you. And if you can’t take them with you, make sure they have a plan to vote.

Even if you missed the deadline to register to vote in this election, you can still vote provisionally at all polling places in San Francisco, as well as the City Hall Voting Center. Provided you are eligible to vote in San Francisco and have not cast another ballot, your ballot will be counted.

Grab and go! (The short version you can take with you to the polls. See below for the details.)

Member of the State Assembly, District 17 – David Campos
School Proposition A – No
School Proposition B – No
School Proposition C – No
Assessor-Recorder – Joaquín Torres

Now for the long form version of the Kate Slate:

Member of the State Assembly, District 17 – David Campos

This election is one of many cascade effects of the corruption scandal that has been rocking San Francisco city government since 2020. For this race, we are voting on a candidate who will fill the vacant State Assembly seat left when David Chiu was appointed to serve as San Francisco City Attorney.

Technically this is a primary election if none of the candidates get more than 50% of the votes; they would have the run-off in April of the two candidates with the most votes from this election. Whoever wins this race, now or in April, will serve the remainder of the term that ends January 2023. As such, we will be having another election for this seat again this June regardless, albeit for a full term. We will be best-served by someone with the political acumen for the short stint in the state assembly. 

There are four candidates running: David Campos, Matt Haney, Bilal Mahmood, and Thea Selby. I immediately discounted Mahmood since he has almost no political experience, including not participating in several recent local elections as a voter. And, while I am a big fan of Selby’s grassroots work in San Francisco, the reality is that a win for her is unlikely considering Campos and Haney, the vice chair of the California Democratic Party and the head of the San Francisco Democratic party respectively, are dominating the discourse for the race. A best case scenario for Selby is an April runoff. Frankly, an April runoff is a waste of taxpayer money to fill a seat only through the end of the year.

And, the short stint of the seat is also why I squarely landed on voting for Campos over Haney. Haney is currently San Francisco’s District 6 Supervisor. If he vacates that seat, then Mayor London Breed will appoint a replacement. There is too much at stake to sacrifice right now for a short stint in the State Assembly for us to risk losing Haney’s progressive voice on the Board of Supervisors, both for his district and for citywide issues. Think about critical upcoming votes like whether to keep Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive open for recreation as it has been throughout the pandemic. Or the fact that the Tenderloin, in District 6, was recently declared a State of Emergency. San Francisco is best served by Haney continuing in his current role as District 6 Supervisor.

I also have confidence in David Campos serving in the State Assembly: He drafted San Francisco’s CleanPowerSF legislation and established harassment-free buffer zones around clinics. He stands up for immigrant families and affordable housing. He is a gay immigrant of color and works to address intersectional issues that set back our community. He is someone who will hit the ground running. Vote David Campos.

School Proposition A, Recall Alison Collins – No

School Proposition B, Recall Gabriela López – No

School Proposition C, Recall Faauuga Molina – No

The three school propositions each represent a measure to recall a sitting member of the San Francisco School Board. For any who are recalled, the mayor will appoint a replacement. There are seven members of the School Board in total, and the other four are ineligible to be recalled presently as they have served less than a year. Parents and teachers are upset about decisions during the pandemic and much vitriol after several controversial decisions that addressed racism and colonialism, as well as racist tweets by then-vice president Alison Collins (School Proposition A).

I consider the complaints against Collins validation for the board’s no confidence vote, removal of her Vice President title and her committee positions, as well as for those who vote to recall her justified. I don’t have the same confidence that that is the case for López or Molina. 

And, while I empathize completely with supporters, a costly recall just months before an election for these seats is wholly wasteful. The ship has sailed for this election. My guess is that they will be recalled as polls indicate people are so rightfully pissed. But, when/if the recalls pass, another expensive and wasteful recall of the other four board members is certainly coming. I am voting no on all three to stand against the abuse of the recall and cringing hard for not recalling a problematic racist when I had a chance.

Assessor-Recorder – Joaquín Torres

Joaquín Torres is running unopposed so he is going to win the seat whether you vote for him or not! He was appointed to this seat after Carmen Chu moved over to the seat of the City Administrator that was vacated due to the aforementioned corruption scandal. 

About the Kate Slate

I write the Kate Slate for every election because when I voted for the very first time as an eighteen year old, I found myself in the voting booth surprised that I didn’t understand all the issues or know all the candidates on the ballot. I felt like I had showed up to take a test that I hadn’t studied for. The next election, I studied the ballot and shared my notes with friends, bringing about the Kate Slate. Now the Kate Slate has been old enough to vote itself for a few years.

For the past decade plus, the slate is preceded by a Slate Party my pal Sacha Ielmorini co-hosts with me. The Slate Party is a big informer of the Kate Slate, as are voter guides provided by the League of Pissed Off Voters (impeccably researched), social media, and (virtual) coffee break chatter.

And, in case you were wondering, the opinions in the Kate Slate are my own, and in no way should be thought to represent any views of anyone other than myself. I have thoughtful engaging conversations with well-informed people who sometimes shed light on aspects I hadn’t considered; I get the tacky expensive mailers you get; and, cool people like yourself send me others’ slates. I am not affiliated with any party. Happy voting!!