Election 2016: Prop H
Here's what you need to know to decide how to vote on San Francisco's Proposition H.
ICYMI: the 2016 election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, with early voting kicking off at San Francisco’s City Hall on Tuesday, October 11.
In addition to voting for officials at the local, state, and national level, San Franciscans will face a decision on 17 state ballot initiatives and 25 local propositions.
Not sure how to vote on Proposition H? We hope the brief voter guide below will help you decide!
What Is Prop H?
Prop H would establish the position of Public Advocate, who would be responsible for investigating and resolving any public complaints regarding services and programs provided by the city.
The proposition would also require the city to provide sufficient funding and a support staff of between three and 25 employees to the Public Advocate.
Who Supports Prop H?
Supporters argue that Prop H would improve government accountability by establishing a Public Advocate to review the management and employment practices of city officials and departments and respond to complaints from the public.
Who Opposes Prop H?
Key opponents of Prop H include: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who served as the Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.
Opponents argue that proposition H would take away the Mayor’s direct oversight of the city’s housing and economic development, which would in turn limit the Mayor’s ability to manage the city government itself.
Opponents also argue that creating a new position of Public Advocate would only enlarge a city government that is already too big and expensive.
Learn More about Prop H
To learn more, read the full text of Proposition H.