Today is the first of four furlough days SFUSD adopted for this school year to close our yawning budget gap. As I sit here watching my daughter happily surf the web instead of doing in math in her 5th grade classroom, I think today’s forced vacation is a good opportunity to reflect on how things could be different — and what better way to do that than reading your voter guide and preparing to VOTE tomorrow! Here are some of my choices in local, down-ballot races:
- School Board: Brodkin, Mendoza Murase — these candidates have deep involvement in the district as parents and advocates and I would be proud to serve with them. Mendoza is an incumbent with a strong consensus she should be re-elected; of the newcomers, Margaret Brodkin has a 30-year record as an advocate in SF; Emily Murase has deep roots in the community as a product of SFUSD and a current parent of two children in the district. She will be a thoughtful, dedicated board member who deserves election. Please vote for Hydra, Emily and Margaret!
- District 8 Supervisor: Rebecca Prozan
- Superior Court Judge: Michael Nava
- Prop B: No. We need to address the City’s burgeoning pension liabilities but this isn’t the answer, in part because it will hit teachers hard.
- Prop D: Yes — I initially had some concerns about non-citizen voting, but I think this ballot initiative will give immigrant parents (of which there are many in SFUSD) an added stake in our district. It’s not a magic bullet for parent empowerment, but it can’t hurt!
- Prop G: Yes! Fix Muni Now!
- Prop L: No. Sidewalks are for people.