Not Dead Yet
District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly
Photos by Luke
February 23, 2008
A quick read of this mornings Chronicle might lead
you to believe that the Bayview Affordable Housing Initiative
is dead in the water
housing petition count short
A signature drive for a San Francisco ballot measure to
require that half the housing constructed at Candlestick Point
and Hunters Point be priced affordably failed an early test on
Friday. The city Department of Elections conducted a random sample
of the 11,311 signatures turned in by the backers of the measure
and found an insufficient number could be verified as coming from
First of all, the final certified count of signatures turned
into the Department of Elections was actually 11,811. Second,
the Chronicle fails to mention the provisions of the California
Elections Code that governs the sampling of signatures.
9115. (b) If the statistical sampling shows that the number
of valid signatures is within 95 to 110 percent of the number
of signatures of qualified voters needed to declare the petition
sufficient, the elections official shall
examine and verify
each signature filed.
In a memo release yesterday, the Department of Elections states,
the review of the random sample did demonstrate the petition
as having a sufficient number of valid signatures to require the
Department to review the remaining
means that the first sample produced between 95% and 110% of the
We always knew that collecting these signatures in only 10 days
was going to be difficult.
When we turned the signatures in, I acknowledged
that it would be close. Getting the signatures required to
force a full count is a major victory!
We were fortunate to have dozens
of volunteers braving the cold wind and rain, and now the
odds are two-to-one in our favor.