Election 2008: Fog City Journal Endorsements

Written by Elaine Santore. Posted in News, Opinion, Politics

Published on October 21, 2008 with 9 Comments


By Elaine Santore and Luke Thomas

October 21, 2008

Back in June I said I wouldn’t make any endorsements because my endorsements are “completely useless.” Don’t get me wrong, they’re still useless, but if you’re anything like me you missed the deadline to fill in your absentee ballot and now you have to show up to your precinct to vote.

As I compiled Fog City Journal’s list of endorsements, I realized I should have completed this sooner because candidates like getting endorsements. Endorsements are like Facebook friends: the more you have, the more popular you look no matter where they come from.

Think of FCJ’s endorsements as polite suggestions to assist you when you step into the voting booth. Or just another excuse to round-up all the drama that’s happened this election season. But don’t let the craziness deter you from participating in this historic election.

Just make sure you get to the polls early. High voter turnout + epic ballot = long lines.

Endorsements after the jump. Enjoy!

U.S. President

Sen. Barack Obama

Barack Obama is truly a political phenom, a man blessed with extraordinary intelligence and an uncanny ability to connect with voters. Though our love affair with Barack became subdued when he voted to immunize telecoms from prosecution for the role played in the Bush administration’s illegal wiretapping of Americans, we remain hopeful Barack will move the country to the political left while working to undo the damage done by a failed NeoCon ideology that has brought this great nation to its knees.

We provided much coverage of the third party campaigns of Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader along the way with the belief that the two-party duopoly is protectionist, archaic, and undemocratic. In a more perfect world, America’s political system would be revamped into a parliamentary system, and all campaigns would be publicly financed to help get more third-party candidates elected to office.

Cynthia McKinney

Ralph Nader

Congress District 8

Cindy Sheehan

Our endorsement of Cindy Sheehan to replace the double-talking Nancy Pelosi is a no-brainer. Though Pelosi, to her credit, initially voted against going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, she co-signed all but one blank war-appropriation check handed to her from President Bush and blocked the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick “Dr. Evil” Cheney for perpetrating war crimes against humanity.

Congress District 12

Barry Hermanson

We need more third-party candidates.

State Senate District 3

Mark Leno

State Assembly District 12

Assemblymember Fiona Ma

State Assembly District 13

Tom Ammiano

BART Director District 9

BART Director Tom Radulovich

Fog City District Elections

District 1

Eric Mar

District 3

#1 Tony Gantner

#2 David Chiu

#3 Denise McCarthy

David Chiu is only #2 because we still have unanswered questions about him. For example, why did he get all flustered during his interview with FCJ editor Luke Thomas back in June? And why did he interrupt the interview several times in the hopes of getting Luke to walk away? (This was edited out of the video clip.)

At the end of the interview, Chiu held his hand in front of the camera lens. Who does he think he is, Gavin Newsom? We’re still puzzled by Chiu’s behavior.

And why is Chiu on the Small Business Commission if he doesn’t own a small business? So. Confusing.

Hopefully, Gantner, Chiu or McCarthy will protect us from MAP/Sunglasses’ brother, Joseph Stalin Alioto, Jr.

District 4

No Endorsement

Supervisor Carmen Chu’s pedestrian performance in the No on H commercial makes me want to eat puppies. And I’m a vegetarian.

District 5

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

District 7

No Endorsement

As much as we respect Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, we’re not fooled by his altar boy charm. He shows no sympathy for progressive causes and gets rankled when Supervisor Chris Daly wins an argument. Though he’s not quite at the android level of Nathan Ballard or Gavin Newsom yet (stay away from the pod people, Sean), we still can’t endorse him.

District 9

#1 Mark Sanchez

#2 Eric Quezada

#3 David Campos

What a mess. Despite efforts to run civil campaigns, the race between these three progressives got ugly, fast.

Where to begin? How about the whisper campaign about Sanchez being pro-Israel because he took a trip there? Sad.

And what about all the controversy surrounding Campos’ waffling over voting for Supervisor Bevan Dufty for Board President? Campos never said he would vote for Dufty, but he wouldn’t say he wouldn’t vote for him either, and this continues to make us and Progressives nervous.

We’re endorsing Sanchez for the #1 spot because of his long record of coalition-building and leadership on the Board of Education. Plus he’s a Green Party candidate and we’re big supporters of third-party candidates getting elected to public office.

District 11

#1 John Avalos

#2 Randall Knox

#3 Julio Ramos

Fog City Board of Education

Sandra Lee Fewer

Barbara Lopez

Norman Yee

Kimberly Wicoff

FCJ’s Honorary/God Loves a Tryer Endorsement: h. brown.

Fog City Community College Board

Bruce Wolfe

Milton Marks

Chris Jackson

Fog City Ballot Measures

Prop A: SF General Hospital Bonds – YES

Prop B: Affordable Housing Fund – YES

Prop C: Prohibiting City Employees from Serving on Boards & Commissions – NO ENDORSEMENT

Prop D: Financing Pier 70 – NO ENDORSEMENT

Prop E: Changing the Number of Signatures to Recall City Officials – NO

Prop F: Holding City Elections in Even-Numbered Years – NO

Prop G: Retirement Credit for Unpaid Parental Leave – YES

Prop H: SF Clean Energy Act – YES (Opponents are opposing this “blank check” because the Board of Supervisors will be voting on stuff without the voters’ permission, aka what they already do anyway. And, no, I haven’t gotten any kind of blank check for endorsing this measure. Which is too bad because I need a new cell phone.)

Prop I: Independent Rate Payer Advocate – NO

Prop J: Historic Preservation Commission – NO

Prop K: Decriminalizing Prostitution – NO (Prop K doesn’t go far enough. We support the regulation of the sex-worker industry to generate a source of tax revenues which can be used to implement safe-sex practices, provide workers’ rights, unemployment benefits, social security, unionization, group healthcare insurance, etc.)

Prop L: Community Justice Center – NO

Prop M: Preventing Landlord Harassment – YES

Prop N: Real Estate Transfer Tax – YES

Prop O: Emergency Response Fee – YES

Prop P: Transportation Board – NO

Prop Q: Modifying the Payroll Expense Tax – YES

Prop R: Rename the Oceanside Water Treatment Plant to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant – YES (The main concern people have about this measure is for the workers at the sewage plant. If any of the Oceanside employees are reading, please send an email and tell FCJ how you feel about this.)

Prop S: Set-Asides Policy – NO

Prop T: Free and Low-Cost Substance Abuse Treatment Programs – YES

Prop U: Policy Against Funding the Iraq War – YES

Prop V: Policy Against Terminating JROTC – NO

California State Measures

Prop 1A: High-Speed Rail Bonds – YES

Prop 2: Standards for Confining Farm Animals – YES

Prop 3: Children’s Hospital Bond Act – NO

Prop 4: Waiting Period and Parental Notification before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy – NO

Prop 5: Non-Violent Drug Offenses – YES

Prop 6: Police and Law Enforcement Funding – NO

Prop 7: Renewable Energy Generation – NO

Prop 8: Eliminating Same-Sex Marriage – NO

Prop 9: Victims’ Rights and Parole – NO

Prop 10: Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy – NO

Prop 11: Redistricting – YES

Prop 12: Veteran’s Bond Act – NO

Elaine Santore

Elaine Santore was born in San Francisco during the awesome '80s. She spent a considerable amount of her childhood around City employees, all of whom taught her the value of pretending to be productive. After graduating from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, she transferred schools three times but eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Psychology, with a double minor in Political Science and Textiles, Clothing and Design. This unique area of expertise makes her qualified to critique the sartorial missteps and psychological problems of local politicians. Elaine's work has also appeared in 7x7, California Home + Design, Filipinas, the Daily Nebraskan, SF Bay Guardian, and Spin.com.

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Comments for Election 2008: Fog City Journal Endorsements are now closed.

  1. naming the waste water treatment plant after GW is only funny here to us bush-haters; the rest of the country would percieve it as a compliment.

  2. I am honored and pleased to receive your endorsement – also, you take the best pictures!

  3. YES on J.
    Everyone. Interested in cultural history? History of place? A physical environment that isn’t just about money?
    It’s a no brainer: Yes on J– bringing SF into the late twentieth century with a knowledgeable professional Commission to advance historic considerations in land use policy, programs, and development approvals.

  4. Good endorsements. Your comments on Chiu are interesting. For some reason I have never had a good feeling about him because of his involvement with the lower polk gentrification crowd among other things. Gantner I have no such reservations about. Chiu also seems like such a lightweight. We’ll see.

  5. I can largely agree with this endorsement– but with a great sense of sadness.

    We do not live in a perfect world. We do not have a parliamentary democracy. We do not have military devoted solely to defense (if we did, I would vote yes on Proposition V).

    I have still not made up my mind whether or not to vote for Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney– I love them both.

    I could never vote for McCain or Obama– both puppets of a corrupt system that disallows debate and conspires against the people. My own analysis of Obama leads me to think that he is just as likely to move our country to the right as to the left.

    Frederick Douglass said it all when he said: ¨Power concedes nothing without a demand.¨ We have not demanded anything of Obama and thus should expect nothing. Meanwhile, the Powers That Be have not been so lax.

  6. Prop. H’s opponents say the measure will “take away your vote” and “give a blank check” to the Board of Supervisors.

    When it comes to our energy future, we don’t have a vote now. Only PG&E does. It makes those decisions behind closed doors, and it bases them on what will pad the wallets of its executives and shareholders, not on what’s good for consumers or the environment. The revenue bonds that Prop. H would authorize would be issued on a project-specific basis, and no one would buy them unless they got a thumbs-up from bond-rating services.

    But there’s another, much more basic and much more important issue that neither side discusses: the costs of not moving the city to totally, or at least predominantly, clean sourcing. Those costs are not just economic; the current, fossil fuel-intensive sourcing profile has wreaked public-health and environmental havoc. We simply cannot afford more of same.

  7. Putting George W. Bush’s name on a water-treatment plant sends exactly the wrong message. The plant will clean fouled water, which is precisely the opposite of what Bush and his team have done to the environment.

  8. Elaine:

    Nice work on the endorsements, one thing though. You can still request an absentee ballot. You can do that until Oct. 28th at 5 PM. Check the Dept. of Elections website:

    Also, early voting is open at City Hall. Every day, including weekends:
    8 AM to 5 PM Monday – Friday,
    10 AM to 4 PM Saturday – Sunday (On weekends MUST enter on Grove St)


  9. You’re a much more accomplished political journalist and analyst than a gossip columnist.

    Love your Facebook observation! Not sure, but I think one of your endorsements was recently proud to have reached the 5,000 Facebook “Friends” level or something like that.