San Francisco Community Justice Center, Proposition L (November 2008)

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A San Francisco Funding for the Community Justice Center, Proposition L ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, where it was defeated.

If Proposition L had been approved, it would have:

  • Guaranteed that San Francisco provide first-year funding for a proposed "Community Justice Center" (CJC).

• Authorized the Director of Property to lease space for the CJC.

  • Defined the CJC's scope and operations.

The proposed Community Justice Center would have included a court/courtrooms, and access to health and social services. It would have handled some criminal misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases normally heard by the San Francisco Superior Court.

It would have focused on handling cases involving defendants charged with committing crimes in the Tenderloin, South of Market Area, Civic Center, and Union Square neighborhoods, as well as any other areas of the City selected by the Mayor’s office and the Superior Court.

Election results

Proposition L
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No178,44057.46%
Yes 132,097 42.54%
These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Proposition L: "Shall the City guarantee that the City provide first-year funding for the Community Justice Center, authorize the Director of Property to lease space for the CJC, and define the CJC's scope and operations?"[1]

Path to the ballot

Then-mayor Gavin Newsom requested that Proposition L appear on the ballot as a referred ordinance. San Francisco's election laws allow the mayor of the city to unilaterally place referred ordinances on the ballot.

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