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San Francisco ballot measures

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Bayview Affordable Housing Measure approved

A grassroots ballot initiative requiring half the housing constructed by Lennar at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point to be affordable, has qualified for the June ballot.

The ballot measure, known as the Bayview Affordable Housing Initiative, was certified yesterday by the San Francisco Department of Elections after the required 7,168 signatures were verified against voter rolls. The measure would mandate 50 percent of all housing built by Miami-based Lennar to be affordable to residents with incomes between 30 and 80 percent of median income.[1]

Clear channel caught up in campaign contributions

In San Francisco, CA Clear Channel may be facing fines for donating $20,000 to the San Franciscans for Clean Air & Better MUNI Committee on Oct. 15.[2] The donation came 2 days before the Board of Supervisors approved a multi-million dollar contract with the company over the next 20 years. This violates finance laws that prohibit businesses negotiating or bidding on city contracts from making political donations to officials that will be voting on the contracts.

Politicians already competing for '08 bond cash

Supervisor Chris Daly facing off with the City Charter about which bond issues should make the 2008 ballot. Daly is pushing for a affordable housing, which would cost the city $88 million a year while rest of the Newsom administration is objecting that it will lose votes for the San Francisco General Hospital they hope to build for $121 million. The amendment needs the approval of the Board of Supervisors and then a simple majority of voters.[3]

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