San Francisco Costs of Protecting Dignitaries, Proposition E (June 2010)

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A San Francisco Costs of Protecting Dignitaries Must be Reported ballot measure, Proposition E, was on the June 8, 2010 ballot in San Francisco, where it was approved.[1]
  • Yes: 56,199 (55.46%) Approveda
  • No: 45,137 (44.54%)

The ballot proposition allows voters to decide whether the San Francisco Police Department will be required to provide a line item in every annual budget that shows how much the police department spends to protect city officials and so-called dignitaries.[2]


Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi sponsored the ballot measure, and supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Chris Daly, Eric Mar and Sophie Maxwell joined with him in voting to put it on the June 2010 ballot.

The San Francisco Democratic Party and Richard Knee of the Sunshine Task Force supported Proposition E.[3]


Police Chief George Gascon opposed Proposition E. He said, "It is going to handcuff the police department on a very important safety issue that has to do with the security of elected officials and other city officials."[4]

Supervisors Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty and Sean Elsbernd voted against putting Proposition E on the ballot.

The San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board endorsed a "No" vote on Proposition E, saying: "When bodyguard bills began piling up for protecting the mayor in his political travels (and Montana wedding), several anti-Newsom supervisors led by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi wanted to make the costs public to embarrass him. He vetoed a board request, and his foes put this measure on the ballot, a pattern found elsewhere on the ballot. It's not about fiscal probity or transparency. It's pure pique and bad policy.[5]

External links


  1. San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. ballot measure would save pension costs", March 3, 2010
  2. San Francisco Chronicle, "Dignitary protection plan headed to the ballot", March 2, 2010
  3. Beyond Chron, "June Ballot Measures Reflect City’s Political Fault Lines", March 24, 2010
  4. KCBS, "SFPD forced to disclose bodyguard budget", February 18, 2010
  5. San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's ballot measures", May 16, 2010

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