By Wade Woods
Last Saturday at Rasselas Jazz Club on Fillmore Street a the African American Democratic Club along with the African American chamber of Commerce, Communities of Opportunity, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Black Women Organized for Political Action, Fillmore Merchants Association and the Black Leadership Forum held a lively endorsement of candidates for local office and propositions for the upcoming November elections. The most heated debate was over proposition H. Proposition H is concerning the first step towards public power. Progressives have long battled to take the delivery of electricity out of the hands of PG&E and have the city take on that service. Proposition H would allow the Supervisors to issue bonds to begin the process. Opposition to H, lead by PG&E say the measure would give the Supervisors a blank check and put the city in debt.
The following is the final tally of the voting: Lynette Sweet and Tom Radulovich were endorsed for re-election to the BART Board. There was no endorsement for School Board, the vote for this position was put on hold. Natalie Berg, Chris Jackson, Rodis Rodel and Milton Marks were endorsed for the Community College Board. In the Supervisors race, Alicia want was endorsed for District 1, Claudine Cheng for District 3, Carman Chu for District 4, Sean Elsbernd for District 7, Eva Royale for District 9, Ahsha Safai for District 11.
Local measures tallies were; Yes on A, D, G, L, M, N,O, P, Q, S, and T. No on measures B, C, E, F, H, I, J, K and R. The Group also endorsed two Declarations’ of Policy, which are not binding.
On State Propositions the Group voted yes on Propositions 1A, 2, 3, 5, 12 and NO on propositions 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
The measure receiving the most vote was NO on Proposition 8, the Initative that would eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry.