This funding will enable The City to open at-least two additional Navigation Centers — innovative, service-rich, low-threshold residential programs for individuals who have been living on the street and in tents for extended periods. Navigation Centers have proved to be critical to reducing street homelessness. Encampments cannot be resolved without safe places for people to go, and Navigation Centers are those places.
The transportation funding will go towards maintenance and repair of local streets, maintaining and replacing Muni buses and light rail, relieving crowding on transit and improving transit speed and reliability, and improving street safety.
Solutions to homelessness are pretty straightforward — prevent when possible, stabilize people in crisis with services and provide viable housing options. World class cities and transportation systems are built on well-maintained streets that let people, goods and services move around safely and efficiently. Props J and K do these things.
J and K work together. You can’t have one without the other. Both must pass. Vote yes on J. Vote yes on K.
More than 4,000 patients were included in the analysis. The average cost of treatment per patient was $25,200, with a total of more than 10,000 hospitalization days.
Pedestrians comprised almost half of those costs at 44 percent, followed by people who occupied motor vehicles at 22 percent. Motorcyclists comprised 18 percent of costs, and bicyclists represented 16 percent of hospitalization costs.
“This analysis puts into perspective the pervasiveness of traffic crashes in our society and the urgent need to invest in proven strategies to prevent crashes,” Ferrara said.
Bay Area voters have a long history of raising their taxes to help untangle their highways, smooth their streets, and expand and run their transit systems. In the nine-county region, voters in several counties have voted repeatedly to tax themselves. Among Bay Area counties, only Solano County has never had a transportation sales tax measure.
“It’s very promising to see so many counties trying to move ahead at same time,” said Gabriel Metcalf, head of the urban think tank SPUR. “If all of the measures pass, we will really be able to see a difference in Bay Area transportation. It’s not going to be the end of the story, but it’s going to be real progress.”
"When you review your ballot, you’ll see that Prop. J provides the roadmap for how to spend new money, and Prop. K provides the money itself. In order to fund these necessary investments and finally tackle transportation and homelessness, both propositions must pass. If J passes without K, the mayor has the option to cut those expenses, which he would do since the money wouldn’t exist. With a $10 billion transportation deficit over the next 15 years, this funding is critically needed to maintain and improve our system for the years to come. The longer we wait, the more the system crumbles, which means the price-tag becomes greater while transportation options worsen. Thankfully, with Propositions J and K, it doesn’t have to be this way."
Proposition J: Funding for Homelessness and Transportation Proposition K: General Sales Tax
A sales tax hike is not something to recommend lightly. In this case, though, the sales tax hike, Proposition K, and the spending mandate, Proposition J, which sets aside annually $100 million for transportation and $50 million for homelessness, is a worthy investment in two of the most pressing needs of our city.
The measures have their detractors. Opponents include the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce along with supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim. Peskin objected to the tax hike, saying it is “balancing our budget on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable in our city.”
San Francisco’s sales tax is set to decrease from 8.75 percent to 8.5 percent next year, but if the measure passes it would bring it to a total of 9.25 percent.
Supervisor Scott Wiener emphasized his support for Prop. J and Prop. K as a significant distinction between him and Kim, as the two compete for the state Senate. Kim said she opposed “flat regressive taxes,” while Wiener argued that “the whole regressive argument is dramatically overstated,” noting that nearly half the sales tax is paid by tourist and businesses. “To me,” Wiener said, “this sales tax is a core civic measure.”
We agree. A sales tax to raise $150 million for transit improvements and homelessness services is consistent with our most urgent needs and priorities in San Francisco.
Jeff Kositsky, head of the new department of homelessness, and Ed Reiskin, head of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, which oversees Muni, both argue that such an investment is vital to address the basic mission of their respective departments.
Kositsky said that $30 million would go toward new housing units or temporary rent subsidies, $6.5 million would fund homeless outreach services by adding mental health service personnel to the Homeless Outreach Team, and $13.5 million would expand the shelter system to serve some 2,400 homeless a year.
For transportation, Reiskin said the money would flow into six areas: pedestrian safety; making Muni more equitable; continuation of free Muni for youth, seniors and disabled; capital improvements; BART and Caltrain; and road repaving.
Endorsement: Yes on Prop. J and Prop. K
Proponents of two propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot that would create a fund and a funding source for transportation needs and homeless services kicked off their campaign on Wednesday at San Francisco City Hall.
San Francisco voters can take a one-two punch at a pair of the city’s most visible and persistent problems. By approving Propositions J and K, the city will create a yearly infusion of $150 million to lessen homelessness and upgrade frayed transit.
San Francisco voters though will be able to decide this November to pass Proposition J and K. Prop. J would establish a transportation improvement fund in The City’s charter and a homeless and housing services fund. Prop. K would increase the sales tax in The City by three-quarters of one percent to help fund Prop. J.
At the ballot box this fall, residents of multiple Bay Area cities can expect to be voting on a record number of local ballot measures aiming to build more affordable housing for the homeless and provide more homeless services.
In this case [...] the sales tax hike, Proposition K, and the spending mandate, Proposition J, which sets aside annually $100 million for transportation and $50 million for homelessness, is a worthy investment in two of the most pressing needs of our city.