With five ballot propositions covered at the September meeting (recap is here), HANC’s October member meeting will aim to enlighten voters on seven more key initiatives on the November 8 ballot. HANC’s Board has recommended positions on these propositions (see next column), but members will want to hear the substance of each to make their own voting decisions.
Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, will speak on Propositions Q and R. Proposition Q is Sup. Mark Farrell’s initiative to further victimize and criminalize homeless people by allowing SFPD to remove them and their belongings from city sidewalks with 24 hours’ notice. It does nothing to provide any actual housing beyond a single night in a shelter but does give its backers a platform to present themselves as tough on “quality of life crimes” like being unable to afford a roof over one’s head. The Department of Justice recently advised other cities that measures that criminalize homelessness are very likely unconstitutional—just one reason to vote No on this initiative.