By Calvin Welch, HANC Board
There are 24 local ballot measures on this November’s ballot. With the single regional and 17 state measures, that’s a total of 42 ballot measures, which sets an all-time record.
But the record is “caused” by the 18 state and regional measures, not the 24 local measures.
The record for local ballot measures was November, 1993, when 28 measures were on the local ballot. That was the second year of Frank Jordan’s term as Mayor. Like Ed Lee, Jordan was massively disengaged in the actual politics of the City and did only what his staff told him to do. Since his staff--again like Ed Lee--had a very narrow, pro-business perspective much of the “people’s work” was left to the voters themselves in local ballot measures.