June 2008 San Francisco general election

The June 2008 San Francisco general elections were held on June 3, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The elections included the primaries of two seats in the United States House of Representatives, one seat to the California State Senate, two seats to the California State Assembly, seats to various parties' county central committees, one seat to the San Francisco County Superior Court, two California ballot propositions, and eight San Francisco ballot measures.

Superior Court[edit]

As no candidate had more than 50% of the votes, a runoff election was held between the two highest vote-getting candidates in the November 2008 election.

San Francisco County Superior Court Seat 12 election, June 2008
Candidate Votes %
Gerardo Sandoval 57,002 43.52
Thomas Mellon 56,247 42.94
Mary E. Mallen 17,152 13.09
Write-in 591 0.45
Invalid or blank votes 42,007 24.28%
Total votes 173,035 100.00
Voter turnout 40.22%


Note: "City" refers to the San Francisco municipal government.

Proposition A[edit]


Proposition A would allow the San Francisco Unified School District to levy a $198 tax on every parcel of property to pay for educational programs, increased salaries for teachers, teacher compensation for hard-to-work schools and subject areas, and increase teacher and classroom resources. This proposition required a two-thirds majority to pass.

Proposition A
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 113,999 68.98
No 51,273 31.02
Required majority 66.67
Invalid or blank votes 7,757 4.48
Total votes 173,029 100.00

Proposition B[edit]


Proposition B would increase the number of years that new City employees and certain employees of the School Board, Superior Court, and the Community College District to qualify for employer-funded retiree health benefits, establish a Retiree Health Care Trust Fund to fund such costs, and increase retirement benefits and COLAs for some employees.

Proposition B
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 118,729 74.05
No 41,598 25.95
Invalid or blank votes 12,694 7.34
Total votes 173,021 100.00

Proposition C[edit]


Proposition C would prohibit City employees who have committed a crime of moral turpitude involving their employment from drawing funds from the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System that came from employer contributions.

Proposition C
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 91,924 58.07
No 66,379 41.93
Invalid or blank votes 14,715 8.50
Total votes 173,018 100.00

Proposition D[edit]


Proposition D would make it City policy that membership of City boards and commissions reflect the contributions of persons of both genders and all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and types of disabilities, and urge City agencies and officials to support the nomination, appointment, and confirmation of such candidates to City boards and commissions.

Proposition D
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 91,642 59.00
No 63,681 41.00
Invalid or blank votes 17,694 10.23
Total votes 173,017 100.00

Proposition E[edit]


Proposition E would require the Board of Supervisors to approve mayoral appointments to the City Public Utilities Commission, and require that such candidates meet certain qualifications.

Proposition E
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 80,489 51.79
No 74,916 48.21
Invalid or blank votes 17,613 10.18
Total votes 173,018 100.00

Proposition F[edit]


Proposition F would require that 50% of housing units in the Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard development plans consist of affordable housing, that the Alice Griffith projects be replaced on a unit-by-unit basis, and that the Board of Supervisors reject all plans that do not include such requirements. This was submitted to the ballot to counter Proposition G below.

Proposition F
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 101,112 63.25
Yes 58,756 36.75
Invalid or blank votes 13,157 7.60
Total votes 173,025 100.00

Proposition G[edit]


Proposition G would make it City policy to encourage timely development of Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard, including a new 49ers stadium or equivalent, that the City would transfer park land for such development if replaced by new public parks elsewhere, and that 1997 Propositions D and F be repealed. This was submitted to the ballot to counter Proposition F above.

Proposition G
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 99,008 62.49
No 59,423 37.51
Invalid or blank votes 14,593 8.43
Total votes 173,024 100.00

Proposition H[edit]


Proposition H would prohibit City elected officials, candidates, and political action committees that they control from soliciting or accepting contributions from contractors who have a contract pending or recently approved by the official or a board on which the official sits.

Proposition H
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 104,012 67.16
No 50,865 32.84
Invalid or blank votes 18,137 10.48
Total votes 173,014 100.00

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