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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
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City of San Francisco
Proposition B Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

152,435 votos si (78.5%)

41,764 votos no (21.5%)

Shall the City amend the Charter to change the name of the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services; to change the name of the Aging and Adult Services Commission to the Disability and Aging Services Commission; and to add new qualifications for three of the seven seats on this Commission?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Pros y Contras — Explicación objetiva con argumentos a favor y en contra

Fuente: League of Women Voters of San Francisco

La pregunta

Shall the City amend the Charter to change the name of the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services; to change the name of the Aging and Adult Services Commission to the Disability and Aging Services Commission; and to add new qualifications for three of the seven seats on this Commission?

Note: This Pro/Con information is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

La situación

One in ten San Francisco residents experience disability. The Department of Aging and Adult Services ("DAAS") is the primary City agency tasked with providing social safety net services to adults with disabilities in San Francisco. However, the Department's current name does not effectively communicate this role to the community, which inhibits adults with disabilities from accessing services to which they are entitled.

A key finding of the 2018 Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment was that consumers and service providers encounter several barriers and challenges to accessing services. Adults with disabilities identified an increased navigation challenge because DAAS' name does not specifically call out adults with disabilities as a population served. This finding was developed through both qualitative research (including forums, focus groups, and a community survey) and quantitative analysis.

Currently, the Charter establishes the Aging and Adult Services Commission ("Commission"), consisting of seven members. The Commission is charged with oversight of the Department of Aging and Adult Services. The Charter does not prescribe qualifications for any of the seven seats on the Commission.

La propuesta

Proposition B is a Charter amendment that would change the name of the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services. The name of the Aging and Adult Services Commission would be changed to the Disability and Aging Services Commission.

It would also prescribe qualifications for three of the Commission seats:

       One of the Commissioners would be required to be a person who is 60 years old or older.

       One of the Commissioners would be required to be a person with a disability, as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, who is 18 years old or older.

       One of the Commissioners would be required to be a person who served in the United States military.

The proposed Charter amendment would also change the name of the Aging and Adult Services Community Living Fund to the Disability and Aging Services Community Living Fund.

A “YES” Vote Means: If you vote “yes,” you want to amend the Charter to change the names to the Department of Disability and Aging Services and the Disability and Aging Services Commission; and you want to add new qualifications for three of the seven seats on the Commission.

A “NO” Vote Means: If you vote “no,” you do not want to make these changes.

Efectos fiscales

According to the Controller, this measure would have a minimal impact on the cost of government.

https://sfelections.sfgov.org/sites/default/files/Documents/candidates/Nov2019_PropB_Controller.pdf

Sus partidarios dicen

       Adding the word “disability” to the names of the Department and Commission would more effectively communicate the kinds of services they provide to the community, so that people with disabilities, veterans, and older adults see themselves represented in the name and in the commission, including the 10% of SF adults with disabilities who are entitled to these services.

       Changing the names could improve and increase access to critical health and human service programs that SF residents may not have previously known were in existence.

Sus oponentes dicen

       Changing the name could make it challenging for those already familiar with the department to find it without sufficient public service announcements.

       This is an unnecessary charter amendment that would involve additional bureaucratic oversight to make sure Commission seats were allocated correctly and sufficient public education about the name change done.

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

If you vote "yes," you want to amend the Charter to change the names to the Department of Disability and Aging Services and the Disability and Aging Services Commission; and you want to add new qualifications for three of the seven seats on the Commission. 

Un voto por el NO significa

If you vote "no," you do not want to make these changes. 

Resumen

Ballot Simplification Committee

The Way It Is Now: The Department of Aging and Adult Services (Department) is a City agency established under the City’s Charter that coordinates and provides social services for older adults and adults with disabilities in San Francisco. The Aging and Adult Services Commission (Commission) oversees the Department. 

The Commission has seven members appointed by the Mayor. All Commission members must be San Francisco residents and registered voters. 

The Proposal: Proposition B is a Charter amendment that would change the name of the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services. 

The name of the Aging and Adult Services Commission would be changed to the Disability and Aging Services Commission. 

Proposition B would also set new qualifications for three of the seven members of the Commission: 

• One seat would be held by a person who is 60 years old or older; 

• One seat would be held by a person with a disability; and 

• One seat would be held by a person who has served in the United States military.

Efectos fiscales

City Controller Ben Rosenfield

Should the proposed Charter amendment be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would have a minimal impact on the cost of government. 

The proposed Charter amendment would change the name of the Aging and Adult Services Commission to the Disability and Aging Services Commission and would add qualifications for three of the seven seats on the Commission. The proposed amendment would rename the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services, and rename the Aging and Adult Services Community Living Fund to the Disability and Aging Services Community Living Fund. 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

¿Quién está a favor y en contra de esta iniciativa de ley?

Sí por Proposition B

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Funcionarios electos y designados (0)
No por Proposition B

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