Last Friday, a San Francisco County Superior Court judge sided with the City, voters, and early childhood community, rejecting a challenge put forward by various business groups who questioned the validity of Proposition C (June 2018), a citizen led initiative campaign for a family-friendlier city.
In its ruling, the court confirmed San Francisco had not violated the state Constitution and its own City Charter by allowing the propositions to pass with a simple-majority (50% +1) threshold and not a two-thirds (67%) majority. However, Prop C opposition groups have vowed to file an appeal making Friday’s court hearing only the first in what looks to be a long, drawn-out court battle.
The City has been collecting Prop C funds since the voter initiative passed in June 2018, but officials have resisted using the funds, which could generate as much as $146 million in annual tax revenue for San Francisco’s early childhood community, until after the question of legality is settled.
If upheld, Prop C would provide vital resources dedicated to expanding opportunity for high-quality early care and education, compensating early childhood professionals, and delivering comprehensive services to address the myriad challenges that face our young children and their families.