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Herrera secures Prop. C court victory, freeing up funds to house the homeless

City Attorney Dennis Herrera

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 9, 2020) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued the following statement today after the California Supreme Court declined to review the case involving Proposition C from the November 2018 ballot. The high court let stand lower court rulings in San Francisco’s favor that found the ballot measure for homeless and mental health services needed only a simple majority to pass:

“It was lonely there for a while, but as we have said since the City of Upland decision was handed down, we’re confident that when voters act through the initiative process, a simple majority is required. We were the first public law office to take that position, and we were proud to do so, because we had the facts, the law and the will of the people on our side. From the beginning, this case has been about upholding the will of the voters. San Francisco voters have the right to direct democracy and self-government. We’re pleased that this legal victory will free up millions of dollars to provide services, housing and mental health treatment for those in our City who most desperately need it. That is what the voters wanted when they passed Proposition C in November 2018. That is what this victory secures.”

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