Four times in the last twelve years San Franciscans have voted to limit, reduce, or halt corporate advertising in the public realm.
Proposition G – “Shall no new general advertising signs shall be permitted at any location within the City as of March 5, 2002, except as provided in Subsection (b), which exempts signs “on motor vehicles or in the public right of way as permitted by local law.”
Voters Answer: YES – 79%
Proposition K – adopting a City policy to prohibit any increase the amount of general advertising signs on street furniture and City-owned buildings.
Voters’ Answer: YES – 62%
Proposition E – “Shall the City prohibit an increase in the number of general advertising signs on street furniture and specifically prohibit new general advertising signs on City-owned buildings?”
Voters’ Answer: YES — 57%
Proposition D – A proposal to change the San Francisco Planning Code to create a Mid-Market Special Sign District to “allow new general advertising signs that reflect the arts and entertainment character of the district…”
Voters Answer: NO – 54%
When it comes to more advertising in San Francisco, voters are clear. Why aren’t our elected officials listening?
In the last two weeks the following elected officials voted to increase advertising in San Francisco:
San Francisco Supervisors Breed, Chiu, Cohen, Farrell, Tang, and Yee voted to double the number of wrapped buses on our streets.
BART Directors Blalock, Fang, Keller, Mallett, McPartland, Murray, and Saltzman voted to place digital billboards on passenger platforms on downtown stations.
Whether it’s our sidewalks, our skyline, our bridges, our parks, or our transit system, San Francisco Beautiful is fighting to curb corporate advertising in the public realm. Know who is on your side.