Today San Francisco Votes on the Fate of Its Artists

“Today, San Franciscans will decide whether their city will opt for the former or the latter as it votes on Proposition S, a citywide proposition that aims to reallocate 16 percent of the city’s existing Hotel Tax Fund for arts organizations and homeless families in 2017, a figure set to increase to 21 percent over the next four to five years…”


“In the 60s and 70s — when the Hotel Tax Fund was created — the term “family homelessness” was not yet a part of our vocabulary. However, by the mid-80s, families were becoming the fastest growing subset of the homeless population. Today, families make up one-third of the homeless population…”


“My time at CAAM shaped my creative experiences, and is fueling my final days serving as the campaign manager for Proposition S, a ballot measure that will ensure arts organizations in San Francisco like CAAM continue to thrive. CAAM does an inspiring job of serving its stated purpose: bringing stories to light. Without raising taxes, Proposition S would restore millions of dollar to arts and culture, and help end family homelessness. It would give arts organizations like CAAM access to secure and priority funding by focusing 75 percent of the funding on underserved communities and creative communities of color. Proposition S is endorsed by over 120 elected officials, arts groups, homeless services advocates, including the Democratic Party, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assemblymember David Chiu, State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, Supervisor Eric Mar, Supervisor Jane Kim, Community Activist Gordon Chin, and jazz pianist and community leader Jon Jang. If you are an artist, advocate, appreciator of arts, or simply a San Franciscan who believes in a more creative and compassionate San Francisco, I urge you to vote YES on Proposition S by mail or in person by November 8th.” – Shwetika Baijal, Campaign Manager, Yes on Proposition S and former CAAM intern and shorts screening committee member


“Too often the arts are pitted against social service interests in a false dichotomy that suggests supporting the arts means taking money from social programs. I once had a liberal state senator tell me he was voting against arts funding because he needed to “feed the children.” The arts community in San Francisco is actively and intentionally breaking that mold with Proposition S, the end product of this intensive collaboration. What Proposition S asserts is that children and families must have a roof over their heads and, equally, they must have access to vibrant arts programming that can enrich and expand their lives and strengthen their communities. It’s not arts or families; it’s arts for families…”

The case for yes on S.F. Prop S

“While resources for other city services have increased with our strengthened economy, we have witnessed a rapid displacement of countless artists, neighborhood arts organizations and arts education programs, as well as deterioration of our support for homeless families…”

Prop. S would return hotel tax fund allocations to the arts

“This is a promise that the city made to its community, and we are trying to make good on the promise,” said Moscone, who is chief of civic engagement at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and former artistic director at the California Shakespeare Theatre…”

Prop. S set-aside would fund arts, family homelessness programs

“’It’s a way to pay homage to a historic San Francisco that used to be more creative and compassionate,’ said Jasmine Conrad, campaign coordinator for Prop. S.”

Vote “Yes” on San Francisco’s Proposition S

“By re-establishing the arts and housing earmarks on the Hotel Tax Fund, Proposition S will guarantee that millions of additional dollars will be available to local arts organizations and to groups serving the homeless…”

Propositions S and X Promise to Preserve SF’s Cultural Landscape

“We can’t be an arts organization and ignore the fact that a kid on a school tour is hungry,” [Linda] Harrison said. “And if they have a place to stay, now they have some calmness, and art and culture can be part of that.”


Yes & Yes on Prop S.  It’s not that often that an initiative makes so much sense for San Francisco.  We’re simply talking about restoring funding (without raising any taxes) to the city’s arts programs & to our most vulnerable citizens, homeless families…”