Carmen Chu for San Francisco Assessor-Recorder

November 2018 election

San Francisco’s Assessor-recorder handles taxation operations. It’s an office that California mandated be elected rather than appointed in a 1988 ballot measure, but has no business being on the ballot, as it’s a largely procedural post. A 1989 study found no significant difference in assessment uniformity between appointed and elected assessors.

The two candidates — Paul Bellar and incumbent Carmen Chu — don’t say much of substance on their website, since there’s not much room to do things differently in a way voters understand.

The only mildly noteworthy finding is Bellar’s critique of market-rate housing on his website:

Instead of focusing on reducing gentrification and re-examining how the city organizes its housing to embrace multi-generational and/or multi-family housing, San Francisco is almost exclusively focusing on market production of homes.

Market-rate housing is a critical element of addressing San Francisco’s housing shortage.

Vote Chu as there are no scandals to make this not worth continuing down the incumbent path.

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Economist. Founder and president of the UBI Center. Studied at MIT and UC Berkeley. YIMBY. Former Google data scientist.

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