Yet again, writer-about-town Matt Baume has taken on the thankless task of compiling and attempting to organize everyone else’s endorsements for local and state issues and candidates for the November 2, 2010 election. Why? Matt explains on journalism funding site Spot.us:

If you’re like any reasonable Californian, you’re totally baffled by the ballot. (It’s not your imagination: the thing is super-long this year.) To really understand every race, every candidate, and every proposition, you’d need to be an expert with a ton of time on your hands. So let’s turn to those experts and crowd-source their wisdom.

Matt says he looked at over 150 major organizations’ and individuals’ endorsements for next Tuesday’s election (you can see his rather imposing master document of endorsers/endorsements here), admitting that “there are a lot of worthy individuals and organizations that aren’t on this list. I had to make a judgment call in many cases to determine whether I should include a slate. In general, the criteria that I used was, ‘is this endorsement notable and relevant to an average San Franciscan?’ I defined ‘notable’ in terms similar to that of Wikipedia.”

Then, the Appeal graphed out how “popular” candidates are among endorsers Matt tracked (if the endorsements he noted were unanimous, we didn’t bother, of course). But it’s not all about popularity, now, is it? That’s why Matt recommends that you “look at who the endorsers are on each side, and decided which ones you trust the most.”

Right now, you’re looking at his endorsement breakdowns for the SF candidates, you can see his breakdown of SF proposition endorsements here, of state proposition endorsements here, and of CA state candidates here.

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Building Owners and Managers Association of SF: Mark Farrell, Janet Reilly
SF Police Officers Association: Mark Farrell, Janet Reilly
SF Republican Party: Mark Farrell, Abraham Simmons
SF Young Republicans: Mark Farrell, Abraham Simmons
Small Property Owners of SF Institute: Mark Farrell, Abraham Simmons
Rescue Muni: Mark Farrell
African American Democratic Club: Janet Reilly, Abraham Simmons
Alice B Toklas Democratic Club: Janet Reilly
Bay Area Reporter: Janet Reilly
CA Nurses Association: Janet Reilly
Democratic County Central Committee: Janet Reilly
Harvey Milk Club: Janet Reilly
Leland Yee: Janet Reilly
Mark Leno: Janet Reilly
SF Apartment Association: Janet Reilly
SF Bay Guardian: Janet Reilly
SF Labor Council: Janet Reilly
SF League of Young Voters: Janet Reilly
SF Tomorrow: Janet Reilly
SF Young Democrats: Janet Reilly
Tom Ammiano: Janet Reilly
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Janet Reilly
UNITE HERE! Local 2: Janet Reilly
United Educators of San Francisco: Janet Reilly

African American Democratic Club: Carmen Chu
Alice B Toklas Democratic Club: Carmen Chu
Bay Area Reporter: Carmen Chu
Building Owners and Managers Association of SF: Carmen Chu
Democratic County Central Committee: Carmen Chu
Leland Yee: Carmen Chu
Mark Leno: Carmen Chu
Rescue Muni: Carmen Chu
SF Apartment Association: Carmen Chu
SF Bike Coalition: Carmen Chu
SF Labor Council: Carmen Chu
SF League of Young Voters: Carmen Chu
SF Police Officers Association: Carmen Chu
SF Young Democrats: Carmen Chu
Small Property Owners of SF Institute: Carmen Chu
UNITE HERE! Local 2: Carmen Chu
United Educators of San Francisco: Carmen Chu

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Alice B Toklas Democratic Club: Theresa Sparks
Bay Area Reporter: Theresa Sparks
Building Owners and Managers Association of SF: Theresa Sparks
Mark Leno: Theresa Sparks
Rescue Muni: Theresa Sparks
SF Apartment Association: Theresa Sparks
SF Police Officers Association: Theresa Sparks
SF League of Young Voters: Jane Kim, Glendon Hyde, Debra Walker
SF Tenants Union: Jane Kim, Debra Walker, Glendon Hyde
African American Democratic Club: James Keys, Jane Kim, Theresa Sparks
SF Bay Guardian: Debra Walker, Jane Kim, Glendon Hyde
Harvey Milk Club: Debra Walker, Jane Kim
CA Nurses Association: Debra Walker
Democratic County Central Committee: Debra Walker
Leland Yee: Debra Walker
SF Bike Coalition: Debra Walker
SF Labor Council: Debra Walker
SF Tomorrow: Debra Walker
Tom Ammiano: Debra Walker
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Debra Walker
UNITE HERE! Local 2: Debra Walker
United Educators of San Francisco: Debra Walker

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Bay Area Reporter: Scott Weiner, Rebecca Prozan
Alice B Toklas Democratic Club: Scott Weiner, Rebecca Prozan
Building Owners and Managers Association of SF: Scott Weiner
Mark Leno: Scott Weiner
Rescue Muni: Scott Weiner
SF Apartment Association: Scott Weiner
SF Police Officers Association: Scott Weiner
Small Property Owners of SF Institute: Scott Weiner
Leland Yee: Rebecca Prozan
SF Young Democrats: Rebecca Prozan
African American Democratic Club: Rafael Mandelman, Rebecca Prozan, Scott Weiner
Democratic County Central Committee: Rafael Mandelman, Rebecca Prozan
CA Nurses Association: Rafael Mandelman
Harvey Milk Club: Rafael Mandelman
SEIU 1021: Rafael Mandelman
SF Bay Guardian: Rafael Mandelman
SF Bike Coalition: Rafael Mandelman
SF Labor Council: Rafael Mandelman
SF League of Young Voters: Rafael Mandelman
SF Tenants Union: Rafael Mandelman
SF Tomorrow: Rafael Mandelman
Tom Ammiano: Rafael Mandelman
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Rafael Mandelman
UNITE HERE! Local 2: Rafael Mandelman
United Educators of San Francisco: Rafael Mandelman
SF Young Republicans: Bill Hemenger, Scott Wiener

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SF Bay Guardian: Tony Kelly, Dewitt Lacy, Chris Jackson
SF Tenants Union: Tony Kelly, Chris Jackson, Dewitt Lacey
Small Property Owners of SF Institute: Steve Moss, Lynette Sweet
SF Police Officers Association: Steve Moss
Rescue Muni: Steve Moss
Building Owners and Managers Association of SF: Steve Moss
African American Democratic Club: Malia Cohen, Dewitt Lacy, Lynette Sweet
SF Labor Council: Malia Cohen, Chris Jackson
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Malia Cohen
SF Republican Party: Lynette Sweet
SF Apartment Association: Lynette Sweet
Bay Area Reporter: Lynette Sweet
Alice B Toklas Democratic Club: Lynette Sweet
Harvey Milk Club: Eric Smith, Tony Kelly, Steve Moss
SF Tomorrow: Eric Smith, Tony Kelly
SF Bike Coalition: Eric Smith
Democratic County Central Committee: Dewitt Lacey, Malia Cohen, Eric Smith
Tom Ammiano: Dewitt Lacey
Leland Yee: Dewitt Lacey
SF League of Young Voters: Chris Jackson, Tony Kelly, Ed Donaldson
SF Young Democrats: Chris Jackson
CA Nurses Association: Chris Jackson

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African American Democratic Club: James Fang
Bay Area Reporter: James Fang
Dianne Feinstein: James Fang
Fiona Ma: James Fang
Gavin Newsom: James Fang
Jeff Adachi: James Fang
Kamala Harris: James Fang
Mark Leno: James Fang
Mike Hennessey: James Fang
Nancy Pelosi: James Fang
Phil Ting: James Fang
SF Building and Trades Council: James Fang
SF Republican Party: James Fang
SF Young Republicans: James Fang
Rescue Muni: Bert Hill
SF Bay Guardian: Bert Hill
SF Bike Coalition: Bert Hill
SF League of Young Voters: Bert Hill
SF Women’s Political Committee: Bert Hill
SF Young Democrats: Bert Hill

African American Democratic Club: Phil Ting
Bay Area Reporter: Phil Ting
Fiona Ma: Phil Ting
SF Bay Guardian: Phil Ting
SF League of Young Voters: Phil Ting
SF Women’s Political Committee: Phil Ting
SF Young Democrats: Phil Ting
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Phil Ting


African American Democratic Club: Jeff Adachi
Bay Area Reporter: Jeff Adachi
SF Bay Guardian: Jeff Adachi
SF League of Young Voters: Jeff Adachi
SF Women’s Political Committee: Jeff Adachi
SF Young Democrats: Jeff Adachi
SF Young Republicans: Jeff Adachi

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Building Owners and Managers Association of SF: Richard Ulmer
Dennis Herrera: Richard Ulmer
Dianne Feinstein: Richard Ulmer
Fiona Ma: Richard Ulmer
Gavin Newsom: Richard Ulmer
Jeff Adachi: Richard Ulmer
Mike Hennessey: RIchard Ulmer
SF Apartment Association: Richard Ulmer
SF Chronicle: RIchard Ulmer
SF Police Officers Association: RIchard Ulmer
SF Young Republicans: Richard Ulmer
Supervisor Elsbernd: Richard Ulmer
Supervisor Mar: Richard Ulmer
African American Democratic Club: Michael Nava
BALIF: Michael Nava
Bay Area Reporter: Michael Nava
Equality California: Michael Nava
Leland Yee: Michael Nava
Mark Leno: Michael Nava
SF Bay Guardian: Michael Nava
SF League of Young Voters: Michael Nava
SF Tenants Union: Michael Nava
SF Women’s Political Committee: Michael Nava
Supervisor Avalos: Michael Nava
Supervisor Campos: Michael Nava
Supervisor Chiu: Michael Nava
Supervisor Dufty: Michael Nava
Tom Ammiano: Michael Nava
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Michael Nava
UNITE HERE! Local 2: Michael Nava

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Theresa Sparks: Winifred Dajani
African American Democratic Club: Omar Khalif, Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza
SF Republican Party: Omar Khalif
SF Young Republicans: Omar Khalif
Democratic County Central Committee: Maufas, Mendoza, Murase
SF Labor Council: Maufas, Mendoza, Murase
Supervisor Avalos: Margaret Brodkin, Kim-Shree Maufas
Mark Leno: Margaret Brodkin, Emily Murase, Maufas, Mendoza
Mike Hennessey: Margaret Brodkin
SF Women’s Political Committee: Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
UNITE HERE! Local 2: Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
United Educators of San Francisco: Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
Bay Area Reporter: Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza, Bill Barnes
SF Young Democrats: Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza
Supervisor Mar: Kim-Shree Maufas, Emily Murase
Supervisor Mirkarimi: Kim-Shree Maufas, Emily Murase
Supervisor Campos: Kim-Shree Maufas
Supervisor Daly: Kim-Shree Maufas
Supervisor Maxwell: Kim-Shree Maufas
Tom Ammiano: Kim-Shree Maufas
Fiona Ma: Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
Gavin Newsom: Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
Kamala Harris: Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
Phil Ting: Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
Supervisor Chiu: Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
Supervisor Chu: Hydra Mendoza, Emily Murase
SF League of Young Voters: Hydra Mendoza, Bill Barnes, Kim-Shree Maufas
Jose Cisneros: Hydra Mendoza
Leland Yee: Emily Murase
Supervisor Elsbernd: Emily Murase
Alice B Toklas Democratic Club: Brodkin, Mendoza, Murase
SF Bay Guardian: Brodkin, Maufas, Mendoza
Supervisor Dufty: Bill Barnes, Margaret Brodkin, Kim-Shree Maufas, Hydra Mendoza
Supervisor Alioto-Pier: Bill Barnes, Emily Murase
Harvey Milk Club: Barnes, Maufas
SF Tenants Union: Barnes, Maufas

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Chinese American Citizens Alliance: Lawrence Wong
Jose Cisneros: Lawrence Wong
Aaron Peskin: John Rizzo
Fiona Ma: John Rizzo
Leland Yee: John Rizzo
Phil Ting: John Rizzo
Sierra Club of California & Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter: John Rizzo
SF Bay Guardian: John Rizzo
SF League of Young Voters: John Rizzo
Supervisor Avalos: John Rizzo
Supervisor Campos: John Rizzo
Supervisor Chiu: John Rizzo
Supervisor Elsbernd: John Rizzo
Supervisor Mirkarimi: John Rizzo
Tom Ammiano: John Rizzo
Dianne Feinstein: Anita Grier, Lawrence Wong
Gavin Newsom: Anita Grier, Lawrence Wong
Mark Leno: Anita Grier, Lawrence Wong
Supervisor Dufty: Anita Grier, Lawrence Wong
Supervisor Mar: Anita Grier, John Rizzo
African American Democratic Club: Anita Grier
Kamala Harris: Anita Grier
Nancy Pelosi: Anita Grier
Supervisor Chu: Anita Grier
Bay Area Reporter: Anita Grier, John Rizzo, Lawrence Wong
SF Women’s Political Committee: Anita Grier, John Rizzo, Lawrence Wong
Transit Workers Union Local 250-A: Anita Grier, John Rizzo, Lawrence Wong

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • diva

    Thanks for doing this!

    I noticed you have left out the two major newspapers, San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle who have also made endorsements in local races. Was it an intentional omission because you have certain candidates you favor? Or was it an honest mistake?

    Here’s the link to SF Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/Examiner-Local-Editorial-The-City-deserves-a-reality-based-board-104917054.html

    Here’s the link to Chronicle endorsement: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/31/EDCL1F4R6N.DTL

    Any chance you can add the these new figures in to make it a fair representation?

  • diva

    Thanks for doing this!

    I noticed you have left out the two major newspapers, San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle who have also made endorsements in local races. Was it an intentional omission because you have certain candidates you favor? Or was it an honest mistake?

    Here’s the link to SF Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/Examiner-Local-Editorial-The-City-deserves-a-reality-based-board-104917054.html

    Here’s the link to Chronicle endorsement: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/31/EDCL1F4R6N.DTL

    Any chance you can add the these new figures in to make it a fair representation?

  • Eve Batey

    Thanks for your comment, diva. I’ve forwarded it to Matt Baume, who performed the endorsement aggregation, for his response.

    I can assure you, however, that we don’t favor any candidates, and would not have presented Matt’s research to readers if we believed that was his motivation.

  • Eve Batey

    Thanks for your comment, diva. I’ve forwarded it to Matt Baume, who performed the endorsement aggregation, for his response.

    I can assure you, however, that we don’t favor any candidates, and would not have presented Matt’s research to readers if we believed that was his motivation.

  • diva

    Thanks!

  • diva

    Thanks!

  • Chris Daly

    My endorsement may be a liability elsewhere, but I have won 3 elections in District 6, and my polling numbers in the District aren’t too far off from where they were 4 years ago. James Keys has used my endorsement effectively in this campaign and also has the first place nod from the SF Green Party.

  • Chris Daly

    My endorsement may be a liability elsewhere, but I have won 3 elections in District 6, and my polling numbers in the District aren’t too far off from where they were 4 years ago. James Keys has used my endorsement effectively in this campaign and also has the first place nod from the SF Green Party.

  • Eve Batey

    Thanks, Chris! I’ve passed your comment on to Matt, who did this analysis, so he can respond.

  • Eve Batey

    Thanks, Chris! I’ve passed your comment on to Matt, who did this analysis, so he can respond.

  • seth22

    One could make a pretty wicked 3D bar graph listing each candidate and their respective rank choice endorsements

  • seth22

    One could make a pretty wicked 3D bar graph listing each candidate and their respective rank choice endorsements

  • Matt Baume

    Hey folks! Sorry to be chiming in only after the election’s over. It’s true that there are quite a few endorsements that didn’t make it onto the grid. That’s because they simply weren’t obvious enough. For example, finding the Examiner’s endorsements takes a fair amount of hunting. And while you can find Chris’ just by googling his name, it didn’t occur to me to do so. (My source for all of the Supervisor endorsements is the voter pamphlet.)

    Next year I’m planning to send an email to each organization, asking them to send me their endorsements. That’ll take some time, since there’s around 170 organizations and not all of them have obvious contact info. But on the bright side, it’ll mean that I can blame someone else if I’m missing data.

  • Matt Baume

    Hey folks! Sorry to be chiming in only after the election’s over. It’s true that there are quite a few endorsements that didn’t make it onto the grid. That’s because they simply weren’t obvious enough. For example, finding the Examiner’s endorsements takes a fair amount of hunting. And while you can find Chris’ just by googling his name, it didn’t occur to me to do so. (My source for all of the Supervisor endorsements is the voter pamphlet.)

    Next year I’m planning to send an email to each organization, asking them to send me their endorsements. That’ll take some time, since there’s around 170 organizations and not all of them have obvious contact info. But on the bright side, it’ll mean that I can blame someone else if I’m missing data.