10/29/2012 07:00 pm ET Updated Nov 06, 2012

San Francisco Ballot Measures: SF's 2012 Voter Guide (PHOTOS)

Guess what San Francisco? It's that time of year again!

The leaves are changing, your mailbox is overflowing with campaign literature and political commentators aren't merely implying everyone they disagree with is a Nazi -- they're doing it in ALL CAPS.

Yes, election season in San Francisco is a magical and confusing time when voters suddenly are expected to become experts not just on statewide and regional issues like inter-state tax law and the intricacies of BART's management structure, but also on the myriad of ballot measures solely affecting San Francisco.

We've assembled a handy guide to assist San Francisco voters in making sense of the seven, diverse measures on the 2012 San Francisco ballot ranging from a major change in the city's tax policy to an attempt to pull the city's largest educational institution back from the brink of closure to a contentious bill that has the potential to dramatically reshape the water system not only for San Francisco, but for California as a whole.

Check out all the ballot measures here:



San Francisco 2012 Ballot Measures