As we assess the implications of last week’s elections, it is worth considering two clear wins for progressives and for the tenant movement in San Francisco – and what those wins may suggest for a path forward.
Last week, San Francisco voters decisively rejected Propositions P and U, cynical measures that would have caused long-term damage to this city’s affordable housing programs and deliberately pitted middle-class tenants against lower income tenants. The two proposals were defeated by huge margins: 67-33 and 65-35… (more)
Pumping millions of doubles into divide and conquer ballot initiatives pitting middle class citizens against the poor and homeless failed to work for the real estate industry that sought to break up the progressive voting block that is growing larger as more people feel at risk of losing their positions due the changing political and economic landscape. Voters looked at the source of the money.
Residents proved they do not trust developers or City Hall when they stopped the Affordable Bonus Housing plans. They don’t want to be forced to give up their lifestyles. People who have them want to retain their single family homes with private yards and garages or driveways. They voted to preserve neighborhoods and protect local merchants and cultural institutions.