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Progressives Take The SF Board of Supervisors, Conway Keeps The Mayor

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Election Night San Francisco CA results are in:

As you may have heard incumbent Mayor Ed Lee got enough votes to stay in office.  Meanwhile the 3 candidates who stood for progressive San Francisco values combined for 44,594 votes and counting, and that is nothing to scoff at.  Francisco Herrera, Amy Farah Weiss, and our very own Stuart Schuffman combined to win nearly 36% of the electorate with no major funding or endorsements from the establishment.  They should be very proud of that.


The fact that the sitting mayor wins only 56% of the vote when running against candidates with no major funding is a testament to how much Lee is disliked in San Francisco.  And other election results show his declining power as well.

Aaron Peskin won District 3 unseating Lee’s personally appointed Julie Christensen! As Supervisor David Campos told the crowd at the El Rio Election Night Party last night, “We now have a Progressive Majority in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.”  And that is a big victory for our city and it’s values.

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

As for Tom Temprano and Broke-Ass Stuart losing their bids for office, Former State Assemblymen and SF political legend Tom Ammiano spoke to the crowd and reminded what San Francisco still stands for, “We are ahead of the game, we are progressive, and we are populous, elections are a numbers game and sometimes numbers hurt, sometimes you feel disappointed, sometimes you feel like pouring gasoline all over City Hall and lighting match…I am not encouraging that! Those rumors about me at the White Night Riots are not true!…We have a very very bright future, for the people here it’s not only a matter of politics, it’s a matter of morality, it’s a matter of heart, and that is why we will win in the future.”

“We have a very very bright future, for the people here it’s not only a matter of politics, it’s a matter of morality, it’s a matter of heart, and that is why we will win in the future.” – Tom Ammiano



Prop F was defeated by Airbnb and Ron Conway’s 8 million plus dollars.  Incredibly, Airbnb managed to buyout all the ad space on the San Francisco Examiner on election day.  The San Francisco Examiner was clearly in support of Prop F.  Their Op Ed on the subject was called:  “No Other Option but to Support Prop F.”  But on election day they couldn’t resist that sweet sweet Airbnb money, and their realestate was bought by the opposition.  Take a look at the insane amount of ‘No on F’ ads, across the SF Examiner’s platform on Election Day:

no on f examiner

Airbnb’s “No on F” bought the SF Examiner’s entire homepage despite the paper being irrevocably in support of the proposition

The ‘No on F’ mercenaries were everywhere on Election Day, and reportedly spend over $629 on each ‘No’ vote. They taped large ‘No on F’ signs on front doors and of course decorated the city with ridiculous billboards using scare tactics and lies to sway the vote.  Their money simply could not be stopped, a metaphor for what is happening to a lot of San Francisco these days.



Here are the election results for all Propositions via

Local Measure A – Affordable Housing Bond
Yes 98,251 73.49%
No 35,451 26.51%
Total 133,702 100%

Local Measure B – Paid Parental Leave for City Employees
Yes 87,035 66.34%
No 44,151 33.66%
Total 131,186 100%

Local Measure C – Expenditure Lobbyists
Yes 95,916 74.54%
No 32,764 25.46%
Total 128,680 100%

Local Measure D – Mission Rock
Yes 97,172 73.37%
No 35,278 26.63%
Total 132,450 100%

Local Measure E – Requirements for Public Meetings
No 86,571 66.65%
Yes 43,325 33.35%
Total 129,896 100%

Local Measure F – Short-Term Residential Rentals
No 73,556 55.06%
Yes 60,027 44.94%
Total 133,583 100%

Local Measure G – Disclosures Regarding Renewable Energy
No 95,930 76.79%
Yes 28,993 23.21%
Total 124,923 100%

Local Measure H – Defining Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy
Yes 98,366 79.51%
No 25,352 20.49%
Total 123,718 100%

Local Measure I – Suspension of Market-Rate Development in the Mission District
No 74,697 57.35%
Yes 55,543 42.65%
Total 130,240 100%

Local Measure J – Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund
Yes 72,591 56.71%
No 55,409 43.29%
Total 128,000 100%

Local Measure K – Surplus Public Lands
Yes 95,093 73.28%
No 34,665 26.72%
Total 129,758 100%


So we lost I and F, but we won J, and we won a progressive majority on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Look out Lee, because the real San Francisco Left is coming, we’ve got the Board, the moral high ground, and as Tom Ammiano put it, the future is very very bright.

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1 Comment

  1. D_burr
    November 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I hate to be that guy, but 56% is good enough to win when there’s only two true candidates running in an election. And even then it’s not considered close. Yeah, none of the others were favored, but they certainly campaigned. And if someone had called any of ’em a fluke prior to election day, progressives would’ve beraided them. Admit Ed’s well regarded instead of belittling yourself and all the effort you all put in.