San Francisco’s nightmare is real: Donald Trump is our President-elect.
And while that’s not news to anyone’s ears, what may be eyebrow-raising is the number of San Franciscans who voted for him: 37,688.
That’s 9.23 percent of ballots cast, according to the Department of Elections, or 37,000 San Franciscans who apparently don’t give a flying fudge that Trump is a lying, racist, woman-attacking blowhard who may plunge our planet into a worse climate crisis, lock up Muslims like we did the Japanese during World War II, and won’t do a lick to save anyone’s jobs because he’s incompetent to a staggering degree.
OK, breathe. Sorry, all, it’s just tough to get through my skull that my hometown could harbor folks who either harbor so much hate, or care so little about the hate Trump spins.
I mean, seriously — Trump supporters are slapping swastikas all over the country in celebration, and according to the Atlantic, white nationalists in Washington, D.C., last week were heard shouting “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
That’s some straight-up Nazi bullcrap.
So where do our local Nazi supporters hail from? Local political consultant Jim Stearns was kind enough to break down the voter precinct data and show us who in S.F. would actually pull the proverbial crank for that crank.
Merced Manor is a to-do neighborhood just north of Lake Merced in The City’s southwest side. It also bears the dubious honor as home to the most Trump voters. Wealthy Merced Manor shall forever hereafter be known as “Trumpland-SF.”
The homeowner-heavy Sunset District, in general, had more Trump voters than the rest of The City, with a big bright red hotspot directly in its middle: a 10-block radius at about Quintara Street and 35th Avenue, across the street from St. Ignatius College Preparatory, no less.
One more Trump hotspot lay alone in a sea of Democratic voters: Precinct 7512, a two-block section on Steiner and McAllister streets.
Stearns said about 100 votes for Trump were cast in that precinct –– perhaps it’s no coincidence it’s home to a senior community, El Bethel Arms.
And yes, San Francisco is far afield from crucial swing states, but at least now you know we aren’t entirely in a liberal bubble here in good ol’ Ess Eff.
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In a parting gift to San Francisco, Supervisor Scott Wiener — ahem — state Senator-elect Scott Wiener voted against a 60-day hard cap for Airbnb rentals on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors.
As my colleague, Joshua Sabatini, reported, Wiener joined supervisors Malia Cohen and Katy Tang as the lone holdouts against the cap. Cohen said we should focus on our “existing laws” against violators, and Wiener said the 60-day cap went “too far.”
But worthy of note, Wiener’s campaign got a boost from independent expenditures funded by billionaire Airbnb investor Ron Conway to the tune of $200,000, and Airbnb contributed $51,000 to Supervisor Cohen’s police oversight measure campaign.
The Airbnb cap passed with only a 7-3 majority, one vote shy of being veto-proof.
One insider told On Guard the chance of the mayor vetoing the Airbnb restriction is “nearly 99 percent.”
Tech money talks, and tech money walks.
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Countdown to Chuck Nevius officially retiring from the San Francisco Chronicle: One day, 13 hours, 27 minutes, 47 seconds, as of this writing.
It can’t come soon enough, and apparently I’m not alone in the sentiment.
Though supervisors Scott Wiener and Aaron Peskin sponsored a commendation for Devious Nevius at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, they were stymied by outgoing Supervisor John Avalos.
“I don’t believe that Chuck Nevius has real character to be a sound journalist,” Avalos said. “There are many conversations I had with Chuck Nevius where he wrote the opposite of what I was saying.”
Avalos added, “I don’t think he has much honor at all, and I will not be supporting this.”
The commendation was introduced as an “imperative,” meaning it has a timely element and requires all 11 votes to pass. It’ll come back to the board in the future for a simply majority vote, the supervisors decided, but not until Nevius is already retired.
Sorry, Chuck, in this battle of journo versus politician, it looks like Avalos got the last word.
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