With nude protests at City Hall and a steady stream of consumer-product bans, it’s not a stretch to say that San Francisco’s politics are unconventional. But this year’s supervisorial races added a new chapter — with a moderate Democrat and former Willie Brown protege winning one of The City’s most leftist districts, and a progressive candidate narrowly leading the most conservative district.
London Breed pulled off a shocker last week when she beat out a cavalcade of progressives in District 5, which includes the Fillmore, Western Addition and the former hippie haven of Haight-Ashbury. In a race that pitted a bevy of left-leaning politicians against each other in a contest to determine who was a “true progressive,” none of them will end up on the 11-member board.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who represents District 7, has been a stalwart fiscal moderate on a Board of Supervisors that frequently needs such guidance. With his term ending, City Hall needs a strong successor, and Mike Garcia is the candidate to fill those shoes. Read More
Third-party contributions opposing Supervisor Eric Mar or supporting challenger David Lee have flooded into San Francisco’s District 1 supervisorial race with less than 30 days until the election. Read More
The plastic bag surcharge is in effect in just about every store in The City — and, for better or worse, we all have suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to thank. Back when he was on the Board of Supervisors, plastic bags, PG&E and brevity were his enemies, although he only pushed through a law banning one of them. As of Oct. 1, stores must charge a dime for any bag they have to provide to customers. Read More
In San Francisco’s relatively conservative District 7, nine candidates are vying to replace termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who routinely supported more investment in basic infrastructure and warned about burgeoning government labor costs. Read More
Radiation is far from the only problem bedeviling the residents of Treasure Island. Delays in development have left residents of the island neglected in other ways. Read More
Candidates running for a seat on the Board of Supervisors this November are testing the new rules of The City’s public financing program. Read More
The first round of campaign contribution reports have been filed for November’s Board of Supervisor elections and they are full of fascinating information. One of the most interesting questions suggested by all the data is which supervisors could vote in favor of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi when the board soon considers whether to sustain his suspension for official misconduct. Read More
With fewer than 100 days before the November election, well-financed battles have emerged for three seats on the Board of Supervisors.
Although six seats are up for grabs, it appears the big-money fights will be in three districts: the Richmond; the Fillmore, Haight and Western Addition neighborhoods; and the more conservative neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks. Read More