All of San Francisco wanted a say on the waterfront.
Rich and poor, hilly and flat, Bay views and fog belt, every neighborhood and every supervisorial district in The City approved Proposition B by at least a simple majority in last week's election, according to results released last week.
Prop. B won by a nearly two-to-one margin, 62,727 to 43,444, according to the Department of Elections. About 26 percent of registered voters cast ballots, the lowest-ever turnout for a June primary in an even-numbered election year.
With its passage, any development project proposed on Port of San Francisco land along the waterfront – about a 7.5-mile strip stretching from Fisherman's Wharf to the Hunters Point shipyard – will require voter approval to exceed existing height limits, which vary from as low as 40 feet on piers to 105 feet on Seawall Lot 330 just south of the Bay Bridge.
Opponents of the measure tried to capitalize on The City's housing crisis, saying that more restrictions on development would drive astronomical real estate prices even higher and undermine efforts to build below-market-rate housing.
But adding more citizen review to The City's famously participatory planning process proved an easy sell.
The biggest margin of victory came among voters in the “Central City,” Civic Center and the Tenderloin, with wide margins of victory in the Mission and Excelsior districts as well.
Slimmer margins of victory were seen in such disparate places as Bayview-Hunters Point and Seacliff – where Prop. B won by just a couple hundred votes in both instances.
The results show “we're all San Franciscans,” said Jon Golinger, the Yes on B campaign manager.
“We came to this city and we stay in this city because it's a unique and special place,” he added. “And we want it to stay this way.”
Mayor Ed Lee and The City's construction trade unions opposed the measure.
No city supervisor followed suit, including the top vote-getter in the local state Assembly primary, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. Last year, he backed the No Wall on the Waterfront referendum that killed a luxury condo development at 8 Washington St.