Tag Archives: Elections

Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Artists to Close Empathy Wall Tonight with Community Gathering

The array of sticky notes full of positive, inclusive, hopeful messages written by passerby at 16th and Mission streets will be taken down and preserved on Friday evening, artists who organized the public participatory art installation say. Though they originally planned to remove the notes the same day, the “Dumbledore’s Army Guerillas” have kept the wall open to messages all week. To protect...
Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th...
Donald Trump signs left on the corner of 22nd and Harrison streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SF Mission Latinos Face Trump Presidency With Resolve, Fear

In San Francisco’s Mission District, the city’s Latino neighborhood, the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House was met with a mixture of fear, resolve, and a come-what-may attitude. “What happens will happen,” said Miguel Gustan, a worker who immigrated from Mexico. If immigrants are allowed to stay in the country, fine, he said, he and others will be...
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Big Soda, Tech, and Developers Spending Millions This Election

While most ballot guides give you the details on each proposition – and we recommend the Public Press voter guide for those details – we instead give you a look at the money, examining who is spending big to get an initiative passed or defeated. This year, Airbnb, realty firms, and local tech moguls are the  big spenders. The list is not comprehensive, and only includes campaigns...
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San Francisco Could Be First in California to Give Non-Citizens School Board Vote

If a new ballot measure passes in November, San Francisco may become the first city in California to give non-citizens a vote in local school board elections.  Proposition N, which would let parents and guardians of students in the San Francisco school district vote for school board members, is critical in a city where immigrants account for 35 percent of the population, say supporters. More...
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Clinton Supporters Organize in SF’s Mission District

Noted election predictioneer Nate Silver may say Hillary Clinton has an 82 percent chance of becoming the next President, but some of the Mission’s more politically active residents aren’t taking any chances. Yaron Milgrom, who runs both Local Mission Market on Harrison Street and Local Cellar on 22nd Street (no business affiliation with Mission Local), has begun hosting nightly phone banking events for...
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$2 Million Added to Record-Breaking Big Soda Campaign

The soda industry just poured another $2 million into the campaign to defeat Proposition V, San Francisco’s proposed cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, bringing its record-breaking expenditures to $21.3 million. This is the most ever spent in San Francisco on a ballot measure. Since we first reported last Friday that the American Beverage Association California PAC – which gets donations from The Coca-Cola...
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Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote!

Yes, there’s still time to register to vote – although not much. If you’re eligible (check here if you’re not sure) you have until the end of today to register, and you can do so online. Right over here. During the registration process you’ll be asked to select a party and be given the option of becoming a permanent vote-by-mail...
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Big Soda Doubles Funding Against Sugary Drink Tax

The American Beverage Association California PAC has nearly doubled the money it has contributed to defeat the San Francisco soda tax by adding another $9.1 million this month to the No on V campaign, according to public records. The PAC is the the committee that has been bankrolling No on V campaign. Proposition V is the one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary...
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Where to Watch the Last Presidential Debate

Election day is around the corner (seriously, November 8 is not that far away, have you registered yet? It’s super quick, do it here right now, and do it before October 24) and the candidates are gearing up for their third and final exercise in absurdity  debate tomorrow. Here’s where to go see it: Bar San Pancho, 16th and Guerrero: Debate...
The candidates at the debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Truth and Lies: Fact-Checking the District 9 Debate

At Mission Local’s debate for the District 9 supervisor’s race on Thursday, candidates attacked their opponents and cited numbers and statistics to back up their own arguments — and were often dead-on in their recollections. Other times, their reported facts failed to match previously reported information. Here’s a check on the more contentious claims. Joshua Arce Affordable Housing At Thursday’s debate,...
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TONIGHT: Which District 9 Candidate Will Best Represent You?

Find out Thursday when Mission Local will present a moderated panel discussion with the four candidates who want to be your next district supervisor. When: Thursday, October 13th at 7 p.m. Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. between 24th and 25th streets Spanish interpretation will be available. Attendance is free. Mission Local presenta: un debate en el que participarán...
The encampment on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets in September, before it was cleared on October 5. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Billionaires Back Bid to Ban SF Homeless Camps

The sidewalks of San Francisco will become a battleground for billionaires this election season as a proposition on the ballot, Proposition Q, seeks to tackle the issue of homeless encampments. The measure is sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell and supported largely by venture capitalists William Oberndorf, Michael Moritz and Ron Conway according to campaign finance records obtained from the SF Ethics Commission....
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Where to Watch the Presidential Debate Tonight in SF’s Mission

After presidential candidate Donald Trump’s disastrous week,  tonight should be, well, riveting.  Trump faces off with his rival Hilary Clinton at 6 p.m. and the Mission has you covered. Here are the places we know about. Let us know if we have left anyone off: Shotwell’s: Cash only! Zoe’s Bar and Restaurant: Happy hour 3-7. $5 Margaritas, draft beers, wine. The Napper Tandy:...
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District 9 Candidates All Rent, None Own Property

This week, we decided to ask candidates for District 9 supervisor to talk about their backgrounds, particularly in regards to housing. We received a series of questions from a reader interested in finding out whether candidates had experiences with evictions and owning property, and how long the candidates have lived in the district they hope to represent. Respuestas en español aquí....