Aside from the historical presidential election on November 4th, Mission residents also voted on local ballot initiatives at the state and city level. Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and Measure A to retrofit SF General Hospital, marked some of the most important initiatives for the residents we interviewed.

These residents also expressed frustration with the proposition system and the sheer number of initiatives on the ballot this year.

For more results on local ballot initiatives, visit the SF Department of Elections.

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I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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