San Francisco voters approved several measures on the June 7 ballot by wide margins, including an initiative that requires the investigation of all officer-involved shootings and a measure that would dramatically increase requirements for below market rate housing in new developments.
Proposition D, which requires the Office of Citizen Complaints to investigate all officer-involved shootings, rather than pursue an investigation after a complaint is filed, was approved by almost 80% of voters.
The Mission District has been central to continued activism concerning police shootings, from the years-long movement around Alex Nieto to the 17-day hunger strike in front of Mission Police Station following the fatal police shooting of a 55-year-old homeless man, Luis Gongora Pat. Advocates for Amilcar Perez-Lopez, killed by police officers in February 2015, still gather weekly in front of Mission Station demanding criminal charges against the officer from District Attorney George Gascón.
Proposition C, which gives the Board of Supervisors control over the city’s requirement for inclusionary housing in new buildings and simultaneously raises that requirement to 25 percent of on-site units, was approved by about 67 percent of voters.
Local activism has also been highly focused on the production of affordable housing. A ballot measure to halt all market-rate construction in the neighborhood for a year failed at the polls last year. But Planning Commissioners have placed a layer of higher scrutiny over the neighborhood in the form of interim controls on development. Meanwhile, activists continue to pressure developers of large projects in the neighborhood to increase the amount of affordable housing in their plans. The next such confrontation is likely to come at Thursday’s Planning Commission hearing, where a large mixed-use project planned for 16th and Mission streets is expected to be discussed.
Several other measures were approved with a decisive majority:
State Proposition 50, allowing the legislature to suspend members without pay: 84% for, 16% against
A, $350 million bond for public safety improvements: 78% for, 21% against
B, fund for parks and open spaces: 60% for, 40% against
E: amending paid sick leave laws: 78% for, 21% against
AA: $12 annual parcel tax to pay for bay wetlands restoration: 77% for, 23% against.
According to the Department of Elections, turnout in the Mission rivaled most areas in the city, but was higher in southerly precincts, and Bernal Heights voters overall appeared to have higher turnout. Election Day turnout was significantly higher than vote-by-mail participation in the Mission, though around the city voting-day turnout by precinct peaked at 35 percent. Overall, citywide turnout of all types came in at about 40 percent.