Election Coverage

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Video: SF Mission Homeless React to Tent Ban

Frustrations over San Francisco’s homeless encampments became palpable on November 8 when voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition Q, a ballot measure that allows city workers to clear the city’s sidewalks of tents with a 24-hour notice. The measure dictates that encampment residents forced to relocate are connected with shelter and storage for their personal property. But with not nearly enough housing or shelter...
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After CA Legalizes Weed, Local Dealers Brace to Compete

When it comes to doing business, Leaf isn’t discrete. The friendly 25-year-old saunters around Dolores Park in San Francisco with a big teddy bear on his shoulder and a ring of plastic marijuana leaves around his neck. You can’t miss him. Selling weed is his game, one he won’t quit anytime soon. Yes, recreational cannabis was just legalized in California...
Hillary Ronen at the debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

In First Post-Election Interview, Hillary Ronen Talks Trump and SF Mission

Hillary Ronen, a former immigrant rights attorney in the Mission District and the legislative aide of Supervisor David Campos, will become his replacement in January when she’s sworn into office after handedly winning her supervisor’s race. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/295410636″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] On election night, she was a mixture of ecstatic and horrified — she beat her main opponent,...
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San Francisco Lawyers Strategize for Trump Era Legal Battles

Traduccion en español aquí.  San Francisco progressives and free speech advocates have begun bracing for the worst from the incoming Trump administration by developing legal strategies and plans for political mobilization. Members of the National Lawyers’ Guild’s San Francisco chapter set the tone for a Mission District panel discussion at 518 Valencia, the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics,...
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...
guest at the Area 101 election party passes a blunt to a fellow marijuana smoker. Photo by Laura Newberry

Weed World, Part 2: Bracing for Change in CA’s Humboldt County

Two occasional reporters for Mission Local spent Election Day in northern California where thousands of small growers will be affected by the legalization of marijuana, this is one of their reports.  Part 1 is here.  In Humboldt County, California they say that the last hippy died when marijuana began to fetch more than a $1,000 a pound. If that is true, Tuesday’s...
Students protesting the election of Donald Trump. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros

Students Protest Trump Presidency Again in SF Mission

For the third time in three days, San Francisco protesters took to the streets and rallied against the president-elect, Donald Trump, this time in a student-led march that went from the Mission District to City Hall. It was the second student protest this week, following a city-wide walk-out on Thursday that saw thousands flock to the streets. Teens and twenty-somethings from San Francisco high...
Students marching down Market Street in an anti-Trump protest on November 10, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Mission High Students Join Hundreds in Anti-Trump Protest

Dozens of students from Mission High School marched to City Hall and joined hundreds of other San Francisco high schoolers in a city-wide walk-out on Thursday morning to protest the election of Donald Trump. Students left school at 9 a.m. with the full support of many teachers and their principal, according to Eva Grace, a junior. Grace said that while students had been mournful...
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Anti-Trump Protesters March on Market, Through Mission

Thousands of protesters marched from downtown San Francisco to the Castro and Mission districts Wednesday evening protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in a symbolic act of solidary with the neighborhoods that represent those most maligned by Trump’s rhetoric. Many of the at least 2,000 protesters decried Trump’s multiple campaign promises, like his proposal for a border wall and his call...
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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Ronen Wins Supervisor Seat, Mission in Shock over “President Trump”

In the third preliminary results, with more than 99 percent of precincts reported, Hillary Ronen captured 57 percent of the vote, with 12,190 ballots cast for her and 6,539, or 30.7 percent, going to her main opponent Joshua Arce. The other two candidates overall captured a much smaller portion of the votes — Melissa San Miguel received 2,256 votes while Iswari España won just 350. As early tallies came...
Evening voters Peaches (left) and Miss Figgy.

Voters Turn Out Early in SF Mission

Mission Local will be visiting polling places throughout the day, asking voters and others what local issues stood out for them. Check out our story on where to vote and where to watch the election results. Evening Dispatch – 8 p.m.  Voters turned out strongly in the mornings, poll workers said, and in the northern Mission, voters were busy filling out ballots...
File photo: Voters register at 16th Street BART station in 2012

District 9 Voter Registration Jumps by 15 Percent

Voter registration in San Francisco’s Mission District has climbed by almost 6,000 people in two years, a change of more than 15 percent. In general, the larger increases in registration are concentrated in the Mission District and the Portola, with another high-increase area along the Mission Street corridor of Bernal Heights. Interactive map by Adam Long   Citywide, registration went...