Tag Archives: Elections

Mark Leno concedes to London Breed

London Breed will be your next mayor, as Mark Leno concedes

A truncated mayoral campaign ended today with a truncated concession from Mark Leno. In all of five minutes, he congratulated London Breed on her victory, thanked Supervisor Jane Kim, and that was that. The brevity was likely appreciated by the throngs of reporters crammed into Leno’s SoMa sign shop, creating a situation veering disturbingly toward the Black Hole of Calcutta....

Election 2018: Counting the votes for mayor — London Breed extends lead to 1,861 as provisional ballots do not break Mark Leno’s way

Update, 4:05 p.m., June 12: As the tabulations round third and head home, San Francisco has gone old-school, poring over provisional ballots by hand. That level of scrutiny is due: They don’t call them provisional ballots for nothing. The city has to determine if these provisional voters were, indeed, eligible, then tabulate their ballots. The Department of Elections counted 10,600-odd votes...
Listen Local tackles the election

Listen Local: Everything you need to know about the SF election

On Thursday, Mission Local’s Charlotte Silver sat down with our editor Joe Eskenazi to discuss Tuesday’s election. We still don’t know who San Francisco’s next mayor will be — but there’s a lot we do know. We talked about what kind of power the mayor wields, why it looks like the biggest spenders failed in this election, and what we...

Leno maintains slim lead over London Breed as marathon vote count ensues

Update, 12:21 a.m, June 6: We’ve got another ranked-choice voting run and, tentatively, it puts Mark Leno atop London Breed by a 50.42 to 49.58 percent margin. That is not razor thin. It’s thinner than that. How is this happening? It’s happening because Leno received 25,231 of Jane Kim’s 32,807 second-place votes — an astounding 77 percent. Only 1,146 votes...
I voted

What to watch for as the early returns for mayor trickle in

“If London Breed is ahead more than 10 in absentees, I’m drinking at that point,” says Mark Leno partisan Many years ago, unknown advertisers erected particularly striking billboards around the Bay Area. They were stark: A mass of lily-white military headstones protruded from a sea of verdant green grass, trailing back to the vanishing point as far as the eye...

Shadowy PAC’s political ads infuriate tenants’ rights groups, may violate law

In the final days before Tuesday’s election, a new political independent expenditure committee has formed to disseminate broadsides against Mark Leno and Jane Kim’s bids to be elected mayor of San Francisco. These ads are circulating around the four corners of the Internet despite two notable problems: They’re not accurate and, in fact, may violate both state and city regulations....

SF Real estate powers pounce on Measure C

One assumes that the city’s real estate powers — Blackstone, Shorenstein and roughly 50 others — hate all measures that hike taxes on commercial real estate. After all, their No on Props C and D PAC — innocuously named the Committee for an Affordable SF — has over $1 million to stop either measure from succeeding. But only one of...

SF’s District 8 race: Sheehy and Mandelman answer (or don’t) questions

Ask Supervisor Jeff Sheehy a question and you may be treated to a game of verbal Frogger. He leads you here and there in a slaloming route; you’re not quite sure where you’re going to end up and, by the time you get there, you’re not always certain where you began. He is, for good or ill, not a lifelong...

Jane Kim, “density queen” of District 6, sets her sights citywide

This article was first published in the San Francisco Public Press, an independent nonprofit newspaper and website covering public policy. In a Dickensian touch, Jane Kim’s District 6 is home to the city’s wealthiest and poorest ZIP codes. This swath of the city, which includes the Tenderloin, SoMa and Treasure Island, is the eye of San Francisco’s affordability storm. High-rise condo and...

As mayor, Mark Leno, father of inclusionary housing, promises SF more housing

First published in the San Francisco Public Press, an independent nonprofit newspaper and website covering public policy. In 2002, Supervisor Mark Leno, a Willie Brown appointee, introduced San Francisco’s first inclusionary-housing ordinance, which requires developers to build below-market-rate apartments or pay a hefty fee. It passed, 11-0, and Mayor Brown signed it into law. “For-profit developers, nonprofit developers, bicyclists, neighborhood...

Donors to $100K (so far) anti-Mark Leno campaign won’t be revealed before election day

Last week, we noted that millions of dollars are flowing into San Francisco political races, but it’s unclear if voters care who’s writing the checks. And, as if on cue, last week a $100,000 (so far) independent expenditure campaign targeting Mark Leno commenced — and, thanks to gaps between state and local reporting laws, its donors won’t be revealed until...

Digging into the legislative record of SF’s mayoral candidates (Via SF Examiner)

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez from the San Francisco Examiner has an excellent piece looking into the legislative histories of mayoral candidates Mark Leno, Jane Kim and London Breed. San Francisco, it’s time to do some homework on this year’s mayoral race. Toss those flimflam-filled political mailers. Ignore the TV ads. This is the real deal: the mayoral candidates by the numbers. Herein, you’ll...

Angela Alioto’s plans could undermine SF sanctuary policy, even if they don’t do a damn thing

Even if the changes are cosmetic, the demonization of immigrants, and the impression cops are cooperating with ICE, may silence victims Bless Angela Alioto. She really seems to believe all the amazing things she says. That’s a useful trait for both a trial lawyer and a politician. She has excelled in both fields. And yet, the amazing things she puts...

Listen Local: What’s up with Prop. H, SF’s Taser measure?

On Thursday, Listen Local sat down with Father Richard Smith of Faith In Action, a network of religious communities that advocate for police reform. The topic of discussion is Proposition H, a June 5 ballot measure that would arm San Francisco Police officers with Tasers. Sounds simple, right? Not exactly, says Smith. The Police Commission, the civilian oversight body that...