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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Mission’s Homeless Can and Should Vote, Say Advocates

San Francisco’s homeless population can vote, even without a fixed address, announced advocates for the homeless who on Thursday gathered at the intersection of Division Street and Trainor – a narrow alleyway behind Rainbow Grocery that is lined with tents. “Our goal is to tell folks, if you want to vote, look at that street corner right there; that’s your...

BART Board Candidates Talk Upgrades, Future of Transit System

The candidates vying for two seats on the BART Board of Directors said on Monday that they are in support of a $3.5 million bond measure that would help upgrade the derelict public transportation system. During a candidate debate forum held in the recreation room at Mission Pool, the candidates answered questions about much needed improvements to the 44-year-old transit system and...

Artist Shepard Fairey Brings Social Justice Mural to SF Mission

A poster rendition of President Barack Obama superimposed with the word “Hope” catapulted street artist Shepard Fairey into mainstream consciousness during the 2008 election, and the internationally recognized street artist is now spreading his art – and politics – to the Mission. On Thursday, Fairey could be seen standing on a lift some 20 feet in the air against the...

SF Mission Tech Workers Skeptical Over Proposed “Tech Tax”

Mission tech workers reacted to a proposal for a tech tax to curb the city’s growing inequality with comments ranging from skepticism to wondering why such a tax had not been imposed earlier. Mission-based tech worker Erini Blakey said that while the tax would rightfully “force tech companies to be good citizens,” she questioned its efficacy since it targets only...

Frisco Five Hunger Striker Drops Out of District 9 Race

Edwin Lindo, one of the “Frisco Five” hunger strikers who fasted for 17 days to protest police violence and call for the firing of San Francisco’s police chief, dropped out of the race for the seat of District 9 Supervisor today after missing a filing deadline on Tuesday. In an interview, however, Lindo did not mention the missed deadline and said...

Accountability and Housing Win Big at Polls

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...

Bernie Sanders Visits SF’s Mission District

Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of more than 200 in San Francisco’s Mission District, the ZIP code that has raised the most money for the presidential hopeful’s campaign nationwide, one day before the California primary election on June 7. In his remarks at the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus, the Vermont senator addressed some of his main...

High School Students Push for Proposition C

The housing crisis is on everyone’s mind – even, and perhaps especially so, on the minds of students at San Francisco International High School, where one class recently completed coursework on the local June ballot’s Proposition C. The proposition would put the city’s inclusionary housing requirement into the hands of the Board of Supervisors, to be adjusted as necessary to...

SF Mission Voters “Feel the Bern” as Registration Deadline Nears

With the June 7 primary two weeks away, those wishing to vote in the California elections must register by midnight on Monday and if  a two-hour-long walk through the Mission District Friday is of any measure, Bernie Sanders will sweep the neighborhood.   Interviews with numerous Mission District residents echoed a general enthusiasm for voting, seemingly sparked by the 74-year-old...

There’s Still Time to Register to Vote – Here’s How

Monday, October 19, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 3 election. The good news is you don’t even have to get off the couch to do this — voters can register online here. You will, however, need to be a citizen, a resident of San Francisco, 18 years old, and not be serving a...