Election Won’t End SF Conflicts
We Need New Blood at City Hall.
By Randy Shaw : beyondchron – excerpt
I’ve got bad news for those thinking that the political conflicts underlying San Francisco’s increasingly nasty election season will end on Nov. 3—they won’t. To the contrary, battles over short-term rentals (Prop F) and market rate housing in the Mission (Prop I) will continue regardless of what voters decide. And even the Peskin-Christensen race could be replayed in 2016 should Christensen narrowly prevail in a low turnout election.
The current political mood is not what Mayor Lee had in mind when he took office in 2011. Lee publicly announced hopes to replace a tone of divisiveness and conflict at City Hall with a consensus-driven model. And on many big issues—such as the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, business tax reform, the city budget, the local minimum wage increase, and Prop A, the Affordable Housing Bond—he succeeded. But the three above campaigns involve areas where…
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