Last night, as you may have heard, was election night. Here in San Francisco, voters were asked to weigh in on a ridiculous number ofÂ local ballot initiatives.
Some were real estate specific, like prop N (increase transfer tax) and prop A (earthquake retrofit bonds). Others weren’t directly about real estate, but have a big impact on San Francisco quality of life, which certainly does impact the desirability of San Francisco, and therefore, real estate. Among those would be prop G (Muni reform… for about the billionth time), prop L (makes sitting or lying on sidewalks from 7am – 11pm a crime… aimed at dealing with our chronic homeless issues), and prop M (an alternative to prop L, which called for more police foot patrols and would have invalidated prop L if both passed but M got more votes).
Every time I finish my ballot (like a mid-term assignment) I’m always annoyed that the politicians we elect to deal with these issues believe the solution is to turn around and put them on the ballot so that we have to decide for them… But I digress.
As of Wednesday (Nov 3) afternoon, results are looking like this:
Prop N – Yes
Prop A – No (required a 2/3 super-majority)
Prop G – Yes
Prop L – Yes
Prop M – No
Of course, if you want complete results, you can check the results at the CA Secretary of State’s website. For our local elections, sfgov has complete results of the voting.