Yes, but did you vote for LELAND YEE? Admit it! Photo credit: Nicole Cho
As the (twitter, booze, whatever) hangovers from yesterday’s primary election fade, the winners and losers become (somewhat) clearer. Local wins include those for a waterfront development proposition and an earthquake bond measure, while at the state level it looks like former SF Mayor Gavin Newsom will probably continue to do whatever it is that he does without too much trouble. There’s also over 287,000 losers in California, all of whom made a terrible decision in the voting booth. And I’m saying that from a politically objective standpoint. Here we go!
Proposition B (Voter Approval For Some Waterfront Development): Winner
The SF ballot measure that will require voter approval for new developments that will exceed current height limits along the waterfront was approved by almost 60%. The prop, backed by most SF officials who took a stand on the issue, was opposed by organizations like “the Chamber of Commerce, construction unions and real estate interests.” According to the Ex, the vote count from this remarkably low-turnout election was 53,636 votes for, 36,626 votes against, with absentee ballots still to be counted.
Proposition A ($400 Earthquake Safety Bond Measure): Winner
79% of San Francisco’s voters who actually voted OKed this $400 million earthquake safety bond measure, which will be used to pay for seismic upgrades on city buildings that contain emergency responders.
David Chiu and David Campos: Winners, Maybe?
In Tuesday’s primary for November’s State Assembly race, both David Chiu and fellow Board of Supervisors member David Campos beat Republican David Salaverry. Since California has a “top-two” primary system, though they’re both in the same party, that means they both proceed to the November ballot. With absentee ballots still to be counted, Chiu had 48% of the vote, Campos got 43%, and Salaverry only got 8%. Both Chiu and Campos declared this a victory, though the Ex reports that Chiu was expected to win today “because the electorate is more moderate and favors Campos in November when a higher turnout is expected.”BeyondChron still thinks it’s anyone’s game, as does 48 Hills.
Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and Kamala Harris: Winners
Incumbent governor Jerry Brown easily moved on to the November election, with about 55% of the vote. He’ll face Neel Kashkari in that election. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom won with 50%, in November he’ll face former California Republican Chairman Ron Nehring, who got 23% of the vote yesterday. Harris got 53% of the vote, and it’s not yet clear which of her Republican challengers will face her come November.
The 287,590 California Voters Who Voted For Leland Yee: Losers
Suspended state senator Leland Yee (you know his story) had dropped out of the race for Secretary of State, but the ballots were already printed, so his name was on there. That was apparently enough for 287,590 voters, who connected the lines for Yee, giving him 9.8% of the vote. That’s third place, you guys! Yee, who faces multiple charges like conspiracy to deal and import arms, came out ahead of Democrats Derek Cressman and Jeffrey Drobman, Republican Roy Allmond, the Green Party member David Curtis, and Dan Schnur, an Independent.
Here are all of San Francisco’s official election results. Who are your winners, losers, and also-rans?