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"8 Washington was an idea that San Franciscans seemed to reject pretty much across the board," say Corey Cook, associate professor of politics at USF. And if the raw election results aren't enough, he has the maps to prove it.
Cook recently released five maps, seen in the slideshow above, that visualize the results from Tuesday's election. At the polls, a low turnout of voters reject the proposed luxury development at 8 Washington, and voted for fiscal protections for health care for retired city employees and for a non-binding policy asking the city to negotiate to lower prescription drug prices. It was a loss for Mayor Ed Lee and the city's moderates, and a win for the progressives.
According to the maps created by Cook, the 8 Washington project won majorities in only a few parts of the city, including the Financial District, SoMa, and Visitacion Valley. For the most part, what Cook calls "a 30s" in support of the measure crossed San Francisco, from progressive neighborhoods like the Mission and Hunters Point Bayview, all the way to the more moderate Westside.
"There was clear opposition—and high turnout—right in the neighborhood where this was proposed, but no evidence that it spiked turnout in progressive communities. This looked like a normal election," Cook says.
Soon after the election, opponents of B and C cast the votes as a populist uprising against rising real estate prices and increased evictions, the economic policies of Mayor Ed Lee, and a potential location for the Warriors new basketball stadium on the waterfront. Does Cook think the data from the election indicates the beginnings of a progressive groundswell? "I wouldn't go that far," he says. "This was a cross-city coalition that cut across right, left, and center neighborhoods. Waterfront development is unpopular. San Franciscans view it as their living room. But part of the message is that voters are concerned about affordability."
Check out the slideshow above for the complete election results, including turnout, and all four propositions.