So much for Progressive San Francisco. It ain’t necessarily so

Lee Heidhues 11.23.2022

2022 was a good year for law and order reactionaries in San Francisco.

The most egregious example of this trend was the shameful recall of Progressive DA Chesa Boudin and his handpicked replacement, the ethically challenged Brooke Jenkins already looking at ethics, prosecutorial misconduct and possible criminal investigations.

The San Francisco Chronicle took a deep dive into the voting patterns of its residents in the November 8 election.

The reputation that San Francisco holds sway over progressive thought is not true.

One need only look at the Conservative MAGA funded recalls of Progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin and three Progressive School Board members earlier this year.

Progressive District Attorney tossed out of office in a political Coup d’etat orchestrated by and funded with 9MM in MAGA money

In reality, many San Francisco voters are reactionary, tight fisted, law and order minded. Like much of America too many San Franciscans have bought into the Fox News nonsense, particularly in the Western part of San Francisco.

Excerpted from The San Francisco Chronicle 11.23.2022

San Francisco’s propositions on the November ballot covered a range of issues, including affordable housing, transportation, car free areas, education and even the library.

But while the 14 measures split voters along different issues, the geographic spread of the results tell the same story: Residents living in the city center voted very differently from those in the outer neighborhoods, particularly the Sunset and Parkside.

DA Recall screamer Leanna ‘Bullhorn’ Louie a leader of San Francisco MAGA reactionaries

High-scoring precincts — those considered more “progressive” and colored in green and blue on the map — are more common and geographically spread out.

There are 60 precincts, mainly stretching from the Panhandle down to Bernal Heights, with scores above 75. Fewer precincts (44 of them) have scores under 25.

The precinct with the highest value is a six-block stretch between Buena Vista Park and the eastern half of the Panhandle. The “yes” shares from this precinct on Propositions E (the affordable housing initiative), M (vacancy tax) and O (City College parcel tax) are at least 10 percentage points higher than the citywide percentages.

Four blocks to the east in Hayes Valley are two more precincts with equally high progressivity scores. And less than a mile south in the Mission are two more.

One Progressive victory. Supporters enjoy the sunset while celebrating the Prop J victory and continuation of Car-free JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park San Francisco Calif., Nov. 9, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

The San Francisco Chronicle found the city’s least “progressive” precincts concentrated in a 2-square-mile area in the Outer Sunset. The precincts stretch from 19th Avenue to 40th and are bounded by Stern Grove to the north and Lake Merced and San Francisco State University to the south. Another precinct a few blocks east in St. Francis Wood has a similarly low progressivity score.

Top photo – Precincts with the highest progressivity scores

The five precincts with the highest scores are located in Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, the Castro and the Mission.

A map showing the five precincts with the highest progressivity located in the Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, Castro and Mission neighborhoods.