San Francisco residents weighed in on the tensions caused by the city’s tech boom during Tuesday’s election. Voters considered measures that would affect companies like Airbnb Inc., Twitter Inc., Google Inc. and Uber Inc.
Previously we listed the five ballot issues that mattered most to the tech industry. Now that the votes are counted, here are the results on each of the five items.
#1: REJECTED: The ‘Airbnb’ Initiative—Proposition F
San Francisco voters rejected a ballot measure that would have limited short-term housing rentals to 75 nights a year. The outcome was a victory for Airbnb, which spent $8 million in its effort to defeat the proposition. Of the 133,583 people who voted on the measure, approximately 55% rejected the measure. Airbnb spent approximately $108 per “no” vote.
#2: REJECTED: The ‘Techies Are Gentrifying the Mission Too Quickly’ Initiative—Proposition I
The proposition, which would impose an moratorium on market-rate housing in the city’s rapidly gentrifying Mission District, lost by 57%. Proponents of the measure wanted to use the construction hiatus to slow the displacement of local residents.
#3: APPROVED: The ‘Soaring Rent Is Hurting Legacy Businesses, Too’ Initiative—Proposition J
A fund to help bolster legacy businesses was approved by San Francisco voters, getting 57% of the vote. The approved measure creates the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund, a pool of money to dole out to the landlords of legacy businesses ($4.50 per square foot of space leased per year) as well as the businesses themselves ($500 per full-time employee).
#4: REJECTED: The ‘Let’s Take City Meetings Online’ Initiative—Proposition E
Voters rejected by about 66% the ballot measure that would have required all public meetings to be streamed live on the Internet and allow video testimony. Many opponents said they supported the measure’s efforts to increase government transparency but couldn’t vote in favor of it because the measure didn’t provide enough time to implement the new rules.
#5: WINNER: “Tech-Friendly” Ed Lee—Mayor
Incumbent Ed Lee easily won re-election to his second term as Mayor of San Francisco with 70,715 votes. The candidate with the second-highest number of votes was musician Francisco Herrera with 18,315 votes. The “techie” candidate Reed Martin, who has worked at Apple Inc. and Expedia Inc., pulled in just 3,049 votes.