Election 2012

Sorting out a strange election

What the Nov. 6 results mean -- and don't mean


steve@sfbg.com, tredmond@sfbg.com

The way the San Francisco Chronicle pundits put it, Mayor Ed Lee was the clear winner in a grand San Francisco election. "All his measures on the ballot won hands down," noted Willie Brown, the high-paid lawyer and political operative who also functions as a Chron columnist. "It was a great day for Ed Lee," proclaimed columnist C.W. Nevius.

Well, not really.Read more »

District surprises

Big-money efforts could unseat Olague -- but not Mar



EDITOR'S NOTES The Wall Street Journal, which ought to focus on stellar reporting and skip the political analysis, stuck its haughty little nose into California last week, announcing that the Democratic supermajorities in the state Legislature spell doom for us all.

"Liberals," the paper noted, "will pick up enough seats to secure a supermajority. Governor Jerry Brown then will be the only chaperone for the Liberals Gone Wild video that is Sacramento."Read more »

Is the tax revolt over?


The most optimistic piece I've read on the results of the November election is on Calitics, where Robert Cruikshank argues that the tax revolt that started with Prop. 13 in 1978 is finally over.Read more »

School board incumbent victories could undermine UESF


San Franciscans this week saw the end result of long-running teacher union attacks on the re-election campaign of three SFUSD school board incumbents -- Sandra Fewer, Jill Wynns and Rachel Norton -- who were all reelected.Read more »

What the fuck, Chuck: No, Ed Lee is not God


So who were the big winners in the election? You could argue Ron Conway; you could argue surprise D5 winner London Breed. But to say it was all about Ed Lee?

Actually, no.Read more »

D5 candidates and other Election Night photos


Photographer Tim Daw joined me on an Election Night trek through the San Francisco Democratic Party headquarters, five election night parties in the highly contested 5th supervisorial district, and an election party at Brick & Mortar. He came up with some great images, which illustrate my two Election Night posts. Enjoy.

Demos control Sacramento. Completely.


The sleeper in this election is the apparent supermajority for the Democrats in both houses of the Legislature. This is huge news, if it holds; for the first time since the passage of Prop. 13 in 1978, which mandated a two-thirds vote to raise taxes, it's actually possible to govern and set fiscal policy without the no-taxes-ever-no-way Republicans being obstructionist.Read more »

Prop. 34: We're making progress


It's always easy after a losing campaign to make excuses and play up the positive, but there really is some good news in the Prop. 34 loss. For starters, it put the death penalty back on the agenda in the state. That's a big deal -- one of the reasons there were so many undecided voters going into the last couple of weeks of the election was the fact that there haven't been any executions in a while, so the major news media haven't been talking about the issue. For a lot of younger voters, it's never even been on the radar.Read more »

D5 race displays key SF political dynamics


There’s so much to say about the District 5 supervisorial race, whose top five finishers’ parties I attended tonight, gathering interesting perspectives from each candidate. But given the late hour, I’m just going to run a few thoughts and quotes and save most of it for a more in-depth report tomorrow, because there's a fascinating story to be told here.Read more »

At least Prop. 30 is passing


I suspected that when all the votes were in, Prop. 30 might squeak through, and right now it looks like it wll. That's really good news, because I don't know what we'd be doing tomorrow if the results were different. Statewide it's not all bad -- Prop. 32 is toast, Prop. 39 has won and I think ol' Jerry B pulled it out on Prop. 30, which is now ahewad 52-48.