Anxiety about change dominates S.F. elections


By John Diaz : sfgate – excerpt

There is no single referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot that asks San Franciscans: “Are you anxious about the speed and scale of change in the city?” But make no mistake: The effects of change loom large in most of the dozen propositions and five races for the Board of Supervisors.

Our editorial board just finished reviewing the ballot measures and interviewing the candidates for supervisor. The major issues all could be traced to the hyper-heated economy: Cost of housing. Fear of displacement. Alteration of the city’s character…

Most of the pleas against change are about stopping the clock, or slowing the clock, on change. Proposition L attempts to roll back the clock by taking aim at the city’s transit-first policy. It’s an advisory measure that calls for restoration of free street parking on Sundays and holidays and rebalancing the concerns of motorists…

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