Michael McThrow writes:
Most of the results of the San Francisco election were a repudiation of the Progressive wing of San Francisco's politics and a vote of confidence for Ed Lee and his reasonable proposals. I was particularly excited about Prop I failing, which would have placed a moratorium on housing development in the Mission District and thus would have exacerbated the problem of obscenely high rents in San Francisco. The NIMBYs from Marin County down to Los Gatos have done much to make the Bay Area an unbearably expensive place to live, promoting zoning policies that favor office development and heavily restricts housing development. As a young software engineer, I hope the NIMBYism recedes so that I have some hope of staying in this area, but I won't hold my breath.
Please don't get me wrong; Ed Lee is not a libertarian. However, compared to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Ed Lee is quite reasonable and is willing to challenge the NIMBYism promoted for so long in San Francisco. Hopefully this trend of reasonable policies over NIMBYism and misguided left-wing activism will continue under four more years of Ed Lee.