San Francisco officials have been skeptical of sanctioning homeless encampments as transitional housing, but local activists note that the model has a long track record in Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Ore.
Despite finding acceptance in the Northwest, self-managed tent communities on vacant land have been a hard sell to Mayor Lee’s office. Change might be in the wind.
More people voted in this election than in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president.
Since 1948, every San Francisco mayor but one has appointed at least two people to vacancies on the Board of Supervisors. Incumbency has proven crucial, with nearly 80 percent being subsequently elected. On Nov. 8, voters will decide if they want to take back some power from the mayor’s office.