Election roundup for Ocean Beach neighborhoods
The election-day contest most obviously tied to Ocean Beach neighborhoods wasn’t much of a contest Tuesday, with Supervisor Carmen Chu running unopposed and winning another round of her gig representing the Sunset and Parkside in District 4. But that’s not to say that other campaigns didn’t have any impact on the area.
In District 7 south of Sloat Boulevard, for instance, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd put a feather in his cap for all the city to see. His Proposition G won by a big 63.9 percent, eliminating the special formula that guaranteed Muni drivers the second-highest salaries among comparable transit agencies nationwide and sending the drivers’ union to the negotiating table to determine salaries just as other city worker unions do.
With Mayor Gavin Newsom’s victory over incumbent Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, Newsom’s post will go temporarily to Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and the board members will choose a new mayor to serve the remainder of Newsom’s term. Any incumbent mayor who wants to hang on to the office will have to hustle: The next regular election for mayor of San Francisco is in 2011, and the field already is crowded with candidates — including former west-side Supervisor Tony Hall.
U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi retained her seat in the 8th Congressional District, representing the Outer Richmond and a portion of Outer Sunset, with 80.4 percent of the vote. But Republican victories elsewhere in the country mean that she no longer will be able to push local needs to the fore as effectively, since she won’t be able to continue as speaker of the House of Representatives. There’s also a possibility she won’t hang on to her position as leader of the Democratic Party in the House.
In California Senate District 8, incumbent state Sen. Leland Yee won 78.2 percent of the vote, and incumbent state Assemblymember Fiona Ma got 80.4 percent.
In the 12th Congressional District, Rep. Jackie Speier beat her Republican challenger with 74.9 percent of the vote and will continue to represent western San Francisco neighborhoods including the Sunset, Parkside and Lake Merced areas.
BART Board of Directors member James Fang was re-elected to another term serving BART District 8, with 48.6 percent of the vote.
Other local and state election contests will have indirect impacts on Ocean Beach-area neighborhoods. Get full local election results from the San Francisco Department of Elections and state election results from the California secretary of state.