Professor McDaniel Discusses SF Mayor's Bond Proposals for Housing, Earthquake Safety

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

THE BAY CITY BEACON (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “Breed campaigned on housing and homelessness, and many of her actions as Mayor have been focused on those issues,” said Jason McDaniel, a professor of political science at San Francisco State University. “In political terms, it seems unlikely that this proposal will generate much opposition, and it seems reasonable to expect that voters will support such a bond request. It will be difficult for Breed's progressive opponents to criticize this particular proposal.”

But, McDaniel noted, these bond measures also present an urgent opportunity for political consensus in an otherwise divided City Hall. “My research suggests that ballot initiatives that are placed on the ballot by the mayor are highly likely to be approved by voters, and even more so if the mayor and supervisors support the ballot initiative,” McDaniel said. “So if negotiations between the Mayor and the Board produce consensus support, it becomes more likely to be approved by voters.”