San Francisco Voters Send a Clear Message on Drugs and Crime

Preliminary results from Tuesday’s election show San Francisco voters continue to move away from progressive policies amid mounting public safety concerns. A pair of ballot measures aimed at cracking down on drug use and crime were passing comfortably as of early Wednesday morning.

Measures E and F were both backed by Mayor London Breed, who is up for re-election in November. E will expand the powers of the police department by removing some current restrictions and oversight requirements and allowing expanded use of police pursuits and surveillance technology. F will allow the city to drug test welfare recipients and require drug users to undergo treatment in order to obtain cash benefits. 

Civil rights and progressive supervisors were adamantly opposed to both measures. These election results may be the most salient sign since the recall of progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin that San Francisco voters are moving rightward on drug and crime policies. 

The election may also be a harbinger for neighboring Oakland where surging crime rates have prompted recall efforts against the mayor and county district attorney. 

Follow San Francisco’s election results here.