- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters re-elected Mayor Ed Lee and threw out embattled Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi while a measure to curb Airbnb rentals was losing by a wide margin.

With more than 90,000 ballots counted, a measure to freeze construction of luxury housing in the city’s popular Mission District was losing 60 to 40 percent. A $310 million housing bond was passing with more than 70 percent of the vote; it needed two-thirds to pass.

San Francisco has become a national symbol of income inequality as newcomers shell out $1 million to buy small, high-end condos while long-time tenants battle eviction.

Challenger Vicki Hennessy, a former sheriff’s official who had the endorsement of the mayor and sheriff deputies association, won over Mirkarimi.

Proposition F would restrict Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms. Airbnb has spent more than $8 million to defeat the citizen-backed measure.

Proposition I would impose an 18-month construction freeze on luxury housing in the Mission District, one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the city and a battleground between long-time working class residents and newer Silicon Valley workers.

The mayor vigorously opposed both measures.



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