THE FOURTH AND FINAL SAN FRANCISCO ELECTION IN 2022
In the busiest election season in recent memory, San Francisco voters must push through the election fatigue this November as they face a litany of campaign races and more than 20 local and state ballot measures. The midterm elections are always critical, but in San Francisco, that focus tends to shine more on the local races than the federal and, in most cases, the state races. With a packed ballot of local races that can have an outsized effect on San Francisco resident’s day-to-day life, sf.citi prepared an election primer to get you up to speed on a few of the most important issues this election cycle.
SAN FRANCISCANS FEEL CONCERNED ABOUT THE CITY’S FUTURE
Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle released the results of its SFNext project, a series of polls to measure the attitude of San Francisco residents on a range of issues from the performance of city government to the future of the City. The polls did not depict a rosy outlook for San Francisco, as most respondents felt concerned, upset, and ready to give up on the City and its various chronic problems. When asked about how living in the City will be two years from now, 78 percent of respondents believe it will be about the same or worse than today.
DREAMFORCE RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO IN A BIG WAY
After coming back in a limited capacity in 2021, Salesforce’s Dreamforce exceeded this year’s expectations by bringing in 40,000 in-person attendees and generating an estimated $40 million for the City. The success of San Francisco’s premier convention could represent a turning point for a city struggling to bring workers and visitors back to the downtown core. Using Moscone Center events as an example of the City’s economic recovery, their economic impact rose from $20.8 million in 2021 to an expected $400 million this year, but that’s still far below the $1.17 billion mark set in 2019.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that over 200,000 individuals worked remotely. From the Bureau’s findings, the Bay Area reigned supreme as the remote work capital, with San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose ranking among the top 15 work-from-home cities. Check out the data and see how the Bay Area compares to other areas of the country here.
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