KCBS_740SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is celebrating voters’ rejection of a package of measures that would have shifted power away from his office.

Mayor Ed Lee campaigned against Propositions D, H, L and M with what became a familiar string of adjectives:

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“Dumb, harmful and costs you lots of money,” Lee told KCBS.

But at least one critic believes this victory came at a price.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin said Lee’s time might have been better spent on Propositions J and K. Voters ended up rejecting the sales tax half of that package, while supporting the services it was designed to fund.

Proposition D, which would have prohibited anyone appointed by the mayor to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors from running for election, was rejected by 52.9 percent of voters, according to complete unofficial results from the San Francisco Department of Elections.

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Proposition H, which would have created a new elected Public Advocate position with the power to investigate whistleblower complaints about city government, was voted down by 53 percent of voters.

Proposition L, which would have split appointments for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board between the mayor and the board and given the board more power over the agency’s budget, was rejected by 55.1 percent of voters.

Proposition M, which would have eliminated the Office of Economic Workforce Development and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and created
a new commission to handle those offices’ functions, was rejected by 56.4 percent of voters.


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