Progressive San Francisco Gentry Reject Low-Income Seniors
[Source: California Republican Party News]
By Hector Barajas
In 2015, San Francisco overwhelmingly voted (74.6% yes, 25.74% no) in favor of Local Measure A, a housing bond that authorized the City’s use of up to $310 million to fund affordable housing programs. Once plans were put in place for a new affordable housing project for low-income seniors in the affluent Forest Hill community, however, NIMBY residents took out their pitchforks.
The president of the Forest Hill Association labeled the project a “Russian gulag.” Other residents worried about how these “low income seniors would change the feel of the area.”
Ironic? How could this happen? By every indicator, the wealthy community of Forest Hill qualifies as a Democratic paradise. It’s an area with $1–1.4 million homes, single-digit Republican registration and where 78% voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but just 14% for Donald Trump.
Why, if they voted in favor of the affordable housing bond, are they opposing its implementation in their community?
Could it be that being progressive is only a one-way proposition, never something to apply to your own neighborhood?