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San Francisco Rejects Measure to Restrict Airbnb, Votes Out Embattled Sheriff, Keeps Mayor

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    Proposition F, which would have restricted Airbnb and other home share platforms, was rejected by San Francisco voters on Tuesday. Jean Elle reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015)

    San Francisco voters re-elected Mayor Ed Lee and threw out embattled Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi while soundly rejecting two measures prompted by the city's housing crisis.

    Proposition F, which would restrict Airbnb and other home share platforms, lost. Proposition I, which would freeze luxury housing construction in the city's popular Mission District, also went down.

    San Francisco-based short-term rental company Airbnb fiercely opposed the ballot measure, spending an estimated $8 million campaigning against it.

    Airbnb spokesman Christopher Nulty released a statement from the company about the result, calling it "a decisive victory for the middle class."

    "Voters stood up for working class families' right to share their homes and opposed an extreme, hotel industry-backed measure," the statement said.

    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 won decisively over Mirkarimi, who set off a national firestorm this summer when his office released a Mexican national despite a federal immigration request to keep him in custody. The man later shot and killed a woman on a San Francisco pier.

    Lee was favored to win re-election even as the San Francisco ballot reflected deep concern over the tech-driven development he's championed in his five years in office. He faced five little-known candidates who had not raised much money.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.

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