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SF voters give boost to affordable housing


San Francisco voters on Tuesday embraced a measure raising the amount of affordable housing developers are required to provide in new projects to as much as 25 percent, according to complete unofficial election results.

Measure C, introduced by Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin, removes the inclusionary housing requirement from the city’s charter and allows the Board of Supervisors to change it as required.

However, it also sets the requirements at up to 25 percent of all housing units for larger projects in the interim, a level that developers and some city officials had argued could act to limit housing development.

With all 597 precincts reporting, the measure passed with 67.27 percent of the vote, well above the simple majority needed for approval.

Voters appeared ready to approve all five local measures on Tuesday’s ballot.

Proposition A, a $350 million bond that will finance improvements to city health and emergency services facilities, passed with 78.62 percent of the vote. It needed a two-thirds majority to win.

Proposition B, a measure introduced by Supervisor Mark Farrell that would establish a baseline level of funding for city parks and recreation and extend a voter set-aside for park funding, passed with 60.35 of the vote.

Proposition D, a measure that would require the Office of Citizen Complaints to automatically investigate all officer-involved shootings, passed with 79.93 percent of the vote.

Proposition E, a measure that would change the city’s paid sick leave ordinance to parallel provisions in state law, passed with 78.25 percent of the vote.

Propositions B, D and E all needed just a simple majority of votes for approval.

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