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In the months leading up to last week’s election, we covered several of the affordable housing measures set to be on the ballot in the Bay Area, from Oakland’s Measure KK to Prop W and Prop Q in San Francisco. We also broke down Silicon Valley’s chance to vote for rent control.

Now that the election has come and gone, it’s time to see how those and other affordable housing-related propositions fared. Let’s take a look.


  • Alameda’s Measure A1  passed. The measure will see up to $580 million raised to provide affordable housing and to prevent the displacement of low-income households, veterans and seniors. 
  • Oakland’s Measure JJ — passed. It will extend just-cause eviction requirements to units built before December 31, 1995, and will also require landlords to request city approval before increasing rent by more than the cost-of-living adjustment.
  • Oakland’s Measure KK — passed. This bond measure will raise $600 million to repair and maintain the city’s infrastructure, including libraries, sidewalks and affordable housing. 

San Francisco

  • Prop Q — did not pass. This proposition would have made it illegal for the homeless to live on the sidewalks.
  • Prop M — did not pass. Prop M sought to replace two departments operated by the mayor’s office with a smaller body chosen by the mayor, city lawmakers and the city controller. It would have also made several affordable housing-related propositions on the ballot null and void. 
  • Prop U — did not pass. It would have changed the market-rate housing requirements that developers currently have to meet. While developers now have to make a percentage of housing affordable for households making 55 percent of area median income, Prop U would have increased that threshold to 110 percent.
  • Prop C — passed. This $260-million bond measure will fund the rehabilitation of at-risk affordable housing.
  • Prop W — passed. It will increase real estate taxes to make the City College of San Francisco completely free for city residents. 

Palo Alto/Silicon Valley

  • Measure O — passed. Landlords renting out more than five residential units will now be taxed 1.5 percent on their gross receipts.

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