This post has been updated with more current results.
The dire need for more affordable housing in cities like San Francisco wasn't a huge talking point in the presidential election. However, in the pricey Bay Area, the issue was front and center on a number of local ballots. Voters are embracing local measures that promise to create new housing for low- and middle-income residents.
Here's a brief rundown:
In Alameda County, early vote tallies pointed to large approval of Measure A1, a $580 million housing bond. And that lead held up when the final vote came in, as voters approved the measure 72-28 percent. The general obligation bonds will finance the construction and rehabilitation of affordable rental units, loans for moderate-income homebuyers and upgrades to existing low-income housing. The measure easily got the two-thirds approval needed to pass.
In Berkeley, residents voted heavily in favor of Measure Z1, passing it by 83-17 percent. The measure gives the city the green light to create 500 new below-market-rate units. Voter approval is required by the California Constitution for the new projects to go forward.