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Here's what's happening in our neck of the woods.
Fewer than 20 percent of mail-in ballots in California have been returned just a few days before Tuesday's primary election. That means a lot of folks might still be trying to make up their minds on the races and propositions up for a vote. Here's a quick rundown of some of the top contests:
- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom still leads the pack in the race for governor, while fellow Democrat and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is battling it out with Republican businessman John Cox for second place in the top-two primary.
- The top candidates in San Francisco's mayoral race are all Democrats, but on San Francisco's heavily skewed political spectrum, Board of Supervisors President London Breed is seen as more moderate, Supervisor Jane Kim is viewed as the most progressive, and former Supervisor and State Sen. Mark Leno is somewhere in between. Unsurprisingly, homelessness is the issue voters most want to hear about from the candidates.
- Regional Measure 3 would raise bridge tolls on the seven state-owned bridges in the Bay Area by $3 by 2025 to raise funds for 35 transportation projects aimed at long-term reduction of traffic congestion.
- San Francisco Propositions C and D are in competition with each other. Both would levy a tax on commercial rents in San Francisco. Proposition C would put that money toward child care and early education programs, while Proposition D would use the money to pay for affordable housing and homelessness services. But only one can pass.
- And Proposition E would ban all flavored tobacco products in San Francisco. And that's just one of several health and science-related propositions on the ballot.
And for those voting in San Francisco, here's a reminder about how the city's ranked choice voting system works.