Professor de Leon: San Francisco Not Getting More Conservative

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Friday, May 15, 2015
NEW YORK OBSERVER -- Richard de Leon, an emeritus professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, noted that in recent years there has been “No real shift in partisan registration of Democrats and Republicans (in San Francisco).” Mr. de Leon added that in his view, San Francisco has not become more conservative, pointing to recent progressive legislation and voting patterns. Mr. de Leon explained this by differentiating between the tech billionaires and tech workers. Mr. de Leon argued that the latter group have “hardcore material interests around affordable housing, office space, minimum wage. … As they settle in, they become acculturated to the local political culture and traditions.”