Election Aftermath: Politics and Real Estate Development in San Francisco After November 3
Are you tired of winning yet?
Unless he’s incapacitated or imprisoned due to the results of the national election, veteran political consultant and City Hall insider Alex Clemens will lead us on a deep dive of what transpired in the November 3 General Election.
With at least two new Supervisors – and as many as five – along with two huge new City agencies, four new taxes, and small business zoning reforms all being put to the City’s voters, what will San Francisco look like in 2021 and beyond?
As Alex describes it, he will be speaking “with the asterisk of *as if anyone can really tell – given the pandemic and the resultant dynamics of shifting residential and workspace realities, an outflow of residents to less expensive locales across the country, a long-overdue reckoning on racial disparities, incipient murder hornets, and (gestures broadly at everything…)”
In his traditional LAI post-election summary, Alex will break-down what happened and offer predictions for land use politics, development, and much more. Don’t miss out on what is always one of our most popular luncheons.
Alex Clemens is a veteran political operative and communications expert who has served four elected officials in San Francisco and Washington, DC. In 2003, Alex founded Barbary Coast Consulting, which the New York Times named an elite public affairs firm – and in 2016, he joined with Rich Peterson and Boe Hayward to combine their firms and co-founded Lighthouse Public Affairs. Lighthouse has offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Palo Alto and Mill Valley.
An accomplished lobbyist, Alex has been involved in two decades of negotiations surrounding San Francisco’s favorite political pastime: debating location, height and density. Alex has helped facilitate City Hall, community and stakeholder conversations that have shaped housing and development policy throughout the region, and has served a broad range of well-known clients as a strategic advisor regarding surrounding political direction and crisis communications.
Alex is a proud graduate of UC Santa Cruz, holding a degree in International Politics. Alex is a licensed private investigator in the state of California, is the co-founder of the Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at UC Santa Cruz, and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the storied Sacramento Seminar civic discussion group. He is also an occasional lecturer at the University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center, where he teaches master’s candidates about advocacy, lobbying and ethics.