According to the City’s biennial survey of over 2,000 residents, which was just released, while the perceived performance of San Francisco’s local government has maintained a “B-” rating overall, the percentage of respondents providing a mark of “A” or “B” has slipped from 59% in 2015 to 57% in 2017, with homelessness and housing the two biggest concerns.
The biggest declines on the City’s scorecard, however, were for the condition of neighborhood sidewalks (“B-“) and feelings of safety while walking alone at night (“B-“), each of which dropped by six percentage points.
In fact, the letter grade for walking alone at night in San Francisco is on the cusp of dropping to a “C+” overall. And while feelings of safety have dropped citywide, from a “B+” in 2015 to a “B” today, residents in Supervisorial District 3 (North Beach/ Chinatown) reported the largest declines, with 81% of residents feeling “very safe or safe” while walking alone in their neighborhood during the day, down from 92% in 2015, and only 51% feeling very safe or safe while walking alone at night, down from 68% in 2015.
Residents in Supervisorial District 10 (Bayview/Hunters Point) and District 6 (SOMA/Treasure Island) felt the least safe walking alone during the day, with 62% and 70% of residents feeling “very safe or safe,” respectively.
At night, District 10 (Bayview/Hunters Point) and District 9 (Mission/Bernal Heights) were the lowest rated areas by residents, with only 30% and 32% feeling “very safe or safe” while walking alone, respectively.
San Francisco’s library system received the highest rating (“B+”) among city services surveyed, with gains in internet access offsetting other declines, while the City’s recreation and park system maintained its “B” rating but made gains in both the quality of athletic fields and courts and condition of recreation center and clubhouse buildings.
And Muni has maintained a “B-” rating overall, with slight gains in perceived driver courtesy (“B”) and cleanliness (“C+”) over the past two years, according to the survey, with a margin of sampling error of ±2.1% at the 95% confidence interval per the sample size.