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What Happens to Us if—Gulp!—Hillary Clinton Blows It?

Welcome to Trumpifornia!

 

Editor's Note: This is one of many stories about politics that San Francisco is publishing over the next month, all part of the October 2016 Democracy Issue. To peruse the rest of the issue's contents, and to read stories as they become available online, click here.

 
As dawn breaks in California on November 9, the cold truth sinks in: The United States has just elected Donald Trump president. So what happens to the Golden State? Here are a few predictions.

We lose federal money. Trump has called for cutting off federal grants to pro-immigration sanctuary cities like San Francisco, which budgeted $478.5 million from the federal government in the current fiscal year. Around 30,000 undocumented immigrants live in San Francisco alone, and it’s hard to imagine local politicians turning on them. So get used to that federally funded Chinatown subway station being a hole on Stockton Street.

We lose skilled workers from the rest of the world. Trump has proposed increasing the prevailing wage for H-1B visa hires, which could limit the number of high-skilled international workers that Bay Area companies rely on. The Bay Area is home to about 31,000 workers with H-1B visas, with Google alone employing around 1,000. Trump’s plans to raise the prevailing wage could put some of these jobs at risk, leaving Bay Area employers scrambling to replace programmers and technicians.

We lose investment from China. Investors from mainland China love to put their capital into California. From 2010 to 2015, Chinese investment in San Francisco businesses came to $1.7 billion. Good luck keeping up those numbers once Trump starts a trade war. 

We lose our drought! If you ask the United States Geological Survey, California is in its fifth year of drought. But in a speech in Fresno, Rain God Trump denied the drought existed, declaring, “We have plenty of water.” So start watering those lawns 24-7!

We lose our freaking minds. How unpopular is Donald Trump in the Bay Area? Even Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla, widely reviled for his attempt to close access to Martins Beach, publicly opposes him. Out of about half a million registered voters, just 9,000 San Franciscans voted for Trump in the primary. When a vast majority of denizens are really, really bummed out, that qualifies as a citywide nervous breakdown.


Originally published in the October issue of
San Francisco

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