Francisco approved ballot measures to ban handguns in
San Francisco and urge the city's public high schools
and college campuses to keep out military recruiters.
The military recruitment initiative won with 60%
in favor and 40% against. Measure I, dubbed "College
Not Combat," opposes the presence of military
recruiters at public high schools and colleges.
However, it would not bar the armed forces from seeking
enlistees at city campuses, since that would put
schools at risk of losing federal funding.
Instead, Measure I encourages city officials and
university administrators to exclude recruiters and
create scholarships and training programs that would
reduce the military's appeal to young adults.
"We now have the moral weight of the city behind
us, and it's definitely a valuable asset to have in
our corner," said Bob Matthews, a College Not Combat
activist, adding that the victory would help put
pressure on the government to someday institute an actual
ban on campus military recruiting.