From Pirate Cat Radio:
In 2006, San Francisco voted on added restrictions for chain stores. 2006’s Prop G can be viewed as a referendum on chain stores. It passed with 58.2% of the vote.
The vote in the Mission was overwhelmingly opposed to chain stores–between 70% and 90%!
The proposed American Apparel on Valencia is actually across the street from District 9 in District 8. But that area also voted over 80% for Prop G.