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San Francisco George Bush Sewage Plant, Proposition R (November 2008)

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A Rename the Oceanside Sewage Treatment Plant the "George W. Bush Sewage Plant," Proposition R ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, where it was defeated.[1]

If Proposition R had passed, it would have re-named the city's Oceanside Treatment Plant as the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. The group supporting the initiative called itself the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco.

Proposition R attracted national attention, including articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.

John Rinaldi, a co-sponsor of the petition who ran unsuccessfully for San Francisco mayor in 2007 using his nickname, "Chicken John," said the initiative would turn "every toilet in San Francisco into basically a shrine for George W. Bush and all his great achievements in his eight years as our commander in chief."

Election results

Proposition R
Defeatedd No233,73369.75%
Yes 101,376 30.25%
These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Proposition R: "Shall the City change the name of the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W Bush Sewage Plant?"[2]

Path to the ballot

Proposition R earned its spot on the ballot via the collection of signatures on initiative petitions. 7,168 signatures were required, which was 5% of the number of those who voted for the office of mayor in 2007.

More than 11,000 petition signatures were submitted to qualify the measure for the ballot.[3][4]

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  1. S.F. rejects prostitution, energy measures, San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2008
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Mission accomplished: Bush sewer plant measure qualifies for SF ballot in November, July 18, 2008
  4. New York Times, "California: Name change on ballot," July 19, 2008