San Francisco "Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks" bond, Proposition B (November 2012)

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A San Francisco "Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks" bond, Proposition B ballot question was on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in San Francisco, where it was approved.

Proposition B authorized the city to borrow $195 million for park, open space and recreation facilities.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval. (In California, a 55% supermajority vote is required to approve school bond measures, but a 2/3rds supermajority vote is required to approve city bonds.)

Election results

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 242,404 72.11%
No93,73527.89%
Final certified results from the San Francisco County elections office.

Support

Supporters

Supporters include:

Donors

These were the donors to the "yes" campaign as of September 1, 2012:

Donor Amount
San Francisco Parks Alliance $100,000
The Trust for Public Land $9,076

Opposition

Groups opposing Proposition B included:

  • The San Francisco Tenants Union
  • San Francisco Tomorrow
  • The San Francisco Republican Party
  • The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council
  • Three former presidents of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: Quentin Kopp, Aaron Peskin and Matt Gonzalez[1]

Arguments against Proposition B included:

  • The Parks Department has yet to spend the $195 million in bond money approved in 2008.
  • It is becoming more expensive to visit the city's parks. Those from out-of-town now have to pay $7 to visit the arboretum in Golden Gate Park.
  • Aaron Peskin says, "I come from the Democratic Party, and this will be the first general obligation bond that I've opposed in my adult life. I do it with a heavy heart."[1]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Proposition B: "To improve the safety and quality of neighborhood parks across the city and waterfront open spaces, enhance water quality and clean up environmental contamination along the Bay, replace unsafe playgrounds, fix restrooms, improve access for the disabled, and ensure the seismic safety of park and recreation facilities, shall the City and County of San Francisco issue $195 million dollars in General Obligation bonds, subject to independent oversight and regular audits?"[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Prop. B heats up November ballot", September 8, 2012
  2. San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. ballot choices, November 2012", October 19, 2012
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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