San Francisco "Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks" bond, Proposition B (November 2012)
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.)
- Final certified results from the San Francisco County elections office.
- Mayor Edwin M. Lee.
- All members of the current San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
- The editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle.
These were the donors to the "yes" campaign as of September 1, 2012:
|San Francisco Parks Alliance||$100,000|
|The Trust for Public Land||$9,076|
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
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."
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?"|
- San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Prop. B heats up November ballot", September 8, 2012
- San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. ballot choices, November 2012", October 19, 2012