San Francisco Earthquake Safety Bond, Proposition B (June 2010)
Proposition B authorizes the city to sell a $412 million bond to retrofit some buildings for earthquake safety reasons. Buildings targeted for earthquake safety upgrades include neighborhood police stations, fire stations and the Hall of Justice.
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.)
Supporters of Proposition B included San Francisco's Democratic and Republican parties, the Labor Council, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.
The San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board endorsed a "yes" vote on Proposition B: "Two words should be sufficient to explain the need for this measure: 'Haiti' and 'Chile.' A disaster in San Francisco - most likely an earthquake - could destroy the infrastructure needed by basic emergency services."
Opponents of Proposition B included San Francisco County Supervisor Chris Daly. His objection to the measure was that it doesn't go far enough, because it doesn't include the jail at 850 Bryant.
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors originally considered a $652 million bond. That would have allowed the city to build a new forensic sciences center to house crime labs and the medical examiner's office. However, after due consideration, the supervisors decided to remove that $240 million project from the proposal.
- Legal text of Proposition B
- Official ballot proposition list for San Francisco's June 8, 2010 election
- June 8, 2010 election results, San Francisco