San Francisco Earthquake Safety Bond, Proposition B (June 2010)

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A San Francisco Earthquake Safety Bond, Proposition B ballot measure was on the June 8, 2010 ballot in San Francisco, where it was approved.[1]
  • Yes: 82409 (79.17%) Approveda
  • No: 21685 (20.83%)

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.

Supporters

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."[2]

Opponents

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.

Stripped down

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.[3]

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References

  1. Beyond Chron, "June Ballot Measures Reflect City’s Political Fault Lines", March 24, 2010
  2. San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's ballot measures", May 16, 2010
  3. Fox Reno, "Police Chief Argues For Quake Bond Measure", February 12, 2010

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