San Francisco George Bush Sewage Plant, Proposition R (November 2008)
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."
- These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.
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?"|
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.
- November 4, 2008 official San Francisco voter guide
- David Latterman's analysis of the November 2008 San Francisco local ballot measures
- Movement to Rename Sewage Plant After Bush Gains Steam in San Francisco
- Sewage plant 'honor' doesn't deserve answer
- California's Proposition R would rename sewage plant after George W. Bush
- S.F. rejects prostitution, energy measures, San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2008
- Mission accomplished: Bush sewer plant measure qualifies for SF ballot in November, July 18, 2008
- New York Times, "California: Name change on ballot", July 19, 2008