City introduces $887.4 million bond

San Francisco residents will likely vote on the most expensive bond proposal in The City’s history this November, an $887.4 million funding measure for the rebuilding of San Francisco General Hospital, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.

The hospital, the only trauma center in The City, treated more than 98,000 patients last year and saw 52,000

emergency-room department visits, and a state law passed in 1994 requires hospitals to meet heightened goals of seismic stability. If the hospital is not rebuilt, it would be forced to close, according to Gene O’Connell, the CEO of the hospital.

The bond will require two-thirds support from voters to pass.

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