Proposed SF bond measure would fund public safety upgrades

San Francisco plans to increase its investment in its public safety infrastructure with a $400 million bond measure introduced Tuesday by Mayor Ed Lee for the June 2014 ballot.

The proposal comes four years after 79 percent of voters approved a similar Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond. It is an extension of a long-term plan to ensure emergency facilities in The City are in healthy condition and can withstand a major earthquake.

The largest single project the bond would fund is the $165 million relocation and construction of a new police traffic facility and crime lab. The traffic facility is currently housed at the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St., while the lab, currently located in the Hunters Point shipyard, is slated for demolition to make way for residential development. The two operations would be joined in a new site at 1995 Evans Ave. in Mission Bay.

Approximately $70 million of the bond would go toward replacing or making seismic upgrades to neighborhood fire stations, and an additional $70 million would go toward upgrading the Emergency Firefighting Water System.

“The next phase of the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response program is necessary to continue the critical work required to repair and improve our city’s infrastructure so that we can quickly and effectively respond to a major earthquake or a disaster,” said Lee in a statement. “This bond program will save lives, save money, improve our city’s recovery efforts and create jobs; all without raising property tax rates.”

The bond would be paid for by property taxes, of which 50 percent of the costs can be passed on to tenants, but officials say it will replace existing debt service, keeping the rates flat.Bay Area NewsEarthquake Safety and Emergency Response BondGovernment & PoliticsHall of JusticePoliticspublic safety

Just Posted

The Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street was one of many hotels that took in homeless people as part of The City’s shelter-in-place hotel program during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Closing hotels could disconnect hundreds from critical health care services

‘That baseline of humanity and dignity goes a long way’

Pachama, a Bay Area startup, is using technology to study forests and harness the carbon-consuming power of trees. (Courtesy Agustina Perretta/Pachama)
Golden Gate Park visitors may take a survey about options regarding private car access on John F. Kennedy Drive, which has been the subject of controversy during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Your chance to weigh in: Should JFK remain closed to cars?

Host of mobility improvements for Golden Gate Park proposed

Dreamforce returned to San Francisco in person this week – but with a tiny sliver of past attendance. (Courtesy Salesforce)
Dreamforce returns with hundreds on hand, down from 170,000 in the past

High hopes for a larger Salesforce conference shriveled during the summer

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said retail thefts in The City are underreported crimes. (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)
S.F. unveils initiative to tackle rise in retail thefts

Incidents are not victimless crimes, mayor says

Most Read