Livable City Recommendations for the June 7 Election
For the June 7, 2016 election, Livable City recommends:
Yes on A: Public Health and Safety Bond
Measure A is a $350,000 general obligation bond that funds earthquake safety and fire safety retrofits at San Francisco General Hospital and the City’s neighborhood health centers, safety and resliiency upgrades to the city’s ambulance facilities and firehouses, and new and renovated homeless health facilities. These investments will foster the health and wellness of San Franciscans, and improve the City’s resilience in natural disasters.
Election Results: Yes 78.65% | No 21.35%
Yes on B: Charter Amendment to increase the Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund
Measure B will extend the city’s current budget set-aside for parks, recreation and open space, and will expand the fund by $3 million/year for the next decade, except in bad economic years. As San Francisco grows denser, we should also grow greener. Prop B will help maintain parks and open spaces in good repair, and expand parks and open spaces in under-served areas of the city.
Election Results: Yes 60.39% | No 39.61%
Yes on C: Affordable housing requirements
Measure C will require that new development projects of 25 units or more set aside 25% of units as permanently affordable. It removes the current 12% cap on affordability requirements from the City Charter, allowing future affordable housing requirements to be adjusted through the legislative process. The San Francisco City Economist’s analysis of the measure concluded that zoning controls, were a greater factor in housing feasibilty than housing prices, and that “the City may well be able to expand its affordable housing resources in ways that improve housing affordability for low- and middle-income households.” With the right mix of policies, San Francisco can both increase its share of permanently affordable housing and increase the overall amount of well-designed, well-located housing. Prop C complements the pro-housing policy changes that Livable City has long championed, including relaxing minimum parking requirements, housing density limits, and unnecessary conditional use requirements.
Election Results: Yes 67.19% | No 32.81%
Yes on AA: San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program
Measure AA authorizes a $12 per year parcel tax across the nine Bay Area counties, which will raise an estimated $25 million annually to restore, acquire, construct, or maintain wetlands, wildlife habitat, public access, and flood protection around San Francisco Bay. Eligible projects in San Francisco include completing the San Francisco portion of the Bay Trail, creek and wetland restoration from the Presidio to Candlestick point, and construction and improvement of waterfront public parks.
Election Results: Yes 77.01% | No 22.99%
Thank you San Francisco voters.