The first of two big election days is almost here with the California Primary election looming on Tuesday, March 3, and early voting already ongoing for weeks.
Although most eyes are fixed on the ongoing Democratic presidential primary battle, locally there is, as usual, plenty of crucial housing, transit, and infrastructure issues on the ballot.
Proposition B will take out over $628 million in bonds for seismic upgrades to emergency facilities in San Francisco in preparation for a major earthquake, including most critically retrofitting the city’s emergency water supply for firefighting efforts in the aftermath.
Proposition D will level fines (up to $1,000 per linear foot) on retail outlets that sit empty for too long, in hopes of spurring landlords to be more aggressive courting potential tenants and fill up those unsightly vacant storefronts in key commercial corridors.
Proposition E will force the city to limit how much new office space it can permit each year for as long as the city continues to fail meeting its affordable housing goals—a pointed prospect, since SF essentially never actually achieves those housing benchmarks.
Not to be confused with that other Proposition 13, this bond would borrow $15 billion to fix up California public schools and colleges, modernizing campuses, seismically reinforcing buildings, and removing health risks like lead paint and asbestos.