Mayor Lee Invests in City’s Infrastructure for San Francisco Families

Included in Mayor’s 17-Point Roadmap to Good Jobs & Opportunity, $325 Million Budget Supplemental for Rebuilding & Renovating Streets, Parks, Playgrounds, & Port & Public Safety Facilities Will Create Jobs & Improve City Infrastructure

12/13/11—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced a nearly $325 million package of budget supplemental appropriations from bond sales that improve and invest in City infrastructure. The projects are prioritized in the Ten-Year Capital Plan and include financing from bond sales of $73 million from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park General Obligation Bond, $183 million from the 2010 San Francisco Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond and $69 million from the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond. The $325 million package will create an estimated 2,100 construction related jobs in the next year.

“In the next five years, San Francisco will invest nearly $9 billion in improving City infrastructure through the Ten-Year Capital Plan and create tens of thousands of jobs,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco will continue rebuilding, renovating and improving parks and playgrounds, firehouses, roads and sidewalks and upgrading the City’s iconic waterfront, all without raising property tax rates from 2006 levels.”

First developed under then City Administrator Ed Lee, the Ten-Year Capital Plan demonstrates the City’s fiscal responsibility in capital planning, with a strong emphasis on objectivity, accountability and transparency.

The $73 million bond sales for the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond will fund seven park improvements including Cabrillo Playground, Fulton Playground, Glen Canyon Park, Lafayette Park, Mission Dolores Park, Palega Recreation Center and Raymond Kimball Playground and waterfront parks and open space including the Brannan Street Wharf Park, Bayview Gateway, Heron’s Head Park and Blue Greenway Parks.

The $412 million Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond (ESER), which voters passed in June 2010, provides seismic retrofits and other necessary health and safety improvements to ensure Fire Stations are fully functional after a major earthquake. The ESER bond will build a Public Safety Building, provide upgrades to the high pressure firefighting system known as at the Auxiliary Water Supply System and fund repairs to 18 neighborhood fire stations. The bond is in its first phase and will ensure public safety facilities are structurally safe so that police and fire can immediately respond after disasters, including earthquakes.

The $248 million Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond will repave streets and eliminate potholes in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and seismically strengthen and repair deteriorating bridges, overpasses and staircases. The initial $68.9 million bond sale will be used for street resurfacing, curb ramps, sidewalk repair, and street structure repair including the Islais Creek Bridge and streetscape improvements. Proposed streets to be repaved are geographically spread around all neighborhoods in the San Francisco, including the Great Highway, Lombard Street, Presidio Avenue, Fulton Street, Bayshore Boulevard, Alemany Boulevard, 24th Street, 17th Street, San Bruno Avenue, San Jose Avenue, Vallejo Street and Washington Street. Recommended as part of the Ten-Year Capital Plan, the Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond will improve streetscapes for pedestrian and bicyclist safety, improve traffic flow on local streets, repair the sidewalk and install curb ramps to meet the City’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mayor Lee is also requesting a $4.4 million appropriation for the Port of San Francisco of interest earnings from the land sale and development of Sea Wall Lot 330 in order to continue work on the Brannan Street Wharf Project and Mixed-Use Cruise Terminal Project. This is especially critical for the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 for San Francisco to host the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. The Cruise Terminal project is in the final stages of the EIR process and will be shovel ready after final review by the Planning Commission, who is holding a hearing on certification of the Final EIR at its December 15th meeting.

These critical infrastructure projects and those underway including the Transbay Center, Central Subway, San Francisco General Hospital rebuild and the new Public Safety Building at Mission Rock are creating thousands of jobs, putting San Franciscans back to work and shaping the future of the San Francisco.

For more information, go to the Capital Planning Program website at www.onesanfrancisco.org.