San Francisco Supervisors adopt capital spending plan
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
June 21, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
yesterday voted 9-1 in favor of a resolution that adopts a $15.7
billion, 10-year capital expenditure plan for fiscal years 2007-2016.
San Francisco hasn't had a similar, multi-year plan detailing
investments to be made in infrastructure and facilities since
1991, according to the executive summary of the plan.
As a result, the city has lacked a "comprehensive and clear
citywide strategy," for addressing infrastructure investments,
according to the plan's authors.
The plan proposes capital investments in the city's water and
sewer systems, port, airport, public transportation system, parks,
public health and public safety facilities.
"This capital plan is a blueprint for how we can responsibly
address our critical infrastructure needs, instead of burdening
future generations of San Franciscans by whimsically ignoring
the skyrocketing costs of continually deferring capital maintenance,"
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd said
in a statement on May 1, when the plan was submitted by the city
administrator to the mayor and the board of supervisors.
"As a whole...it's a great first plan," Elsbernd, who
sponsored the legislation calling for the production of the plan,
said before the supervisors' vote yesterday.
The plan will be updated each year by the city administrator's
office and the city's capital planning committee.
Over the duration of the plan, proposed investment in infrastructure
and facilities includes: approximately $1 billion toward public
health and human services projects; $944 million for criminal
justice projects; $459 million for streets and right of way work;
and $141 million for fire protection and emergency response services.
The plan also calls for investing approximately $7.2 billion
in public utilities, around $1 billion in the airport, $414 million
in the port, and approximately $3.5 billion for municipal transportation.
The investments made through the plan are for the purposes of
preserving or modernizing critical facilities, and for making
seismic safety upgrades and improving disability access to these
Supervisor Chris Daly cast the sole vote against the resolution.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier was not present at the meeting
and did not vote.
The resolution will be passed on to the mayor, who could sign
it, veto it, or return it unsigned to the board of supervisors.
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