‘Development package’ threatening public safety bond 

A “development package” for a police forensic laboratory included in a $652 million public safety bond meant for the June ballot is to blame for the spending measure’s troubled path to the voters.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors did not really sing praises of the bond – though several members reluctantly voted to allow it to remain in play and said it all depends on what happens during the next two weeks that will determine if it makes the cut on Feb. 23, when the board is set to vote whether to place it on the June ballot.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu amended the bond proposal to cut out the controversial “development package” reported first in the Examiner.  The amendment reduced the $652 million bond to $412 million.

That didn’t sit well with some supervisors. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd said making last minute changes like that is not smart capital planning. “I’m not comfortable at all with this going on the June ballot,” Elsbernd said.  

Chiu said it’s a scaling back and that it will allow fund the services that “directly safeguard our families and protect our homes and businesses.”

Supervisor David Campos was most vocal in his opposition to the development package and said he remains uncomfortable with the entire bond based on how the forensic lab component was dealt with.

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