Earthquake bond attracts big bucks 

Of the seven local ballot measures before voters in less than two weeks, just three political committees are raising money, with one having received more than $200,000, according to campaign contribution filings that were due Thursday.

A public safety bond, a school bond and a fight over rent that voters face June 8 have prompted political committees to form and receive campaign contributions.

Contributions of $10,000 from developers, labor unions and real estate holders helped amass $223,995 for the committee campaigning for the passage of Proposition B, the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond. The committee has about $50,000 remaining as of Saturday, according to the filing.

“That’s four to six citywide mailers. They are not fooling around,” political analyst David Latterman said of the total contributions.

If approved, the ballot measure would authorize the sale of $412.3 million in bonds funded by property taxes to pay for the repair and upgrade of the aging firefighting water system, seismic upgrades to neighborhood fire stations and a seismically sound police command center.

The campaign against Proposition F, Renters’ Financial Hardship Applications, has raised money from one contributor, the San Francisco Association of Realtors, which has sunk $86,351 into the effort. The ballot measure would amend The City’s residential rent ordinance to add provisions for tenants to apply to the Rent Board to postpone most increases if they become unemployed, their wages decrease by 20 percent or more or they do not receive cost-of-living increases in their government benefits and those benefits are their sole income.

Between January and  Saturday, the Committee for Safe Schools raised $39,500 in support of Proposition A, which would renew a parcel tax first passed in 1990 that funds seismic, safety and maintenance improvements on school district facilities.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com


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