Earthquake bond vote postponed 

A vote on Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $39 million bond measure for the November ballot was postponed by the Board of Supervisors in a 7-4 vote Tuesday until June 29. The bond is meant to help certain buildings pay for seismic upgrades.

Supervisor John Avalos requested the postponement and said he would “like to consider this in relation to other tax measures that could be on the ballot for November and would like to continue this item.”

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said he supported the delay. “The size of this bond is still very much in question. It makes a lot of sense not to move forward with piece No. 1 until we understand what the whole package is going to look like,” Chiu said.

The legislation before the board Tuesday was the first step to place a bond on the ballot. The actual legislation with the measure’s language has yet to be introduced.

Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu and Bevan Dufty opposed the postponement.

The bond money only would be offered for 156 buildings, of which 125 receive city or federal funding for affordable housing and 31 are single-room occupancy buildings. It costs about $275,000 to seismically upgrade a soft-story building.

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