Officials highlight need for bond money for quake upgrades 

With the 104th anniversary of the April 18, 1906, earthquake approaching, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and other city officials gathered at an aging pump station Tuesday to advocate for a $412 million bond measure aimed at seismically upgrading public structures.

The bond, which will appear on the June 8 ballot, includes $104 million for The City’s Auxiliary Water Supply System, a 97-year-old network of cisterns and reservoirs that holds millions of gallons of water in case of a citywide fire, such as the one that leveled San Francisco and caused 3,000 deaths after the 1906 quake.

Speaking at the San Francisco Fire Department’s pump station at Aquatic Park, a crucial part of the water network, Newsom highlighted the importance of rehabilitating the aging infrastructure project.

“It will deal not just with the seismic activity, but of the aftermaths that are sure to come. Right now, though, it needs some love and attention,” Newsom said.

“The technology of this network was world class at the time it was built, but we know that, 100 years later, the system is crumbling,” Chiu said.

With the U.S. Geological Survey forecasting a 63 percent chance of a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hitting the Bay Area in the next 25 years — and major temblors recently striking Chile, Haiti and other countries — Newsom said he’s confident San Francisco voters will understand the importance of approving the $412 million bond measure.

The Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond proposal will go before voters June 8.

Details of quake bond

Total cost: $412.3 million
For auxiliary water supply: $35 million
For firefighting: $134.3 million
For public safety buildings: $243 million

Source: City and county of San Francisco

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