By Micah Hilt
Communications Co-Chair, Alice Board
Planner, City and County of San Francisco
I want thank my fellow Alice members for Alice’s thoughtful leadership in supporting Prop A in the coming June election. I also want to tell you why it is absolutely critical you support this measure.
Proposition A, or the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response (ESER) Bond, is a $400 million bond measure to improve some of our city’s critical facilities and infrastructure against earthquake damage. These facilities and services are our first and often last lines of defense after a disaster, and in our day to day lives–like the use of our city’s century old auxiliary water system during the recent Mission Bay fire.
Specifically, this measure seeks to retrofit many of our City’s neighborhood firehouses, seismically upgrade our aging emergency (auxiliary) firefighting water system, seismically upgrade most of our city’s police district stations, consolidate and strengthen our motorcycle police and crime lab facilities, as well as construct a new medical examiner’s office building.
These improvements are investments in today that will help us recover tomorrow. They will allow our City to bounce back from the earthquakes we all know are coming and serve our community as it faces challenges each and every day.
As a staff member of the City’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program, a 30-year 50-task earthquake risk mitigation program (www.sfgov.org/esip), I work to help our city prepare to recover from earthquakes every day. I believe that this measure is critical to the continued success of our City, and I hope that you will come out and vote on June 3–Vote Yes on Prop A!
For my information please visit www.sfearthquakesafety.org.