Voters approve SF parks measure, dump Hetch Hetchy drain plan
The measure’s passage with a solid 72 percent could be seen as a strong vote of confidence in the community college district, one of the largest in the state.
Voters were likewise supportive of Proposition B, a $195 million bond measure to finance park repairs and renovations at locations including the West Sunset Playground and Lake Merced.
The measure passed with nearly 72 percent of the vote, despite resentment about deals allowing private groups to lease public spaces and arguments that Rec and Park has mismanaged funds and sought too many bonds in recent years.
Proposition F, however, which would have required the city to spend $8 million on developing a plan to remove the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, a major source of drinking water for San Francisco and the Bay Area, was rejected by more than 77 percent of voters. Environmentalists argued the reservoir, once a valley thought to rival Yosemite for beauty, could be restored without harming water supplies, but opponents including Mayor Ed Lee called the plan costly and “insane.”
Proposition C, creating an affordable housing trust intended to replace funds the city lost with the abolition of redevelopment agencies, passed with 64 percent of the vote.
Other measures approved on Tuesday that passed with little controversy included a money-saving plan to move odd-year elections to even years, a change in the way the city taxes businesses and a largely symbolic city policy asserting that, contrary to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, corporations are not people.