Proposition A authorizes $425 million in general obligation bonds to repair the 100-year old seawall along San Francisco’s waterfront, whose failure in a major earthquake could flood $100 billion in property and crucial infrastructure.
The Embarcadero already experiences flooding several times each year during King Tides. Floods will occur more often from severe storms, and up to five feet of additional sea level rise is expected this century. Even without a major earthquake, this flooding threatens vital roads along the waterfront, in the financial district, and nearby residential neighborhoods.
Flooding also could inundate BART and Muni tunnels, utility and water systems and historic buildings, such as the Ferry Building and along Fisherman’s Wharf. The Bay is too deep along the San Francisco waterfront to construct marshes for shoreline protection – this is one area where strengthening and raising the seawall is essential.Proposition A would immediately provide funds to adapt San Francisco’s built environment in the face of rising tides from climate change and catastrophic flooding risks should the seawall fail. The Port of San Francisco and stakeholders have crafted a comprehensive seawall safety program, which Proposition A would begin implementing with urgent repairs to strengthen and raise the seawall, before it’s too late.
Proposition A is endorsed by Save The Bay Action Fund, S.F. Mayor London Breed and the entire Board of Supervisors, the Bay Area Council, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, S.F. League of Conservation Voters, S.F. Republican and Democratic Parties and many more. Learn more about Proposition A and other important Bay Area measures on the November 2018 ballot in Save The Bay Action Fund’s Bay Smart Voter Guide at www.SFBayActionFund.org