Proposed SF Parks Bond Tweaked To Satisfy Critics

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A proposed $195 million parks bond measure is one step closer to appearing on San Francisco’s November 2012 ballot, after a compromise was proposed – and approved – Thursday.

After the idea of the bond was first floated, critics decried it as one that would unnecessarily limit hiking in natural habitat areas. Specifically, they claimed that as much as $4 million in bond monies would be used to either shutter or redesign popular hiking trails – particularly in Glen Canyon Park and Mt. Davidson.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Thursday, Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed what he considered to be a bit of middle ground on the issue, suggesting that the bond money apportioned to hiking trail rehab be limited to Golden Gate and McClaren parks. It was a proposal that appeared to satisfy the proposed measure’s critics.

“I support the compromise that has been reached now, I strongly support the bond and I’d like to thank everyone involved,” one woman said during a public comment period before the supervisors.

“Thank you for considering an amendment that will give voters a clearer choice when they go to the polls,” a man echoed his support.

The supervisors’ Land Use Committee subsequently signed off on the tweaked proposal, sending it to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote. If approved there, it will appear on the November ballot.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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