SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — It’s taken years, but the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has finally approved construction of a wheelchair ramp in the supervisors’ chambers. The chambers have been out of compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act because there is no ramp to get to the president’s podium.

Rather than spend over a million dollars to build one, the president moved down to floor level. But now, a new design has chopped the price tag in half, and Supervisor David Campos said it’s time to approve it.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

”I think that it’s better for us to make this action happen and move on,” said Campos.

The only “no” vote came from Supervisor John Avalos, who suggested the money would be better spent providing disabled access to the Balboa BART Station in his district.

”What we’re doing here is putting funds towards a ramp that very few people will appreciate versus what we could do that hundreds of thousands of people can appreciate,” said Avalos.

Michela Alioto Pier, the only supervisor who uses a wheelchair, left office in January.

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Comments (4)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Great, so they’re spending $500k+ (half of the originial $1M+ price tag) on a RAMP to get to a podium?!?!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? How does this not seem absurd?!? These are the people we’re entrusting to make decisions for our community?!?!

  2. bob says:

    This is a good thing. Everyone should have equal access.

  3. LoLo says:

    The ramp should be built where the most need is…so in this case, SF supervisors’ chambers where there are currently no handicapped persons requiriing access? Or a BART station where hundreds, if not thousands, of people would be served by improved access for the handicapped? This would seem to be a no-brainer, but evidently supervisor Avalos is the only intelligent one in the bunch.
    And so it goes…

  4. wheelchairrampguide.org says:

    Thank’s for this story