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San Francisco Streets Bond Clears Key Hurdle Towards November Ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) - A $248 million bond measure to repair and improve San Francisco streets and sidewalks sailed out of committee Wednesday.

The bond measure now awaiting approval from the full Board of Supervisors is one of three that Mayor Ed Lee hopes to put before voters this fall.

"We've had a lot of complaints about hot spots throughout the city where it's challenging for seniors and for children to traverse those streets," Lee said.

KCBS' Barbara Taylor Reports:

Besides the pension reform that has top priority, Lee also hopes to replenish the city's cash reserve with a half-cent sales tax hike that would replace a state tax that just expired.

Approval of the Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond was part of a flurry of activity at City Hall to move measures onto the November ballot, including three that the mayor does not support:

--to block the demolition of large housing developments like Park Merced that have over 50 units

--to modify Care Not Cash

--to stop the Recreation and Park's Department from entering into public-private partnerships

A supervisors committee was scheduled to take up those three ballot proposals on Thursday.

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