- July 26, 2017
The Office of Resilience and Capital Planning today announced the release of the Seawall Finance Work Group Report, which provides recommendations for how the City can fund the Seawall Resiliency Project.
The Seawall Finance Work Group (SFWG) was convened by the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning and the Port of San Francisco to analyze and prioritize potential funding sources to fill the funding need for the Seawall Resiliency Project. Chaired by the City’s Chief Resilience Officer, the SFWG was composed of 11 members representing eight City agencies as well as a private sector expert in public finance strategy.
San Francisco’s Great Seawall was constructed more than a century ago and is the foundation of over three miles of San Francisco waterfront stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek. The Seawall supports historic piers, wharves, and buildings including the Ferry Building. It underpins the Embarcadero Promenade which welcomes millions of people each year, serves as a critical emergency response and recovery area, and supports BART, Muni and ferry transportation and utility networks. Additionally, the Seawall provides flood protection to downtown San Francisco neighborhoods.
In 2015 under the leadership of Mayor Lee, the Port launched the Seawall Resiliency Project, a multi-generational City project to significantly improve earthquake safety and performance of the Seawall, provide near-term flood protection improvements, and plan for additional long-term resilience and adaption of the northern Bayfront.
The SFWG was tasked with exploring potential funding sources for two phases of the Seawall Resiliency Project. Phase I is budgeted at $500 million through 2025 for the most critical life safety seismic improvements, and Phase II is budgeted at $2-5 billion after 2025 to address all seismic and sea level rise adaptation measures.
The SFWG was convened with the understanding that the City will not have the ability to fund the entire Seawall Project on its own and would have to find a solution that combined multiple funding sources. Meeting between November 2016 and May 2017, the Work Group analyzed 48 local, regional, state, and federal possible funding sources.
From these discussions, the SFWG ultimately recommended that the City pursue 17 funding sources, nine of which could currently produce meaningful proceeds for the Project. These recommendations range from local General Obligation (G.O.) Bonds and statewide strategies to federal funding through the Army Corps of Engineers.
These recommendations were presented to the City’s Capital Planning Committee and the Port’s Seawall Resiliency Project Executive Steering Committee. Efforts to secure funding from some of the recommended sources are already underway such as discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers and planning for a proposed $350 Seawall Fortification General Obligation Bond, slated to go before voters in November 2018. The Port will work with other City partners to determine a course of action on the other recommended strategies.
The Seawall Finance Work Group Report can be viewed online here.
- May 5, 2017
The Office of Resilience and Capital Planning is pleased to announce that the Fiscal Year 2018-27 City and County of San Francisco Capital Plan was approved by Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors on May 5, 2017.
The Plan recommends a record $35 billion for capital projects over the next decade to improve San Francisco’s resilience, maintain our economic competitiveness, and preserve our amenities for generations to come.
The Capital Plan calls for several major projects in San Francisco, including retrofitting the Great Seawall, terminal renovations at San Francisco International Airport, a new bus rapid transit line along Van Ness Avenue, and improving the City’s streets and pedestrian safety, among many others.
The Office of Resilience and Capital Planning is grateful to the many City and partner agency staff who worked hard to identify upcoming capital needs and related funding sources. The planning represented in this document will enable San Francisco to make smart, fiscally responsible decisions as we build and strengthen our city.
The Capital Plan can be viewed online here.
- December 9, 2016
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of Brian Strong as San Francisco’s second Chief Resilience Officer. The Chief Resilience Officer works under the supervision of City Administrator to oversee City policy and implementation on resilience, including the Capital Planning Program, Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and Lifelines Council.
“San Francisco’s leadership on resilience is an example for our nation. As City Administrator I established the Lifelines Council to bring public officials together with academic experts, members of the public and private utilities and ensure a swift recovery for San Francisco after the next significant event,” said Mayor Lee. “Brian Strong created the City’s Capital Plan and brings more than a decade of proven leadership to this vital resilience work. I am pleased to announce his appointment as San Francisco’s Chief Resilience Officer.”
About Brian Strong
As the Director of the San Francisco’s Capital Planning Program, Brian Strong is responsible for the City’s $32 billion 10-year Capital Plan and its $450 million capital budget. Brian created the City’s first multi-year capital plan in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development and passage of $2 billion in General Obligation bonds specifically addressing earthquake safety and resiliency. Brian has also implemented a number of innovative resiliency programs to protect San Francisco’s infrastructure, including the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond program, the nation’s first Sea Level Rise Guidelines, and the first building-by-building HAZUS assessments to evaluate facility performance, economic impacts, casualties, and other risks associated with earthquakes. Brian currently chairs the Sea Wall Finance Working Group to identify funding to seismically strengthen the Great Sea Wall that runs from Aquatic Park to the AT&T Park.
Under Brian’s leadership, the Capital Planning Program received the 2011 Good Government Team Award from the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He also serves as President of the Board for the San Francisco Community Investment Fund that distributes new market tax credits to disadvantaged communities. Brian has a master’s degree in intergovernmental management from USC and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
- March 1, 2017
In compliance with the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 3.20, City Administrator Naomi Kelly and the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning are pleased to submit the Proposed City and County of San Francisco Capital Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2018-2027. Having been approved by the City’s Capital Planning Committee, the Proposed Capital Plan now goes before the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor for their approval by May 1, 2017.
The guiding document for City infrastructure investments, the Proposed Plan assesses the City’s capital needs, identifies the level of investment required to meet those needs, and provides a constrained plan of finance for the next 10 years. This Plan continues the City’s commitment to plan and finance projects that will strengthen the integrity of San Francisco’s infrastructure. The Plan recommends a record level of $35 billion in investments over the next decade that will improve San Francisco’s resilience through critical seismic repairs and strengthening; transportation and utility system improvements; safer streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers; and more affordable housing.
For the first time, the Proposed Plan includes strategies to address the multigenerational need to fortify the Seawall, which protects three miles of vital and vibrant waterfront. The Seawall, its assets, and the people who rely on it for home, work, recreation, and/or travel are all vulnerable to the immediate threat of earthquakes and the slow-moving threat of sea level rise.
Even with this record level of investment, the Proposed Plan defers $4.6 billion in identified capital needs for General Fund departments and does not fully fund annual state of good repair needs for those departments until FY2032.
San Francisco has long been a city resilient in the face of environmental, economic, and social challenges. The Capital Plan not only guides infrastructure investments but also builds public trust in the City’s ability to do smart long-term planning. The City Administrator and the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning look forward to working with the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to enact the recommendations of this Plan and continuing to build a stronger City.
To view the Proposed Capital Plan, please click here.