Newsom Prioritizes Rebuild of S.F. General Hospital
On Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) cited health care among the top priorities for his second term during a victory speech following his re-election, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Newsom said he plans to seek voter approval of a bond next fall to fund construction of a new facility for San Francisco General Hospital that will meet state seismic safety standards. The facility is the city's main trauma hospital (Vega et al., San Francisco Chronicle, 11/7).
Under current law, hospitals must meet state seismic safety standards by 2013, or by 2020 if they can prove a lack of financial means (California Healthline, 11/5).
Newsom had received 77% of votes when polls closed on Tuesday, but final results will not be released for several weeks under new state laws regarding how ballots are counted in the city (San Francisco Chronicle, 11/7).