California is totally bankrupt, so when they want to splash money around, they have to raise a bond. This week, they put down $250 million on the San Francisco ferry service, all in the name of earthquakes.
The ferries take about 1% of the bridge traffic, so they will be of great help when the earthquake comes. Of course, ferry docks tend to be on slimy mud, so a decent earthquake will knock them out as well. Anyway, none of this should stop their big happy-party this week!