Monday, February 6, 2017

Sales tax intended to fix Highway 1

Pacifica Tribune Letters to the Editor, 1/26/17.  "Let's Fix Highway 1" by Bill Moore.

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One road through this City,
right coastside neighbors?
"Dear Editor, I voted for the ½-cent sales tax add-on to fix Highway 1. I expect my transportation tax dollars to stay in town and be spent wisely.

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That's okay, going south is worse.
Plus our local roads are a mess. Rather than continuing to waffle, the City Council should do their job and make our Highway 1 commute safer and more convenient."
Reference. San Mateo County Transportation Authority. "The San Mateo County Transportation Authority was formed in 1988 with the passage of the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for countywide transportation projects and programs, known as Measure A. The original Measure A expired Dec. 31, 2008. In 2004, county voters overwhelmingly approved a reauthorization of Measure A through 2033. The TA’s role is to administer the proceeds from Measure A to fund a broad spectrum of transportation-related projects and programs.The TA is an independent agency and is governed by an appointed board of seven directors, who are elected officials, representing the county, cities and the San Mateo County Transit District."  Smart Voter/San Mateo County, Measure A,Transportation Tax, 2004.

Measure A changed to Measure K in the 11/8/16 vote. Voter Edge,/CA general election, 11/2016. "To ensure San Mateo County quality of life by retaining/improving critical facilities/services, such as: providing affordable homes for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families; enhancing public transit; combatting human trafficking; addressing sea level rise; maintaining safe schools and neighborhoods; high-quality preschool and reading programs; park maintenance; and low-income healthcare, shall San Mateo County extend the existing half-cent sales tax, without increasing the rate, providing $85,000,000 annually for 20 years that the State cannot take away."  Also see the Ballotpedia explanation.  Has this Measure changed?

Note Pacifica photographs.  KRON/Emily Kirschenheuter, "Landslide closes NB Hwy 1." Road closed by Paul Chinn, 2014 old San Pedro Creek bridge on Highway 1 file, SF Gate 9/6/16, "Judge's ruling roadblock for plans to widen Highway 1 in Pacifica." ".... "Jeff Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups that filed the suit, said, “Caltrans can’t continue to ignore conservation and environmental-review laws. We’re hoping the agency gets the message that the community doesn’t want or need this wasteful and damaging highway-widening project.”  Related, Center for Biological Diversity. 

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