Community Unites Behind “Get Santa Cruz County Moving” Campaign (Yes on D); Website and Facebook Page Launched

Transportation Measure Delivers Safety Improvements, Traffic Relief, Support for Cycling Options, Services for Seniors and More Via One of the Most Environmentally Sustainable Local Transportation Improvement Plans in CA

Get Santa Cruz County Moving (Yes on D) today announced major endorsements in support of the campaign, showing an unprecedented and broad base of support through the county for a local transportation measure in the modern era – from environmental, labor and human services organizations to businesses, public safety and local government.

The campaign also launched GetSantaCruzCountyMoving.org, where visitors can learn more about the proposed measure, make a donation and endorsement, review current endorsements and more. The campaign’s new Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/GetSantaCruzCountyMoving.

Measure D Key Investments

• Fixing potholes
• Easing traffic congestion on Highway 1 and other congested roads
• Speeding up emergency response
• Improving safety for children walking and bicycling near schools
• Expanding safe bike routes
• Maintaining senior and disabled transit services
• Improving traffic flow on highways and reducing dangerous neighborhood cut-through traffic
• Preserving transportation options on the rail corridor
• Investing in transportation projects that reduce pollution-caused global warming

Yes on D Ballot Argument Signers

  • Nancy A. Bilicich, Councilmember, City of Watsonville
  • Piet Canin, VP, Sustainable Transportation, Ecology Action
  • Peggy Dolgenos, Past Chair, Santa Cruz County Business Council
  • Lynda Francis, President, Board of Directors, Seniors Council
  • Bruce McPherson, Supervisor, Santa Cruz County, 5th District

Major Endorsements

Environment and cycling: Bike Santa Cruz County, Bike Station Aptos, Caletti Cycles, Ecology Action, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Spokesman Bicycles

Business community: Aptos Chamber of Commerce, Plantronics, Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce, Santa Cruz County Business Council, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Labor: Carpenters Union/Local 505, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, United Transportation Union/Local 23 (bus drivers)

Public safety, seniors, health and wellness: Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health, Physicians Medical Group, Community Bridges, Human Care Alliance, Seniors Council

Political and interest groups: Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County, Friends of the Rail & Trail, Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club, Santa Cruz County Democratic Party, Trail Now

About Yes On D – Get Santa Cruz County Moving

Measure D will fund one of the most environmentally sustainable local transportation improvement plans in California. The measure provides millions of dollars more for safer bike routes and protects vital transit services to reduce reliance on automobiles. Many local streets and roads are in poor condition, highways are crowded and public transportation suffers from state and federal budget cuts. Options for safe biking are limited, cut-through traffic threatens neighborhood safety and there aren’t enough sidewalks and safe crossings for pedestrians. Our traffic congestion is so bad that critical police, fire and ambulance response time is often lost on crowded local roadways. Measure D can improve the outcomes for those in need of 9-1-1 emergency services.

Cuts in federal and state funding have significantly reduced funding for transportation improvements. Measure D is the only option to address these issues. Funds raised by Measure D cannot be taken by the state or federal governments. In fact, Measure D finally makes it possible for Santa Cruz County to take advantage of essential matching funds that are available from the state and federal governments, something not possible without Measure D. Measure D is the Solution to Get Santa Cruz County Moving. Learn more at GetSantaCruzCountyMoving.org, www.facebook.com/GetSantaCruzCountyMoving or twitter.com/GetSCCMoving.

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