Community Support Builds for Measure D in Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley

Measure to deliver safety improvements for Hwy 9, freeway service patrol and wildlife undercrossing for Hwy 17, and pothole repairs for county roads

Community support for Yes on D – Get Santa Cruz County Moving– is growing in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. The campaign announced today endorsements from the Valley Women’s Club of San Lorenzo Valley, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District and the Scotts Valley City Council.

“Measure D will deliver badly needed funding that will improve safety along Highway 9 and in neighborhoods, as well as funding that will help commuters and wildlife on Highway 17,” said County Supervisor Bruce McPherson, who represents the San Lorenzo Valley, and parts of Scotts Valley and the Summit area. “We’ve waited long enough for relief. I’m excited that we finally have an environmentally sustainable measure that balances the needs of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. I think these are some of the reasons support for Measure D is growing steadily.”

“The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees believes it is in the best interest of our school district to support continuing improvements to the efficiency, accessibility and safety of our Santa Cruz County transportation system, in particular the improvements earmarked for the Highway 9 corridor.”
– School district resolution in favor of Measure D.

Specific Investments for Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley with Measure D:

Other Measure D Key Investments

  • 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

Other Major Endorsements

Environment and cycling: Ecology Action, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Bike Santa Cruz County, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance, Pathways for Wildlife, Elkhorn Slough Native Plant Nursery, Bike Station Aptos, Caletti Cycles, 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: American Medical Response, Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health, Physicians Medical Group, Community Bridges, Human Care Alliance, Seniors Council, United Way of Santa Cruz County

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 http://www.facebook.com/GetSantaCruzCountyMoving or https://twitter.com/GetSCCMoving.

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