Climate Change Activist Tom Steyer Endorses Measure D

President of NextGen Climate says Measure D will “reduce pollution, cut congestion”

The Yes on D – Get Santa Cruz County Moving campaign today announced the endorsement of Tom Steyer, a nationally recognized leader in the fight to address climate change. Mr. Steyer is the president of NextGen Climate, which “acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.”

“Measure D is a balanced plan that will reduce pollution, cut traffic congestion and provide good paying jobs. It’s that kind of plan that is going to make California a more just and pleasant place to live,” said Steyer.

Measure D will fund one of the most environmentally sustainable transportation plans in California. Locally controlled funding generated by Measure D for transportation improvements will reduce or eliminate trips made by car, reduce our carbon footprint, protect wildlife and promote alternative transportation such as biking, walking, busing and carpooling. Measure D will fund:

  • An unprecedented, $130 million investment in safe bike lanes, bike paths and pedestrian crossings to support better transportation choices for all residents
  • Reduction of traffic congestion on our major roads and highways to prevent fuel waste and idling, which will reduce the pollution causing global warming
  • Improved safety for kids biking and walking to school
  • Creation of two new bicycle/pedestrian bridges over Highway 1
  • Completion of significant sections of the 32-mile Coastal Trail that will connect Santa Cruz, Capitola, Aptos and Watsonville — and study the potential of future rail transit
  • Preservation of vital local transit services and expansion of Lift-Line services that help seniors and the disabled maintain independent, active lives
  • Funding for traveler information and transportation demand management programs like Cruz511 and carpool/vanpool coordination
  • The Highway 17 wildlife undercrossing to reduce vehicle and wildlife collisions

Local Environmental Endorsements

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, Valley Women’s Club, Pathways for Wildlife, Elkhorn Slough Native Plant Nursery, Bike Station Aptos, Caletti Cycles, Spokesman Bicycles

Other Major Endorsements

Education: Pajaro Valley Unified School District, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, Santa Cruz City Schools, Happy Valley School District, DeLaveaga Elementary Parent Teacher Club, UCSC Alumni Association

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, UCSC Campus Democrats, Trail Now


Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate.

Tom founded a successful California business, which he left to work full-time on non-profit and advocacy efforts. He now serves as President of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Tom also serves as co-chair of Save Lives California, the coalition to prevent teen smoking and fund cancer research.

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, or