Yes On Measure D Campaign Hails Countywide Super-Majority Support for Transportation Progress

The Yes on D – Get Santa Cruz County Moving campaign today thanked voters and supporters for meeting the required super majority of two-thirds support for passage of Measure D.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the passage of Measure D and extremely thankful for the unprecedented breadth of support provided by volunteers and local organizations throughout the county,” said campaign co-chair John Leopold. “Voters countywide said ‘yes’ to a historic, sustainable transportation plan for Santa Cruz County. With a projected turnout of approximately 80% and yes votes totaling more than two-thirds of those cast, the message is clear: Santa Cruz County residents support a new direction in local transportation planning.”

Measure D will provide locally controlled funds for improvements that will reduce traffic congestion, reduce our carbon footprint, protect wildlife and promote alternative transportation such as biking, walking, busing and carpooling. Passage of Measure D also finally makes it possible for Santa Cruz County to take advantage of matching funds from the state and federal governments.

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 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
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Letters to the Editor

November 7, 2016, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Yes on D: Get Santa Cruz County moving again

Imagine one of your loved ones has a medical emergency. Imagine calling 911 and waiting the minutes for the emergency personnel to arrive. Now, imagine they are delayed due to traffic in Santa Cruz County and that every minute counts and is critical. Now, visualize voting Yes for Measure D. Let’s get Santa Cruz moving again. Every little thing that can improve traffic matters. Sticking your head in the sand will not improve safety.

— Mark Junod, Aptos

 

November 3, 2016, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Do the simple math — and support Measure D

I take issue with the simplistic group-think slogans “Widening causes congestion” or “Widening won’t work” that have, surprisingly, been successfully propagated, and embraced, for far too many years, by so many thoughtful and seemingly intelligent individuals and organizations that are based in the city of Santa Cruz. Simple math seems to indicate that turning a two-lane highway into a three-lane highway will immediately result in a 50 percent increase in the highway’s vehicle-carrying capacity. The causes of roadway congestion, over a period of time, are many and varied in nature, but adding a third lane to a two-lane highway does not appear to be among them. Unfortunately, Measure D only offers partial improvement, in certain areas, through the piecemeal “auxiliary lane” approach that is proposed. Nonetheless, because partial improvement is better than no improvement, Measure D deserves support at the ballot box.

— William Rupert, Ben Lomond

 

November 2, 2016, Santa Cruz Sentinel

UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council backs Measure D

The UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council (the governing body of the UCSC Alumni Association) has unanimously voted to endorse Santa Cruz County’s Measure D. We are in full support of this measure as it will have a direct positive impact on the UC Santa Cruz community by:

  • Fixing local streets, roads, sidewalks and bike lanes.
  • Providing adequate funding to sustain our bus system.
  • Adding auxiliary lanes on Highway 1 to ease congestion.
  • Speeding up emergency response time.
  • Creating safer bike and pedestrian pathways to schools.
  • Growing our paratransit services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
  • Preserving transportation options on the rail corridor.

— Donna Mekis and Charles Eadie, Alumni Council president and past president

 

November 2, 2016, Good Times

Measure D Boosts Vital Services

As the Board of Directors of Community Bridges, we are imploring you to vote “yes” on Measure D.

Why? It is the bridge that helps provide the vital transit services for our seniors and people with disabilities. Transportation services like “Lift Line,” one of the many life-sustaining programs under Community Bridges, will be able to continue and expand the vital services that currently ensure more than 80,000 paratransit medical door-to-door rides annually free of charge. Your half-penny increase will go toward not only improving our local roads and light rail system, but also enabling increased transportation services for our populations of seniors, people with disabilities, and our infirmed—without which many of them would miss life-saving medical appointments or remain homebound, feeling desperate in their isolation. Your support for Measure D will generate about $500 million over the next 30 years; it will alleviate our congested roadways; it will invest in the public process to determine if rail service is a good fit for our community; and most importantly, it will expand transportation for the elderly and the disabled. So what can half of a penny do? It will save lives and it will buy personal dignity and life-saving independence for our mothers, our brothers and our neighbors.

There does exist a segment of our community that opposes any type of increase. As board members, we know it is our obligation to extend our hands to help serve those most in need and we seek to reach out to those community members who will simply oppose because it’s an increase with the following plea: We know what can be done. We know what should be done. It is up to each and every one of us to do it.

Please join our board by voting “yes” on Measure D in November!

— Linda Fawcett, BOARD OF Directors, Community Bridges

 

November 2, 2016, Good Times

Reasons for D

I want to live in a way that honors the oneness that connects people, the planet and our fellow species. To achieve this, we need to shift how we live and work. We as individuals have incredible power to create such change. That is why I’m excited to support Measure D, the greenest transportation measure on the California ballot this year. More than 30 percent of Santa Cruz residents do not drive; Measure D will prevent cuts to Metro bus service and expand Lift Line services that keep seniors connected with family, grocery and medical services. Mountain lions and other wildlife need a safe way across Highway 17, which Measure D will fund. And, last but not least, more than 60 percent of Measure D funds will go to bicycle, pedestrian and other sustainable transportation projects, which will empower each of us to make safer, healthier and (honestly) more fun choices for ourselves and the planet.

— Kirsten Liske, Live Oak

 

October 29, 2016, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D will help families save

There are two good reasons to vote “yes” on Measure D, the local transportation ballot measure. The first is kind of obvious; investing in our roads, highway, rail corridor, and Metro is going to help everyone to get around in a greener, healthier, faster way. The other reason is that Measure D will help reduce the high cost of living for local families by reducing transportation expenses. The Federal Highway Administration says that “transportation is the second largest expense for most households, after housing.” We can’t do much about high housing costs but voting “yes” to an inter-connected network of busses, bikes, cars, trains and trails can save working families a few bucks and make a better transportation system at the same time.

— David Wright, Watsonville

 

October 29, 2016, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D good for SLV

Not mentioned in the ballot question or arguments and rebuttals, but included in the Board’s approved expenditure plan is $10 million for improving the Highway 9 corridor for all our travelers. Being a State Highway, $10 million in locally produced funds could serve as a 20 percent match for State and Fed funds, possibly bringing in $40 million more to SLV. Not to mention, the largest piece of the 30 year funding pie is not for Highway 1, but for neighborhood traffic safety and repair projects. So if safer, better lit and maintained walkways and roads to your schools and downtowns in Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale and Felton are important to you and your family, then vote yes on D.

— James Helmer, Ben Lomond

 

October 28, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Why do environmentalists support Measure D?

Measure D leads the transition from car-centric investments to a more sustainable future. It’s not a complete transition but does provide three times more funding for sustainable transportation than highway work. Funding for the Coastal Rail Trail and the Highway 17 Wildlife Tunnel inspired the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s endorsement. Measure D’s allocation of 60 percent of funding to alternative transportation and 20 percent to safety inspired Ecology Action and Friends of the Rail & Trail to endorse. The nexus between road improvements and water quality, as well as support for greenhouse gas emissions reductions inspired the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County to endorse. Investments in safe routes to schools and pedestrian/bike overpasses on Hwy 1 inspired Bike Santa Cruz County’s support. The Valley Women’s Club endorsed Measure D because of funding to improve bike and pedestrian safety along Highway 9. Vote YES on D!

— Terry Corwin, President, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County; Piet Canin, Vice President of Transportation, Ecology Action

 

October 22, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D is good for everyone in some way

Measure D models the compromise and collaboration we say we want in government. Measure D gives each city funding every year to fix its own streets and improve safety, including safe routes to school. Each county supervisor’s district gets annual funds to tackle priority road repairs and improvements. Measure D creates merge lanes at three congested bottleneck points along Highway 1. Measure D supports construction of bicycle and pedestrian trails and funds a thorough study for best use of the rail corridor. Measure D includes targeted funding for Highway 9 and a wildlife passageway under Highway 17. Measure D gives Metro vital resources to serve seniors and medically impaired residents.

Measure D helps everyone in some way, and it respects different points of view and different circumstances — whether north, south, young, old, environmentalist, or commuter. Give a little so we all can benefit. Vote yes on Measure D.

— Donna Murphy, Santa Cruz

 

October 19, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Never-ending traffic hardly perfect highway

To those who assert that widening Highway 1 “won’t work” to alleviate traffic congestion, I humbly ask, would you suggest we eliminate the auxiliary lanes we already do have? Would that improve flow? If not, and you’d neither add nor remove the lanes, you’ll excuse me for understanding your argument as the assertion that Highway 1 is not only somehow acceptable but is actually optimal for traffic flow as now configured. That is, if no step in any direction would improve the highway, then the highway is ideal. That may be so, but we would have discovered this “perfect highway” entirely by accident, and it happens to be a place with never-ending traffic jams. I cannot follow that line of reasoning at all. To me, a step toward widening is intuitively a step toward increased capacity, and so I’ll be voting Yes on D.

— Keith Trainor, Santa Cruz

 

October 18, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D a start to fixing local transportation woes

Our streets are falling apart, our bus system is inadequate, and Highway 1 is unbearable. I want to speak directly to you freeway haters. First, some of you argue any widening of the freeway causes more congestion. That is false and unsupported by traffic engineering science. Second, with an additional lane on Highway 1, we could implement a bus-only lane. We could have 40 people in a bus vs. one person in a car. I’m sick and tired of sitting in gridlock on Highway 1. We can’t fix our widespread traffic problems without money. Measure D does not provide near enough but it would be a start. I’m an environmentalist and I support Measure D.

— James Van Houten, La Selva Beach

 

October 11, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Yes on D for commuters, for workers, for trail

Yes on Measure D for Santa Cruz County because we are excited about the tail trail that will allow us to ride our bikes from one end of our county to the other. Yes on D because we, the commuters, do not have the luxury of walking or biking to work the way many Measure D opponents do. We can’t afford to live in Santa Cruz. We don’t have flexible hours at our jobs. We have to support our families. This is an issue of access for workers; this is a social issue justice issue. I hope to see light rail in my lifetime. In the meantime, vote yes on D!

— Casey Carlson, La Selva Beach

 

October 5, Good Times

Yes on D: The Only Way

Unless you are happy with the current state of our transportation system, “yes” is the only way to vote on Measure D. Measure D is a balanced plan to greatly improve our current system. Measure D will fix our local streets, build better pedestrian and bicycle facilities including “Safe Routes to Schools” for our children, enhance our bus system, improve the commute along Highway 1, build the rail trail and complete the environmental study needed to make a wise decision about the rail corridor. Voting No just means things will get worse. Join me in voting Yes on D, and let’s get everyone moving.

— Mark Mesiti-Miller, P.E., Santa Cruz

 

October 6, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D supports transit options for everyone

As a Santa Cruzan whose job requires I travel up and down the county regularly, I support Measure D. What I like about it is the equity improvements toward the highway, neighborhood streets, bike safety lanes and the rail trail. As a community we need to invest in all the methods that will allow our residents to commute in a manner reasonable for them. It would be ideal if we could all bike around town, but that’s not the reality for most, and Measure D will support options for everyone. Cast a vote in favor of Measure D.

— Katherine O’Dea, Santa Cruz

 

October 4, Santa Cruz Sentinel

A ‘No’ vote on D tosses baby with bathwater

I attended the recent forum on Measure D, the transportation measure, at the Resource Center for Non Violence. Backers for both “Yes” and “No” explained their positions. I came to this meeting undecided, but before the evening was over was convinced by the “Yes” point of view. The “No” advocates spoke only of the highway widening, about 20 percent of the total. However, the remaining 80 percent would fund local road repairs, the rail trail, a real rail line, bike lanes and overpasses, and continued bus service for both commuters and the elderly and handicapped. A “No” vote would throw the baby out with the bathwater, dooming important projects simply because we may not like widening the highway. Take a good look at this measure and vote “Yes” on D.

— Meade Fischer, Capitola

 

October 1, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Yes is the only way to vote on Measure D

Unless you are happy with the current state of our transportation system, yes is the only way to vote on Measure D. Measure D is a balanced plan to greatly improve our current system. Measure D will fix our local streets, build better pedestrian and bicycle facilities including “Safe Routes to Schools” for our children, enhance our bus system, improve the commute along Highway 1, build the rail trail and complete the environmental study work needed to make a wise decision about the rail corridor. Voting no just means things will get worse. Join me in voting yes on D, and let’s get everyone moving.

— Mark Mesiti-Miller, Santa Cruz

 

September 30, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D an opportunity we can’t let pass

As a longtime member and current chair of the Capitola Parking and Traffic Commission, I am writing to urge our communities at large to strongly support Measure D. We all have become increasingly alarmed about the state of our local roads and the impacts on our neighborhoods because of all the cut-through traffic. This is an opportunity to correct and help many issues related to traffic, transportation and transit. Local neighborhoods, as well as the Highway 1 corridor, will be direct beneficiaries of the passage of this measure. Seniors, our ailing Metro system, people with disabilities, bikers, walkers, students and wildlife, as well as our infrastructure, will all receive allocations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for so many in our communities to receive the funds we desperately need to keep us safe and keep us moving and to relieve some of our very burdened neighborhoods of unsafe traffic.

— Molly Ording, Capitola

 

September 29, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D in the end is a decent compromise

Measure D is a compromise. It has transportation solutions for everyone across the county. Are they what I prefer? Absolutely not. But I will vote “yes” for the sake of the good over the perfect. Frankly voting “no” on principle because neither auxiliary freeway lanes nor retained train tracks were removed from the entire package strikes me as way too pure. A purer measure without these two provisions would likely lose, merely trading North and South County votes. A winning measure bends basic ideals to what two-thirds will accept as better than nothing.

— Doug Urbanus, Ben Lomond

 

September 29, Register-Pajaronian

Yes is the only way to vote on Measure D

Unless you are happy with the current state of our transportation system, yes is the only way to vote on Measure D. Measure D is a balanced plan to greatly improve our current system. Measure D will fix our local streets, build better pedestrian and bicycle facilities including “Safe Routes to Schools” for our children, enhance our bus system, improve the commute along Highway 1, build the rail trail and complete the environmental study work needed to make a wise decision about the rail corridor. Voting no just means things will get worse. Join me in voting yes on D, and let’s get everyone moving.

— Mark Mesiti-Miller, Santa Cruz

 

September 28, Good Times

Bike Friendly

It takes me only five minutes more to ride my electric bike to and from work than if I drove my car. When riding my E-bike I go through two stoplights. When driving my car, I go through 11! I feel very safe riding my bike to and from work due to the access of Arana Gulch.

I look forward to future improvements in our transportation system. Measure D will give us better roads, speed up emergency response, improve safety for children walking and bicycling near schools, expand safe bike routes, maintain senior and disabled transit services, improve traffic flow on highways and reduce dangerous neighborhood cut-through traffic, improve our commuting issues, and give the community better access to our bus system. As a former bus rider of five years, I enjoyed using the system, but there is room for improvement. I look forward to more and improved transportation options in the near future. Please join me in voting Yes on Measure D.

— Joanne Noce, RN | Santa Cruz

 

September 23, Santa Cruz Sentinel

City Council candidate Sandy Brown supports D

As a mid-county resident who can’t vote in Santa Cruz City elections, it’s refreshing to hear that candidate Sandy Brown is supporting Measure D, the transportation tax measure.

We who support this measure, appreciate candidates like Sandy who don’t hold hostage a needed tax measure that offers so much to the entire county, just because of some of the tax will pay for improvements to Highway 1.

— Paul Elerick, Aptos

 

Improving roads best way to decrease congestion

The traffic on Highway 1 and frontage roads like Soquel Drive are debilitating for Santa Cruz County commuters. I rely heavily on these roads for my commute and it’s exactly the reason why I will be voting for Measure D this November. No one should spend an hour on the highway just to drive six miles. Improvements to our road infrastructure are vital and are the best chance we have to improve the congestion.

— James Orcutt, Aptos

 

September 21,  Good Times

Real Plan

I run a locally owned business and lose valuable time sitting in traffic. My clients, my business, our local economy and the environment would be better off if small businesses like mine were not trapped in a continuously congested highway with no end in sight. The back roads and neighborhoods are not much better. Besides, cutting through them just to avoid the highway is endangering children and cyclists. I plan to vote for Measure D because it actually has a real plan to address these issues.

— Justin White , CEO, K&D Landscaping Inc., Watsonville

 

September 21, Good Times

Measure D would expand transportation options

It takes me only five minutes more to ride my electric bike to and from work than if I drove my car. When riding my E-bike I go through two stop lights. When driving my car I go through 11! I feel very safe riding my bike to and from work due to the access of Arana Gulch. I look forward to future improvements in our transportation system. Measure D will give us better roads, speed up emergency response, improve safety for children walking and bicycling near schools, expand safe bike routes, maintain senior and disabled transit services, improve traffic flow on highways and reduce dangerous neighborhood cut-through traffic, improve our commuting issues as well as give the community better access to our bus system. As a former bus rider of five years, I enjoyed using the system, but there is room for improvement. I look forward to more and improved transportation options in the near future. Please join me in voting yes on Measure D.

— Joanne Noce, Capitola

 

September 19, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D is responsible

I’d like to set the record straight about Measure D, a transportation plan for Santa Cruz County. For those wondering about reductions in global warming carbon emissions, Measure D will fund several environmentally-friendly activities and projects that produce zero emissions, and it puts major emphasis on cycling safety and efficiency. Measure D will also help reduce the current stop-and-go congestion that emits high levels of carbon. In fact, current plans project an 18 percent reduction, well beyond current local targets for reduction. And that’s in addition to reductions that come with the steady shift to electric vehicles.

It’s pretty clear many opponents of Measure D are hoping to force folks out of their cars by making misery on Highway 1 a permanent condition—without providing any viable alternatives. Measure D is a balanced, environmentally-friendly approach to meeting the diverse transportation needs of Santa Cruz County.

— Don Lane, Chair, SC County Regional Transportation Commission

 

September 16, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Measure D addresses many county needs

Measure D addresses the following Santa Cruz County needs: Fix potholes; speed up emergency response; improve safety for children walking and bicycling near schools; expand safe bike routes; maintain senior and disabled transit services; reduce dangerous neighborhood cut-through traffic; preserve transportation options on the rail corridor; reduces pollution that causes global warming. As someone who rides a bike to work where I sell cars, I am in favor of this measure as it makes it safer, quicker and cleaner to move around the county. It also is a rare opportunity to receive matching state and federal funds, making these goals more readily attainable!

— Chris O’Connell, Capitola

 

September 11, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Mid-County commute is simply ridiculous: Yes on D

I work at a tech firm in Santa Cruz, and I used to live in Aptos to commute to my job. I now live in San Jose and reverse commute to Santa Cruz. My new commute from San Jose to Santa Cruz takes the same amount of time as my old commute from Aptos. That is ridiculous. It is time for Santa Cruz County to invest in a plan like Measure D to alleviate the highway congestion.

— Kelli Greene, San Jose

Invest in our transit future

By Jim Murphy, Special to the Sentinel

In addition to choosing a new president, this year’s election gives us the power to dramatically improve, or neglect, critical transportation needs in our community through Measure D.

Since Earth Day 1970, Ecology Action has helped communities make simple yet profound changes that have big environmental impact. By doing so, our work not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions today, but opens minds to the possibility of bigger, bolder changes tomorrow. That same push for practical, achievable results is clear in Measure D’s paradigm shift from car-centered funding to investments in various sustainable transportation strategies the majority of us can readily support.

For perspective, consider that an average of 80 percent of federal transportation projects go to highways and roads. However, Measure D dedicates 60 percent of funding to sustainable transportation improvements that will reduce single-driver car trips, reduce our carbon footprint, protect wildlife and fund biking, walking, bus and carpool projects.

The news that Tom Steyer has endorsed Measure D this week for its environmental benefits represents huge validation of the measure. As founder of NextGen Climate and a nationally recognized climate activist, Steyer’s mission is to support political engagement to avert climate disaster and build prosperity for all.

“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. His endorsement should lend confidence to environmental advocates to vote yes on D.

Steyer is not alone: Measure D has an unprecedented list of local environmental supporters including Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Bike Santa Cruz County, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, Friends of the Rail & Trail and Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance.

Ecology Action was an early supporter of D because the measure invests heavily in new modes of transportation and makes practical progress toward a transformed transportation future. Please join me in voting Yes on Measure D for investments that will put the power in people’s hands to build a better community.

Read the article on the Santa Cruz Sentinel website ›

Jim Murphy is chief executive officer of Ecology Action.

Six Reasons We Can’t Wait to Vote Yes on Measure D

Why Hilltromper is supporting Measure D, the transportation ballot measure for Santa Cruz County.

We support Measure D because, in addition to giving some crucial transportation projects a big push forward, it is the most environmentally sustainable plan of its kind in the state.

Here are the top six reasons we are pleased to support Measure D.

1: Make Neighborhoods Safer—and More Fun!
2. A Bicycle Highway from One End of The County to the Other.
3. Survival for Mountain Lions; Fewer Dead Deer.
4. Much-Needed Help for Metro and Lift Line.
5. All Of Our Friends (Except One) Support Measure D.
6. We Actually Have No Problem With Getting Some Traffic Relief on Highway 1.

Read the full article on Hilltromper.com ›

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

ABOUT TOM STEYER

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 http://www.GetSantaCruzCountyMoving.org, www.facebook.com/GetSantaCruzCountyMoving or twitter.com/GetSCCMoving.

Yes on transit tax Measure D, once again

Editorial published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

We don’t often rerun editorials. But we’re making an exception in the case of Measure D, a half-cent sales tax hike that would fund transportation improvements in the county.

It’s that important.

So here is some of what we wrote Sept. 18:

Don’t be fooled by the hyperbole and misinformation regarding transportation issues in our county.

If you live and work in Santa Cruz County, or commute to work elsewhere, you already know the truth: The traffic is miserable on the one coastal highway serving the county, and the surface streets countywide are mostly in states of disrepair.

That’s why it’s not even a close call on the Nov. 8 countywide transportation tax, Measure D. We recommend a yes vote, without qualification.

For many residents of Santa Cruz County, their No. 1 issue is traffic congestion, especially on Highway 1. Riding alongside are three other horsemen of the transportation apocalypse: gridlock and congestion; overrun side streets and neighborhoods; and the wretched condition of roads in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Read the full editorial on the Santa Cruz Sentinel website ›

YES on Measure D because we must improve transportation

By Dr. Nancy A. Bilicich

Many of you may be wondering how one of the most fiscally conservative members on the Watsonville City Council could support Measure D. I usually do not support tax increases, but Measure D, a half-cent sales tax, is very important to South County.

Have you traveled to Santa Cruz from South County lately? We know that the prime commute hours are when not to drive to Santa Cruz. But it’s worse than that. I have driven at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., finding that even at those times, it takes an hour to get to Santa Cruz!

Highway 1 has seen a huge increase in traffic and it will not get better. So what can we do to address this situation? Auxiliary lanes on Highway 1 will improve the traffic flow and also increase the safety of the off ramps. It’s essential we do this now.

Nearly one third of county residents do not drive. For those of you who utilize Metro transit and frequently take buses to get to work, visit tourist attractions, attend medical appointments and go shopping, Measure D will prevent cuts to bus routes. Seniors and people with disabilities will see a 30 percent increase in the Community Bridges Lift Line paratransit services. This will give you a better opportunity to move throughout Santa Cruz County.

Public Works Department workers attempt to repair our city streets, but they greatly lack funding. Why? Because streets have in the past been funded by the gas tax. But vehicles are becoming more efficient and even electric, resulting in a decrease in revenues.

For the last several years I have heard so many residents say, “When are you going to fix Freedom Blvd.? There are too many potholes and the lanes need to be marked.” More money from Measure D will go to street repairs and neighborhood projects than any other funding category. Measure D will help us refurbish major streets as we attempt to catch up with numerous repairs throughout the City.

Think of taking a train to Santa Cruz? While Measure D will not fund any train service, it will preserve the rail corridor and enable the community to decide if rail service should happen. You may not be taking the train in the very near future, but by preserving the rail corridor, possible future train transportation is possible. All types of train service would be explored, including electric.

In addition to enhancing Highway 1, repairing our City streets, increasing transportation through transit service and future options, Measure D will invest in bicycle and pedestrian trails. Measure D supports the entire community regardless of your mode of transportation.

We desperately need to improve transportation choices. Please join me in voting YES on Measure D!

Dr. Nancy Bilicich serves on the Watsonville City Council, representing District 7.

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Attend a Community Meeting on Measure D, Thursday October 20th from 5:30-7 at Ann Soldo Elementary School, 1140 Menasco Drive, Watsonville.

Measure D Pays for Needed Road Repairs

Measure D — County Transportation Tax Measure — Pays for Needed Road Repairs

by Chris Finnie

Unlike a lot of recent local transit measures that only focus on the Highway 1 corridor, Measure D actually spreads funding around more widely. In fact, more funding goes to road repair and neighborhood safety improvements than any other category of spending.

Don Lane, co-chair of the Yes on D campaign, explained that CalTrans is only responsible for maintaining local highways, not improving them. So, after a portion of roadway starts to crumble into a canyon, they’ll step in and reinforce it. But they won’t improve it before that happens. Measure D would give the county the funds to do that. He adds that, “30% annually, or about $5 million a year goes to each jurisdiction for repairs. That would mean about $2.5 million a year for county roads.” The Board of Supervisors and the County Public Works Department will allocate the funding raised by a ½¢ increase in sales taxes countywide.

State or federal governments cannot take funds raised by Measure D. But the additional funding will make it possible for Santa Cruz County to take advantage of matching funds that are available from the state and federal governments—something not possible without Measure D.

Read the full article on the Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin website ›

Measure D funds buses, roads, bike trails

“Get Santa Cruz County Moving” is the motto of the aggressive and well-funded campaign to build voter support for an additional half-cent (on a dollar) sales tax to fund more than a half-billion dollars in transportation improvements over the next 30 years.

The drumbeat is rolling, and from a broad and diverse spectrum of community groups and leaders. The measure requires a two-thirds “super majority” to pass.

Measure D, as it will be seen on the ballots beginning to be distributed next week, is a unique combination of projects and promises that offer a little bit of something for everyone, from bicyclists to truckers.

Read the full article on the Press Banner website ›

Measure D can get county moving again

By Mark Dettle, Scott Hamby, Steve Jesberg, Steve Palmisano and John Preseligh, Special to the Sentinel

Measure D, November’s local sales tax measure to get our county moving again, has a lot of pieces to it but ultimately only one choice when it comes to our our failing transportation system: doing something or doing nothing.

We, the public works directors of every jurisdiction in the county, live our transportation problems every day, but so do you. We know the dangers you face when walking or biking over crowded neighborhood roads, or the concerns you have because your children don’t have safer routes to schools. We feel your frustrations about jarring potholes and broken asphalt, and the need for better public transit options. And we know that time spent sitting in Highway 1 traffic is time spent away from your families.

If we could fix these problems now, we would. But due to lack of funding we can’t. And while Measure D won’t fix everything, it’s a step in the right direction. In fact, it’s much more than that.

Measure D is a carefully crafted proposal with many benefits for local roads, transit, bicycling and walking. Moreover, the greatest share of the money — 30 percent — is set aside for local roads. The cities and county devised a distribution formula based on population, road miles and sales taxes generated. We believe it is fair and equitable.

Read the full op-ed on the Santa Cruz Sentinel website ›