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Open space district bond measure picks up yes votes

Original post made on Jun 7, 2014

The latest vote count shows that Measure AA, the $300 million bond measure for the open space district, has picked up a lot more yes votes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:53 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by Mike Alexander, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jun 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

As of end of day June 6, total votes so far:

YES 70243 67.8%
NO 33366 32.2%

There were 15000 ballots still to be processed in Santa Clara Co. I couldn't find this info for San Mateo Co.

If there are just 15000 ballots to count, and they all cast votes on Measure AA, 41% of the 15000 would have to be opposed for the measure to fail.

The Weekly should be doing a better job of reporting on this.


Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

What's also been poorly reported by all the media, the Weekly included is the number of registered voters in the three counties voting. The following counts came from the web-sites of Santa Clara County (SCC) and San Mateo County (SMC)--

Registered voters

SCC---805000
SMC--360,000
Total: 1,165,000

With only 70,000 yes votes, that means that fewer than 7% of "the voters" have been able to push through this poorly thought out bond--that will affect people living in these areas for decades to come.

Moreover, Prop.13 allows those who have lived here for a very long time (like the most vocal proponents of this measure) to pay virtually nothing--while those who have only recently moved here will have to pay through the teeth.

It's hard to believe that very many people in SF.BayArea are using these "saved" areas--which now come off the property tax rolls, while continuing to demand services of one form or another.

This is another clear example of how badly broken California has become.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Here are the top 25 projects to be funded with this bond.

Web Link


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

It's too bad the "conservationists" celebrate this "incredible investment
in the future" to preserve our open spaces while the "future" of our urban area, our neighborhoods, our streetscapes, where we spend most of our time,
looks worse and worse each day with congestion, ugliness overtaking our
City, with a mostly silent acceptance by these same people in a massive double standard. It doesn't wash folks. If AA wins, use the money
appropriately, but this is no time to celebrate.


Posted by UC Davis Grad, a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

It never fails -- the minute a ballot proposition passes that *certain* people oppose, the spin starts.

I hate to break it to you folks (and yes, I am looking at you Wayne Martin and "resident"), but guess what? You lost. Live with it.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Wow. I'm impressed that fewer than 3 percent of the voters opposed this measure.

Thank you for the perspective.


Posted by Chris, a resident of University South
on Jun 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

Wayne,

You are comparing apples and oranges. Most of the two counties are not included in the district and not affected by the tax, and therefore not eligible to vote.

On the other hand, if there was major opposition to AA more than 33,000 people would have turned out to vote against it.

I guess your opinion is shared by a very small minority.


Posted by jerry99, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

[Portion removed.]

There are thousands of miles of trails in the Bay area and having hiked them 40 weekends per year for 30 years I can tell you more than 80% are very sparsely used.
Another waste of taxpayer money.


Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Jun 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Nora Charles is a registered user.

Anything to help wildlife and preserve open spaces should be a priority. (I realize there are some, alas, who would like to see wild lands paved over and built upon.) I'm happy to see this measure passing.


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Agree with Nora Charles about importance of protecting wildlife and open
space, but providing greater access which appears to be the main focus
of AA, may not further either one of those goals, especially the protection of wildlife.


Posted by Jane, a resident of University South
on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

This campaign was poorly done.
Too many flyers. Too much emphasis on trails.
The Post's yellow-journalism front-page article about the poor nuns was so negative and misleading.

BUT, I'm thrilled that Measure AA won in spite of all that. Terrific.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Long live the Bressler Ranch.


Posted by Elaine, a resident of Ventura
on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm

What a fine gift we have given ourselves and future generations. I'm reminded of the words of Wallace Stegner, posted on the Stegner bench at Long Ridge Open Space Preserve:

"...to try and save for everyone, for the hostile and indifferent as well as the committed, some of the health that flows down across the green ridges from the Skyline, and some of the beauty and refreshment of spirit that are still available to any resident of the valley who has a moment, and the wit, to lift up his eyes unto the hills."

Web Link


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

What an excellent gift for the 1%.


Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Many of the proposed new trails are very close to Palo Alto (Stevens Creek, upper Alpine Road, Bay Trail) so local people can walk or bike to them instead of driving to some remote trailhead. These are fix important gaps in our regional trail system. We can't wait for these to get finished. Hopefully the NIMBYs will not try to block the projects.


Posted by Plain dumb, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

Why not just leave the open space alone and let it return to its natural state. No asphalt bike trails, no parking lots. Best for the animals and plants, costs nothing.


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