Category Archives: 2006-06-06-measure-a

Commentary about June 6, 2006 Santa Clara County Measure A.

practical reasons why BART-to-SFO is a disaster

Quite simply BART-to-SFO has major fatal, permanent flaws: route time is not competitive. During the early morning rush taking a Baby Bullet train from points south of Millbrae to 4th and King with a transfer to Muni is faster. I … Continue reading

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BART to San Jose lies caught up to backers on Tuesday.

My letter to the Merc – Dear Editor — In 2000, Santa Clara voters were promised BART-to-San-Jose, Caltrain electrification, and increased bus service with no new taxes. Santa Claus was going to pay for any funding shortfalls. Since then over … Continue reading

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BART smackdown… 57% of voters reject BART-to-San-Jose

Victory … the night started of well for the pro-good transportation people and stayed excellent. Non Partisan MEASURE A 1115/1115 100.00% Vote Count Percent NO 121,120 57.62% YES 89,075 42.38% Total 210,195 In spite of being outspent 100-1, the No … Continue reading

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BART Extension Threatens Santa Clara County Bus Service

(An article I wrote for the Loma Prietan): One of the key public transportation issues in Santa Clara County is whether to extend BART to San Jose. Not only is it a huge project, but it may do more harm … Continue reading

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legislative analyst weighs in on sb1291

Here is the latest on SB1291 (Alquist): First of all notice that: EXISTING LAW requires entities engaged in manufacturing, research & development, telecommunications, software production, printing, biotechnology or pharmaceuticals that purchase, lease or rent equipment and other supplies to pay … Continue reading

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why the merc just can’t say the truth

You just got to love the Mercury News editorial. They continue to push the June 6 Measure A, but the reasons they offer become more and more strained as they dance closer to the truth. VTAWatch helps them out a … Continue reading

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Sauce for the goose….

About a year ago, Timothy Roberts quoted Kirk Everett from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, arguing in favor of SB552: “We can’t afford not to have this right now,” says Kirk Everett, director of governmental relations and tax policy for … Continue reading

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about SB1291

Lets look at SB1291, the Silicon Valley Leadership group claims that it is just to avoid a competitive disadvantage: John Ambroseo, chief executive of Santa Clara-based Coherent, speaking on behalf of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, argues that the state … Continue reading

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how much Ron Gonzalas can “shock” me

The Murky reports that: Mayor Ron Gonzales “volunteered” Wednesday to be replaced on a transportation advisory board he has chaired since 2002. Gonzales’ latest move comes after he stunned many last week by showing up to chair [the Silicon Valley … Continue reading

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how to get a ballot argument on the ballot (Part I)

(This post will be an active post as I learn more over the next few months) Anyone is allowed to submit an argument in favor or against a ballot proposal. The more elected officials and bona fide organizations that signoff … Continue reading

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