Two speeches last night, the Obama acceptance speech and the McCain concession speech, surely give us all a new and deserved reason for feeling very good about our nation, and feed our hopes to turn the page on history, a period that we do not want to revisit and must change. We received the type of conclusion to this often savage election that we so desired.
On the local front, the BART measure is teasingly, heartbreakingly close to success—and many are on pins and needles waiting for the final tally. It was a leap of faith, a vote for the future, but it carried the heavy burden of VTA maladroitness and voter skepticism of any new tax. This may have been too high a bar to surmount. Whatever the result, it will be a blueprint for how our valley evolves in the next 50 years.
The seismic safety measure for our Valley Medical Center, Measure A, is having a resounding and necessary victory. This is good news for our community.
The local San Jose measures, J and K, seem to be passing with extremely high numbers. This once again assures me of the good sense and sound judgment of the people of San Jose. Without these resources, our basic services could be extremely at risk. Now, they will only be greatly stretched.
On the candidate front, I was very heartened to see Dave Cortese rewarded for the long and diligent service that he and so many in his family have contributed for many years. He will do well on the Board of Supervisors.
There are many other races, but these are the ones that most arrest my attention on a late election night. This is a time when we can honestly and confidently look to the future of our nation and our valley with a new hope and optimism and say in the words of the poet, Seamus Heaney, that here is a time when “hope and history rhyme.”