Measure A Hospital Seismic Safety and Medical Facilities
The TV commercials may appear overly dramatic or even ironic, but this really is a matter of life and death. Passage of Measure A would result in an $840 million bond to perform a seismic retrofit on the Trauma Center at Valley Medical Center.
That’s a good and necessary thing, since Valley Med’s Trauma Unit is the go-to place for treatment of major injuries, such as those that happen in earthquakes. Besides, if we don’t make the place earthquake-proof, the state will close the hospital. This measure requires a two-thirds majority to pass, so it’s simple: vote yes or die.
Measure B BART Extension—Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
If voters want a commute alternative through the South Bay, there’s really no other choice but to support BART. The community has been divided into two camps: those who are on the BART bandwagon and those who are frustrated that the BART project has been moving slower than traffic on the I-880. But let’s face it, what the South Bay needs now is a mass transit makeover, with BART as the first stop. If this one-eight-cent sales tax is going to get us an inch closer to a smoother commute, then vote yes on Measure B.
Measure C Valley Transportation Plan
Every six years the Valley Transportation Agency must put its transit program up for a vote. It’s that time again. The plan lays out the agency’s proposed improvements for buses, light rail and trains.
Opponents point out that a “yes” vote means essentially signing a blank check, given that the plan isn’t completed yet—the VTA board of directors is due to vote on it in December.
In reality, a yes vote on this advisory measure tells the VTA to keep going. Once the final plan is released, the public will have an opportunity to comment on it and you can bet we’ll take a close look at it. But voting against Measure C will send the wrong message. We need the VTA to make progress.