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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

San Mateo County
Measure W - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


180,969 votos si (66.87%)

89,643 votos no (33.13%)

To reduce highway traffic congestion (including 101, 280, interchanges); repair potholes, maintain streets, reduce local traffic, improve pedestrian safety in every San Mateo County city; maintain affordable transit services for seniors/people with disabilities; increase Caltrain/SamTrans capacity; reduce travel times/car trips; implement the San Mateo County Congestion Relief Plan, shall San Mateo County Transit District's Ordinance levying a 30-year half-cent sales tax with independent citizen oversight, providing approximately $80 million annual that the State cannot take away, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Measure W would impose a one half-cent sales tax on all qualified retail transactions in San Mateo County, both in the incorporated and unincorporated areas, for a period of 30 years, beginning on July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2049.

The San Mateo County Transit District ("District") has the authority to impose a qualified special tax for specified purposes, subject to approval by two-thirds (2/3) of those voting on the tax measure.

The proceeds from this measure would be used to pay for transporation related improvement projects throughout the County, as specified in the District's Congestion Relief Plan.  The complete Congestion Relief Plan, with detailed description of the proposed projects and examples of such projects, can be found in the full text of the measure but it provides that the proceeds must be invested in five identified transporation-related categories within the County as follows:

    - 22.5% in highway projects throughout the County, including Highway 101 and 280

    - 12.5% in major arterial and local roadway improvements in key congested areas throughout the County

    - 5% in bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation projects throughout the County:

    - 10% in infrastructure and services designed to improve transit connectivity between the County and the greater Bay Area region; and

    - 50% to support operations and capital needs of the County's primary public transit services, including SamTrans bus and paratransit services and Caltrain

The above percentages will be allocated over the life of the Congestion Relief Plan, and not necessarily on a year-by-year basis.  Proceeds allocated to particular projects within one of the five categories may be reallocated within the same category if the project (1) is completed under budget; (2) partially or fully funded from sources other than the tax proceeds; or (3) may not be completed due to infeasible design, construction limitations, or substantial failure to meet milestones or guidelines.

The proceeds from the measure may only be used to supplement existing revenue being used for improvement and maintenance of local transportation and cannot be used to replace funds previously provided by property taxes or other revenues for public transportation purposes. By law, the District is authorized to issue limited tax bonds secured by the tax proceeds to finance transportation-related improvements consistent with the Congestion Relief Plan.

An independent oversight committee would monitor how proceeds from the measure are spent, and an annual audit would be conducted by an independent auditor. The oversight committee would review the audit, hold a public hearing, and issue an annual report about how the tax proceeds are being spent.

A "yes" vote is a vote to impose a one-half cent sales tax on all qualified retail transactions in San Mateo County, both in the incorporated and the unincorporated areas, for a period of 30 years, beginning on July 1, 2019.

A "no" vote is a vote to not approve the proposed one half-cent sales tax. 


Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote Yes on Measure W to relieve traffic congestion, fix potholes, and provide transit options for seniors, veterans, commuters, youth, and people with disabilities.

San Mateo County's economy has been booming and we need investment in our infrastructure and transit systems to keep pace.  As we all experience daily, traffic is worse than ever and transportation systems are aging, stressed, and facing serious capacity challenges.

Measure W will help you and your family spend less time stuck in traffic so you can get to work, school, and home faster. Measure W reduces traffic congestion, including bottlenecks at highway interchages such like 101-92 in San Mateo and takes up to 10,000 cars off county highways every work day.

By law, every penny from Measure W must be spent on San Mateo County transportation projects and programs - the State and federal government can't take this funding for any reason.

Vote Yes on W to relieve traffic congestion:

 * ensuring emergency vehicles can get where they're going quickly to save lives

 * fixing potholes, repairing local streets and improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety

 * upgrading Caltrain and SamTrans to carry more riders with improved frequencies and faster travel times.

Every day seniors, people with disabilities, commuters, students, and low income residents rely on public transit as a necessary lifeline. Measure W maintains affordable transportation options so residents can get to doctors' appointments, work, school, and the grocery store.

Strict fiscal accountability keeps every penny in San Mateo County.

 * The plan is based on 10 months of public input from over 17,000 county residents

 * Independent citizens' oversight and mandatory annual audits ensure all funds are spent as promised

 * A detailed project list outlining the exact use of funds is included in your voter pamphlet

 * Essentials like groceries and medicine are exempt

To learn more, visit  John us in voting Yes on Measure W.


/s/ Kevin Mullin, California State Assemblymember

/s/ John Healy, San Mateo Fire chief

/s/ Adina Levin, Friends of Caltrain, Executive Director

/s/ Alicia Aguirre, Board Member, Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce

/s/ William A. Nack, Building Trades Council, retired business manager

Argumento EN CONTRA

Argumento EN CONTRA

Don't let SamTrans and the Board of Supervisors fool you. Yes, traffic is bad but this measure is not a 21st century solution. It will not ease your commute. VOTE NO ON MEASURE W.

In 2004, County voters passed Measure A through 2034 providing 1/2% sales tax for transportation. In 2016, another 1/2% sales tax was passed expiring 2043. Now Measure W wants to gouge us again.

In the past nine months they used almost $1 million of taxpayer money to conduct "so-called" outreach programs to conduct cleverly worded, biased push-polls to craft feel-good language and to buy stakeholders out.

We need a Congestion Relief Plan that encourages pedestrians, cyclists, and commuters to help reduce the number of vehicle road miles traveled and not increase greenhouse gases.

Our local government enabled rapid expansion of commerical development without charging for the needed infrastructure. Instead of paying their fair share to reduce the impacts of their growth, rich companies want to pass the cost onto ordinary people by taxing their daily necessities.

Our elected leaders increased the minimum wage; then they raised the gas tax, vehicle license fees, bridge tolls, water and sewer rates, and sales tax. Now in one of the wealthiest counties in the country, over 20% of our people live below the poverty line.  Something is wrong with this picture. They do not have a revenue problem; they have a management problem.

The worsening congestion over the last 40 years has affected our quality of life.  It's clear the agencies responsible for planning have made a total mess of our transportation system.

Do you really believe this plan will improve your commute time aned quality of life? The only thing you will see moving is money out of your pocket.


/s/ Peter C. Loeb, Former Mayor, Pacifica

/s/ Patricia Hogan-Giorni, Public Transportation Advocate

/s/ Salvado Ramierz, Small Business Owner

/s/ Vaughn Patterson, Retired Elementary Principal

/s/ Paul Conley, Welder


Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

In 2004 San Mateo County voters extended Measure A, a half-cent transportation sales tax like Measure W, until 2033. SamTrans and the Transportation Authority promised to relieve traffic congestion and fix safety hazards. However, poor planning and mismanagement have left us with more traffic congestion, less bus service, and hazardous streets.

Measure W would double the County's transportation sales tax with spending priorities similar to Measure A.

Our transportation officials are stuck in the past, attempting to build their way out of traffic congestion. Their approach is enormously expensive, environmentally harmful, and ultimately futile. Measure W will fail seniors, veterans, commuters, youth, and people with disabilities because it underfunds transit, bicycling, and walking.

Instead it's time to put the brakes on ineffective and excessive sales taxes which disproportionately burden our poorest residents. Did you know these same agencies are planning to place yet another sales tax (for Caltrain) on the 2020 ballot? Weren't the SB1 gas tax and RM3 bridge toll increases enough?

Traffic congestion is still a nightmare, 14 years after the renewal of Measure A. Will 30 years of paying another business-as-usual sales tax make San Mateo County a better place to live?

We need a modern and sustainable transportation system that meets the needs of our future population instead of trying to jam more cars onto already overcrowded highways. We need convenient alternatives to driving alone - frequent transit, more carpooling, and safety for walking and bicycling.

Join environmentalists, transit advocates, and freedom lovers in voting NO on Measure W. San Mateo County deserves better.

/s/ Matt Grocott, San Carlos Council Member

/s/ Gladwyn d'Souza, Environmentalist

/s/ John Boyle, Chair, SMGOP

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County

/s/ Andrew Boone, Former Planning Commissioner, East Palo Alto 


Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

We definitely need a congestion relief plan that expands transit options, encourages biking and walking, and reduces the number of cars on the road. We also need to prioritize fixing the traffic congestion we experience every day on our highways and local streets.

Voting Yes on Measure W both helps build the transportation future we want and helps address the problems we have now.

We all know that worsening traffic congestion has affected our quality of life on the Peninsula; that's precisely why we need Measure W. Unlike recent measures, Measure W is specifically dedicated to transportation improvements. By law, every penny from Measure W must be spent on San Mateo County transportation projects and programs - the state and federal government can't take this funding for any reason and the county can't spend it on anything but transportation.

Vote Yes on Measure W to:

 * Reduce traffic congestion on county highways and interchanges like 101/92

 * Fix potholes, repair local streets and improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety

 * Ensure emergency vehicles can arrive quickly

 * Upgrade Caltrain and SamTrans to ensure seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, students, commuters, and low income residents have affordable transportation options

Measure W expenditures will be overseen by an independent citizens' committee - not by Sacramento politicians. There will be mandatory, annual public audits so you can see for yourself that the money is being spent to make real improvements to our commutes and our communities.

Please join transportation advocates, firefighters, environmental groups, business, labor unions, elected officials, and families countywide in voting Yes on Measure W.

/s/ Stacey Wagner, Past Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber Business Woman of the Year

/s/ Shiloh Ballard, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

/s/ Lenore L. (Lennie) Roberts, Environmental Advocate

/s/ Charles Stone, San Mateo County Transit District Board Chair

/s/ Dave Pine, President, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

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