NO on Measure B in November

Mayor Marchand wants us to tax ourselves for the next 20 years with a promise that measure B will bring BART to Livermore. There is no such promise in any of the past attempts to pass this crazy TAX HIKE.  This measure increases taxes on all income levels. It puts control of transportation decisions in the hands of Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) who will use their taxing authority and resources to fund inefficient, expensive, and underutilized public transportation systems at the expense of automobile drivers.

"These proposed funds would be distributed periodically by the Alameda CTC to eligible agencies within Alameda County" 2012 Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan Who are these agencies? Why should ATC be given a blank check written at taxpayer expense to disburse funds to undetermined "agencies" The Alameda County GRAND JURY just cited the county for "lack of oversight on the expenditure of funds" (CC Times, June 27, 2012)
How can citizens trust that funds will be spent wisely? Vote NO 

Measure B is expensive and wasteful.

When times are tight, you tighten your belt,” said Mimi Steel, President of the SF Bay Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. “Before anybody talks about spending any money, or putting any more taxes on hardworking people, they need to take a hard look at what resources they have right now.”

Alameda County’s current sales tax for transportation—one half cent per every dollar—was initially approved by voters in 1986, and reauthorized by over 80% of voters in 2000. It is not set to expire until 2022.

Now they want to tax us another 1/2 percent FOREVER to fund what?

Lori April 04, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Measure B is BAD! We have already paid for BART. Livermore is not your ATM machine. Vote NO on Measure B
Robert S. Allen April 04, 2014 at 08:30 PM
You can vote in November. I'm voting YES on B. BART bought 53 acres at Isabel/580 in 1986, nearly three decades ago, but much of it has been taken by the new interchange. I hope there will be enough parking, and that we'll get a dedicated express shuttle bus to the station until BART rail gets here.
Joe Granada April 07, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Desert Rat--I don't think it was the other Tri-Valley cities that didn't want to go to Livermore. The Dublin/Pleasanton station didn't open until 1997, the cost had been enormous and other cities wanted to put available money for extensions into other locations first (notably SFO and Fremont).
Robert S. Allen April 07, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Until BART trains reach Livermore, I hope that LAVTA (Wheels) will add a dedicated express shuttle bus - at least during commute hours - between BART's Isabel/580-/Airway Park/Ride and BART's Dublin-Pleasanton station. It should connect with every train in or out. With parking $2.00 a day at BART far from the station entrance (if one can find a place to park), the bus should get lots of ridership. The locals own LAVTA, and hopefully they'll see the light.
Desert Rat April 08, 2014 at 05:49 PM
I'm guessing the other cities theory was the "most for the most" then. However, given that a BART station in Livermore might ease a bit some of the worst commute traffic in the bay area, i.e. 680 and 580, there would be argument that a Livermore station is the most for the most. But, a Greenville station would have been even more beneficial to reducing traffic on 580. I will vote yes only because an Isabel station is better than nothing and I don't buy the argument that if we stamp our feet and vote no that we will get a Greenville station later.


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