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Valley Transportation Authority Ordinance
County of Santa Clara
Ordinance Amendment - Majority Vote Required
Pass: 337,182 / 63.94% Yes votes ...... 190,181 / 36.06% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 25 11:10am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1,142/1,142)|
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Shall the following ordinance be enacted? The ordinance adopted by the people of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on March 2, 1976 (Measure B) and amended by the voters at the November 6, 1990 election, shall be further amended to read as follows: "It shall be the policy of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to submit to the 2000 Measure A Citizen's Watchdog Committee every 6 years a comprehensive transit program for review and comment."
In 2000, voters approved "Measure A," creating a Citizens' Watchdog Committee to review annual reports and ensure VTA was spending the tax authorized by Measure A on the projects included in that measure.
VTA proposes eliminating the requirement that it hold an advisory vote on its comprehensive transit program every six years. In its place, VTA proposes requiring that it submit its comprehensive transit program to the Citizens' Watchdog Committee every six years for review and comment.
A "yes" vote is a vote to eliminate the requirement that VTA seek an advisory vote on its comprehensive transit program every six years and replace it with the requirement that the Citizens' Watchdog Committee review and comment on the comprehensive transit program every six years.
A "no" vote is a vote not to eliminate the requirement that VTA seek an advisory vote on its comprehensive transit program every six years and is a vote not to replace the advisory vote with the requirement that the Citizens' Watchdog Committee review and comment on the comprehensive transit program every six years.
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|Arguments For Measure D||Arguments Against Measure D|
|Vote YES on Measure D for More Effective Oversight
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is required by Ordinance, to place an advisory measure regarding a comprehensive transit program on the ballot every six years. Because the cost for placing measures of this type on the ballot is becoming increasingly costly, the VTA Board of Directors recommends a more economical and effective way to meet this advisory vote requirement.
This advisory vote requirement was designed to give public feedback on VTA's Transit Program. Recent ballot measures call for the use of a Citizens Watchdog Committee to fulfill this kind of duty. VTA uses a Citizens Watchdog Committee to oversee the current 2000 Measure A program. Committee members are citizens, not elected officials, and cannot hold elective office while on the committee.
A YES vote on Measure D will enable VTA to:
/s/ Jane P. Kennedy
Use the current Watchdog Committee?
More effective process?
Is VTA interested in reform?
Are watchdogs as effective as your vote?
VTA's plan defines how they will spend our money. Don't give up your right to vote on it.
Vote NO on Measure D.
/s/ Martin B. Schulter
|The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) wants you to give up your right to vote on VTA plans. Why? They say it's expensive, that up until now you've always approved their plans, so it's not a useful investment. We disagree.
Citizen oversight of government is crucial. The cost of an election every six years is a small price to pay; saving election costs certainly won't solve VTA's financial problems. Those costs affect every public agency. Imagine: doing away with elections to save money?
These advisory votes are one of the only methods you have to hold the VTA board directly accountable since the VTA board is appointed, not directly elected.
Instead of voter oversight at the ballot box, VTA suggests review by the "2000 Measure A Watchdog Committee". That committee is composed entirely of Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) members appointed by VTA. The CAC is already supposed to review and comment on VTA's plans.
Three independent groups-the Santa Clara Civil Grand Jury, the HayGroup Assessment commissioned by VTA, and July 2008 State audit-all found that VTA often treats its advisory committees like rubber stamps.
The HayGroup found that "Committees do not have an opportunity to consider policies and plans in the early stages of their development."
The state Auditor agreed, and noted, "The former chair of the citizens advisory committee explained to us that it is all too typical of VTA and the board to approach the advisory committees when it is effectively too late for the committees to influence outcomes."
For example, VTA didn't inform the Watchdog Committee of its plans to place this measure on the ballot.
When voters approved previous tax measures, the agreement was that they'd have the ability to vote on the implementation plans.
Keep this right. Vote No on D.
/s/ Ellen Fletcher
All the projects in this plan were promoted by local cities, Caltrans, Caltrain or the VTA. The plan is reviewed and approved locally and regionally. No local organization has done a better job of delivering transportation projects on time and on budget than VTA. One of the key ways of accomplishing this is through the insight and feedback from citizens of our community on a regular and ongoing basis.
VTA's Citizens Watchdog Committee currently audits and advises on the 2000 Measure A projects every year. Under Measure D, they will review the entire transit plan. Members of this committee come from all over the county and cannot hold elective office. They have the time and interest to study the issues and make meaningful recommendations.
Opponents want to mislead you. The Bureau of State Audits actually said, "We did not assert that VTA neglects constituency input..." We suggest you read it for yourself at http://www.bsa.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2007-129.pdf on page 81.
Opponents want you to continue this wasteful and inefficient advisory ballot. Our community deserves better.
Vote Yes on Measure D for more effective and efficient program oversight.
/s/ Donald F. Gage
|Full Text of Measure D|
|"The people of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority ordain as follows:
"The ordinance adopted by the people of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on March 2, 1976 (Measure B) and amended by the voters at the November 6, 1990 election, shall be further amended to read as follows:
"It shall be the policy of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to submit to the 2000 Measure A Citizen's Watchdog Committee every 6 years a comprehensive transit program for review and comment."
VOTING FOR THIS MEASURE DOES NOT INCREASE TAXES. This program will be carried out according to the provisions of the state statutes enabling the creation of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in 1995.