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San Diego County, CA June 8, 2010 Election
Proposition H
Long-Term Traffic Relief Options
City of Coronado

Advisory Vote Only

Fail: 1,704 / 33.0% Yes votes ...... 3,458 / 67.0% No votes

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Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Do you support the City continuing to use and seek federal, state, and local funding to complete the study of long-term traffic relief options, including a tunnel, between the Coronado Bridge and Naval Air Station North Island?

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
Proposition H is an advisory measure being presented by the Coronado City Council seeking a determination of whether (1) the community supports the use of existing federal, state and local funding to complete the ongoing study of long-term traffic relief options (the "Study"), including the option of a tunnel between the San Diego + Coronado bridge (the "Bridge") and Naval Air Station North Island ("NASNI"), and (2) whether the community supports continued efforts to obtain and use future new federal, state and local funding to implement the ultimate design and construction of improvements of long-term traffic relief options identified in the Study.

The City of Coronado (the "City") estimates it will cost approximately $2,000,000 to complete the Study. Currently, the City has (1) approximately $6,000,000 (includes interest earned) from SANDAG from previously collected tolls on the Bridge, following the elimination of Bridge tolls; and (2) approximately $1,400,000 from a federal grant available to fund the study. As a condition of the terms of the federal grant the City will need to provide matching funds of approximately $400,000 from available sources, which could be a combination of City general funds and previously collected Bridge toll revenue. The matching funds would be spread over the current and future fiscal years. It is anticipated that these funds will be sufficient to complete the Study.

Future federal, state and local funding sources for implementation of the design and construction of improvements could include grants from the United States Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense (Navy), California Department of Transportation (CaITrans), local funds, or any combination thereof. SANDAG Proposition A funds (the county-wide cent sales tax measure approved by voters) designated $25,000,000 for the construction of a tunnel from Glorietta Boulevard to Alameda Boulevard, provided that the City identifies matching funds for such purposes.

As an advisory measure the City is not bound by the results of the vote. Should the measure fail the City can still proceed to complete the Study, and can choose to pursue federal, state and local funding options for the implementation of traffic relief measures, including a tunnel between the Bridge and NASNI; conversely, should the measure be approved, the City can choose not to proceed with the completion of the Study, or could cease efforts to seek federal, state and local funds for the design and construction of improvements identified in the Study.

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San Diego Union-Tribune

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Arguments For Proposition H Arguments Against Proposition H
This advisory ballot measure does not authorize any new taxes or increase any existing taxes. It is to determine whether Coronado voters favor completion of the final phases of a study of alternatives to relieve traffic congestion between the Coronado Bridge and the Naval Air Station North Island.

A "yes" vote is not a vote to approve a tunnel or any specific construction project, but to support completion of the engineering, cost estimates, and legally required environmental impact analysis associated with each alternative.

Traffic to and from the Bridge through the residential streets of Coronado has increased to 80,000 trips per day, and is projected at 117,000 vehicles per day by 2030. Almost two-thirds of the rush hour traffic on and off the Bridge is associated with the Naval Air Station North Island. Gridlock on Third and Fourth Streets delays traffic on Orange Avenue and increases traffic on all other neighboring streets.

Over 11 years and $13.2M have been spent developing all alternatives, including traffic management options such as carpooling. A "no" vote would favor immediately terminating this effort with no further action to increase flow capacity to handle projected traffic.

Funding for the study has come predominantly from Federal grants and appropriations and from residual Bridge toll revenues. These funds are legally restricted to studies and improvements to the SR 75/282 traffic corridor. The City believes sufficient funds exist to complete the study, now scheduled for mid-2012.

A "yes" vote will be essential in seeking future federal, state, and regional funding to support carrying through the preferred alternative that will be selected by the City Council following completion of the project report and environmental documents and public hearings.

A "yes" vote will demonstrate a commitment to handle forecasted traffic while preserving the character of Coronado.

City of Coronado
City of Coronado
City of Coronado
City of Coronado

Rebuttal to Arguments For
- They say: This vote doesn't involve taxes.

REALITY: This vote involves wasting $2 million more of your tax
and toll dollars on a study that says parcel taxes and big bridge tolls are
necessary to build a tunnel. New increased taxes and tolls are coming.

- They say: A "yes" vote won't approve a tunnel.

REALITY: A "yes" vote will waste more of taxpayers' money.
Enough is enough.

- They say: Traffic will increase. A tunnel is necessary.

REALITY: A tunnel will increase vehicle flow and congestion. The
only tools to reduce the rate of vehicle increase are Park & Ride, Commuter
Ferry, MTS-Navy Express Buses and Carpooling.

- They say: A "NO" vote stops the city from implementing future traffic relief.

REALITY: A "NO" vote simply stops the city from studying tunnels.

- They say: Funds spent were restricted to studies and improvements.

REALITY: Spending $13.1+ million on tunnel studies and lobbyists
was wasteful. Funds should have gone toward feasible mitigation for the
Third & Fourth Street corridor like noise-buffering landscaping, double-
paned windows, protective fencing and shuttle buses.

- They say: The city believes funds exist to "finish the study" in 2012.

REALITY: No funds exist to build and maintain a tunnel. The
study is wasteful.

- They say: A `yes' vote will handle future traffic and preserve Coronado.

REALITY: A `yes' vote ignores safe and affordable traffic mitigation
tools. It seeks a tunnel that will destroy Coronado homes and quality of life.

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Coronado City Councilwoman
Admiral, USN (Ret.)
The ballot question before you sounds confusing, but it really isn't.

The real question is: Do you want the city to keep spending your tax dollars on the tunnel study?

Vote "NO" if you want to avoid:

  • More tax dollars spent on the tunnel study and lobbyists.

  • The risk of having to pay off $598 million of bond debt for tunnel construction with parcel taxes and big bridge tolls.

  • The burden of lifetime tunnel maintenance costs imposed upon Coronado taxpayers.

Vote "NO" because:

  • The only available tunnel route begins at the Coronado toll plaza and ends in the J Avenue to Alameda neighborhood. The city may invoke its powers of eminent domain to condemn many homes in order to accommodate tunnel entry, tunnel exit and tunnel exhaust fan towers.

  • A tunnel must cut through an active earthquake fault. An inevitable earthquake will magnify property damage and loss of lives by adding an extra level or two, depending on the type of tunnel.

  • 9/11 changed everything. A tunnel will increase risk of harm to uniformed military employees, and those that support them, because of a man-made disaster targeting a tunnel intended for their exclusive use.

A strong "NO" vote will:

  • Make the city pursue realistic, affordable and safe traffic management solutions for the entire town of Coronado - including Third & Fourth Streets.

  • Let the city know it's not okay that they wasted over $13.1 million of your tax money on the tunnel study and lobbyists over the last 10+ years.
    Vote "NO."

Coronado City Councilwoman
Admiral, USN (Ret.)

Rebuttal to Arguments Against
The opponents to the measure miss the point.

In 1998, 83% of Coronado's voters cast their ballots in favor of seeking funding for a bored tunnel. In the intervening eleven years, the City has succeeded in acquiring $11 million in federal and regional funding to put toward federally mandated studies of traffic alternatives for the SR 75/282 traffic corridor (roadway between the bridge and NAS North Island.) Any City general fund money spent on these studies was required by law as matching funds. Terminating these studies returns no monies to the City.

Thus far, the City has studied 40 traffic mitigation options that range from demand management, including carpooling to bored tunnels, and has completed studies on all reasonable options, except for the recent CALTRANS request addressing the Navy's concerns about tunnel day lighting on Navy property.

A tunnel is not a foregone conclusion. Nor are any of the other options being studied.

The report will address all impacts of each option so that Coronado's citizens will have a rational basis to decide whether or not to pursue a traffic mitigation project like a tunnel or something less than one. To stop this process now would place any future decision about a traffic mitigation project back to ground zero in terms of time and money.

For these reasons, the environmental review on the CALTRANS option should be completed.

Let's stay the course. VOTE YES on Proposition H

City of Coronado
SUSAN R. KEITH Former Council Member
RUTH K. "PATTY" SCHMIDT Former Council Member MARK J. OCHENDUSZKO Retired City Manager
Former Mayor

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