Public parks play a central role in neighborhood morale.
There are over 2,400 miles of road in San Jose. It is critical to our economy and our public safety that roads be maintained. No one should have to buy a 4 wheel drive offroad vehicle to drive to the store.
If there is one thing we absolutely entrust the government with it is to maintain law and order. We must ensure our police and first responders are well funded to keep the community safe.
I am deeply concerned that the Valley Transportation Authority is wasting nearly $500 million of Measure A funds to complete the Light Rail extension to Eastridge Mall. Very few people will ride it, yet the project will remove two lanes from an already congested Capitol Expressway, leading to an almost doubling of congestion there. This is unacceptable, not to mention unfair to nearby residents. It wastes commuters’ time and money, increases noise and air pollution, makes it more difficult to enter the expressway, and is a ridiculous waste of Measure A funding.
VTA must abandon the project. In addition, the VTA Board should perform a thorough analysis of this project’s mismanagement so that those responsible can be held accountable. Finally, our community needs to reevaluate the VTA governance structure that has allowed this to happen, as recommended by three different Santa Clara County Grand Jury investigation reports on VTA governance since 2003.
Thank you for your time in this matter.
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