Supporting San Jose Parks, Trails, and Recreation Programs
The Board of Trustees of San Jose Parks Foundation has voted at its September meeting to support and endorse the Yes on Measure A – the Affordable Housing Initiative on the November Ballot in Santa Clara County, which will raise funds to provide affordable housing opportunities across Santa Clara County for hardworking families and our most vulnerable communities.
Voting Yes on Measure A will allow the County to create and maintain affordable homes for thousands of the most vulnerable community members, including veterans, seniors, homeless children, and low-income and working families.
In addition to driving housing opportunities, studies show that increasing our affordable housing options drives a multitude of indirect benefits, from improving our business environment to reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality, by making sure people can afford to live close to where they work.
Yes on Measure A will also have a profound impact in our parks and on our trails which serve as makeshift housing for many homeless persons.
The San Jose Parks Foundation has been deeply involved in supporting organizations that clean the Coyote Creek and Guadalupe River and the adjacent trails where homeless encampments are an ongoing problem. Millions of tax dollars have been spent cleaning up encampments and without housing, this expense will continue to drain funding away from other important projects.
The Board of Trustees of San Jose Parks Foundation voted unanimously at its September meeting to support and endorse Measure B on the November Ballot in Santa Clara County, which will raise funds to improve the county’s transportation system..
Funds raised through Measure B will be used to address growing demands for a reliable, cost-effective and efficient transportation system needed to relieve congestion, improve mobility for all County residents, adapt to changes in land use and demographics, and maintain the region’s economic vitality.
Measure B will provide $250 million for bike and pedestrian trails, especially near schools.
Projects include improvements at key intersections, addition of auxiliary lanes, grade separations, some widening with addition of HOV lanes, and addition of trails.
San Jose has over 56 miles of trails and is expanding to a goal of 100 miles within the next decade. Trail improvements and integration with city streets is very important for our transportation infrastructure and for recreational purposes.