Napa Valley Register: Regional Measure 3: A taxing ripoff proposal?

An extended letter to the editor by Jack Gray, Director of the Napa County Taxpayers Association: A headline story in the Register of Feb. 11 alluded to a proposal to boost Bay Area bridge tolls by $3 (“Proposed Bay Area bridge toll hikes could benefit Napa County projects”). Implementation of Regional Measure 3 is now scheduled to be on the June ballots of all nine counties of the Association of Bay Area Governments. The article indicated that Napa would benefit if bridge tolls rise. The complete letter

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Coalition Forms to Challenge MTC’s Ballot Measure

A coalition of taxpayer groups and environmentalists had its first meeting today. Besides wanting to defeat Regional Measure 3, which will be on the June ballot, the group wants to educate the public about the unaccountability of the Bay Area’s regional government, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC. The group agreed that an elected Commission would enable the public to impose consequences on the actions of Commissioners, by voting them out of office.

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TRANSDEF Analyzes the Projects in RM3

We divided the $4.5 billion expected to be raised by the measure into three categories: Highway projects, which will increase the amount of driving, leading to more congestion. More driving increases the region’s GHG emissions, which harm the climate. Transit projects which are pretty good, as far as TRANSDEF is concerned. Bloated transit projects, which are either definitely or likely to be a tremendous waste of scarce resources.

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What’s the solution to the transportation mess?

TRANSDEF, the creator of this site, put forward a potential solution back in 2004 that demonstrated promising results. When MTC evaluated the environmental impacts of the plan we posed, MTC determined that it had lower overall impacts than the plan it adopted. The TRANSDEF Smart Growth plan offered more benefits.  When supporters of Regional Measure 3 claim that “We have to move forward with these strategies–they are the only thing that works” you now know they are wrong.

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The Kickoff Speech

TRANSDEF’s President, David Schonbrunn, spoke on January 24th to the Bay Area Toll Authority, the name that MTC goes by for its bridge business. Here’s what he said: TRANSDEF will be campaigning against this measure, once you vote to put it on the ballot. Having watched MTC commit decades of policy mistakes, I can say for certain this is not an agency the public should give more money and power.   MTC is an entirely unaccountable agency. None of its Commissioners ever suffers consequences for their votes here. We will turn RM3 into a referendum on the job MTC has…

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