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Stop the Governor's Public Transit Cuts, AGAIN!

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  • Christopher Lepe
    Correction: this event will be held on the 1st floor, not the 11th. Please read below for additional information of what you can do to stop these attacks on
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      Correction: this event will be held on the 1st floor, not the 11th.  Please read below for additional information of what you can do to stop these attacks on our transit system.

      Thanks

      Chris Lepe

      TALC ALERT - Transportation and Land Use Coalition

      Stop Governor Schwarzenegger's
      ATTACK ON PUBLIC TRANSIT:

      1. Call or Write an e-mail
      2. Attend a hearing tomorrow in
      San Jose - Friday, Feb 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

       more information below and a TALC paper will soon be released
      __________________________________________________________________________
      The Bay Area impact of the Governor’s money grab is tremendous.  The potential loss of transit funds will translate to cuts in service, loss of jobs, deferred maintenance, and project delays since VTA and other local operators have relied on these funds.   

      As indicated in the following chart (prepared by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission) the losses amount to more than $64 million for transit operators in the Bay Area alone.  The suspension of these critical transportation funds is fiscally irresponsible and socially inequitable. 

      Projected Loss of Funds to Local Transit Operators
       

      Local Transit Operators
      Prop 42 + spillover

      Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

      $6,648,774

      AC Transit District

      $6,047,576

      BART District

      $11,159,318

      SF Muni

      $15,972,291

      Caltrains

      $2,118,276

      Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transit Districts

      $2,211,229

      Central Contra Costa Transit Authority

      $282,249

      Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority

      $69,381

      Samtrans

      $2,284,897

      Other Smaller Operators

      $560,146

      TOTAL

      $47,354,137

      Total Population-based STA for the Region*

      $16,860,006

      Grand Total

      $64,214,143

       
      *Note:  The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has discretionary authority of the $16,860,006 Population-based STA.  While there is no standard formula for distribution of these funds, the transit operators above would be the primary recipients.
       
            We urge Governor Schwarzenegger and the State Legislature to recognize the devastating consequences the deferment of Proposition 42 and the “spillover” revenues would have on Bay Area children, seniors, workers, and the economy.  Rather than transferring all of the funds, we recommend an approach to address the State’s budget crisis that recognizes the critical role Public transportation plays in all Californian’s lives and our economy.
       
      1.       Maintain the integrity of the voter’s whishes by allocating the $1.3 billion in Proposition 42 revenues to transportation.
      2.       Defer the $216 million “spillover” revenues to the General Fund.
      3.       If these programs cannot be fully restored prioritize funding for transit operations first. 

      Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
      State Capitol Building
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      Phone: 916-445-2841
      Fax: 916-445-4633

      To send an Electronic Mail please visit:
      http://www.govmail.ca.gov

      To help them keep track of correspondence and to ensure that we are able to respond to
      California residents, please be sure to include your name and address when you communicate with the Governor's Office. We do not accept e-mail attachments.

      _________________________________________________________
      Let Our State Senators how you will be affected.
      Friday, February 4th  9
      AM – 1 PM
       
       

      NOTE: There should be time for the public to speak towards the end.   Whether or not you want to speak feel free to come and hold signs!

      Isaac Newton Auditorium, Santa Clara County Administration Building, East Wing 1st Floor

      70 West Hedding Street, San Jose

      ·       
      Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority provides 44.3 million passenger
      trips yearly and is an essential service for people to get to and from
      work, shopping, family, and activities.
       
      ·        Gov. Schwarzenegger's 2005
      proposal will cut more than $6.6 million from the local Santa Clara
      Valley Transit Authority budget.
       
       

       ·        It will rob the Bay Area of $118 million for Traffic Congestion Relief Program.

       
      SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #4 HEARING
       
      REGIONAL IMPACTS OF PROPOSED 2005-06 BUDGET- TRANSPORTATION

      AGENDA
       

      State Perspective

                  Diane Eidam, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission
       
      Metropolitan Transportation Commission – Regional Overview
                  Jim Beall, Commissioner
       
      Mass Transit
                  Mike Nevin, Caltrain Board member & MTC Commissioner
      Chris Peeples, Board Member At Large,
      Alameda – Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit)
      David B. Kutrosky, Deputy Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA)
      Todd Morgan, Principal Financial Analyst, Capital Development, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
       
      Congestion Management Agencies:
      Kurt Evans, Governmental Affairs Manager,
      Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
      Rich Napier, Executive Director,
      San Mateo County Council of Governments
      Bob McCleary, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
       
      Local Jurisdictions:
                 
      Hans Larsen, Deputy Director for Planning and Project Delivery, City of
      San Jose
       
      Labor, Community, & Economic Impact
                  Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
                  Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council
      Jim Earp, President, Executive Director,
      California Alliance for Jobs
                  Stuart Cohen, Executive Director, Transportation and Land Use Coalition
                  Edward "Dutch"
      Monroe, Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3, AFL-CIO.
                                 
      The committee encourages the submission of written comments and testimony.  Please forward them to Senator Joseph Dunn, State Capitol, Room 2080,
      Sacramento, CA  95814 or
      e-mail to ronda.paschal@....


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      Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
      TALC is a partnership of over 90 groups working for a sustainable and socially just Bay Area. We envision a region with healthy, walkable communities that provide all residents with transportation choices and affordable housing. The coalition analyzes county and regional policies, works with community groups to develop alternatives, and coordinates grassroots campaigns.
       
      Check out our website at: www.transcoalition.org

      info@...

      510.740.3150 voice
      510.740.3131 fax
      405 14th Street, Suite 605
      Oakland, CA 94612

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