ECOS statement on Measure B

Date: April 28, 2016

To: Governing Board, Sacramento Transportation Authority

From: John Deeter, co-chair, ECOS Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change Committee

Re: Comments on proposed Measure B

The proposal for allocating Measure B revenues up for discussion today contains improvements over Options 1 and 2 presented at the April 14th Board meeting, but the Environmental Council of Sacramento believes that it still allocates far too much for new road construction and far too little for transit. Moreover, we are troubled about the lack of public involvement in drafting this measure, without a full public discussion regarding the division of revenue, the tax rate, alternative sources of funding, and the appropriateness of using sales tax revenue to build roads.

A fundamental question implicit in the current discussion of an additional county-wide transportation tax is whether Sacramento County is committed to a robust transit system or is content with continuing to accept a much smaller system persistently hobbled by inadequate public financial support. Measure B if passed would immediately provide Regional Transit with an additional $25 million per year, which would be barely sufficient to restore services that were cut eight years ago provided this allocation were used solely for this purpose. But RT has other needs as well, such as replacement or overhaul of worn-out vehicles, conversion of light rail to low floor vehicles, and slow, steady expansion of the existing skeletal bus and rail network. To achieve these goals, RT needs at least $50 million per year or a quarter-cent sales tax dedicated exclusively to its programs.

ECOS might be able to support Measure B even if it included some funding for roads, provided this money was limited to less than 40% of the total and was used primarily for road maintenance (“fix-it-first”), additional sidewalks, and more bike lanes. But the proposal currently under consideration is weighted in the opposite direction: expanding road capacity instead of promoting alternative modes of transportation, and carrying with it all the well-known negative externalities such as air pollution, global warming, and unnecessarily expensive supporting infrastructure.

We urge the STA Board to reformulate Measure B to provide better funding for transit and other non-automobile modes of transportation.

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Reminder! Sacramento Earth Day is this Sunday, April 24th!

Hosted by ECOS

Sunday, April 24th, 2016 11:00am – 4:00pm
Southside Park, 700 T Street, Sacramento, California

Living Green is Second Nature

Each year, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) coordinates Sacramento Earth Day. Over 150 organizations and businesses exhibit a vast array of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier and more sustainable way of living. We also host a variety of live music, entertainers, healthy cuisine and fun activities for all, including a children’s area. Admission is free and we anticipate more than 4,000 attendees. One of ECOS’ primary goals is to educate community members on the need to reduce the footprint of our daily lives and preserve the planet for future generations. Sacramento Earth Day is an important tool for working toward this goal. The theme this year is Living Green is Second Nature!

Thank you to our Sacramento Earth Day 2016 Sponsors!

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Live Music!

The 2016 Sacramento Earth Day line-up of performers includes:

11:00 am – Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl-Citlalli

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12:00 pm – Kirtan Yoga Lifestyle Band

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1:00 pm – James Israel

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2:00 pm – KTalon Band

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3:00 pm – Fo’Shang’s Thang

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 Diverse, Plant-based Cuisine!

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Plant-based foods to help sustain you and the earth will be available for purchase, including:

Raja’s Tandoor – Indian Cuisine

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

Xochimilco – Finest Mexican Restaurant and Grille

Buffalo Pizza

Yolanda’s Tamales

Garden to Grill – farm to table, plant-based cafe, plus, gluten free bakery

Mr. Pop’s Popcorn – Gourmet Popcorn

DavePops – Delicious Non-Dairy Ice Cream

Pure Life Juice – the finest organic nutrient rich Cold-Pressed Juices


 Kids’ Activities!

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Face-painting; Planting seeds in biodegradable pots; Dinger the Sacramento Rivercats Mascot; Age-appropriate educational exercises; Live animal displays, like: real, live BATS!; Bean toss; Hand-made toys for sale; and much, much more!


 Electric Vehicle Test Drives!

Sacramento Earth Day is on April 24th, 2016!

Are you curious about electric vehicles (EVs)? Have you ever driven an EV? Come to Sacramento Earth Day on April 24, 2016. The Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative’s Best.Ride.EVer! statewide EV ride-and-drive series is offering festival attendees the opportunity to get in the driver’s seat of several plug-in electric vehicle models for a test drive at Southside Park. Participants get a food coupon just for taking a free test drive! Come join us and experience the Best.Ride.EVer!


Free Valet Bicycle Parking!

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Ride your bike and have it parked valet for free! Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates are providing this wonderful service once again, and will ensure that you don’t have to worry about the security of your bike while enjoying Earth Day.


Event-wide Sustainable Waste Diversion System

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Compliments of Urban Sustainable Solutions, we have a system in place to get as close to zero waste as possible within the constraints of our city’s systems. This includes the option to compost and recycle at each station for waste disposal, and a volunteer at each station to help everyone learn more about reducing the amount of waste that we all send to the landfill.


Building community!

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With so many groups present, you can expect to meet like-minded individuals and network with potential collaborators.


Over 150 Exhibitors!

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Each year we enjoy over 150 exhibits on display at Sacramento Earth Day. These include community organizations, local nonprofits, artisan crafts, and vendors of products that help people live more sustainably.

Click here to view all of the wonderful organizations who will be there!

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CEQA & Land Use Training April 16

Dear Sacramento Valley residents and citizens,

Here is an affordable educational opportunity to get some CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) & Land Use training next weekend, April 16th, 2016! The Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce a Planning Commission Training Workshop, which includes CEQA and Land Use topics and is open to the public within the Sacramento Valley!

The Workshop will be held on:
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
West Sacramento Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento)
Cost $25 [registration cost covers coffee and light breakfast in the morning, lunch and afternoon cookies]

ECOS is in serious need of volunteers with knowledge in these areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your own valuable environmental expertise, and feel free to share this invitation with your networks!

Agenda

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Flyer: http://files.ctctcdn.com/ab56286d401/12e349a3-ce3b-49c6-b26c-baf1fcfe0c06.pdf

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planning-commissioner-training-workshop-tickets-22119445858

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