Time to consider higher sales tax for Sacramento’s regional transportation work

January 12, 2016

“It may be time to consider asking voters to support a supplemental sales tax to fund transportation projects. The Transportation Authority board is considering putting a measure on the November ballot. If the measure added a half-cent tax, it would raise $116 million a year. Half the proceeds would repair and repave existing roads, while the other half would build new infrastructure. If the measure enacted a quarter-cent, most of the $58 million per year would likely be used to fix and maintain existing infrastructure.”

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ECOS would support an increase in the County-wide transportation tax, as long as it emphasizes non-auto modes and does not include any new road projects. We believe it’s essential that funding of transit (particularly buses), pedestrian and bicycle facilities is increased to encourage healthy, non-auto modes of transportation. ‪#‎ActiveTransportation‬

City Council rejects gas station in Curtis Park Village

November 17, 2015

The Sacramento Bee

“Council member Jay Schenirer, who represents Curtis Park, argued it came down to the neighborhood’s strong opposition to building a gas station in an infill area touted as public-transit oriented and pedestrian friendly.

“‘People are very much against this,’ Schenirer said. Five council members voted with him, agreeing a residential neighborhood was the wrong place to put a large fueling center.

“They also worried about putting future transportation funding in jeopardy if they added a gas station to a development that was billed as a way to encourage people to bike, walk or ride light rail and buses.”

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