#DTSJ took several step forward Tuesday as voters followed three of SJDA’s recommendations in the midterm elections, approving San Jose Measures T and rejecting California Propositions 6 and 10.
Measure T PASSED: $650 million in bond proceeds will be spent on updating and upgrading emergency response and public safety facilities, and repairing the worst streets and potholes in the city.
Proposition 6 DEFEATED: By voting no, the 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax and $25-to-$175 increase in vehicle registration fees established by the state Legislature in 2017 will continue. Statewide, these funds total about $5.4 billion per year and are spent on transit projects, streets and roads and highway infrastructure. Locally, the tax will continue moving forward the BART extension through downtown to Santa Clara and to help remedy the traffic snarl at I-880 and Highway 237.
Proposition 10 DEFEATED: Voters rejected the idea to allow local governments to place rent-control restrictions on all types of housing units, which would have discouraged new housing construction. In San Jose, where housing demand outpaces supply, voters ultimately favored controlling market rental rates by increasing the supply versus limiting rental fees.
The election results represent positive momentum for downtown San Jose transportation initiatives and infrastructure.
Unfortunately, Measure V, requiring 66 percent approval, came up short at 61 percent. Measure V would have raised $450 million on an estimated 3,600 new affordable housing units meant to provide shelter for homeless individuals as well as working families whose income falls well under the average for Silicon Valley.