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No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, California. On September 11th and 12th The Campaign for Sensible Transportation will be holding a two day, fundraising book sale, benefiting the No on Measure J- "Widening 1 Won't Work" campaign.

No on Measure J is opposed to Meaure J, the highway widening sales tax initiative. The initiative will be on the ballot in November. If passed it will raise the county's sales tax primarily to widen Highway One from Santa Cruz to Watsonville.

[ Campaign for Sustainable Transportation I No on Measure J I People Power ]
Widening One Won't Work!

SANTA CRUZ, California. On September 11th and 12th The Campaign for Sensible Transportation will be holding a two day, fundraising book sale, benefiting the No on Measure J- "Widening 1 Won't Work" campaign.

Although there are already hundreds of books to choose from, additional book donations are accepted and encouraged up to the date of the sale. To arrange a drop off call 425-0665.

Book Sale Dates:
Day one: Saturday, Sept. 11, from 7 AM to 3 PM
Day two: Sunday, Sept. 12, from 7 AM to 4 PM

WHERE
The Hub for Sustainable Transportation will host the book sale in its parking lot at 224 Walnut Ave., in Santa Cruz.

WHO
No on Measure J is opposed to Meaure J, the highway widening sales tax initiative. The initiative will be on the ballot in November. If passed it will raise the county's sales tax primarily to widen Highway One from Santa Cruz to Watsonville.

The campaign has these goals:

• To educate our community on the ineffectiveness of highway widening as a method for reducing traffic congestion.

• To promote alternatives to the widening of Highway 1 by researching and publicizing the practical merits of various methods of transportation.

• To convince the decision makers of the value of multiple means of transportation, including bus, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and car, so as to provide a balanced, workable system that serves all county residents and reduces our dependence on the automobile.

Organizations currently participating in the Campaign include Aptos Neighbors Board of Directors, Fishhook Neighbors, Sierra Club, Mission Pedestrian, National Bicycle Greenway, The Santa Cruz Friends Meeting, The Coalition for the Environment and Jewish Life, and People Power.

For further details and information contact: Micah Posner at (831) 425-0665 (office), (831) 426-2453 (cell), or email to: micah (at) peoplepowersc.org
More can be learned about The Campaign for Sensible Transportation at: SustainableTransportation.org
 
 


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We need you!

The campaign needs people willing to help out for a few hours at the book sale. If you can spare three hours on Sat. or Sun., the 11th and 12th to help sell these books your presence will be greatly appreciated. Call 425-0665 to put yourself on the schedule.

This is a great way to get to know some wonderful people committed to sustainable transportation and grass roots activism. Hope to see you there!
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

Your site's argument that highway widening fails because commute times *on the highway* remain the same, is obviously flawed.

Of course if the highway is already *over* capacity, it runs no faster than if it is *at* capacity. It will however serve many more people.

And commute times WILL decrease - for those who can now use the highway thanks to the increase in capacity, instead of slugging it along on the bus or trying to drive Soquel.

You ever try to get around town on the bus? A 15 minute trip becomes 45 minutes or more. How about that commute time?

Your argument cites the influx of these other commuters as the cause of failure, when in fact it is proof of success.

To say nothing of the increased SAFETY for pedestrians and *bicyclists* on those side roads. Have you ever seen Soquel during rush hour, with all the people trying to avoid the highway?

Get those drivers on 1 where they belong, *where they would rather be*, and where we would rather they be!

How many more bicyclists must be run down on Soquel because you want to punish drivers as an ecological Great Satan, and because you care more about spotted owls and scrub brush than other people?
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

"Your argument cites the influx of these other commuters as the cause of failure, when in fact it is proof of success."

This is illogical. A widened highway will attract more traffic. You'll still see cars overflowing onto local roads. You'll still have a congested highway.

People have to get OUT OF THEIR CARS.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

As always, there is more than one side to every story. This is a complex issue that requires comprehensive solutions. I encourage anyone interested in learning more about the issue to come down to the Hub for Sustainable Transportation this Saturday or Sunday. Ask questions, grab literature, and check out the books. Civil discussion of the transportation problems and proposed solutions in our region is welcome and encouraged. Hope to see you there...
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

I'm not getting this, if the highway is widened, nothign will improve because there will suddenly be 33% more cars in the county?

No matter how you spin it, that's increased capacity, which means shorter driving time, or less congestion on ancillary roads.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

I'm not set in my opinion on this measure, but along those lines it appears to me that the argument is problematic, as well. If, as some opponents say, the highway will be just as jammed with 6 lanes in 20 years as it is now, won't it be much, much worse if we stuck to four lanes? I think the cars and the people will be here no matter what happens to Highway One- they are here now, and the road is a mess.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

who's supporting the widening?
business, the sentinal, and developers
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

And the people who drive...

As for attracting more cars - they're going to come anyway, I don't generally plan on where I go depending on how many lanes the highway has.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

"As for attracting more cars - they're going to come anyway."

How? More housing? more businesses? more development? population explosion? Why are they going to come anyway?

"I don't generally plan on where I go depending on how many lanes the highway has."

So why tax yourself and build something that will not get you there any faster in the end and will make it impossible to fund alternative transportation?
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

"More housing?" Yes

"more businesses?" Yes

"more development?" Yes

"population explosion?" Yes

There's more to this county than UCSC.

"So why tax yourself and build something that will not get you there any faster in the end and will make it impossible to fund alternative transportation?"

Why one or the other? What solution do you have that will get Americans out of their cars?
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

You missed my tongue in cheek implication. Everything you answered 'Yes' to will be compounded by a wider artery.

'Why one or the other?'

Because the windening funding sucks the county transportation resources dry.

Keeping Americans in their cars brings to mind cannibalism.
Someone suffers for us to have oil, be it Iraqis, Venezuelans, Nigerians, etc.

This entire society has been built around the consumption of oil. Why keep feeding the beast.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

Watsonville's already on track to have more people than the city of Santa Cruz in a few decades.

I mean, is there a comprehensive study that shows a wider highway increases population growth?

I support the widening via a gas tax, and making the new lane a carpool lane - two methods proven to reduce congestion and pollution, and it doesn't infringe upon people who don't utilize the highway - leaving a sales tax for other mass transportation options.

However, it's just not realistic to think that we can build more busses and less people willd rive.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

Watsonville's growth plan is out of control. How much traffic do you think Home Depot will contribute alone?

We'll all be paying for that in the form of a sales tax (drivers and non-drivers) if J passes.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

Hey, sales taxes, at least we're not losing'm to the Home Depot over the hill now... :)

It'd be nice if the population didn't grow, but it does...
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

Ive seen the effect of carpool lanes over in San Jose.

An elite few get the benefit of something that everyone was forced to pay for.

When I see 4 lanes of highway 85 crawling at rush hour and the diamond lane mostly empty, I see an additional 25% of highway capacity being denied to the thousands who need it then and there.

How ironic is it to build extra capacity, then take it away from 99% of the people who could benefit from it?

Carpool lanes are fine on paper, but in reality they have only increased congestion which lowers efficiency and wastes more gas creating more pollution.

Those stupid diamonds should have been painted over 15 years ago, but everyone around here is so in love with the religion of conservation that they either refuse to even consider that carpool lanes are a failure for *the democractic tax-paying majority*, or they see it but refuse to openly admit that they favor increased traffic as a way to punish people for the sin of driving a car, because then the public wouldn't be so tolerant of environmentalists.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

Well, I read a report earlier that stated carpooling was effective, but if not...
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

"but everyone around here is so in love with the religion of conservation"

should read "but everyone around here is so in love with their metal boxes, privacy, privilege, selfishness..."
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

should read "but everyone around here is so in love with their metal boxes, privacy, privilege, selfishness..."

What people love is freedom, independence, and getting something for their tax dollars other than a sore ass from the ramming they just got once again from the self-proclaimed do-gooders.

Freedom and independence, coupled with privacy, are civil rights and 3 of the cornerstones of America. However Im not surprised you have a problem with that. I recommend Communist China, you will love it there.
 

Re: No on Measure J Book Sale Fundraiser

get out of your car once in awhile and your ass won't be so sore. your recommendation is as stupid as you are. wtf does your comment have to do with the topic? freedom does not = driving a car fool.
 

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