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    ^^ The flow trail has a budget of 100K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    ^^ The flow trail has a budget of 100K.
    So they could have built 20 flow trails, one per each preserve where they prohibit biking now, just for the money they have spent to push this tax hike through.

    What we will get is a new equestrian parking lot and several new closures to protect newts that they just found out of normal range half a mile from a trail.

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    Well, in light of this potential result...

    Midpen is the best! I love Midpen! I'll never go over 15 MPH again! They are so generous and great (and cute, OMG!) Hey new best friend! Can we make some fun mountain biking trails with all your new money!? Call me!!!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    It passed, by a few dozen votes. What a squeaker.
    Measure AA wins by .1 percent for Open Space - Tom Stienstra's Outdoors

    I'm glad I dragged myself to the polls at 7:30 last night, just to vote for measure AA.

    For those opposed who didn't vote: it had to pass by two-thirds, so your NO vote would have cancelled two YES votes. Voting matters, sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Well, in light of this potential result...

    Midpen is the best! I love Midpen! I'll never go over 15 MPH again! They are so generous and great (and cute, OMG!) Hey new best friend! Can we make some fun mountain biking trails with all your new money!? Call me!!!
    ^^^+++

    In some ways I'm glad it passed; but if I could have voted it would have been a "NO" out of principle. Guess we should come back in a year and revisit the topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Well, in light of this potential result...

    Midpen is the best! I love Midpen! I'll never go over 15 MPH again! They are so generous and great (and cute, OMG!) Hey new best friend! Can we make some fun mountain biking trails with all your new money!? Call me!!!
    you're a known scofflaw and they won't let you anywhere near the ICOC.

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    *** fast forward 5 years ***

    MidPen parks still suck for mountain bikers. Essentially nothing has changed, there are merely more trails we don't get to ride on, and drones have replaced rangers for speed enforcement (although they are friendlier). And the Mt. Umunhum/Hummer equine/auto center is a big success (I really hope I'm wrong).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    *** fast forward 5 years ***

    MidPen parks still suck for mountain bikers. Essentially nothing has changed, there are merely more trails we don't get to ride on, and drones have replaced rangers for speed enforcement (although they are friendlier). And the Mt. Umunhum/Hummer equine/auto center is a big success (I really hope I'm wrong).

    Be careful what you wish for!
    at least they kept the <del>cube</del> tower!


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    Dang.

    So IMBA campaigned for it, and if those dozen votes was what it takes - will see if they apologize in 10 years when absolutely nothing of interest had been done for us and half a billion dollars (with interest) are wasted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modbog View Post
    at least they kept the <del>cube</del> tower!
    Actually the bond measure specifically WILL NOT be used to preserve the tower.

    MROSD still wants it gone in the worst way... (they're giving a group a few years to come up with the funding to shore it up---if that fails it's "curtains")

    But seeing your death-ray graphic leads me to propose that the cube become a shrine to all those LEO's whose job it is to use radar. Maybe that way MidPen will see it fit to keep the structure!?!?
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    I'm glad it passed too. I was one of the dozen votes to lift it over the 2/3 threshold and will be paying a little more in my property tax bill. I'm sure going to try to use that to talk myself out of a future ticket in MidPen: "My vote got you $300mil already and now you want to fine me for riding down this fun trail?"
    Let's keep our presence up in Midpen board meetings and continue to work on more access. Even Singapore has a one-way really fun 4 mile MTB loop through a local nature reserve. There were no hikers on it, they had their own path to the look-out on top. Why can't we have those somewhere on MidPen's land?
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    If it's that close I would not be surprised that a recount is requested.
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    Just so you all know 52% of the $300 million is earmarked for purchase of new lands. They never told you this, they hid it under "protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces", as stated on the ballot. If think MidPen is going to work with the bikers you are dreaming, you better be at all their meetings to keep the preasure on them to get what you want.
    As far as increase in your property tax bill, remember this, all the land that MidPen ownes comes off the tax rolls unless it is being rented out and they own 27,000 plus acres in San Mateo county alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiemtb View Post
    Just so you all know 52% of the $300 million is earmarked for purchase of new lands. They never told you this, they hid it under "protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces", as stated on the ballot. If think MidPen is going to work with the bikers you are dreaming, you better be at all their meetings to keep the preasure on them to get what you want.
    As far as increase in your property tax bill, remember this, all the land that MidPen ownes comes off the tax rolls unless it is being rented out and they own 27,000 plus acres in San Mateo county alone.
    The good news is that if Midpen screws us, it's only going to be 30 years before we have a say in the matter. At this point, we just need to hope for the best and find new board members to elect.
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    How do they choose the members of the independent oversight committee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gddyap View Post
    How do they choose the members of the independent oversight committee?
    You need to own a horse and live in one of the foothills communities and be a member of Sierra Club. They will call you.

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    $s

    jeez guys - pretty depressing comments.

    a few notes related to $s...

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    So they could have built 20 flow trails, one per each preserve where they prohibit biking now, just for the money they have spent to push this tax hike through.
    fwiw a separate group campaigned and raised funds for it - not midpen.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkMass View Post
    Any of us who ride in the open spaces already supports Midpen financially. Who else gets $400 fines from Midpen?
    I got curious; here's what I learned:

    For every ticket there's a part called "bail" that Midpen sets. A speed limit violation has $75 bail. Then there's a heap of fees from the court system: $75 bail becomes a $350 fine. The $275 diff goes to the county, state, etc. One could go off onto a tangent about that, but... net-net, fines aren't generating revenue to buy new land or develop trails; I doubt they're even offsetting midpen's costs.

    Are the fines necessary? They obviously think so. Hmm, I wonder why.

    Here are stats for accidents on Midpen lands in 2013:
    36 bicycle accidents
    26 other medical incidents
    18 pedestrian/running accidents
    11 vehicle accidents
    8 wildland fires
    7 lost persons searches
    8 fatalities
    7 animal incidents
    2 equestrian accidents

    & it's not just us getting tickets. Some stats for 2013:
    Bike - closed area: 62, speed: 90, helmet: 12, night riding: 39, unsafe operation: 6
    Dogs - prohibited: 138, off leash: 245
    Off road vehicle: 17
    Closed area: 185
    After hours: 274
    Vandalism: 32
    Parking: 162, parking after hours: 455

    Here are some pricey fines not related to biking (bail & total fine):
    - harvesting/planting without permission ($100, $452)
    - dangerous dog ($100, $452)
    - unpermitted large event ($150, $654)
    - reckless driving ($150, $654)
    - entering a sensitive closed area ($250, $1056)
    - obstructing free passage ($250, $1056)
    - harmful substance ($250, $1056)

    I'm not here to defend Midpen. I too would like to see bike-dedicated technical trails/areas. But that isn't Midpen's main charter. If their approach seems inane, look a little deeper at the challenges they face and see if you can come up with better ideas that work from a bigger perspective. Let us know what you come up with; I'd love to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post
    & it's not just us getting tickets. Some stats for 2013:
    Bike - closed area: 62, speed: 90, helmet: 12, night riding: 39, unsafe operation: 6
    Dogs - prohibited: 138, off leash: 245
    Off road vehicle: 17
    Closed area: 185
    After hours: 274
    Vandalism: 32
    Parking: 162, parking after hours: 455
    gotta love the irony that the "open space" gives out tickets for being in a "closed space"

    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post
    If their approach seems inane, look a little deeper at the challenges they face and see if you can come up with better ideas that work from a bigger perspective. Let us know what you come up with; I'd love to hear.
    i would love a $300M bankroll. i'll provide details on my plan as soon as the check clears...

    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post
    jeez guys - pretty depressing comments.
    i know, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post
    better ideas that work from a bigger perspective. Let us know what you come up with; I'd love to hear.
    What are those challenges and why do they need half a billion dollars of our money for them? So far they buy up land and sit on it. That is a good idea. A better idea is to also build trails and let us use our land for recreation. There is nothing magical or complicated about it, and their current revenue stream would have been perfectly adequate for that. But just as any bureaucracy it just tends to grow for its own sake.

    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post
    But that isn't Midpen's main charter.
    When Midpen was founded and funded it was called "Midpeninsula Regional Park District". Then they played one on us and removed the "Park" part. Damn well providing recreational opportunities was in their founding charter. But just as any bureaucracy, they deliver less than they promised.

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    And you'd think with all that money they could afford to be open beyond banker's hours.

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    Part of MROSD's organization arsenal which they seem to be lacking is better utilization, organization, and appreciation of volunteers. We can spend all our free time organizing the best volunteer trail-building/maintenance organization that anyone has seen in all of the country, but it's a complete waste of effort if the land agency prefers to just bulldoze the trails. I see that there are a few individuals really working hard on the user side of the relationship, and they need more help. But if we did have a strong volunteer org AND a reciprocal relationship with an agency that understands the community and desires to work with us, then we can get so much more accomplished for less $. A corollary to that is entertain the possibility of teaming up with the equestrian groups and hikers, (see SLO... CCCMB), not presenting ourselves to MROSD as conflicting interest groups. Secondly, how about a more grassroots fundraising effort, like crowdsourcing, for each special, very specific project plan vs. asking to take on a HUGE chunk of debt for some vaguely outlined goals that have to be paid back with interest over many years? The advantage of crowdsourcing specific projects is that if the project has no supporters in the public willing to put their $ and/or time on the line to support that project - then it doesn't get built. Instant accountability. No need for expensive, feel-good consultant to solicit vague opinions on really vague concepts like "quiet enjoyment of nature"... Why do you need $300 million bucks for quiet enjoyment of nature? What you need that kind of $ for is more visitors' centers, more parking lots, more development within the parks, which I think most people would be opposed to. MRSOD basic operations can and should be taken care of by a public commitment in terms of regular tax money. But for the extra icing projects on the cake, let's crowdsource them, pay for them up front, and not incur all of this needless debt.

    Anyway... got lots of ideas! Hah! Skin in the game? Not until I can quit my day job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post

    Here are some pricey fines not related to biking (bail & total fine):

    - unpermitted large event ($150, $654)
    I'm not sure how long this has been on the books, but why do I feel like this might as well say, "Turkey day ride"?

    Anyone know of any other "unpermitted" large events that have taken place over the years? Any crazy raves in the gap parking lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post

    I got curious; here's what I learned:

    For every ticket there's a part called "bail" that Midpen sets. A speed limit violation has $75 bail. Then there's a heap of fees from the court system: $75 bail becomes a $350 fine. The $275 diff goes to the county, state, etc. One could go off onto a tangent about that, but... net-net, fines aren't generating revenue to buy new land or develop trails; I doubt they're even offsetting midpen's costs.

    Are the fines necessary? They obviously think so. Hmm, I wonder why.

    Here are stats for accidents on Midpen lands in 2013:
    36 bicycle accidents
    26 other medical incidents
    18 pedestrian/running accidents
    11 vehicle accidents
    8 wildland fires
    7 lost persons searches
    8 fatalities
    7 animal incidents
    2 equestrian accidents

    & it's not just us getting tickets. Some stats for 2013:
    Bike - closed area: 62, speed: 90, helmet: 12, night riding: 39, unsafe operation: 6
    Dogs - prohibited: 138, off leash: 245
    Off road vehicle: 17
    Closed area: 185
    After hours: 274
    Vandalism: 32
    Parking: 162, parking after hours: 455

    Here are some pricey fines not related to biking (bail & total fine):
    - harvesting/planting without permission ($100, $452)
    - dangerous dog ($100, $452)
    - unpermitted large event ($150, $654)
    - reckless driving ($150, $654)
    - entering a sensitive closed area ($250, $1056)
    - obstructing free passage ($250, $1056)
    - harmful substance ($250, $1056)

    I'm not here to defend Midpen. I too would like to see bike-dedicated technical trails/areas. But that isn't Midpen's main charter. If their approach seems inane, look a little deeper at the challenges they face and see if you can come up with better ideas that work from a bigger perspective. Let us know what you come up with; I'd love to hear.
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    Yesterday I saw JL in Fremont Older. In contrast to me, he voted for the measure.

    Ten years ago, I would have been an advocate for this.

    Yet I do congratulate the district on the win, and hope that the money will be well spent. I expect more land acquisition and regional multi-use trail from my share of the tax. The results of the planning sessions make these goals a priority.

    For decades I ride an hike in the district at least a few times a week. The benefit is one I value. It is tangible.

    Just ditch the radar, open more trails to bikes, and keep it low key. I am not asking for jumps and technical trails. I seek natural terrain to ride on, and a place to contact Earth and the heavens. Less BS, please.

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    Nice to hear from Midpen that AA passed - barely. LOTS of planning left to do but I've heard from inside that they understand the role of MTB. Support from MTBers is the only reason it passed. :-)


    If you want to stop radar guns then convince hikers and equestrians they aren't necessary. Don't pick on the rangers who have to deal with them - you deal with the other trail users if you want change.

    15 mph means less injuries for rangers to respond to and less user conflicts. Amazing, just like speed limits on roads. What a surprise.

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    ^^ It's official: The Stockholm Syndrome is alive and well in the MidPen!

    We get the trails--and speed limits--that we deserve...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    Actually the bond measure specifically WILL NOT be used to preserve the tower.

    MROSD still wants it gone in the worst way... (they're giving a group a few years to come up with the funding to shore it up---if that fails it's "curtains")

    But seeing your death-ray graphic leads me to propose that the cube become a shrine to all those LEO's whose job it is to use radar. Maybe that way MidPen will see it fit to keep the structure!?!?
    $300M, in addition to their annual take of over $25M, is a bit much without clearly defined milestones. Yeah, and about that cube, a good friend is the head of Umunhum Conservancy | Dedicated to preserving and restoring Mt. Umunhum and its historic Radar Tower and I have donated. I voted "no" on AA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmpreston View Post
    Nice to hear from Midpen that AA passed - barely. LOTS of planning left to do but I've heard from inside that they understand the role of MTB. Support from MTBers is the only reason it passed. :-)


    If you want to stop radar guns then convince hikers and equestrians they aren't necessary. Don't pick on the rangers who have to deal with them - you deal with the other trail users if you want change.

    15 mph means less injuries for rangers to respond to and less user conflicts. Amazing, just like speed limits on roads. What a surprise.

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    Now that the foreplay is over...well, you know what comes next.

    The rational expectation is more of the same old lame.

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    Article in today's Merc says AA passed with 68.7% of the vote. It passed by only 1488 votes.
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    I'm so glad measure AA passed. Here are some new trails to look forward to:
    Purisima to the Sea trail - multi-use
    El Corte de Madero - Ridge trail - hiking/biking trails
    La Honda - hiking/biking trails
    Windy Hill - increase multi-use trails
    Stevens Creek Trail - middle section (under 280 and Stevens Creek Blvd) and extension through Pichetti as multi-use trail
    New trails to connect Big Basin to Butano, Portola, Russian Ridge and Skyline.
    Saratoga to the Sea trail
    Even if many of these will be 6 feet wide multi-use trails, it still will be nice to have all these extra trails. Let's hope it's not going to take 10 years to get these build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong View Post
    Even if many of these will be 6 feet wide multi-use trails, it still will be nice to have all these extra trails. Let's hope it's not going to take 10 years to get these build.
    Sorry to be a PITA. but NONE of these are committed projects and none have schedules. If they were a Silicon Valley start-up they'd get $10M at a time with very specific goals and milestones. A huge wad of cash (in addition to their regular $25M+ annual operating budget) and a fuzzy "priority list" ensures business as usual. I look forward to learning how the independent oversight group will be determined and how one of us might be nominated or selected. if someone finds out, please post it here!

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    I am not sure when some of us are going to learn that this is how these large districts, in response to a community much larger than mtb, work. As a portion of the general voting population we don't add up to much. In the end, though, to make the philosophical changes in these Park folk takes generations; literally.

    At the work table, at meetings, our influence can be much greater. It takes countless hours of influence and interaction. There are very few short-term gains of the type most of us want. We'd rather be riding. So, few want to do that work. It is pretty much the same with trail work but that is another forum.
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    It looks like Measure AA may have loss, yesterday the vote stood at 66.28% yes/33.72% no, they needed 66.33% yes. I would suspect there will be a recount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiemtb View Post
    It looks like Measure AA may have loss, yesterday the vote stood at 66.28% yes/33.72% no, they needed 66.33% yes. I would suspect there will be a recount.
    Maybe you're looking at San Mateo's votes. The district also includes parts of Santa Clara County and a tiny bit of Santa Cruz County too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiemtb View Post
    they needed 66.33% yes.
    66.67% is not it?

    I am disappointed with IMBA supporting it. Will not be renewing my membership.

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    Grace, you are right, I bad.


    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post
    Maybe you're looking at San Mateo's votes. The district also includes parts of Santa Clara County and a tiny bit of Santa Cruz County too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    I am disappointed with IMBA supporting it. Will not be renewing my membership.
    If Midpen surprises you and adds some new mtb-accessible mileage through our local efforts, &/or if IMBA generates results you appreciate in other areas, I hope you'll be as willing to change your mind in the other direction and re-up.

    Speaking of IMBA: if y'all know someone who's passionate about adding mtb access around here and would be great at local advocacy, they're looking for a new northern cal director (Tom Ward's replacement): https://www.imba.com/norcal-region-director

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    Quote Originally Posted by karld View Post
    ...I look forward to learning how the independent oversight group will be determined and how one of us might be nominated or selected. if someone finds out, please post it here!
    Midpen is creating a Measure AA implementation process email list. See this page to subscribe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkgeo View Post
    Midpen is creating a Measure AA implementation process email list. See this page to subscribe.
    Done! Thank you!

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    How the heck is this "oversight" committee selected? I would not mind to be on it.

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    BTW.. on the website, the bond measure says:

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    Ballot Language, as approved by the voters
    To improve access to hiking and biking opportunities,...
    There is nothing about improving equestrian opportunities, only hiking and biking. If they create a single equestrian new trail that is not open to biking using AA money, they should be sued. It is not authorized by voters.

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    Prioritization Criteria for Measure AA Projects

    This might warrant a new thread in itself, but for now...
    There was considerable discussion and concern on this thread about Measure AA project prioritization and implementation. Here's an opportunity to be involved. Interested?

    Prioritization Criteria for Measure AA Projects
    Special Meeting - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.

    At the Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, September 10 the Board will consider the draft prioritization criteria and screening methodology for Measure AA projects; discuss any suggested revisions, additions, and weighting; and receive public input.
    The meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

    SPECIAL AND REGULAR MEETING
    BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
    MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT
    Los Altos Youth Center
    1 North San Antonio Road
    Los Altos, CA 94022

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Special Meeting begins at 5:00 (Regular Meeting begins at 7:00)

    Agendas, reports, and minutes for all other District board meetings are also posted online.

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    Charlie and I from SVMTB have been attending the board meetings and it would be great to see other mountain bikers attend. It's important that we all follow this.

    Thanks for posting,

    Alex

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    Yes, very key to keep the heat+light of scrutiny on the ad hoc committee to reflect the public outreach results b4 measure AA was approved by us (many of us) voters .
    Quote from agenda of Sept 10-5pm mtng:

    Steve Abbors, General Manager
    General Manager’s Recommendation:
    "Approve the Board President’s appointment of Cecily
    Harris, Larry Hassett, and Yoriko Kishimoto to serve on the Measure
    AA Implementation Ad Hoc Committee"


    These are the same 3 (Hasset,Yoriko+Cecily)that made up the Mindego Hill trails use ad hoc committee that voted to ban mt bike riding from Mindego Hill fire-road(albeit a split vote w Cecily being the only board member to vote nay on the bike ban due to the ban singling out mt bikers as potentially harming endangered species and not others).
    Yoriko billed herself as a cycling advocate when she was appointed to the board,it's past time she started reflecting it in her voting record.
    Last edited by ssulljm; 09-07-2014 at 07:52 PM.

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    I would love to participate more but don't live in the district now. Used to and intend to again but we need voter participation.

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    I plan to be there on Wednesday and will provide feedback

    Thanks

    Mike

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    Please come to the MidPen Measure AA implementation meetings

    All - At the meetings I've attended recently MidPen has made clear that they want to implement Measure AA quickly. This doesn't mean all 25 projects will be implemented right away. They will prioritize projects based on criteria to be discussed at the meeting on Wednesday September 10. You might want to read the agenda and either attend the meeting to comment or email your comments to the board. There is a link on the September 10 agenda to the recommended weightings to prioritize projects.

    There were only 2 people other than me from the public who commented at the last meeting. It would make an impact if you wrote emails saying 'I want more trails to ride on' or came and made a similar statement. We only need a few people doing this AT EVERY MEETING to make an impression. If you can't attend I understand but please let the board know your position.

    Agendas and meeting dates are here Openspace.org - About Us - Agendas, Minutes + Reports

    Thanks,

    Alex

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    Midpen's Bond Issue - Can / Should We Help?

    Quote Originally Posted by CruzSS View Post
    All - At the meetings I've attended recently MidPen has made clear that they want to implement Measure AA quickly. This doesn't mean all 25 projects will be implemented right away. They will prioritize projects based on criteria to be discussed at the meeting on Wednesday September 10. You might want to read the agenda and either attend the meeting to comment or email your comments to the board. There is a link on the September 10 agenda to the recommended weightings to prioritize projects.

    There were only 2 people other than me from the public who commented at the last meeting. It would make an impact if you wrote emails saying 'I want more trails to ride on' or came and made a similar statement. We only need a few people doing this AT EVERY MEETING to make an impression. If you can't attend I understand but please let the board know your position.

    Agendas and meeting dates are here Openspace.org - About Us - Agendas, Minutes + Reports

    Thanks,

    Alex
    5pm at Los Altos on a workday. I wish I could attend.

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    The MROSD is now accepting applications...

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    How the heck is this "oversight" committee selected? I would not mind to be on it.

    Measure AA Oversight Committee | Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

    "The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving on the Measure AA Bond Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is essential to implementing Measure AA and will consist of seven at-large members who reside within the District. The Committee is expected to convene at least once a year and take the time required to thoroughly review annual Measure AA expenditures and Midpen’s Annual Audit and Accountability report. Each year, the Committee’s findings will be presented to the Board at a public meeting and will be posted on the District’s website. Applications are due on Friday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m.

    Midpen seeks individuals to serve on the Oversight Committee who are committed to transparency, accountability, and provide oversight for all Measure AA funds collected and expended. Members of the Oversight Committee MUST be residents living within Midpen’s jurisdiction, which includes the cities of Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, El Granada, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Loma Mar, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Montara, Monte Sereno, Moss Beach, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Gregorio, Saratoga, Stanford, Sunnyvale, and Woodside.

    The Committee is appointed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Board of Directors pursuant to Measure AA to ensure accountability, transparency, and public oversight of all funds collected and allocated under Measure AA.

    The Expenditure Plan approved as part of Measure AA defines the Committee’s roles and responsibilities as follows:

    • Review Plan expenditures on an annual basis to verify conformity with the Expenditure Plan.
    • Review District’s Annual Audit and Annual Accountability report and present the Committee’s findings to the Board at a public meeting.
    • Review any proposed amendments to the Expenditure Plan.

    The Committee does not oversee any other District financial information nor does it set policy or provide input or direction on projects, budgets, work plans, or financial matters pertaining to other District funds. All actions, including decision about selecting projects for funding, will be made by the Board in public meetings."

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