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

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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.

    Just keep riding!
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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:

    Quote Originally Posted by Midpen
    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,

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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 Managerís Recommendation:
    "Approve the Board Presidentís 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.
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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

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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,

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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
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