SAN JOSE, CA – The Silicon Valley Leadership Group issued the following statement in regard to the latest developments in the Jensen vs Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority lawsuit which has delayed disbursement of 2016 Measure B funds.
The Appellate Court ruled today that the Santa Clara County 1/2 cent sales tax proceeds approved by voters are legal. The trial court will address additional issues before funding begins to flow to much needed road repairs and transit improvements.
“It’s rather ironic that the main road block blocking road and transit improvements is a frivolous lawsuit by a single resident in Santa Clara County who continues to thwart the will of 72 percent of the voters who approved Measure B in 2016. Two courts have now found the arguments against Measure B’s tax proceeds to be meritless. If she drags this on with further appeals, she will be continuing to thumb her nose at 1.9 million residents eager for traffic relief, road repairs and transit improvements,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, who’s also a member of the CA Transportation Commission.
Measure B is expected to generate $6.3 billion over a 30-year period that will relieve traffic and repair potholes in all 15 cities in Santa Clara County; finish the BART extension to downtown San Jose, Santa Clara; improve bicycle and pedestrian safely, especially near schools; increase CalTrain capacity; relieve traffic on all 10 expressways and key highway interchanges; and enhance transit for seniors, students, low-income individuals and the disabled.