Here’s food for thought . . . If you don’t ask, you don’t know.
Annually, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group commissions a professional survey of 600 likely Silicon Valley voters. As a policy organization consisting of nearly 400 CEOs and senior officers, it is important for us to understand if the concerns expressed in board rooms are similar to the concerns conveyed in our employee’s living rooms.
Our most recent survey was completed on April 13. We asked voters for their views on housing and homelessness, traffic and transportation, education and the economy, taxes and fees. The responses underscored, in this visionary Valley, that voters still want to invest in making our communities better. This was clearly conveyed in the questions about transportation.
- When voters were asked if they would once again tax themselves for specific transportation improvements:
- More than 2/3 said YES for Phase II of the BART extension, from Berryessa to downtown San Jose and Santa Clara.
- More than 2/3 said YES for Caltrain commuter rail improvements from Gilroy to Palo Alto.
- More than 2/3 said YES for street maintenance and pothole repairs in all 15 cities and towns.
- More than 2/3 said YES to improve all eight county expressways: Almaden, Capitol, Central, Foothill, Lawrence, Montague, Oregon, San Tomas.
- More than 2/3 said YES to bike and pedestrian improvements, especially near schools.
- And more than 2/3 said YES to transit services for seniors and the disabled.
Our question – which will have to be thoughtfully considered by all stakeholders – is simple: Is the timing right to invest again?