• Measure B1 sales tax increase trailing narrowly in tight Alameda County race

    by  • November 7, 2012 • Bicycle Friendly Places, No Digest • 2 Comments

    By Denis Cuff
    Contra Costa Times
    11/07/2012

    A measure to double Alameda County’s transportaton sales tax to a full 1 cent was narrowly failing at the polls, but the outcome could change when a large number of mail-in ballots are counted.

    With all precincts reporting, Measure B1 garnered 65.5 percent of the vote — short of the 66.6 percent or two-thirds majority needed to pass, according to unoffical results Tuesday.

    There are many ballots yet to be counted — mail-in ballots and absentee ballots turned in at polling places Tuesday.

    Alameda County election officials said the uncounted ballots could amount to as much as 25 percent of the total votes. .

    The measure would make the sales tax permanent and would raise $7.8 billion over 30 years to boost spending on roads, freeways, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and transit-oriented developments.

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    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

    2 Responses to Measure B1 sales tax increase trailing narrowly in tight Alameda County race

    1. November 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

      How on earth can anything get accomplished when it requires 2/3?? Should the ballot lose this closely, 1/3 will be deciding the transportation future for everyone. This defies any sense of logic. Should be simple majority.

    2. December 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Bike computers weigh too much. That would have cut into how many Dick’s Milk Shakes we could cosnume. Seriously, it’s hard to believe no one had a computer. Anne has one on her bike even, but was using a spare wheel w/ no sensor. Hmmmm maybe Julian’s iPhone surreptitiously tracked our route?

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