Yes on J; we can't wait
As someone who has devoted many years and considerable volunteer time trying to improve the condition of Orinda's roads, I urge all residents to vote Yes on Measure J.
The condition of Orinda's roads is ranked as one of the worst in the Bay Area. Doing nothing is not an option.
Orinda has an established process in place to wisely use the new funds that will be generated by Measure J. Substantial progress has been made on arterials and collectors using this process. Measure J will expand on this process to repair the worst residential roads in the city.
We cannot afford to ignore the state of our residential roads any longer. We need to act now with new funding to stem the decline of our residential roads. Delaying repairs will only increase costs as construction costs increase and further deterioration of the roads continues. We must act now. Please vote Yes on Measure J on June 3.
Too much unsaid about Measure J
Yes, funds are needed to repair Orinda's crumbling roads. One respected authority estimates the entire project could
cost $100 million; others estimate $65 million.
Opponents of Measure J insist that a definitive engineering plan precedes a request for funding this massive infrastructure project. Proponents have no obligatory plan, as Measure J does not specify which roads will be repaired nor to and from what specifications. In fact, it only includes vague language such as "restore and upgrade other roadways" and "improve safety."
Our blatantly pro-developer City Council will have complete discretion over these decisions. The Citizen Infrastructure Oversight Committee will report to the public "whether bond proceeds are expended only for the projects approved by the City Council and authorized by the voters," but the voters are only authorizing the aforementioned undefined projects. Ask yourself who's paying for the mailers and yard signs. Then, read the actual bond measure as well as arguments for and against. I have, and that's why I'm voting no.
'Yes' on fixing Orinda's roads
Everyone in Orinda understands that our roads are in deplorable condition. Measure J is a prudent and responsible plan that is designed to accelerate the repair of Orinda's worst roads and storm drains.
A "yes" vote will expend approximately $20 million over the next four years to repair the worst of our residential roads. Expenditures will be audited and are under the supervision of a citizen's infrastructure oversight commission, using established criteria and focusing on repair of the worst roads first.
A "no" vote will only further delay these needed repairs, perhaps for years. The roads will continue to deteriorate, costs will increase and we will quarrel over how to pay for something we essentially all agree needs to be done as soon as possible.
A "yes" vote will allow us to begin residential road repair now and to do so in a way that will have a major positive impact on our worst roads. It will improve the safety and appearance of our roads, reduce unnecessary tire wear and auto repairs, enhance property values and increase the quality of life in Orinda.
We should not further delay these needed repairs. Please vote Yes on Measure J.
Co-Chair, Fix Orinda's Roads! Orinda