Brian Kindsvater on the 2016 Rancho Cordova Measures
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Measure B
Measure B proposes to add another half cent to the sales tax for local road and transportation construction.
This is on top of:
- The federal transportation sales tax you pay at the pump for each gallon of gas.
- The California state transportation sales tax you pay at the pump for each gallon of gas.
- Measure A approved only six years ago which already adds a half cent to the sales tax for local road and transportation construction.
The taxes never end - and wouldn't be necessary if transportation taxes were used for their intended purpose.
Turning to what Measure B promises for Rancho Cordova:
- A new highway 50 interchange at the Rancho Cordova Parkway.
You may be wondering - what is the Rancho Cordova Parkway? Good question. It doesn't exist.
The Rancho Cordova Parkway was first designed by the City of Rancho Cordova in 2004 as a south only exit from highway 50 to White Rock. The exit would be between Sunrise and Hazel.
The idea is increased development of housing south of highway 50 along the Sunrise corridor will require an additional exit to move traffic to highway 50.
That housing construction has been stalled since 2008 resulting in started but not completed housing and shopping areas.
Bluntly: this is "hopscotch" housing, instead of "in fill" housing of existing residential areas. The goal is to have a hopscotch or checkerboard pattern of housing so that developers have an excuse to build housing in the empty "squares" between residential areas. It is a developer's dream come true and nightmare for those of us dealing with congestion.
- Widen White Road Road
The goal is to make White Rock a large thoroughfaire to bring more commuters into inner Rancho Cordova from Folsom and south Sunrise development.
- Double Track the Light Rail Gold Line
OMG. If you've ever been stuck five minutes trying to cross Folsom Boulevard waiting for light rail imagine waiting even longer, or more frequently, due to even more light rail.
- Widen Douglas Boulevard from Sunrise west.
As with expanding White Rock, the idea here is to build more houses on south Sunrise and have a new thoroughfaire on Douglas to move them into inner Rancho Cordova.
For Rancho Cordova residents Measure B isn't intended to relieve congestion. The goal is to increase congestion by building more houses and adding lanes for thousands more commuters into Rancho Cordova and highway 50.
Every morning highway 50 is already backed up 25 miles from downtown to Zinfandel. This will make the backup even worse.
More traffic within the city. Longer highway backups. Longer and more frequent waits to get across Folsom. And more traffic wizzing through from other destinations.
The flip side of this is, unfortunately, what if more houses on south Sunrise are built without additional roadwork?
In addition to all federal, state, and local sales taxes, developers are supposed to pay fees to mitigate congestion caused by their new housing projects.
We don't need to pay more sales tax for decades on every purchase just to help developers make more money from more housing - especially with a broken housing plan which lead to more and more housing and probably more and more sales tax increase requests to accommodate it.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Measure J
About a decade ago Rancho Cordova voters approved a special tax to "Save Our Parks" by creating a special park district paid for a yearly tax on all properties.
I was the webmaster creating the website for that tax. I supported it then but oppose this new tax now.
The promise then was to create a dedicated fund for parks so funding for our parks would never be dependent on variances in the general fund or other reasons why politicans would want to grab park money.
Measure J now proposes a duplicate tax. Another park district and another special tax to pay for parks.
It's ridiculous and Measure J doesn't bother to note we already voted for this in the past.
Where is that prior money going?
Measure J promises to reduce homelessness and drug use in public parks.
We're paying for cameras and security patrols at parks. What a waste of money.
We don't need a "police state" with pricey equipment to break down, monitors watching everyone at parks, and minimum wage "mall cops" walking around parks at midnight.
This measure is unnecessary and duplicates money already dedicated for our parks.