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Vote NO on Measure W Sales Tax

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Aug 29, 2018

San Mateo County and the San Mateo County Transit District spent more than $1,000,000 on a campaign designed to garner voter support to pass a 1/2% Sales Tax now known as Measure W. The Get Us Moving(GUM) campaign Web Link used for this project employed a survey to gather e-mail addresses while ostensibly soliciting opinions on how to spend future revenue. Two glossy brochure mailings, soliciting response to the GUM surveys, were sent out. Web Link "Before and After" surveys of likely voters were made by Godbe Associates to measure the results. Your tax dollars at work.


Numerous Public Record Act Requests failed to reveal the target of those mailings. I suspect they were targeted to likely voters. I was able to ascertain the identity of the firm which ran the project. It was the creation of TBWB Strategies, Web Link a political campaign consulting firm. They were the major subcontractor on the project.



You may know that such "electioneering" is permissible unless the Measure is already on the ballot.



What can we do about such chicanery? We can vote a resounding NO!

We did it in 1991 when the County Supervisors put another 1/2% sales tax on the ballot. The NO vote was more than 70%!

See also: Web Link

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Posted by Yet More Of The Same Nonsense
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm

How hilarious -- the career politician, who INSISTED earlier this year that he would not seek re-election to the Sequoia Healthcare District Board, and now will seek re-election, dares to raise his voice here.

Pot, meet kettle.

Vote NO on Hickey.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 29, 2018 at 8:15 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Vote NO on W. The supes lied to us before and are lying again. They have PLENTY of money to take care of the things that actually need to be paid for. They want more money to spread corruption. Our county is corrupt enough. Let's not make it more so.


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Posted by Yes
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 30, 2018 at 9:21 am

Traffic is getting so bad these days, one fears that with all these new buildings being populated shortly, traffic will grind to a halt.

Spend more hours in traffic, or vote to move forward.


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Posted by Daily Post
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2018 at 10:54 am

The Daily Post editorial says to vote No.

Web Link


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 30, 2018 at 11:26 am

All these new buildings are populating the coffers of San Mateo County, city governments, etc. with beaucoup bucks from new property taxes and developer fees.

Those who support this measure are free to support the campaign with their own bucks. Our tax dollars have been spent to create a political climate aimed at ensuring passage of Measure W. TBWB Strategies is a strategy and communications consulting firm specializing in public finance ballot measures supporting programs, services and facilities. Their identity was buried in a subcontract with the Louis Berger Group. Web Link

That information was provided in a response to my PRA request, by Christine Boland, Assistant District Secretary
San Mateo County Transit District:

Hi Mr. Hickey,

Attached please find several records responsive to your pending Public Records Act requests (dated February 1, 2018, May 18 and May 27, 2018), as follows:

1. You requested a copy of the San Mateo County Transit District’s (District) contract with TBWB of San Francisco for work on the Get Us Moving project. The District does not have a direct contract with TBWB; rather, TBWB is a subcontractor under a District contract with The Louis Berger Group. Accordingly, we have attached (a) the Berger Contract, www.xshcd.com/MeasureW/AGMT_13-SAMTR-P-022A%20LOUIS%20BERGER.pdf

(b) Contract Amendment xshcd.com/MeasureW/AMEND1_13-SAMTR-P-022A%20LOUIS%20BERGER.pdf and (c) Scope of Work, as well as (d) the work directive applicable to this project and (e) an amendment to that work directive.

2. You also requested information on the intended recipients of the GUM mailers. That issue is addressed in the two other documents attached here.

For information on public revenues contributed to this effort, we refer you to the District’s website to access the following staff reports in the District’s Board of Directors Meeting agenda packets related to grants from the County to support the GUM project:
a. Finance Item #6, September 6, 2017: Web Link
b. Finance Item #4, March 7, 2018: Web Link.

We are still in the process of compiling the final responsive documents, which I will send to you in about a week to 10 days. Thank you for your patience.

Kind regards,

Christine

Christine Boland
Assistant District Secretary
San Mateo County Transit District
Executive Office
1250 San Carlos Avenue
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 622-7888
bolandc@samtrans.com
www.samtrans.com



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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Text of Measure W as it will appear on the ballot:

"To reduce highway traffic congestion (including 101, 280,
interchanges); repair potholes. maintain streets. reduce local traffic, improve pedestrian safety in every San Mateo County city; maintain
affordable transit services for seniors/people with disabilities; increase Caltrain/Sarntrans capacity, reduce travel times/car trips: implement
the San Mateo County Congestion Relief Plan, shall San Mateo County Transit District's Ordinance levying a 30-year half-cent sales tax with independent citizen oversight, providing approximately $80 million annually that the Slate cannot take away, be adopted?" "Yes" or "No"

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE W

Web Link

EXCERPT: A “yes” vote is a vote to impose a one-half cent sales tax on all qualified retail transactions in San Mateo County, both in the incorporated and unincorporated areas, for a period of 30 years, beginning on July 1, 2019.
A “no” vote is a vote to not approve the proposed one-half cent sales tax.

QUESTION: What is a one-half cent sales tax? Is that per item? Per $100,000?


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Posted by Yet More Of The Same Nonsense
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Back to your endless copy-and-paste, Hickey? Even though you have no clue as to WHY you're doing it?

How about answering this, Hickey: Earlier this year, you stated that you would not seek re-election to the Sequoia Healthcare District Board. Yet, here you are, seeking yet another term to the Board -- even though you were in facor of term limits when you were first elected in 2002.

So when should anyone believe anything you say about anything, Hickey?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

The "Congestion Relief Plan" can be found here:

www.xshcd.com/MeasureW/20180724_att_Congestion%20Relief%20Plan.pdf


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 12, 2018 at 10:59 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

I don't see a YES on W campaign committee on the County Elections website. Web Link
I guess they think their $1,000,000+ GUM campaign with it's "push-poll", paid for with your tax dollars, was enough.

Let's prove them wrong!


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Posted by Yes
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:06 am

Traffic is getting so bad these days, one fears that with all these new buildings being populated shortly, traffic will grind to a halt.

Spend more hours in traffic, or vote Yes to move forward.

Mr. Hickey - you neglected to answer the question about term limits and a statement declining to run again... good heavens, how many years has this been going on?!?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Please, stay on topic, or move on.


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