October 24, 1996
Max Keech, Chairman of the Board
Withdrawal of Opposition to Measure T -- Tunnel Initiative
In February, 1996, SAMCEDA added its voice to those lobbying the Board of Supervisors to complete an independent study to complete an analysis of the feasibility of a tunnel alternative and focus not only on engineering and geological feasibility but also consider the costs associated with the construction of a tunnel. In June 1996, SAMCEDA took a position opposing the initiative because the study had not been completed and we did not believe th the voters would have the necessary information to make an educated choice in the election. The study has been completed and released and demonstrates feasibility of a tunnel, however, it does not indicate necessary funding strategies. After lengthy discussion regarding the pro's and con's of this initiative, the Board of Directors voted to withdraw its previous opposition t the measure and remain neutral.
Though the Board continues to hold a strong philosophy that the best land-use planning is left to elected officials to determine, our initiative process allows such planning to be brought to the voters.
Of significant importance to the Board of Directors and the membership at large is the capability of our county's workforce to get to and from their employment sites and the need for reliable and safe roads. The Board of Directors knows that the voters of San Mateo County will ultimately make the decision regarding the kind of road that connects the coastal communities and that a series of actions will need to be taken immediately following th election regardless of the outcome.
The SAMCEDA Board of Directors has committed to taking the following actions,