This is how San Mateo County is letting us know about their resurfacing work in La Honda and how it is being funded. In fact, these projects are among the first 10 road safety and improvement projects to be funded in the County by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. SB 1, as you may recall, was signed into law last year by Governor Brown to raise more than $5 billion annually from a higher fuel tax and a new vehicle registration fee to pay for road repairs and improvements to mass transit systems across the state. The funding, totaling $100 billion over the next 10 years, is dedicated to road repair, easing traffic congestion, improving public transit and making safety improvements.
La Honda, like so many communities around the state, has suffered for years from ruinous potholes and crumbling roads. In fact, statewide there is a $130 billion backlog of much needed road repair and maintenance projects.
Now, the funding for all those repairs, including funding for the repair of Scenic Drive in La Honda which was ruinously ruptured in last winter’s storms, is in jeopardy because a measure to repeal the gas tax that funds those repairs is on the November ballot. This ballot measure, if not defeated, will have a direct and adverse impact on anyone who drives or rides in a car in La Honda -- in other words, all of us.
San Mateo County, which maintains most of the roads in Cuesta, La Honda, is due to receive approximately $3.3 million in new revenue from SB 1 gas tax monies for the 2017-18 fiscal year and approximately $9.6 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year. In total, the California Department of Transportation estimates our County will receive approximately $100 million in new revenue over the next 10 years from the SB 1 gas tax.
For remote communities like La Honda in which residents have to drive many miles to get to work, to school, to the doctor or to shop, the state of our roads is a serious concern. With no public transportation we depend on our roads to be safe, open and reliable and, hopefully, not a hazard to our vehicles. And now with one of our major roads, Scenic Drive, being completely destroyed and in dire need of expensive repair, the fate of the gas tax is of paramount concern. Jim Porter, the Director of Public Works for San Mateo County put it to us in simple and stark terms -- if the gas tax is repealed, the County will not have the funds to fix Scenic Drive.
In a recent interview Porter said, “Our SB 1 funding nearly doubles the amount of money that we have for roadway maintenance and repairs. What we’re going to do with those funds is to really step up our street resurfacing and pothole repair program.” That sounds good to residents of La Honda, but it certainly won’t happen if the gas tax is repealed.
Sure, we don’t like paying taxes, but the reality is that they pay for essential services – like road repair. Just imagine if the residents of Cuesta had to pay the estimated $3 million dollars to fix Scenic Drive? I’d hazard a guess that it would be many years, if ever, before the road was fixed and even then, it would be at great cost to each and every homeowner in Cuesta.
And it’s not like we only drive in La Honda. Everywhere else we travel in California would be adversely affected by a loss of the gas tax revenues. The repeal would stop or threaten more than 5,000 transportation improvement projects already underway around the state, make traffic congestion worse and cost motorists more in the long run by requiring car repairs from damage suffered on bad roads. In fact, according to a 2016 TRIP Report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the average California driver pays an additional $739 annually for car repairs due to driving on poor roads (think popped tires, realigned axels). For those of us in La Honda who generally have to drive many more miles than the average Californian, car repair costs may be even greater.
So, for the sake of our own safety and ease of driving here in La Honda and throughout California, on November 6th, I’m going to vote No on the measure to repeal the gas tax.
From Kathleen Moazed
The deadline to register to vote is October 22, 2018
The deadline to ask for a mail-in ballot is October 30, 2018
For a great non-partisan guide on How to Vote, check out this short video on YouTube by CALmatters reporter Ben Christopher:
HOW DO YOU VOTE IN CALIFORNIA?
And you can see more at: https://elections.calmatters.org/2018/
For new voters, a few tips:
or you can vote for everything -- or anything in between – it’s up to you
REGISTERING TO VOTE
In order to vote, you first have to register to vote!
Not sure if you are already registered? Check your registration status at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/
If you are not already registered or need to re-register, you have until October 22, 2018 to do so. It’s a simple application and you can register in one of two ways:
submit your voter registration application at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.
get a paper application at the Post Office and mail it in, or have an application mailed
to you by calling the toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345- 8683.
You can vote by mail or in person.
You have until October 30, 2018 to request a vote by mail ballot
Mail it on or before the election on November 6, or drop it any Ballot Drop Off location
(including the La Honda Store), or drop it off at any polling place on election day before it closes at 8pm
Before election day, you can vote in Half Moon Bay, in Redwood City and elsewhere, see all the polling sites and dates they are open here: www.smcacre.org/vote-centers-ballot-drop-box-locations
On election day, you can vote at the La Honda Fire Brigade from 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm
You don’t need to bring an ID, but it’s a good idea just in case.
The La Honda Country Market will have a Ballot Drop Box inside where you can drop off your filled-in ballot anytime after October 10th, during the store’s regular business hours.
Polling station for La Honda residents:
7am to 8pm
Can fill out the sample ballot ahead of time and take it with you into the polling booth
Vote by mail:
You have until Oct 30, 2018 to request a vote by mail ballot
Send it in on or before the election on Nov 6 (must be postmarked by election day, November 6)
Drop it off at any polling place before it closes at 8pm (they open at 7am)
Where do I get a ballot
Deadline to register to vote
October 22, 2018
Am I already registered to vote?
San Mateo (41)
Hours on November 6, ElectionDay: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hours on November 6, ElectionDay: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
8865 La Honda Road
La Honda, CA 94020
555 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063
County Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402
East Palo Alto
Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA, City Room
550 Bell Street, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
La Honda Country Market (inside box)
8865 La Honda Road
La Honda, CA 94062
It’s that time of year when the last few outdoor events of the year are scheduled. Once again on Saturday October 13th at Playbowl the local musicians will gather and have an end of season Jam known as Jamfest. Anyone that wants can come and hangout as so far we have had great weather each year. Jamfest is a chance for musicians not able to play together much, get that chance. It is a bring your own everything and take it all home again kinda event. Many of the local bands will be represented and you never know what combinations of players will develop. Families are welcome as Playbowl can support all kinds of activities. If the pumpkin festival is too crazy for you then come on out to Playbowl and enjoy the local music in the Redwoods. Music will start 11:30ish and go till around 6pm. Thanks to Cuesta for letting us do this event again. If the weather forecast looks dire the event will be cancelled.
Ciosi & Ken at Alice's
by craig eddy
Once in a while a totally new music act comes through the area and on September 30th at Alice’s we were treated to a very special show. Frederico Franciosi visiting from Italy let us know that acoustic music is alive and well in Italy. Ciosi as he is known covered a wide variety of styles but even when he played traditional American tunes he made each song his own. Ciosi played several bluegrass tunes at blazing speed as well as several blues numbers and many of his own tunes ala Michael Hedges. Not only is he a fantastic guitarist he has a slightly rough edge to his voice (kinda like Steve Earles voice) and he knows how to engage his audience and makes everyone feel like they are part of the performance. He could have just blazed away wowing everyone but he made a point of doing some traditional American tunes that we could all sing along on. Ciosi was joined by Ken Leiboff on harmonica on a few tunes and as he is also a virtuoso it was all in all a stellar evening of great music. A week later the two of them came by my studio a spent a few hours jamming with some of the areas best musicians. I was thrilled to be able to play with people of that caliber. Ciosi has a brand new CD out and left me a dozen in case anyone is interested. Contact me and I can get you a copy. He only wants 10.00 per CD and I can assure you your money’s worth.
San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center (SGERC) has officially adopted San Gregorio State Beach through the Adopt-A-Beach program. SGERC will hold three cleanup events each year and promote awareness of the benefits of a healthy beach and marine environment. SGERC has been site captain for the annual Coastal Cleanup Day for more than a decade, and continued the tradition this year with a hugely successful cleanup of the beach and surrounding area this September.
More than 30 people participated in San Gregorio’s cleanup, which brought in 79 pounds of trash, 14 pounds of recyclables, and 20 tires! One individual deserves extra EXTRA credit for arranging for these tires to be brought up from the beach just north of San Gregorio. In San Mateo County, 4,920 volunteers picked up 27,813 lbs of trash and 4,534 lbs of recyclables. In California, preliminary results show more than 53,000 people volunteered, picking up 698,931 lbs of trash and 35,674 lbs of recyclables!
Most unusual items found in San Mateo County include a marijuana chocolate bar, a Jimmy Buffet book, an Apple laptop, a bag full of knee and leg braces, and 21,000 cigarette butts picked up by the Pacifica Beach Coalition. Most unusual items in the state; in Marin County a volunteer found a painting of a marsh, in a marsh. In Los Angeles County a volunteer found a Coca-Cola can from 1963.
On the one hand, it’s too bad this much litter is left behind, but on the other hand volunteers enjoy the rewards and immediate results of their efforts to keep our beaches and landscape healthy and beautiful. Consider volunteering at one of SGERC’s future beach cleanups. The next will be in April 2019 to celebrate Earth Day, and another will follow the 4thof July weekend. Watch their website for more information on cleanup events, or keep reading La Honda Voice!! www.sgerc.org