Election 2014: Open space district seeks voter OK for $300M bond measure
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on May 14, 2014
If two-thirds of voters approve Measure AA, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District will be able to issue up to $300 million in bonds to finance improving, preserving and restoring its properties as well as purchasing land needed to connect trails and preserve plant and animal habitats.
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posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00 AM
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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm
The annexation passed in 1976 with a 1112 vote margin. Without the Menlo Park and Portola Valley vote it would have failed by a 1003 vote margin.
FWIW, do you support a revenue producing use of 1% of MROSD land? And, since legislation which allowed creation of the original MRPD included golf courses as a possible use, would you consider the recommendation of Anne Trela as presented in her "Market and Financial Feasibility Analysis for a New Golf Course in San Mateo County"?
Public Resources Code(PRC), Sec.5541;
"A district may plan, adopt, lay out, plant, develop, and otherwise improve, extend, control, operate, and maintain a system of public parks, playgrounds, golf courses, beaches, trails, natural areas, ecological and open space preserves, parkways, scenic drives, boulevards, and other facilities for public recreation, for the use and enjoyment of all the inhabitants of the district. and it may select, designate, and acquire land, or rights in land, within or without the district, to be used and appropriated for such purposes. It may cause such trails, parkways, scenic drives, and boulevards to be opened, altered, widen, graded or regraded, paved or repaved, planted or replanted, repaired. and otherwise improved, may conduct programs and classes in outdoor science education and conservation education, and may do all other things necessary or convenience to carry out the purposes of this article. "and Sec.5562;
"The board may acquire, construct, improve, maintain, and operate golf courses, bathhouses, boathouses, tennis courts, gymnasiums, and other special amusements and forms of recreation, and it may acquire, Construct, or complete all buildings, structures, waterways, lakes, equipment, and other necessary or convenient facilities it may fix and collect fees the use by the public of any boars, bathing suits, lockers, golf courses, tennis courts, or other special facilities, services, or equipment."
I suggest that one convenient facility is the South Bayside Systems Authority reclaimed water facility in Redwood City. Water from this facility would be used to irrigate golf courses and parks, augment flow in streams, create lakes, etc.
I can envision horse drawn carriages carrying visitors from Woodside to a glass bottom boat facility at the edge of Crystal Springs reservoir.
For anyone interested, I have a copy of a December 1967 report by Hall and Goodhue, Architects and City Planners titled "Recreational Potential of the Junipero Serra Freeway Through the Upper Crystal Springs Watershed" prepared for the State of California Division of Highways.
In addition to golf courses, the report includes a New Lake for Canoing, Sailing, Fishing and Swimming, another New lake for Boating and Fishing, an Equestrian and Stable Area, etc.
Such enterprises could provide ample revenue to support maintenance of open space lands.
Think about these missed opportunities as you travel that extra half mile on I280 which was conceded to the San Francisco Water Department in return for their Grant of Scenic and Recreation Easement dated January 15, 1969.
It was stipulated in that Grant that "Recreational uses shall be compatible with..." "Preservation and Recreation Concepts" by Wilson and Ham, Metcalf and Eddy, consultants to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.(I also have a copy of that)