|We are quickly losing our hills and open space in Castro Valley.
Measure Q will set aside some of the last remaining open space and create parks and recreation areas in Castro Valley. If we wait, these open spaces will be lost to development forever.
Yes on Q preserves open space for Castro Valley by allowing the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District to set aside land for parks and recreation areas in Castro Valley.
The first property to be set aside if Measure Q passes would be the 24-acre East Bay MUD property between Carlton and Stanton Avenues.
Without Measure Q, developers will acquire this property by the end of the year and begin building over 100 homes.
Several locations could be preserved with the passage of Measure Q, such as the Palomares Hills property between the Fire Station and Recreation Center, the Alcorn Property on Malabar Avenue near Redwood Road, the Five Canyons Property off Fairweather Court, and others.
Yes on Q will create parks with paths and trails for walking, running and bicycling, safe exercise areas, playgrounds, picnic areas, and youth sports fields.
Funds from this measure can only be used in Castro Valley to protect opens space and create parks and recreation areas. This measure will cost $16 per $100,000 of assessed value (not to be confused with market value). The entire cost of Measure Q is tax deductible.
Measure Q requires an independent citizens' oversight committee comprised only of Castro Valley residents to ensure that funds from Measure Q are only used for opens space and parks in Castro Valley.
Open space in Castro Valley won't always be available like it is today. We must take action now and preserve this land before it is lost forever.
Please vote Yes on Q.
Chair, Redevelopment Citizens Advisory Committee
s/Diana Marie Hanna
Castro Valley Open Space Advocate
s/Raymond Suey President, Castro Valley
Youth Soccer League
President, Castro Valley Sanitary District Board
We are NOT losing hills and open space! Measure D, passed in 2000, preserves Alameda County's open space. It ENCOURAGES INFILL DEVELOPMENT of the EBMUD property, which is surrounded by homes.
Supporters say the bonds cost $16 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. This is the estimated AVERAGE cost over up to forty years. The HARD web site says that during the first 16 years, the cost could rise to almost TWICE THIS.
The citizens oversight committee is advisory. ALL AUTHORITYresides in the five member HARD board, only one of whom actually lives in Castro Valley and would pay the new tax + this is taxation with minimal representation!
When a normal bond is proposed, all project costs are spelled out, so voters can decide before hand if they are worthwhile. The measure Q process is backwards. HARD commits only to buy the EBMUD land. Improvement costs will be decided later. Like the supporters of the school athletic field bonds, many proponents of this measure will be unhappy when their envisioned projects don't materialize.
The new Tax Assessment District was created unfairly to stack the deck for passage. Some areas practically next door to the park were excluded when they threatened to vote no; other areas containing many apartment buildings south of 580 were added. Kids who live there can't go to Castro Valley schools, but bond sponsors are happy to have their parents pay higher rents to support this tax.
NO BLANK CHECKS. NO NEW TAXES.
VOTE NO ON Q November 7!
s/Larry D. Collier
Retired Alameda County Sheriff's Department
Ex-President Briar Ridge Homeowner Association
s/Christopher A. Hilen
|We oppose this tax increase for the following reasons:
- This bond is a $30 million blank check. No one knows what the proposed park(s) will look like; the HARD board will decide later.
- It's too expensive. $645,000 per acre (not including millions more for development) is too much for 24 acres, especially since 5000 acres of Chabot parkland are only 1/4 mile away.
- Many users will be from neighboring communities, but they will not pay this new tax. Residents from unincorporated Fairmont Terrace, only 200 yards from the proposed park, got themselves excluded from this special tax district by threatening to vote no. But if the bond passes, they can use the park. However, residents 4 miles away in Five Canyons and Palomares will pay the tax.
- If the bond fails, and the land is developed, developers could be required to set aside some land for public use. This is done all the time and would cost current Castro Valley residents nothing.
- Neighbors of HARD parks in Castro Valley complain of vandalism and crime. HARD has difficulty caring for the parks it already owns. HARD should fix these problems before building major new parks. There is no money in this bond for long-term maintenance of new parklands.
- If you are a neighbor of the proposed park, you can expect more traffic and parking problems around your house. There will never be enough on-site parking for soccer and baseball games.
- There is something unseemly about one public agency (EBMUD) selling land for a huge profit that it took from unwilling owners, to another public agency (HARD) with the citizens of Castro Valley picking up the tab.
Please vote NO on Measure Q. Visit http://www.cvacts.org for more information.
Castro Valley Association of Concerned Taxpayers (CVACTS)
by Peter Kavaler, President
s/Steven Rosenberg, Ph.D.
s/Earl Bedard, P.E.
Retired Construction Executive
s/Jeannette A. Hordyk
s/Michael E. McCarthy
Whatever you think about Measure Q, this simple fact is undeniable:
A No vote means that developers will acquire some of the last remaining open space in Castro Valley and begin building houses. The opportunity to create parks and open space will be lost forever.
East Bay MUD already has developers interested in purchasing their 24-acre property in Castro Valley. If Measure Q fails, they will immediately sell the land to developers. Over 100 houses will be built where we could have open space and parkland. Development plans are also moving ahead on several other properties in Castro Valley.
Legally, every single penny from Measure Q can only be used in Castro Valley to protect open space and create parks and recreation areas.
Measure Q requires an independent citizens' oversight committee comprised only of Castro Valley residents to ensure that funds from Measure Q are used for open space and parks. No funds can be taken away by the State or used in other communities.
What will improve your property value? Preserving open space in Castro Valley or building more houses?
What will improve the quality of life in our community? More parks or more development?
What will lead to more traffic in Castro Valley? Open space or over 100 new housing units?
Measure Q offers a very simple choice:
If you want more houses, more development, more traffic, then vote No.
If you want open space, parks and recreation areas in Castro Valley, vote Yes on Q.
Exec. Dir. The Joseph Matteucci Foundation
Alameda County Planning Commissioner
s/Dean M. Nielsen
Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council
Castro Valley Independent Baseball League, President
Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council