As a homeowner, I am more than happy to continue to pay $10 per $100,000 of the assessed value of my home (more than I could sell it for) each year. I won't whine too much that renters don't have to pay this tax. Had voters during the Great Depression not approved a property tax measure the East Bay Parks would never have been formed. From the ultrarunning perspective, great runs like Firetrails 50 Mile, Skyline 50k and Ohlone Wilderness 50k Run would never have been possible. Voters approved a similar measure, AA, in 1988, with tangible results improving the quality of life for everyone in the area. Had Measure WW been shot down, I would be extremely depressed.
Here's some of the improvements resulting from the measure:
- Completion of the (mostly southern parts) of the Bay Trail so it runs continously from Martinez to Fremont
- East Bay Greenway Trail to run from Richmond to Fremont along the BART line
- The completion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail through Palomares Ridge, connecting Anthony Chabot in Castro Valley and Garin/Dry Creek Park in Hayward/Union City, and further south to Mission Peak. Also completion of the the northern segment at Wildcat Canyon Park up to the Carquinez Strait. End result: continuous trail from the Carquinez Strait to Mission Peak
- Completion of parallel trail segments in the I-680 corrider resulting in continous trail from Carquinez Strait to Sunol. This includes connection to Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, which I think has some of the best and most beautiful trail running in the East Bay.
In other words, completion of 4 parallel trail segments running north to south in the East Bay.
In addition, a trail running from Dublin to Mount Diablo, and a trail connecting Garin to Pleasanton Ridge.
The measure includes a total of 67 projects.
Of course, no instant gratification here-- these improvement will take years to happen. But inevitably some of the new trails will give way to some great trail ultras in the years to come. I've already got some great ideas, so once I hit retirement, assume I'll be founding race director of at least one.... ; )