Decades of neglect and lack of investment in San Jose’s urban infrastructure have left neighborhoods highly vulnerable to natural disasters and drought, leaving disadvantaged communities shouldering too much of that vulnerability. The February 2017 Coyote Creek flood forced 14,000 people to evacuate and caused $100 million in property damage. San Jose also struggles to comply with regulations to reduce trash and other pollutants from the city’s stormwater that flows into San Francisco Bay.
Measure T authorizes $650 million of general obligation bonds to protect vital infrastructure and people from earthquakes, floods and other disasters, and preserves natural open space. Bond funds will repair deteriorating streets, bridges and stormwater systems, and upgrade emergency preparedness.Measure T will upgrade 32,000 storm drains and 1,100 miles of the city’s aging storm sewer system. It repairs and repaves streets to reduce accidents and incorporate green infrastructure that reduces trash and toxins flowing into the Bay.
It also preserves natural open space in Coyote Valley, which reduces flooding, protects groundwater from contamination and lowers wildfire risks. These are just some of the ways Measure T will increase San Jose’s resilience to climate change impacts, and reduce pollution to help make the city a Bay Smart Community.
The investment in green infrastructure, flood protection, and maintenance crews combined with trash capture devices and redesigned streets can lead to reduced stormwater pollution and protects the city against flood risks from extreme storms and rising tides.
Measure T was placed on the ballot by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and 10 members of the San Jose City Council. Measure T also is endorsed by the Committee for Green Foothills, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, Greenbelt Alliance, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the San Jose Mercury News. Passage of Measure T requires a 2/3 majority of votes cast in San Jose.