On June 3, 2014, voters passed Measure AA, a $300 million general obligation bond to purchase open space land, construct public access improvements such as new trails and staging areas, open preserves, and restore and enhance open space land, which includes forests, streams, watersheds, and coastal ranch areas.
As promised, Measure AA funds will ONLY be used for the 25 key project portfolios listed below. During the Vision Plan process these were called projects. They have been renamed portfolios, because each one contains multiple projects that will be prioritized separately.
Click the image to view the Top 25 Future Open Space Project Portfolios Interactive Story Map
On October 29, the Board of Directors approved the 5-year Measure AA Project List. Over 50 public access, restoration and land conservation projects are on the list. The list was prioritized based on criteria developed by the Board at an earlier meeting. Evaluation of all Measure AA projects will continue on a yearly basis.
During this transition year 2014-15, Midpen is focused on preparing for the first bond issue and implementing Measure AA projects that are already underway as part of the current fiscal year action plan. As staff prepares the Measure AA implementation schedule, we will be sharing the information via our website.
Midpen is already working on a number of Measure AA projects as part of the current fiscal year work plan. These capital projects include: public access to Mt. Umunhum at Sierra Azul and new trail connections, such as Ancient Oaks Trail in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and the Bay Trail gap between East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Measure AA requires the formation of an independent oversight committee. The Citizen Oversight Committee will consist of seven at-large members who reside within the District. The Citizen Oversight Committee is expected to meet at least once a year to review annual Measure AA expenditures and review the District’s Annual Audit and Accountability report. Each year, the Committee’s findings will be presented to the Board at a public meeting. We encourage members of the public who are interested in learning more about the oversight committee to join the notification mailing list for the formation of this committee.
As approved by voters at the June 3 election, bond funds will:
Expand public access to protected land
Save local redwood forests
Provide clean air and water by restoring land that feeds our lakes, streams, ponds and waterways
Preserve agriculture along the San Mateo Coast
Restore native vegetation to create a healthy habitat for wildlife and preserve biodiversity.
BALLOT LANGUAGE, AS APPROVED BY THE VOTERS
To improve access to hiking and biking opportunities, protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces, the scenic beauty of our region and coastline, critical wildlife habitat, restore creeks to protect water quality, and reduce forest fire risk; shall Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District be authorized to issue up to $300 million in bonds, at a tax rate not to exceed $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed value of property owned, with expenditures verified by an independent citizen oversight committee?
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MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT