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Weekly endorsements for June primary

May 21, 2018

By Pleasanton Weekly editorial board : eastbaytimes – excerpt

No on Regional Measure 3

It’s election time once again, and although these midterm primary campaigns haven’t generated as much intrigue as we’d see in a presidential election year, there are nonetheless a handful of important topics on the ballot for Tri-Valley voters this June…

Regional Measure 3

Regional Measure 3 asks voters in nine Bay Area counties to approve three successive $1 increases in bridge tolls on all Bay Area bridges except the Golden Gate Bridge, and thereafter tolls would be increased with the rise of the Consumer Price Index. To pass, a majority of voters in each county must approve the measure.

The new tolls are expected to generate about $4.5 billion for transportation projects throughout the Bay Area. Some projects in or near the Tri-Valley stand to benefit, most notably reconstruction of the Interstate 680-Highway 84 interchange south of Pleasanton and Tri-Valley transit access improvements.

While RM3 would secure funding for those vital local projects, we believe the toll increases — along with the implementation of inflation escalators — ask for too much and attempt to leverage the public’s frustration over bad traffic to disproportionately penalize bridge commuters, a small fraction of voters and therefore an easy target… (more)

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