• Santa Clara

YES on Valley Water Measure S

WIN – Yes 75%

Protect Santa Clara County’s water, and support natural solutions to improve flood control

Santa Clara County residents need safe, clean drinking water, access to healthy & litter-free creeks and shorelines, and reliable flood protection. Valley Water’s Measure S will make needed investments in all of these areas, and include Bay Smart priorities to help the county become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Measure S will allow Valley Water to upgrade local water infrastructure for millions of residents. It will also utilize natural solutions to improve flood protection, rehabilitate wildlife habitat, and protect creeks and the Bay from trash & other pollution.

With Measure S, Valley Water will be able to meet our community’s needs and enhance our ability to address the challenges of climate change.

Vote YES on Measure S.

YES on Measure T

WIN – Yes 81%

Expand Access to Open Space in Santa Clara County

Now more than ever we are seeing the value of Bay Smart communities, including access to clean, healthy, and vibrant open spaces. These areas allow for physically-distanced, healthy recreation while also protecting watersheds from pollution and preserving wildlife habitat.

As the increasing impact of climate change becomes apparent, preserving native open spaces is critical to combating urban sprawl, which encourages increased traffic and pollution.

And as wildfires become more frequent and intense, the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority needs consistent funding to ensure that these areas are managed properly to prevent the chance of catastrophic wildfires.

Measure T will provide the Open Space Authority the funds its needs to continue to acquire and maintain a vibrant collection of natural areas, while improving access so that all Santa Clara County residents can benefit from these beautiful lands.

Vote YES on Measure T to maintain and expand access to Santa Clara County’s open spaces.

YES on Caltrain Measure RR

WIN – Yes 70.4%

A Bay Smart transit system needs your help to weather this storm and grow to meet future demand.

Caltrain provides vital transit service across Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. People taking the train to work, school, and sporting events eliminate thousands of cars from clogged highways along the Peninsula. As more housing gets located within walking distance to Caltrain stations, people can become less car-dependent, with huge benefits to our environment and the climate.

Caltrain needs a stable revenue source to support continued service and for future expansions. Like every transit system in the country, Caltrain is facing deep ridership and financial losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Measure RR will provide Caltrain with the stable funding it needs to weather this storm and grow to meet future demand.

A future without Caltrain would be one with even worse traffic throughout the Peninsula and Silicon Valley, increased air and water pollution, and lost opportunities to build walkable, transit-oriented communities.

Vote Yes on Measures RR to ensure Caltrain remains a reliable, convenient, and affordable transit option.


YES on Proposition 15

Close Race

Cities need additional resources to fund Bay Smart infrastructure

Aging stormwater systems that fail to keep trash and contaminants out of our creeks and the Bay, more frequent flooding caused by sea-level rise that put our communities at risk, and pollution from traffic congestion that continues to harm the health of people and the environment all require significant investments that our cities struggle to afford.

Save The Bay Action Fund supports Proposition 15 because it will provide important new local funding and allow us to better protect our communities against the impacts of climate change, while improving the health the Bay for people and wildlife.

In the face of growing environmental challenges, our cities and counties can’t afford corporations continuing to avoid paying their fair share.

Save The Bay Action Fund supports increased funding for schools and communities, and urges you to vote YES on Proposition 15.

Proposition 15 FAQ

Protecting our communities and the Bay from pollution, sea-level rise, and climate threats takes resources. Proposition 15 will free up public funding for those investments by updating a 40-year old property-assessment system so that corporations pay their fair share. The economic downturn from the Covid-19 pandemic has caused municipal budget deficits at a time when public health and other services are urgently needed. We can’t afford to have cities and counties cut essential services and delay crucial community protections because of an outdated, unfair corporate tax break.
Bay Area voters support responsible solutions to sea-level rise, flooding and pollution of the Bay, but local governments struggle to fund the projects that protect people, communities, and water against these threats. By closing a tax break for corporations, Proposition 15 will provide cities and counties with more revenue to implement Bay Smart:Climate Smart solutions.
More than 92% of all revenue raised by Proposition 15 would come from the top 10% of commercial properties, and the measure includes important protections for small businesses. All commercial property valued at less than $3 million is exempt, and small businesses will also benefit from a new tax deduction for personal property used for business purposes.
By making corporations pay their fair share, Proposition 15 enables municipalities to fund services and invest in public infrastructure without increasing regressive sales taxes that disproportionately increase costs for lower-income residents.