On June 19, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors put the brakes on deciding how to spend $10.4 million allocated 12 years ago for recreation trails.
On May 22, the Board decided to discuss what process it should use to accept proposals for spending the trail funds. The proposals were to be due by July 19, and the Board was to make a decision on which proposals to fund on August 19.
But instead, they put off even deciding how they were going to decide until August 7. The drive to postpone was made by Supervisor George Shirakawa, who was also the member who urged delaying the matter at the previous meeting.
The trail funds have been gathering interest since 2000 when Stanford University was required to compensate the community for the loss of recreation trails that branch off from the popular Dish Trail that it decided to close to the public.
Supervisors Liz Kniss and Dave Cortese have proposed using $8 million of the $10.4 million in funds to complete a half-mile missing section of the Bay Trail connecting Santa Clara County to San Mateo County and the East Bay near the Dumbarton Bridge, and to construct the Adobe Creek Bridge that would connect south Palo Alto to the Palo Alto Baylands Park. The County’s attorneys have ruled that it is legal to spend the funds on those projects, since they are recreational trails in close vicinity to the Stanford University campus.
We have been waiting for over a decade for recreational trails to be built with these funds. Please contact the Board of Supervisors and ask them to stop delaying and make a decision to invest in trails.