OPEN SPACE, WILDLIFE HABITAT, CLEAN WATER AND INCREASED PUBLIC ACCESS
The Open Space Authority is preparing to implement Measure Q which was overwhelmingly approved by the voters on November 4, 2014. We are looking forward to fulfilling promise of expanded protection for our precious open space lands and natural resources in the Santa Clara Valley. The Authority will receive Measure Q funds starting in January 2016 and we are readying financial systems, planning public access and other key projects in order to hit the ground running in early 2016.
The Expenditure Oversight Committee will be central to Measure Q implementation. This committee will be composed of seven at-large members from our jurisdiction, and will ensure accountability and transparency, as well as provide independent public oversight for all funds collected and allocated by Measure Q.
We are seeking a group of committed individuals who represent the rich diversity of the Authority's jurisdiction, which includes the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Milpitas and unincorporated areas in Santa Clara County. To learn more about this unique volunteer opportunity, please visit the Expenditure Oversight Committee webpage.
We thank you for your continuing support and trust in the Open Space Authority. May we all continue to be good stewards of this Valley and work together to ensure we pass on our natural heritage to future generations.
Community Benefits: What Measure Q Will Accomplish
Through an extensive community engagement process, the Authority developed the Santa Clara Valley Greenprint, a 30-year vision for open space protection. The proposed measure would be guided by the priorities of the Santa Clara Valley Greenprint.
• Preserve our region’s natural heritage by protecting scenic hillsides, open space, wildlife, redwood forests, and agricultural land
• Increase public access to open space and maintain parks, trails, and expand trail connections among local and regional parks
• Protect our water supplies and reduce pollution and toxins by preserving land around creeks, rivers and streams
• Provide easy access to open space through urban parks and environmental education programs
About the Open Space Authority
Since 1993, the Open Space Authority has protected over 16,000 acres of open space, natural areas, watersheds and wildlife habitat—
providing outdoor recreation opportunities and preserving the natural beauty and environmental health of Santa Clara County. Through the Authority’s Urban Open Space Program, we’ve contributed over $8 million to cities for urban trails, parks and natural areas.