MEASURE Q: OPEN SPACE, WILDLIFE HABITAT, CLEAN WATER AND INCREASED PUBLIC ACCESS

Voters Show Overwhelming Support for Open Space

Dear Friends of Santa Clara County Open Space Authority,

We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that Measure Q has won with more than the required 2/3 majority of the vote. Measure Q is a $24 annual parcel tax that will generate approximately $7.9 million per year for open space protection in the cities of San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Campbell and Morgan Hill, and unincorporated areas of the County. On behalf of the Open Space Authority Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your vote of confidence and your support for the protection of open space for future generations.

Now we will turn our attention toward implementing the Santa Clara Valley Greenprint and focus on connecting people with nature by opening more parks and trails, protecting our water resources from pollution, and preserving open space land in perpetuity, including wildlife habitat, scenic hillsides, redwood forests, and agricultural land.

Urban parks and open space are included in the Greenprint and we will work with cities, schools, nonprofits and the County on projects that enhance urban areas such as trails, creek and floodplain restoration, tree planting and community gardens.

We will continue to be as transparent as possible as we implement all projects, and we invite you to participate by attending meetings and providing input as we progress. Please join our email list for regular updates on the Greenprint implementation.

We thank you for your support and trust in the Open Space Authority. Together we have accomplished a major milestone on a long journey to achieve healthy, sustainable, livable communities for the people of Santa Clara County that will endure well beyond the 21st Century. 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.

Warm regards,
Andrea Mackenzie
General Manager

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

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW for an interactive map of Examples of High Priority Potential Projects that Help Connect People to Nature

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Examples of High Priority Potential Projects that Help Connect People to Nature

  1. San Francisco Baylands Restoration: Increase wildlife habitat and reduce pollution by restoring salt ponds to tidal marsh, provide enhanced flood control, and develop new public access to the Bay.
  2. Alviso Adobe and Higuera Adobe Parks: Establish Alviso Adobe as a historical museum, and refurbish the historic Caretaker’s Cottage in Higuera Adobe Park in collaboration with the City of Milpitas.
  3. San Francisco Bay Trail: Increase public access by closing gaps in Bay Trail walking and biking trail connections.
  4. San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail: Provide Water Trail public access amenities at Alviso Marina.
  5. Ulistac Natural Area: Increase educational programming, and restore natural habitat.
  6. Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve: Establish staging area and trails, convert historic residence to visitor hostel, and restore pond and wildlife habitats for endangered species.
  7. Penitencia Creek Trail: Complete trail linking Penitencia Creek community to Alum Rock Park and Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve.
  8. Five Wounds Trail: Develop additional trails connecting to future public transit station.
  9. Guadalupe River Nature Center and Environmental Programming: Partner with nonprofits to establish outdoor environmental education learning center and interpretive programming for youth and families.
  10. Coyote Creek Trail: Expand walking and biking trail connections and restore natural habitats.
  11. Silver Creek Trail: Increase walking and biking opportunities by creating connections to regional trails, parks and transit.
  12. Three Creeks Trail: Complete eastern trail alignment.
  13. San Tomas Aquino /Saratoga Creek Trail: Construct walking and biking trails through cities of Campbell and Santa Clara.
  14. Thompson Creek Trail Improvements: Complete walking and biking trail improvements.
  15. Guadalupe River Trail: Expand walking and biking trail connections.
  16. Martial Cottle Park: Partner with County Parks to develop trail link to Blossom Hill Light Rail Station and implement recreation and wetland restoration projects.
  17. Santa Teresa Hills: Partner with City of San Jose, County and Santa Teresa Neighborhood Association to protect land and develop regional ridgeline trail connections to create more access to local trails.
  18. Coyote Ridge: Establish new open space preserve with parking and regional trails, and protect and restore habitat for endangered species.
  19. Calero County Park: Partner with County to establish a staging area, public access and trails at Rancho San Vicente and at McKean Road.
  20. Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve: Build an outdoor learning center and a loop trail accessible to seniors and people with disabilities, and restore and enhance wetland habitat.
  21. Coyote Valley Agriculture and Natural Resource Reserve: Preserve agricultural lands, enhance natural resources, establish public access, and protect wildlife corridor.
  22. Youth Agricultural Education and Demonstration Farm: Partner with Cities of San Jose and Morgan Hill, Sobrato High School, nonprofits and agricultural organizations to establish an agricultural education and demonstration farm in the Coyote Valley Greenbelt.
  23. Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve: Restore wildlife habitat, build an interactive education center, and construct new staging area and regional trails for increased public access.
  24. El Toro Peak: Partner with City of Morgan Hill to establish an open space preserve with staging area and trails, and restore natural habitat.
  25. Southern Santa Cruz Mountains: Establish regional trail connections between Uvas Reservoir, Uvas County Park and Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve, develop staging area, and protect wildlife corridor.
  26. Uvas Creek: Protect wildlife habitat and corridor, protect natural lands for water supply and water quality, and increase trails to close gaps in regional trails.
  27. Palassou Ridge: Establish open space preserve, restore historic stone house for visitor center, develop multi-use trails connecting to Henry Coe State Park, and implement wildfire prevention and habitat restoration projects.
  28. Diablo Foothills: Establish open space preserve, restore wetlands and bird habitat, and implement public access improvements.
  29. Sargent Hills: Protect wildlife corridor, create staging area, public access and regional trail connections to the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
  30. South County Agriculture: Conserve working farms and ranches near Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Pajaro River for greenbelts and agricultural viability and to enhance flood control, water quality, wildlife habitat and connectivity.

Citizen Oversight

An independent citizen oversight committee will be established to ensure that all funds are used for voter-approved purposes.

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.

The Open Space Authority works carefully to leverage its modest funding with local, state and federal grants to benefit the community. In order to protect the conservation areas and natural resources identified in its research, the Authority is seeking new funding sources.