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About the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Measure AA Regional Open Space
Access, Preservation and Restoration Bond

Stay Informed | Future Projects | Next Steps | Oversight | Benefits | Ballot Language

On June 3, 2014, voters passed Measure AA, a $300 million general obligation bond to purchase open space land, construct public access improvements such as new trails and staging areas, open preserves, and restore and enhance open space land, which includes forests, streams, watersheds, and coastal ranch areas.

 A Letter of Thanks from the Board President and General Manager

Stay Informed
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Future Projects
As promised, Measure AA funds will ONLY be used as specified for 25 key projects throughout the District.

Click the image to view the Top 25 Future Open Space Projects Interactive Story Map Project Areas

Download the Top 25 Future Open Space Projects

Next Steps

On Wednesday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m., the Board will discuss and approve the list of Measure AA projects prioritized using the criteria adopted by the Board on September 10th. This meeting will be held at the District Administrative Office - 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos - please note that the meeting location may be changed, check back prior to the meeting. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the meeting.

During this transition year 2014-15, Midpen is focused on preparing for the first bond issue and implementing Measure AA projects that are already underway as part of the current fiscal year action plan.  As staff prepares the Measure AA implementation schedule, we will be sharing the information via our website.

Midpen is already working on a number of Measure AA projects as part of the current fiscal year work plan.  These capital projects include:  public access to Mt. Umunhum at Sierra Azul and new trail connections, such as Ancient Oaks Trail in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and the Bay Trail gap between East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.


Oversight Committee
Measure AA requires the formation of an independent oversight committee.  The Citizen Oversight Committee will consist of seven at-large members who reside within the District. The Citizen Oversight Committee is expected to meet at least once a year to review annual Measure AA expenditures and review the District’s Annual Audit and Accountability report.  Each year, the Committee’s findings will be presented to the Board at a public meeting. We encourage members of the public who are interested in learning more about the oversight committee to join the notification mailing list for the formation of this committee.

 

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Benefits
As approved by voters at the June 3 election, bond funds will:

  • Expand public access to protected land
  • Save local redwood forests
  • Provide clean air and water by restoring land that feeds our lakes, streams, ponds and waterways
  • Preserve agriculture along the San Mateo Coast
  • Restore native vegetation to create a healthy habitat for wildlife and preserve biodiversity.

Ballot Language, as approved by the voters
To improve access to hiking and biking opportunities, protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces, the scenic beauty of our region and coastline, critical wildlife habitat, restore creeks to protect water quality, and reduce forest fire risk; shall Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District be authorized to issue up to $300 million in bonds, at a tax rate not to exceed $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed value of property owned, with expenditures verified by an independent citizen oversight committee?

 

THE 17 CITIES THAT COMPRISE
MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT

San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Atherton
Portola Valley
Cupertino
Mountain View
East Palo Alto
Redwood City
Los Altos
Palo Alto
Half Moon Bay
San Carlos
Los Altos Hills
Saratoga
Menlo Park
Woodside
Los Gatos
Sunnyvale
Monte Sereno


Updated 9/29/14

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