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A controversial plan to construct toll lanes in the Highway 85 median could be abandoned, after city leaders made clear that the undeveloped strip of land dividing the congested highway ought to be reserved for transit rather than solo drivers in the increasingly crowded Santa Clara Valley. In June, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority board of directors agreed to put a half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. Comment?
Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat. In recent campaign contribution filings, Chang reported dozens of large donations made nearly a year ago that were supposed to be disclosed much earlier. Comment?
Community members can chat with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian about local issues during Simitian's "sidewalk office hours" in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Saratoga beginning April 2. "I look forward to talking to people one-on-one," Simitian said in an announcement for the event. "Sidewalk office hours give both the public and me a chance to interact in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Comment?
A major project that would add toll lanes to all 24 miles of Highway 85 has cleared environmental review and is headed into early design phases. But city officials across Santa Clara County are offering weak support and outright opposition to the plan, citing a need for more public transit options. Comment?
A bond measure to fund renovations at a Los Altos park and community center has been roundly rejected by voters in Tuesday's election, according to complete unofficial election results. Measure A proposed providing $65 million in bonds to replace the Hillview Community Center, which is nearly 70 years old, and make improvements at Hillview Park. Comment?
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is back for another round of sidewalk office hours this week. Simitian will be answering questions from community members at several local farmers' markets this month. Comment?
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