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Fire Station Construction
City of San Jose
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 89,240 / 70.79% Yes votes ...... 36,820 / 29.21% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of June 26 11:47am, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (507/507)|
|Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
To improve fire suppression, emergency medical services and increase essential emergency facilities available for disaster response within the Evergreen and East Hills area, shall the City be authorized to construct a two-company fire station on one acre in Silver Creek Park?
Under Section 1700 of the City Charter, "the public parks of the City shall be inalienable unless otherwise authorized by the affirmative votes of the majority of the electors voting on such a proposition in each case...." The purpose of this ballot measure is to obtain voter approval to locate a new fire station on a portion of a public park, thereby complying with this Charter section.
The proposed fire station construction is a project funded by Public Safety Bond funding, approved in Measure "O" by San Jose voters in March, 2002. The proposed location of the new fire station was selected upon analysis indicating that in comparison to other potential locations, it would provide better access to major thoroughfares and greater opportunities for efficient responses to emergencies, as well as meeting seismic and grading site requirements specific for a fire station.
The proposed location for the fire station is currently used as a trail with tree landscaping. As part of this fire station project, approximately 300 linear feet of the trail will be re-aligned around the fire station. Location of the new fire station in this area will not preclude recreational uses of other portions of the park nor will it prevent or impede access to existing park facilities.
If a majority of voters vote "yes" on the measure, the City will be able to convert one acre of the park area to public use as a fire station. If a majority of the voters vote "no" on the measure, then the City will not be able to construct a fire station on one acre of the area presently designated as Silver Creek Linear Park.
/s/ Richard Doyle, City Attorney
City Of San Jose
|Arguments For Measure K||Arguments Against Measure K|
|After the passage of Measure "0" by San Jose voters in March 2002, and the adoption of the 2004-2005 Capital Budget and 2005-2009 Capital Improvement Program a modified program of fire station relocations and reconstruction to improve performance was developed. Station 24 is suboptimally located in relation to the service demand within the Eastside Communities. Council's adoption of MBA #8 in 2004 approved the relocation of Station 24 and combining it with new Station 36. As part of its station relocation strategy, the fire department has identified a site on the most western portion of Silver Creek Linear Park as an optimal location for fire station 24/36.
Measure K will:
Strategically locate a fire station that will improve response time performance and capability, thus improving fire suppression and emergency medical service (EMS) delivery.
The department in partnership with Council District 8 Office, City Manager's Office, and Department of Public Works has conducted three community meetings to date to describe the scope of the project and receive community input. This proposal was presented at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on February 1, 2006 and endorsed by the Commission.
Measure K is a unique opportunity to improve emergency response service while taking advantage of the use of City owned property as opposed to having to pay market rates for property and/or needing to use the City's eminent domain rights to acquire property.
/s/ Phyllis Lazzarini
Chairperson, Public Safety Bond Citizen Oversight Committee/s/ Debra Murphy
Chairperson, Parks Committee Silver Creek Valley Community Organization
|No Argument Against was submitted.|