More Schools and added Traffic??

We already have traffic jams and hangups from our schools students and parents.  You can barely get on Ralston now and  trying to get to work or home in the am and afternoons with traffic from schools.  Your also adding more cars to Ralston from being a connector to two major freeways as 92 does not take the full load not to mention Oracle. 
Jeanette Hobbs January 15, 2014 at 04:56 PM
I think ii's time to recall these new council members.i thought we had this all settle the last time, the people of Belmont spoke out.i came home around 1:00pm and traffic was backed up from Norte dame to el camino. Now, you want to raise $140 million. I wonder can the people of Belmont trust our council members.
Tom January 16, 2014 at 06:13 PM
"the people of Belmont" spoke out in favor of CSUS, Godbe Research conducted a poll and found that 2 in 3 citizens were in favor of CSUS and only 1 in 4 were opposed. Regarding the $140 million dollar tax increase for infrastructure improvements, this is the fault of previous council members who did not encourage businesses to come to Belmont which generates sales tax revenue that can be used for these improvements. I think we can all agree the infrastructure needs to be improved, so Jeanette, what is your plan to pay for the road,sewer and storm drain repairs and upgrades?
Jeanette Hobbs January 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I just thought maybe we could of spent more time getting a business on that property that would pay us taxes every year. I'm still concerned about the traffic. I've lived in Belmont for 47 years and I love my town.
Steve Hayes January 17, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Jeanette - the property now generates about $95K per year in taxes - the combined taxes going to the City, the Belmont Fire Dist, the Belmont/RWS School Dist, the Sequoia HS district and the Belmont Library. CSUS has offered to pay $250K per year along with the normal 2% Prop 13 annual increase. If the right business came along taxes might be higher, but a business would be less likely to stay in the long term and would certainly add many more cars to Ralston.
Jeanette Hobbs January 17, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Thank you Steve, I don't remember that it ever was explained that way. It makes a lot of sense. I still worry about all the traffic. Maybe Csus could have different starting and closing times. Just a thought.
Force Ten January 22, 2014 at 02:16 PM
I live in the hills off of Ralston in the Cipriani area. This would be a nightmare situation for the thousands that live in the hills of Belmont. I already take a lot of my business to San Mateo because Ralston can be impassable at times and it's easier to go away from it than deal with it. Tom, so…2 in 3 citizens were in favor of the new school according to Godbe Research huh? Did the participants realize that this new school would not really be for the kids of Belmont…it's mostly for the rich folks in Hillsborough and it would be a private school where if you want your child to go there for 3 years it will cost around $120,000? That's using the existing Uplands tuition as a reference. The troubling thing here is that the district already spent 11 million dollars to purchase buildings on Davis in anticipation that it will pass this time. I don't think School districts "gamble" with 11 million dollars…so it would seem that assurances and guarantees have already been made by the Belmont city council in some way…before studies and recommendations are finished. I hope this isn't the case but if it is…these council members need to be replaced immediately.


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