This update on events in Santa Clara County was provided by member Adina Levin.
At Tuesday's Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board decided to put the brakes on deciding how to spend $10.4 million on trail funds that could go to complete a missing link in the Bay Trail.
They had planned to discuss a process to take proposals until July 19, and to make a decision by August 19. But instead, they put off even deciding how they were going to decide until August 7. The drive to postpone was made by Supervisor George Shirakawa, who was also the member who urged putting the matter off at the previous meeting.
The trail funds have been gathering interest since 2000 when Stanford was required to compensate the community for trails in the Foothills that branched off from the Dish Trail. Supervisors Liz Kniss and Dave Cortese have proposed the use of some of the funds to complete a gap in the Bay Trail connecting Santa Clara to San Mateo County and the East Bay, and toward the Adobe Creek Bridge which connects Palo Alto to the Bay Trail, and the County's attorneys have ruled that it is legally kosher to spend funds on those projects.
Stay tuned for actions you can take before August 7 to urge the Santa Clara Supervisors to avoid more delay and invest in trails.