Yet another vote today on the multi-billion dollar tunnel proposed to replace an earthquake-damaged elevated highway. It's a state highway, and the state government is pushing it even though by it's own estimate it will do nothing to alleviate downtown congestion. With a $5 or so toll and no downtown exits it will not be used by commuters or downtown shoppers, just those who want to bypass the city traffic.
I have no problem with this goal, just the means. And the fact that some part of those billions could be used instead to improve public transportation.
The vote is to confirm the city council's decision to grant construction permits, so a no on the referendum means no tunnel, though many "experts" say that it is a done deal, too late to stop.
And apparently the city agrees; it appears that early returns show a 60-40 approval of the tunnel. In November the county will ask for a $20 increase car registration fees to avoid crippling cuts in bus service. Billions for cars, yes. Millions for busses? We'll see.