Enter Measure KK. If two-thirds voters pass KK on Election Day, it will greenlight some $350 million in bonds to make a dent in that road-repair deficit.
But proponents tout that the initiative will do more than just fix streets. The measure also earmarks $150 million in bonds to upgrade city facilities, such as libraries, parks, and fire stations; and another $100 million in bonds to invest in affordable housing.
Meanwhile, leaders from Oakland to San Jose said the federal and state governments have completely relinquished their responsibility to adequately fund transportation, said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
“Traditionally, we have sufficient funding from the state and federal government, but that money has been decreasing while the costs have been increasing,” said Schaaf in an interview after Monday’s conference. “We can’t wait for the state and the federal government to break through the partisan gridlock.”