Sunday, August 01, 2004


Chaaban says Supe to host "business leaders" for County sales tax surcharge

There's a letter to the editor in the 8/2 North Bay Business Journal, headlined "Chime in about transportation". It's signed "Jim Chaaban, PG&E, Santa Rosa".

Chabaan is PG&E's local governmental and PR coordinator, president of the Sonoma County Alliance, and a director of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

His letter reads:

"Supervisor Paul Kelley, as chairman of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, is hosting a meeting for business leaders to learn about the November sales tax measure. The informational meeting will be held on Monday, August 9 at 10 a.m. at Fountaingrove Inn.

The Traffic Relief Act for Sonoma County calls for a quarter-cent sales tax measure to pay for local street and road improvements, U.S. 101 widening, development of passenger rail projects in Sonoma County, enhanced local bus service, and safe bike and pedestrian routes.

If passed, the measure will enable Sonoma to become a 'self help' county and leverage competitive federal and state transportation dollars.

Businesses interested in participating in the campaign can RSVP to Supervisor Kelley's office at 707-565-2241."

According to Chaaban's language, Supe/SCTA Chair Kelley is holding the informational meeting exclusively for "business leaders" who are "interested in participating in the campaign" for the measure.

It might be fun to call the number and say you're only a citizen, taxpayer, and voter, not a "business leader'', and you're not necessarily in favor of the measure, but you'd like the SCTA Chair to explain the Supes' November ballot measure to you, too...

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