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Group Protests ‘Jail Tax’ over Highway 101 [PHOTOS]

The Peninsula Direct Action group posted signs opposing Measure A on a highway overpass in San Mateo.

Peninsula Direct Action, a group of Occupy-affiliated residents, protested the proposed Measure A half-cent sales tax increase that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Measure A would increase the sales tax by one-half cent for the next 10 years to generate approximately $60 million to support emergency and recreation services and other county services.

Opponents of Measure A, including Peninsula Direct Action, have called the sales tax increase a insinuating that the revenues raised would pay for building and operating the county's new jail in Redwood City, which has a price tag of approximately $160 million.

However, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley said, "Nothing could be further from the truth. This is not a jail tax."

Horsley said Measure A funds would help preserve "the safety net for people who really need help" by bolstering services such as health care for low-income children, transportation for the disabled, emergency room services and library programs for children and teens.

Several cars honked as they drove under the overpass, acknowledging the protesters and signs.

CHP officers arrived on scene to make sure the demonstration was peaceful. 

Harry E. Smith November 03, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I don't think the honking from the passing cars was necessarily a sign of support, but a frustration with the IDIOTS who had come to a near complete stop to look at the backwards placed banner to N/B traffic that was backed up past Highway 92!
CQ November 04, 2012 at 01:12 AM
A criminal act unless they had prior Caltrans written authorization to post it. Why do all these political causes think they can post anything anywhere including private property without permission?
Lionel Emde November 05, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Protest that gets in the way of business as usual is a success. The sales tax increase is a general tax, requiring only a 50 percent plus 1 majority. It is not specified for emergency services, or anything else, it is entirely at the discretion of the board of supervisors as to how it's spent. If you think this board of supervisors has run the county well, then vote for it. I'm voting no.
Cid November 05, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Probably for the same reason REPUBLICANS think they can buy the election by suppressing the ethnic vote. Go Figure!

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