As trustees of the Piedmont Beautification Foundation, we urge Piedmont voters to support the renewal, at existing levels, of our city parcel tax, Measure Y on the November ballot. It is safe to assume that the first cuts, if the measure does not pass, will be to the maintenance of our green spaces – the Grand Avenue medians, Nova circle, the Fairview median, the Jerome triangle, Dracena, Linda and Piedmont Parks, the San Carlos median, the Civic Center landscaping, the Hampton/Indian triangle, the Wildwood/Magnolia triangle, the cemetery wall garden and the St. James triangle, to name a few. At risk also would be the proposed Ramona/Ronada traffic peninsula, which is both an aesthetic and a safety project.
Every homeowner understands that no man-made environment goes downhill faster than a neglected garden — that lapses in care of just a few years mean costly restoration work later.
We understand that the City Council, when faced with a loss of 1.63 million dollars per year, (6.52M over four years), will strive to keep cuts as far away from safety services as possible, and rightly so. But as PBF trustees, we must be a voice for Piedmont’s green spaces which support our property values while providing recreation, traffic safety, and civic pride.
Please vote “Yes” on Measure Y.