State Senate Bill (SB) 509

SB 509: Keeping the money in Hayward; helping the Caltrans tenants

This page links to the relevant PDF files involving SB 509 and the “CalTrans Tenants.”


Letter from HAPA to Senator Figueroa; April 27, 2003; Regarding SB 509 Full PDF

We appreciate your help in stopping the Hayward SR 238 Bypass project and believe that you introduced SB 509 with the best of intentions. Nevertheless, the Hayward Area Planning Association has decided to oppose the bill. We believe that SB 509

  • would leave Caltrans tenants worse off than they are now,
  • would fund an over-widening of Foothill and Mission Blvds in Hayward in a destructive and counter-productive manner,
  • supports right-of-way sales which would produce excess funds of about $52 million over that needed even for the over-widening, in the midst of an historic state budget crisis,
  • is not needed because existing funds are adequate to build the alternative project using a more reasonable amount of widening, Bus Rapid Transit and Smart Growth,
  • is not needed because already existing Government Code accomplishes the same goal, and
  • has too many unknowns to justify proceeding with new legislation this year,

Discussion of SB 509 (Figueroa) Full PDF

The heart of the matter is the policy conflict between those who focus on solving traffic congestion by building more highway capacity and those who favor Smart Growth, which in the Foothill Mission Corridor, involves Bus Rapid Transit, redevelopment to mixed uses and higher densities, design for walking and bicycles, and parking management. In terms of policy development, the highwaymen favor analysis that focuses exclusively on vehicle speeds and throughput, while the Smart Growth advocates seek study of car-free housing marketability, BURT feasibility, CSUH enrollment impacts, effects on local business revenues, and health and environmental impacts. Most of our problem is that the City of Hayward is not studying what we think needs to be studied, so that we cannot get the information we need to argue our case…


The Public Interest Law Project
449 15th Street, Suite 301 – Oakland, California 94612
Telephone (510) 891-9794 – Fax (510) 891-9727
June 30, 2003


Senator Liz Figueroa
43271 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539

Re: SB 509
Dear Senator Figueroa:
On behalf of plaintiffs in La Raza Unida v. Volpe, No. C-71-1166 TH (N.D. Cal. 1971), who are CalTrans tenants in the Hayward bypass right of way, I request that you withdraw SB 509 because, if enacted, it will (a) eliminate critical affordable housing and relocation protections presently provided under the La Raza Unida Consent Decree and… Full PDF


The Public Interest Law Project
449 15th Street, Suite 301 – Oakland, California 94612
Telephone (510) 891-9794 – Fax (510) 891-9727
June 30, 2003

Senator Liz Figueroa
43801 Mission Blvd., Suite 103
Fremont, CA 94539

Re: SB 509
Dear Senator Figueroa:
I am enclosing a copy of the La Raza Unida Consent Decree in response to a request from Legislative Counsel. I would be pleased to respond to questions regarding its interpretation. The federal court, however, has jurisdiction over those issues… Full PDF


SB 509 bill info as of October 28, 2003 (Full PDF)

BILL TEXT, AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 10, 2003
INTRODUCED BY Senator Figueroa FEBRUARY 20, 2003
An act to amend Section 14528.5 of the Government Code, relating to transportation.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST…


Policy Committee SB 509 BILL ANALYSIS (Full PDF) Notes added by Sherman Lewis, shown in brackets: [Note: …].

Senate Transportation Committee Bill No: SB 509
Senator Kevin Murray, Chairman
Author: Figueroa VERSION: 2/20/03
Analysis by: Steve Schnaidt.

FISCAL: yes
SUBJECT: State Highway Route 238: local alternative program…


1982 AB 3179 (Young) becomes law and concerning 238 states:Full PDF

GOVERNMENT CODE sections 14528.5 and 14528.6 apply only to Rte 238

14528.5. (a) To resolve local transportation problems resulting from the infeasibility of a planned state transportation facility on State Highway Route 238, the city or county in which the planned facility was to be located, or the transportation planning commission having jurisdiction over the city or county, may develop and file with the commission a local alternative transportation improvement program that addresses transportation problems and opportunities in the county which was to be served by the planned facility…


Article 8.5 (commencing with Section 54235) of Chapter 5 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54235-54238.7 Full PDF

  1. The Legislature reaffirms its finding that the disposition of surplus property owned by public agencies should be utilized to further state policies. The Legislature reaffirms its finding that there exists within the urban and rural areas of the state a serious shortage of decent, safe, and sanitary housing…

Compiled by

Hayward Area Planning Association

Sherman Lewis, Chair, 538-3692, October 27, 2003