COMMUNITY OPINION: Measure G needed to improve local roads

Accountability measures require all funds in San Benito County to be used for road and transportation projects.

This community opinion was contributed by Wayne Norton. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent BenitoLink or other affiliated contributors.

Anyone who drives in San Benito County knows that local roads are a teeth-rattling mess. Our roads rank among the worst in the state and traffic on 25 is a concern. But the good news is that local voters can do something this November about fixing our streets and highways by voting for Measure G.

The measure was developed over the past year through conversations with residents in every part of San Benito County. Transportation officials and staff turned those conversations into the San Benito County Roads and Transportation Safety Investment Plan.

Measure G will:

  • Maintain local streets and roads.
  • Reduce congestion on 25 with a four-lane expressway and safer intersections.
  • Repair potholes.
  • Increase pedestrian and bike safety.
  • Protect and enhance bus and paratransit services for seniors, people with disabilities, and youth.

Measure G includes safeguards that ensure funds will be used for transportation projects only for San Benito County communities. It includes requirements for independent audits and a Citizens Oversight Committee to monitor expenditures.

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Wayne Norton lives in Aromas. He has been involved in a wide variety of community projects. He is past president of the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista.

Wayne Norton

Recognized by the State Assembly in 2019 for protecting the environment, Wayne Norton is a two-term elected Aromas Water District director and candidate for San Benito County Supervisor in District 2. A Vietnam veteran and former political reporter, Wayne was the managing editor of the daily Hollister Free Lance. He is an active advocate for quality public education and was a founding staff member of Anzar High School, a California Distinguished School. As a former Ombudsman, Wayne protected the rights of residents in nursing homes and investigated elder abuse. He currently serves as a director on the Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, and has consistently led and volunteered for a variety of public commissions and community organizations since moving to the area in 1985. Wayne can be contacted at (831) 227-3530,, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.