- In partnership with the Eastside and allied communities, and in solidarity with those who led previous efforts, including Blanca Alvarado and Zoe Lofgren, Cindy Chavez led the Board of Supervisors to a unanimous decision to take such actions as may be necessary to expeditiously eliminate lead exposure from operations at Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose, consistent with all established federal, state, and local laws and all court orders. Such actions may include, but are not limited to, both prohibiting the sale or use of leaded fuel, and pursuing any and all available paths to early closure prior to 2031.
- Due to Supervisor Chavez’s leadership, the County now has a peer-reviewed lead study proving the correlation of blood lead levels in children and leaded gas in piston engine aircraft at RHV. The voices of our community residents were heard loud and clear, and they will continue to be engaged in a community process and conversation for any future use of this 180-acres of public land.
Clean Air Telecommute Challenge
- As Vice Chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Supervisor Chavez helped create the Clean Air Telecommute Challenge for employers with 50 or more employees. The goal is to identify and implement remote work for at least 25 percent of eligible employees. This initiative was strengthened through Senate Bill 1128 and the Commuter Benefits Program.
- Since May 2020, Supervisor Chavez has called on County Administration to expand telecommuting options for Santa Clara County employees post-COVID-19, including best telework practices among County departments, and guidelines to track and monitor the benefits, measures of success, and costs of telecommuting.
BART to San Jose/Santa Clara
In her role as Chair of the Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors, Supervisor Chavez helped introduce a ½ cent 30-year sales tax measure that was approved by the electorate as Measure B in 2016. It will provide funding to improve mobility in Santa Clara County, including completing the BART extension to Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara.
Eastridge Light Rail Extension:
Supervisor Chavez secured funding for the Light Rail extension to Eastridge linking the Eastside of San Jose to the regional rail transportation network.