Santa Clara voters made their voices loud and clear last night when nearly 90% of our community voted YES for Measure R on election day. Measure R protects Santa Clara parks and open space by requiring a vote of the people before city government can sell or change the use. We are particularly grateful that Measure R protects the Youth Soccer Park and the Ulistac Natural Area from potential development. The 49ers tried unsuccessfully to acquire those lands for their use. Now, it will be impossible for them to do so in a city hall backroom. For this, we have many people to thank the Santa Clara Charter Review Committee and especially Tino Silva for helping push this onto the ballot.