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November 19, 2012

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Yeah -- it's as if Caltrans hasn't heard of AB32, California's global warming law -- or of global warming at all.
http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/

Carl, Caltrans would have had a climate-changing bypass instead of a shoring-up of the impossible. The tunnels may be imperfect, but we continue to battle the bad ideas of Caltrans "visionaries" in the Highway 1 widening in Pacifica.

To be paved and hardscaped to the max. The old conundrum of destroying nature to supposedly expose people to it. All of this recreational mess on the soon-to-be-abandoned highway is entirely from people with urban mind-sets--in other words, people estranged from nature who are responsible (however well intended their mistakes might be) for the steady diminishment of the very coastal features the Coastal Act is supposed to protect--decline that is being implemented with the unnecessary expenditure of millions of dollars of our tax money and will cost dearly in new jobs and maintenance of facilities that are unneeded. Lost (and never part of the urban growth-nut calculation) is the best part of the vehicle commute between Pacifica and the midcoast, to be replaced by trips through cement cylinders.

The two tunnels plus hardscaped recreation plus loss of coastal exposure plus ongoing tax dollars going to personnel and maintenance of facilities that reduce coastal access to natural features are brought to us at a cost of more than ten times as much as the most expensive stabilization of the current highway would have cost. The public and remaining natural features of our degraded coastal environment are the losers.

Oh yeah, the ends of the paved "Boondoggle Trail" will be locked at night. Glory to the pave-it-and-paint-it-green environmentalists.

The shuttle will be operating in a couple of weeks (inaugural ride is Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m.), but the route will be adjusted to include a stop at the north end of the Devil's Slide Coast once that is operational.

Funding for the free weekend shuttle is via a grant from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (Measure A) and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).

A press release with further information (including a list of the shuttle stop locations) may be found in the Community News Wire sidebar at www.pacificaindex.com.

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