By John Maybury, Editor & Publisher
As the clock ticks down to a confrontation between forces that propose to widen Highway 1 and those that oppose it, the curiously passive Pacifica City Council has issued an undated press release on city letterhead whining that citizen opposition lawsuits have forced the city to delay public hearings on the widening proposal. Oh, the crocodile tears!
Well, duh, why hasn't the council already done the right thing, the proactive thing, the responsible thing, the democratic thing, and let some air and sunlight into this secretive, bureaucratic process? Why didn't our elected representatives hold public forums long ago? I will leave speculation about the council's motives or reasoning (or lack thereof) to the Big Brains in our Riptide editorial posse. But one word seems to describe this city press release: scapegoating.
Meanwhile, dear readers, click the link below to experience nausea while reading the pusillanimous prose proferred by the city, also linked on the city website homepage. Below, see the response by Pete Shoemaker, chair of Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A).
Response: "The Mayor of Pacifica said that he was 'frustrated' that hearings on the proposed Highway 1 widening project have been postponed. We at Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) agree and share his frustration. We have been advocating for a long time that public hearings be held, and have been frustrated that the City Council did not schedule them sooner, ideally when the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was first released. Now that the final report (FEIR) is out, it is more important than ever that the public be educated on this proposed project." (Pete Shoemaker, chair of PH1A)
A public discussion on October 9 at Vallemar School continues Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at Sharp Park Library.