Burglar Relents: Returns Stolen Jewelry
Former Pacifica Planning Commissioner Leo Leon on PCT 26

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"The only possible, though highly unlikely, turnaround I can see as an observer who, thankfully, won't have to live that long into the obstinately declining future, is for enlightened smaller communities and governmental units to gain control of themselves and spin off from the general downward spiral."

And how are local governments going to pay for the pension/health benefit contractual promises made to employees? What's more likely is that the county will be taking over financially failed cities and there will be LESS local control.

You can't grow your way out of overgrowth. You can't develop your way out of overdevelopment. Our physical world, our material world, is a finite place. Any activity or use of inputs (call them "resources") that cannot be sustained ("sustainability" meaning what can be continued indefinitely and not some contrived definition for the purpose of greenwashing or other self-serving agenda) is an activity/consumption that degrades and thus makes the future less sustainable, not more.

Like all the urban areas of California--and the entire developed world for that matter when it comes to basic resources necessary for terrestrial life such as freshwater--Pacifica is far beyond sustainability in its present form. You can decide to continue to push any real-world problems into the future with short-term growth-and-wealth-serving financial schemes, environmental cost-displacement by using urban power to take needed resources from less populated places, and technological efficiencies that end up as rearrangement of deck chairs on a doomed cruise ship over the long term, but you cannot escape the reality of limits, of physical finiteness. The longer Pacificans and all Californians try to game reality, the longer we try to defy the overpopulation that is part of and often at the root of our challenges at all levels from communities up to biogeographic regions and on to the entire planet, the even less sustainable, the even less livable we make our future circumstances.

The only possible, though highly unlikely, turnaround I can see as an observer who, thankfully, won't have to live that long into the obstinately declining future, is for enlightened smaller communities and governmental units to gain control of themselves and spin off from the general downward spiral. Manage for what you will have into the future, not for what the power elites want to sell you as they siphon off enough wealth to insulate themselves (for the short term) from the general decline they cause. Get enough successful localities acting on their own behalf in an effort for an all-term decent quality of life, and you may be able to shift impossible paradigms and bend higher levels of government in a better direction at the ballot box and with refusals to continue with destructive agendas. Power from the bottom up, as opposed to the rigged top down, has seldom been tried.

But, to get back on topic, we should be encouraging only politicians with a realistic approach to a government working for a better, real-world, all-term quality of life for all. The only likely way such a thing could succeed would be to start locally, looking at the facts of our local situations, and not accepting the BS of those who would persuade us that we aren't succeeding because we haven't failed enough with what they are pushing.

"San Bruno added more than 1,000 housing units across El Camino from Tanforan Shopping Center. Not to mention that there are two major shopping malls (Tanforan and the one with Lowe's). Not to mention that Google, Gap, and YouTube have many more workers in the Bayhill Office Park. San Bruno and Caltrans sat down and figured out a way to make traffic flow better though this area. Not to mention the 380 off-ramp just south of Tanforan."

What makes this work is major arteries bordered by freeways. Pacifica has nothing like that. I think some of the ideas in your first paragraph should be tried. Caltrans could have tried them years ago had it not been focused on building a freeway segment.

"Locals are trapped on weekends."

If people want to live in a paved-over landscape, there's always Los Angeles or Seattle for that matter. If they just want high-density living, try San Francisco.

Pacifica is a small, scenic beach town, not Miami Beach.

Todd:

How about some emergency lanes? How about better traffic flow in and out of Vallemar? How about on- and off- ramps where the bus stops are? Caltrans said back in 2005 that it can adjust the lights to work anyway. Public Works wants them, too. On El Camino during busy times, traffic flows faster on El Camino and the cross streets wait longer. This seems to work.

San Bruno added more than 1,000 housing units across El Camino from Tanforan Shopping Center. Not to mention that there are two major shopping malls (Tanforan and the one with Lowe's). Not to mention that Google, Gap, and YouTube have many more workers in the Bayhill Office Park. San Bruno and Caltrans sat down and figured out a way to make traffic flow better though this area. Not to mention the 380 off-ramp just south of Tanforan.

Kathryn, whatever improvements that could be made to Highway 1 and Highway 92 have been done. Your question is moot.

Dan, as you are to represent more than Pacifica, what possible solutions might you propose for the horrendous traffic on Highway 1 and Highway 92? Locals are trapped on weekends. Currently there is no control.

Thanks, Riptide!

If you're time constrained, skip straight to:

05:19 "Slow Down Crespi"
10:28 "Pacifica Schools"
13:27 "Surf Expo & Silicon Valley Film Commission"
28:33 "The Stunning Conclusion"

Feel free to ask any questions and I'll try to answer them right here on Riptide!

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