By Lionel Emde
(Bob Pilgrim's photo shows the affected intersection and surrounding traffic patterns)
Just a heads-up for people who use the Manor/Palmetto/Oceana bridge nightmare to travel on: You have until Monday, May 14, 2007 to comment on the draft negative EIR report for the proposed Walgreens drive-through drag strip drugstore at the former SeaVue cinema site. This document asserts that traffic at the bridge is acceptable and 1,223 new trips generated by a Walgreens won't make any difference in the traffic. It also states that 28 parking spaces are needed and that there will be only 15 spaces on-site. What hogwash! We need to demand a full EIR and some serious change in this plan. Email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Planning Dept. at 650-738-7341.
Here is the text of my letter to city planner Farbstein: "Table 3: Estimated Parking Demand states that 28 parking spaces will be required for this project. There are only 15 spaces proposed. Parking across one of the busiest streets in Pacifica isn't acceptable. Why isn't the planning department telling the developer that it will need to file for a variance on the parking requirements? Table 2: Intersection Level of Service is a flat-out lie. LOS B or C?! I walk that intersection every day and that's not true. The intersection is gridlocked three times a day: morning commute and school drop-off, afternoon school pickup, and evening commute. This sort of paid lying on behalf of the client has been seen before. One traffic engineer once said: "The intersection works well." Ask any local if that's true. Why is the city even considering worsening our lives with such an intensive project? Fix the traffic flow first. As for the nice words about how slowly people will drive in the drive-through passage behind the new building: Think about how people drive in general these days and tell me if that's true. This drive-through idea is ridiculous given the already horrible traffic situation. It needs to be eliminated from the proposal. The developer needs to do a full EIR, not this half-baked gloss-over.
(Lionel Emde is a member of the Pacifica Riptide grassroots collective.)