BY TODD BRAY, RIPTIDE CORRESPONDENT
It appears the long-awaited environmental impact report (EIR) for the Calera Creek Parkway Project (widening Highway 1 from Fassler to Reina Del Mar) is on hold. Following up on an on-air comment from Wavelength host Ian Butler about the scoping comment period being extended indefinitely, this reporter asked San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) and Pacifica City Manager Steve Rhodes about the delay. SMCTA has not yet responded, but Rhodes confirmed the EIR is on hold until SMCTA receives further input from city leaders. This is not the first time the EIR has stalled. Several years ago after an earlier scoping hearing, the EIR was put on hold and eventually cancelled when the state rebuked the city for claiming it had the right to be lead agency. At that time, SMCTA took the reins. The March 3 scoping hearing, which was broadly criticized for not providing preliminary information, was the culmination of that work.