When it comes to stopping the Highway 1 widening project (construction of a six-lane road between Vallemar and Rockaway), only one option is left: Three City Council members need to vote NO and send a letter to the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) informing it that the city no longer sponsors this project. But there is a catch, a $1.3 million catch. In an earlier contract between Pacifica and SMCTA, an agreement was made that gave the city control over design of the project, and SMCTA fronted the money, stipulating that it would be repaid if the project were never built. This $1.3 million repayment has been cited as the main reason for council not to vote down this project, which begs the question, "Why not ask the SMCTA board to alter the contract to forgive the repayment?" My litmus test this November for council candidates will be this one single issue. It's way past time to end this nonsense.