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June 23, 2010

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"That the council may not be needed any further in this process and that any input from a regulatory agency will also address the quarry makes this issue a much larger issue."

Good gracious, WTF! If that's the best way someone can analyze it, we're in deeper doodoo than I thought.

The only folks for whom this is a "preferred alternative" are those who ran the very closed "informational meeting." City Engineer Van Ocampo spoke at the podium to say that "the widening segment of Highway 1 will help business in Pacifica." Well, if it goes through, it will keep his department busy. Maybe that's what he meant.

Reposted from Fixpacifica.nag:

"To Kathy and Batman, Kathy is right the next step is the EIR. However that does not mean the project is in anyway permitted. Regulatory agencies often offer comments to EIR's from staff. These comments are not determinations, which must come after the EIR is finalized and permitted through the lead agency which is not Pacifica but Caltrans. It looks like this project may not need to come before council for any further approvals before it is approved, permitted then built.

The project is confronted by the same regulatory agency issues as the Quarry. Any comment and/or determination by a regulatory agency will in essence be making those statements for both properties, the highway corridor and the quarry.

That the council may not be needed any further in this process and that any input from a regulatory agency will also address the quarry makes this issue a much larger issue. This permitting process for the project will also be the basis for permitting in the quarry, A two for one publicly fund work around for the quarry owner."


"What is council's role and how will it influence the process? SMCTA’s Joe Hurley replied that it was 'too early to ask that question' but ultimately said that no formal requirement of the council is needed."

City Manager Steve Rhodes says a memo will be released clarifying this statement.

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