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October 23, 2014

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A number of incremental things may/will collectively alleviate (school
and commuter related) the periodic congestion on Calera Parkway (Highway 1).

Extend the northbound turn lanes off the highway for Fassler, Reina del Mar, and Westport into East Fairway.
These extended lanes would help expedite traffic and improve safety.

An improved, esthetic, and safe pedestrian walkway on the east side of the highway would extend south to Sea Bowl Lane and north to Fairway to promote increased pedestrian use, and connect the neighborhoods, businesses, parks, and schools, with a pedestrian-based community cohesion plan.

Consult the Safe Routes to Schools concepts and funding programs.

Implement a pilot program for bussing students to schools such as Vallemar.

Introduce state-of-the-art signal timing.

Adjusting school start times.

Get community input on Calera Parkway design renewal and infrastructure necessity.

Strongly consider undergrounding power lines, removing hideous-looking poles, and installing ornamental street lamps along the new pedestrian walkway for evening use and increased curb appeal to inspire development of the commercial lots between Gorilla Barbecue and the vacant lumberyard/hardware building, and beyond.

Install a multiuse walkway over the highway, connecting the fragmented Mori Point National Park
and Sweeney Ridge/Shelldance Nursery.

Pacifica and Caltrans must install deer crossing signs within the Crespi Drive to Sharp Park Road corridor for mutual wildlife and motorist safety.

The possibilities are there. And $$$ are there. But further patience, intuition, and political will are not.

Unfortunately, the past and current City Council lack vision, community respect, and sense of place
to address these issues adequately and comprehensively. Very disturbing.

"Put your money where your mouth is."

Most of us don't eat money, but then it's clear you and the gang are different.

I did notice that the only people who put money behind their beliefs were Peter Loeb, Hal Bohner, and Celeste Langille.

I also noticed that the other mouthpieces did not!

Live by the old saying: "Put your money where your mouth is."

"Another 'expert' speaks."

Caltrans never looked adequately at alternatives to widening, because it don't know nothin' about setting up no ITS systems. Different non-Caltrans experts would be involved, and the project would cost a fraction of the $50 million (to start) that Caltrans wants to bill for this proposed boondoggle project.

No thank you.

Yeah, what Lionel said. Good job by Andrew on the graphics, too.

Another "expert" speaks. Can you tell me how any of you are in a position to say this won't work and you have better alternatives? Does John Keener have a highway engineering degree?

This is just more use of scare tactics.

1. "14 concrete walls." Really? Most of the walls are below highway level and are not even visible.

2 "Bottleneck" You're failing to take into account the extended and dedicated turn lanes at Vallemar and Fassler that will remove the turning traffic from the actual highway allowing through traffic to flow.

That's a pretty graphic though.

Why don't we talk about the real reason this group is against this project? They don't want alternatives. They just want to stop this and they'll say anything to scare people. They feel the widening will induce growth. That's it. That is their reason. And that is why they have come up with one unworkable "alternative" after the other, like an overpass at Vallemar, changing school start times, and timing the lights which have all been shown not to be viable (by experts). That's fine if you feel you don't want more growth. But don't try selling fabricated theories on why this is so bad and you have better alternatives. People are not buying it.

If you want to see some renditions of the new highway and read more please visit our Facebook group Pacificans For Highway One Modernization www.facebook.com/groups/FixHighwayOne which already has 238 members.

" —a freeway that encourages drivers to bypass local businesses and jockey for position as the lanes squeeze back down into the existing road."

And that's precisely the point, or rather, two points. This project will finish the job of killing Pacifica as any sort of attractive place people would care to stop in. I predict that if the worst happens and the thing is built, many people who support the concept will wonder what the hell they were thinking.

As to the Tribune, it's a mystery why we aren't getting columns pro and con on the subject right before the election, when the most people finally pay attention. It may in part be a lack of space, as the paper keeps shrinking, but really -- what are the priorities of a newspaper supposed to be?

Good column, Nancy.

Wow. I heard the Tribune wouldn't print this wild letter.

Could it be the Tribune supports mega out-of-state business more than it supports -- um, the town it supposedly supports?

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John Keener, Sue Digre, and Matt Dougherty are the only three candidates running for Pacifica City Council who recognize what's happening here enough to say, hey, let's look at a combination of alternatives.
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Even Caltrans people laughed and said that if they really looked at the alternatives, we'd never have a project!
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It don't add up, Fern.

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