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Posted on June 23 at 1:08 a.m.

Randy Rowse, who lives on the Mesa less than 1000 feet from Cliff Drive, must, per State law, recuse himself from voting on this matter as he owns property which will have it's property value increased by this project so therefore has a financial conflict of interest, as such financial gain is reasonably foreseeable.

The story has an error. The true fact is that Caltrans did not instigate this, the City did prior to the Mesa meeting, and Caltrans only informed the city that in the event that the city instigated this project then Caltrans would consider it. They informed the City, prior to the mesa meeting, that the City would have to provide plans for the re-striping, which city Transportation staff is working on as we speak. Therefore, even though Caltrans is doing the work and paying for it this re-striping is actually a City project. Therefore this re-striping to remove lanes is a project under CEQA law and has to go through environmental review, with a traffic study to show the significant adverse environmental effects, before the City Council can vote on this matter.

Lastly, removing lanes will cause diversion of traffic onto other streets in the neighborhood, such as Shoreline Drive, and the removal of lanes which will cause such diversion is illegal under State law to do.

On Cliff Drive May Lose a Lane

Posted on June 22 at 11:54 p.m.

response to WEBADMIN:
WEBADMIN, it is you, as well as this story who have your facts wrong!

This re-striping project to remove lanes was going on for 2 weeks prior to the Mesa meeting. I called the director of district 5 ( our district) CalTrans in San luis the day before the mesa meeting. He informed me that CalTrans had already decided on a project that included a slurry seal and re-striping to 4 lanes and have already let a contract for such work to be done in July. He informed me that he was contact with residents and city staff and the city requested that Cal Trans remove two lanes when they re-striped. He informed me that CalTrans would never instigate such lane removal and it had to be a city request and that then CalTrans would take it under consideration and that CalTrans then may decide to do it or not based on its merits. He went on to inform me Mesa meeting that the city would have to provide plans and its a fact that the City staff started preparing such plans BEFORE the mesa meeting.

Therefore the story is wrong when it said CalTrans suggested removal of lanes in response to last weeks mesa meeting. nothing could be further from the truth.

Please get your facts straight before you respond to someone much better informed than you are on this issue, and who happens to know the real behind the scene facts.

On Should Cliff Drive be reduced from 4 lanes to 3?

Posted on June 22 at 11:26 p.m.

Randy Rowse, who lives on the Mesa less than 1000 feet from Cliff Drive, must, per State law, recuse himself from voting on this matter as he owns property which will have it's property value increased by this project so therefore has a financial conflict of interest, as such financial gain is reasonably foreseeable.

The story has an error. The true fact is that Caltrans did not instigate this, the City did, and Caltrans only informed the city that in the event that the city instigated this project then Caltrans would consider it. They informed the City that the City would have to provide plans for the re-striping, which city Transportation staff is working on as we speak. Therefore, even though Caltrans is doing the work and paying for it this re-striping is actually a City project. Therefore this re-striping to remove lanes is a project under CEQA law and has to go through environmental review, with a traffic study to show the significant adverse environmental effects, before the City Council can vote on this matter.

Lastly, removing lanes will cause diversion of traffic onto other streets in the neighborhood, such as Shoreline Drive, and the removal of lanes which will cause such diversion is illegal under State law to do.

On Should Cliff Drive be reduced from 4 lanes to 3?

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