Who said no meetings were held? Sure there were meetings, as short-noticed as they were. As far as convincing thousands, believe me, nobody's arm was twisted. I find people from all over the state who are vehemently opposed to OUR state parks being disrupted, including Cal Trans employees. Enjoy your ice cream!
It is not written that STAA trucks are mandated, but rather that they are encouraged, as Natalynne DeLappe clearly pointed out above. And yes, we know that the limit is, at present, 80,000 pounds. So why the need, by SOME businesses to have $7 million of OUR tax dollars spent on this make work project, when many of the STAA trucks would not even be filled to capacity? . If companies such as Cypress Grove are simply looking to make even larger profits, when they are indeed doing quite well, then why should the taxpayers of our state, who haven't been informed of Caltrans plan to disrupt a State Park, be willing to foot the bill? Reasonable Reader- how can you call yourself that with terms thrown about like "rabid assertions, fear mongering, and red herrings"? There are folks from all sides of the political spectrum that are NOT in favor of this proposed project. And to claim that there are many businesses here that are affected by the bottleneck without giving any evidence to support that claim, is not very convincing. And "Fix the Road and Save Lives", you appear to be led blindly into believing that the issue is safety. If that were the case, then why did the last accident involving a truck occur in 2005? Caltrans has used the safety issue, along with a severe lack of public involvement, to push this industry-favoring project through. I drive through the Grove quite often, and the only people that seem to slow down are the tourists and some of the locals. If you think that will change IF the so-called Improvement Project goes through, then you are sadly mistaken. The trucks will go even faster and no doubt accidents will increase. The photos that were posted in this article are for the most part, if you will note, provided by Caltrans. To make it safer, what would cost much less would be one or two flashing radar-enabled signs, telling you that you are speeding, or perhaps even a photo enforcement system. Was this even looked at as an alternative in regard to the safety issue. The answer is no, because safety is NOT the issue.
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Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
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