Comments by Dan Blick

Opinion: Fear of Foothill

May 22, 2006
I guess it really *is* all about traffic & infrastructure, and not about development! Wouldn't it have been much easier to be honest about your intentions from the start?

Terrace stoplight: Recipe for traffic disaster

May 11, 2006
Who would set up such an ill-advised, either/or choice? Looks like it's either "approve a bad stoplight" or "approve a bad bypass". And this is the infrastructure improvement that's supposed to benefit everyone? Given our current state of affairs, it's beyond me that anyone would view the above "damned if you do, damned if you don't" choice as the best possible use of their time and resources. If that's the best that CCF can do on 'Infrastructure', I can't wait to see what they unveil in the 'Education',…

Opinion:  Foothill Bypass, Part II: A legal (and literal) quagmire

May 10, 2006
I have to agree with Mike. CCF's proposals for Foothill Blvd. either make traffic worse (the traffic light), or are prohibitively expensive (underpasses). You want solutions? If we have $2M to invest in infrastructure, let's consider a dozen shuttle busses to go up & down the Coast, to Downtown, the 280 Park & Rides, CalTrain, Hillsdale and BART? In a typical morning commute, most Coastsiders are either going to school, or going over the hill to work. With so many people going to the same places,…

Coastsider endorses Measure S

June 06, 2006
Ken, I agree that CUSD's test results are disappointing. But I don't see how witholding needed funding is going to improve education on the coast. The "accountability moment" for the CUSD Board comes in the fall. I agree with Barry on this one -- Yes on S now, then vote for accountability this fall. I'd also like to remind the anti-S folks that the kids in school now are the ones who will be paying your Social Security and the bulk of the taxes during your retirement. So whom would you rather have…

Coastside Community First revives Foothill Blvd project

May 06, 2006
The CCF proposal depends on the assumption that the Foothill Blvd. bypass will improve traffic around Hwys 1 & 92. But what is this assumption based on? If there is an over/underpass from 1 S to 92 E, then sure, there might be some relief for the morning commute. But if Foothill & 92 is a stoplight, the most likely effect is that traffic would be worse. Especially with the slide closed, the flow of traffic at commute time is best when the existing "bypass" -- Main St. -- is closed. Is the problem…

Coastside Community First revives Foothill Blvd project

May 04, 2006
I agree wholeheartedly with John Marshall's comment. As bad as traffic is at the moment, can you imagine how bad it would be if all the open space was built out? Now that median home prices are declining in San Mateo County and on the coast, does anyone really think that increasing the supply of new homes (which would drive home prices down further) is really in the best interests of our Community? Maintaining infrastructure is great. But using it as a wedge to get more development is a bad idea.

Devil’s slide and Shamrock Ranch slip-out are both deteriorating

April 06, 2006
Not sure this is the best place to post, but here goes: At the harbor stoplight (Capistrano) and at Coronado, those turning L onto the highway effectively have priority over those who are already on the highway. Can we get the County Sheriff to provide traffic control at those two intersections? If the traffic flow is more equitable, then the travel times from Montara/Moss Beach won't be quite so insane. On Monday, I was the 2nd car in line at Capistrano. After five full cycles of the stoplight,…

EPA’s sewer “pipe dream” could cost big money, say HMB city council members

November 23, 2004
On one hand, the new rules look better for all, but with a hefty price tag. On the other hand, this looks like a shakedown. What better "government assistance" for the corporatists than to shake out the small, publicly-owned water and sewer utilities. If these rules go into effect, we'll undoubtedly be faced with a choice of a crushing tax burden, or selling the utility to Halliburton or Bechtel or some conglomerate in the Cayman Islands. I can't think of any other explanation for the EPA's sudden…

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