Valley Link isn’t
panacea for I-580
In the East Bay Times article (“Ex-Alameda supervisor hired for lobbying job,” Page A1, June 6), former Supervisor Scott Haggerty was quoted as saying that his “career passion” is to see Valley Link curb the “mind-numbing” traffic jams on Interstate 580”.
In the June 2 Manteca Bulletin, Senator Alex Padilla was equally enthusiastic noting that Valley Link will “reduce pollution and congestion, and improve quality of life in the region.”
The intentions of these two individuals may be A-1, but their math is wrong.
It is well-documented in the BART/Livermore DEIR, that the 150,000 car trips a day using I-580 in 2015 often exceeded its carrying capacity. Yet it is projected that by 2040 I-580 traffic demand will have increased to 300,000 car trips a day.
Valley Link is projected to carry 32,000 riders a day by 2040. With freeway traffic demand destined to at least double, the chances of Valley Link reducing I-580 congestion are nil.
Seven Hills is right
choice for seniors
At the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Fest this weekend, I ran across Save Seven Hills Ranch. Their purpose is to keep a life-care community, Diablo Glen, from creating multi-tier housing for local seniors. They prefer to keep it a space that has trees and land with the goal of someday, maybe, having a park there.
First, Walnut Creek has a lot of parks. Second, there is no money to buy the property from the developers. Third, most potential Diablo Glen residents are locals and would leave the state with their well-funded retirements and taxes.
I’ve lived here since 1980 and have never seen anyone use that space. Let seniors migrate where they can age in place and free up their housing for new residents.
Warriors should honor
Oakland and their fans
Golden State Warriors fans have every right to be proud of the team’s impressive season thus far, which has led them to the NBA Finals for the sixth time in eight years. Beyond this, there are a number of admirable individuals on the roster and coaching staff. I wish them well.
However, when the team abandoned my hometown three seasons ago, they turned their back on me. The Warriors organization chose to leave what was widely recognized as the most supportive home arena in the league for no good reason.
The only way I could imagine someone like me even considering renewed support for this franchise would be in the unlikely event that they were to schedule at least some home games on this side of the bay, as they did between 1966-1971 prior to their full -time relocation to Oakland. Sadly, I do not expect that to happen anytime soon.
State must turn away
from dams, reservoirs
California loves large dams on rivers to build reservoirs. The problem is most practical spots have been dammed. So, new reservoirs are far from rivers, cost billions and take 10 years to build, once funding is found, and less-than-ideal mandates to cut usage become de rigueur. There is simply no forum to tap into the wisdom available in the ‘non-dam’ population, and little desire for governments to open this uncomfortable, questioning door.
Suggestion: News organizations can create an ongoing forum to enlist readers to join the debate, (especially those without a personal economic or political stake in a particular methodology). One approach: Pose policy questions, for example, in this case, how to resolve California’s water storage issues. Ask readers to propose solutions. Then publish the best (online or print) proposals. This kind of thinking might even help the Fourth Estate to revive its bully-pulpit, “Vox Populi“role.
Guns, car comparison
does not hold up
At the NRA convention in Texas, following the recent elementary school massacre, a woman was asked about gun laws. She stated that both guns and cars are tools, and “more people are killed in car wrecks, but no one says you have to have a waiting period to buy one”.
To drive a car, you must pass both a written exam and driving test to prove that you can safely drive a vehicle. You are then photographed, fingerprinted and given a license.
There is no waiting period to buy a car, but you need car insurance to drive one, so that should you injure or kill someone while driving, you are held financially responsible.
Most states allow anyone, as young as 18, to buy an AR-15 assault weapon. No training, no testing, no license, no background check, no insurance.
A tool for killing with no restraints.