Monica Duran, District 1, has asked me to share her public comments on my website and I have agreed. Please feel free to contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are the public comments by Monica Duran made at the April 27th City Council Meeting. I would tend to agree with her assessment of the current state of 38th Ave.
Good evening City Council. It’s time to nip the so called “Starker Plan” in the “Bud”. The options in the plan that have been proposed were already requested by citizens, business owners, Councilmembers DiTullio and Urban for the past 2.5 years. Staff followed the same public process during the streetscape project from Sheridan to Harlan back in 2000. This plan is not the plan of one person – as touted by Joyce Jay in an election year.
Additionally, it is only one option with a 4-3-4 lane design. Back in the fall of 2014, staff was given direction in a study session to bring back several options for 38th Ave. for public review and comment. What happened to that direction? The public deserves options. Staff needs to design an option which is 4 lanes from Sheridan to Wadsworth Blvd. Remember, Pierce St. west was 5 lanes (two east, two west and a center turn lane), so a 4 lane design would be a compromise and a win for everyone as long as there is a streetscape component with improved sidewalks, pedestrian lighting landscaping, etc.
I’m here once again to ask Council to not make the same mistake twice by offering the public only one choice for the reconfiguration and streetscape of 38th Ave. Let me repeat, I’m here, once again, to ask Council to not make the same mistake twice by only offering the public one choice for the reconfiguration and streetscape of 38th Ave. The road-diet and 2B were a failure. Let’s not repeat it. As directed by City Council in the fall, staff has a duty to their community to bring back more than one option for 38th Ave. for public comment and review.
Please remember, Council works for the public, not the City Manager.