I spoke with two very plugged-in South B'gamers recently about the resuscitation of the Peninsula Ave. interchange. We first addressed it four years ago here. Former city commissioner Laura Hesselgren is one local who has been watching the events and has contributed this piece to the Voice
I just wanted to make everyone in the Lyon Hoag and Oak Grove Manor area aware that the Peninsula overpass issue is back in play. The City of San Mateo is now moving full-steam ahead to get this on-ramp/off-ramp approved for the Peninsula Ave. overpass. The City of Burlingame did a traffic study a few years ago. In that study it mentioned that traffic in our neighborhoods would increase SIGNIFICANTLY. In the past, the Burlingame City Council and mayor helped us fight this battle but unfortunately, with all the large projects in the works or planned, it is unclear if they will now sell us out and join San Mateo planners who support it.
Perhaps if we all join together to help fight this, we can get this project stopped. Along with the loss of our quality of life in our neighborhoods, local businesses like Nini’s Restaurant and Hot Wok would be negatively impacted, while Alert Door and most businesses that many of us frequent along the frontage will disappear via eminent domain.
Go to Thursday night’s meeting at the King Community Center in San Mateo at 6:45. It is at 725 Monte Diablo Ave in San Mateo. Please write to your City Council members today at Council@burlingame.org. Perhaps if we scream loud and clear, they will help us fight this disaster for our neighborhoods. Inform yourself to the plan and review the findings using this link.
We are again faced with the Law of Unintended Consequences as overblown project approval after overblown project approval has the ripple effect of hurting people and businesses 10 or 15 blocks away. Today's Wall Street Journal has a piece on the 10 year anniversary of the Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court decision which is tomorrow. Emminent Domain should be used very, very carefully and lately it has not been used that way. Thanks for your thoughts and actions, Laura.