The view from Richard Krejsa’s “temporary perch” in Maine must be limited when it comes to Measure H (“Vote yes on Measure H,” Oct. 21). He recommends voting yes on Measure H, but doesn’t seem to see that most of the things he wants will be undermined if Measure H passes.
For example, Krejsa argues that we should reduce our carbon footprint and “build sustainable transportation systems.” Good idea; that is why the Margarita Area Specific Plan, which will be toppled if Measure H passes, was designed as a “transit oriented development”—meaning that the planning of land-use densities and bicycle and pedestrian circulation routes has been integrated with the planning for the bus stops. This kind of sustainable planning maximizes the opportunities for residents to use the transit routes that are planned throughout this new neighborhood.
Mr. Krejsa argues for bicycle and pedestrian paths, but does not know that such paths, including Class I cycling paths, are highly integrated into the Margarita and Orcutt plan areas—areas threatened by Measure H. This is why the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition opposes Measure H.
He wonders why the Prado extension isn’t built as a two-lane road. That’s the plan. It will only be expanded to four lanes if and when needed, probably many years—if not decades—from now. The road will also include up to three roundabouts, too—not the accoutrements of a “four lane truck highway,” the bogus scare tactic used by Measure H advocates. Prado road will also have Class I bike lanes, as will Tank Farm Road if, and only if, Prado Road is completed.
Like other Measure H proponents, Mr. Krejsa suggests shifting all of the east-west traffic to Tank Farm Road, but then adds this odd twist: Turn Tank Farm into a road dedicated only for trucks, buses, and emergency vehicles. Aside from how bad this would be from an emergency response perspective, Krejsa must not know that SLO’s largest family neighborhoods are located on both sides of Tank Farm Road between Broad and Orcutt Road. Children cross Tank Farm every day without the protections planned with the Prado extension. And Islay Hill Park is immediately next to the road. For these reasons, the neighborhood association representing the 600 homes in this area is strongly against Measure H.