|January 1988 Los Angeles Times|
Caltrans prepared plans for the project with review by both the California Coastal Commission and Laguna City Council with city staff acting liaison between the state regulators and Council. Each of the contributing regulators approved or disapproved of project plans over this time period depending on plan content and project objectives. The table shows the changes in the approval process over time. At no time did all four agents agree to the plan before them at the same time.
|Difficulty in consensus process TRUE=approval FALSE=disapproval|
The LAT Chronology reveals Caltrans plans were too ambitions for Coastal Commission approvals while city staff valiantly looked for an agreeable compromise. Between '79 and '86 City Council reversed their position on widening Big Bend. From '86 to '89 Council also could not find agreement despite two design plans submitted by Caltrans. -LS