Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Council Meeting on the Village Entrance

photo care of Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper
Project photo c/o LB Independent
Laguna Beach City Council held a special meeting tonight to present two plans for the Village Entrance giving a net gain of roughly 200 parking spaces at a cost of $33 to $55 Million. That is a lumped average cost of $220,000 per parking space. The plans include substantial park grounds and pathways connecting ends and points of interest.

Councilwoman Elisabeth Pearson presented the first plan while councilwoman Toni Iseman delivered the second. During her presentation  Pearson emphasized this astonishing quote: "get rid of a sea of cars, cars look unattractive" followed by " Our spending reflects community values". Next Iseman followed with: " we don't like people in cars, we like them on their feet."

Despite 4-5 years of community input and educating Council on this topic, no Council member uttered the words "Complete Street Policy".

Sorry folks it never happened. Those task-force meetings you attended, you were only dreaming. If we spent $33-55 Million on a real mobility plan for Laguna Beach, we could adopt a true city-wide multi-modal transport plan that would eliminate cars (congestion), not just hide them in the bushes for $220,000 each. But now I'm dreaming. -LS

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