The Port’s Harbor Drive’s proposal for width reduction and right-merge lane removal off Scott Street neglected emergency access impacts for a population of 85,000-plus. Shelter/Har-bor Island projects add to the Port’s benefit from conversion of free public parking spaces into paid. Avoiding tough questions, it appeared that residents/businesses in the area approved the project, grossly underestimating local concerns.
The Airport Authority’s tour of the infeasibility of East Elliott (southeast of Miramar) for a citizen-proposed runway alignment, resulted in [Airport Authority board member Jim] Panknin being convinced of its feasibility, as witnessed by attendees. Panknin declared it “politically infeasible” and that “no plan looked forward to any relocation of Lindbergh.”
Questions were censored to remove references to safety at Lindbergh as the major airport to serve a population over 4.25 million by 2030 or a future vision beyond, leaving him to answer: “by Feb. 9, the new master plan should have answers” to short-term problems.”
Such comments starkly displayed the Airport Authority is not fulfilling their jobs of planning for the future of San Diego — because of politics. Isn’t this avoidance, on Lindbergh’s PSA crash anniversary proof that the Authority refuses to address their state-directed goals? Will another crash predestine Lindbergh’s future — that maximizing variance-only-approved operations on a 660-acre airport between major flight obstacles is not a plan for our growing metropolitan city? Or that an area perfect for an airport and central to the region, safely surrounded by 64,000 acres of mostly undeveloped land, will be lost forever to housing development, along with a federally-paid-for “world-class transit system?”
Concerning future exhaust blasted at NTC/Loma Portal from 10 new gates: The authority’s overall estimates of pollution and noise was that it would increase significantly, suggesting mitigation to use alternative-fueled ground equipment and “work on transit improvements.” Unremarkable, in that the last 3-year variance (six years ago) required the same, still-unimplemented mitigation with five years more to do it! The number of flights increased over Peninsula “... will increase as demand for passenger service increases, estimated at 1-2 percent annually, utilizing the exact same takeoff and landing paths as today.” Who’d believe this as accurate, after 3-6 percent increases annually, the last six years?
Regarding the Navy’s transportation plans for new fuel tanks, Cmdr. [Steven] Sharer stated, the shipment of materials in was “still undetermined by road or by barge.”
His answers omitted promised shuttles for NTC’s Navy personnel to area bases and the loss of a 50-year-old bus service to a large portion of Peninsula, gutting bus routes going north to south, bypassing eight schools and the elderly who cannot walk up or down steep streets to better serve better NTC stu-dents/churches/military personnel. The military encouraged using MTS/public transportation, using federal programs (grants) to “incentivise” this use.
MTS/SANDAG noted bus use was up because of costly gas, saying “when sales tax receipts get better, maybe they’d in-crease new routes, failing to mention their community-route-removal/reduction to service more buses along Rosecrans Street for NTC/Gateway traffic mitigation in the NTC deal. Two arms of government in discussion with impacted local public left out?
Important questions for [District 2 City Councilman] Kevin Faulconer were missed regarding failure to give notice on multiple cell phone/Wi-Fi antenna towers being placed adjacent to residential homes and on proposed highly-explosive, 38-ton, multi-tank trucks of methane gas, bringing revenue via dangerous transport through residential streets 7 to 11 times daily!
This community must be invited for real input in focused planning meetings with full consideration from government organizations/agencies. Being the most impacted group on many issues, our questions were censored; their importance belittled. Information not relevant to massive traffic/safety impacts left more unanswered questions.
Recommended is that the Peninsula Town Council address a future meeting agenda in response to these issues that will gravely affect the quality of life of everyone on this Peninsula.
— Cynthia Conger is a former chair of the Peninsula Community Planning Board.