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Traffic and Circulation Committee Meeting Tuesday May 17th 7PM at City Hall

Dear Community, The proposed Office complex and it’s traffic impacts are going to be discussed at this Tuesday’s Traffic and Circulation Committee meeting on May 17th 7PM at City Hall Council Chambers, San Carlos, CA   The GESC Board has taken a look at the report and noticed that the report does not consider any impacts of (at least) 1,500 additional cars driving through our neighborhood streets, along with train commuters walking and cycling through our neighborhood streets. There are no planned mitigations to reduce the impacts of these commuters in our neighborhood. Unless we show up at the Traffic and Circulation meeting this Tuesday and bring up our issues and concerns, our streets will have more cars cutting through our neighborhood (especially Hall, Cherry, Montgomery, McCue and Holly) impacting our quality of life and the safety of our kids. We are enclosing the report for your convenience, but the most important thing is to show up at the meeting and voice your concerns about the traffic impacts of this project. We feel the city needs to provide traffic mitigations in the form of cul-de-sacs, speed bumps, and bulb outs for street trees in order to reduce the impact of workers at Meridian and people staying at the Hotel walking through our neighborhoods to go downtown.  Please let the committee know your concerns and this coming Tuesday evening. Traffic and Circulation Packet Thank You,...

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San Carlos declares the proposed 100 foot high Office Complex Building on Bransten and Industrial does not need an Environmental Impact Report!

San Carlos is declaring a mitigated negative declaration for the Office Towers being planned at Bransten and Industrial even though the proposed site contains a toxic chemical pit.  What this means is that the city will not do due diligence to assess the impacts of this project to our neighborhood and to the city of San Carlos as a whole. The Project does NOT conform to the San Carlos general plan and the developers are asking for a variance to the plan making it twice the allowable height.  This project will build more office space in San Carlos than has been built in Redwood City (in recent years) in this single complex alone.  Do we want San Carlos to become Redwood City junior? Additionally the proposed project will bring at least an additional 1,500 cars into our neighborhood.As a neighborhood we need to demand that due diligence in the form of an EIR is prepared for this site in order to make sure the proper clean-up is done.  The city thinks that an additional; 1,500 cars in our neighborhood will not create any impacts.  This is simply ludicrous.  It is imperative that you email with “Meridian 25 Office Project” in the subject to give them your thoughts. Here is the developers web site: Here is what the city delivered to the GESC Board yesterday: Meridian 25 ISMND Meridian MND_Attachment...

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SamTrans & Legacy Partners shirk their civic responsibility and ask the city to waive the affordable housing requirements

Legacy Partners asks city to waive low-cost housing rules SamTrans and Legacy are at it again. A public agency (SamTrans) wants to lease public land along the railroad right of way property to a private developer to build the largest housing project that San Carlos has ever seen. Legacy Partners (the private developer) are asking the city to drop or reduce affordable housing requirements for the project. Once again this is public land that a public agency is providing to a private developer and that developer has hired a lawyer that is preparing or at least threatening to sue the city so that they do not have to meet the city’s affordable housing requirement. To quote Stephen Colbert: “Shamelessness is a wonderful part of the character.” Clearly SamTrans and Legacy have no character or conscience. I didn’t think there was a way to further alienate San Carlans to oppose this project but SamTrans and Legacy have managed to do so yet again. Well played SamTrans & Legacy...

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