Author: gesc

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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Caltrain Announcements blasting the Neighborhood

I hate to say it but, Caltrain and Samtrans are poor neighbors and consistently ignore our concerns. Luckily, Caroline Tudor, a concerned neighbor has been on their case regarding the ridiculously loud announcements for each train arrival and departure. She contacted KPIX and we had a story on the KPIX 6PM news this evening. Here it is below: It’s great to have neighbors stepping up and making sure issues that affect our neighborhood get acted upon, even if it takes a newscast to make Caltrain and SamTrans respond. Shame on Caltrain and Samtrans for ignoring direct communication and congrats to Caroline for getting this issue...

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Transit Village Referendum

Interesting thread going on at the San Carlos Patch.  It looks like Ben Fuller has been investigating getting a referendum on the ballot for the San Carlos Transit Village Project. Lot’s of interesting discussion and comments to his blog post on Patch.  I’m pasting it below for your convenience: San Carlos Transit Village: Do San Carlans Deserve a Vote? Is Mark Olbert’s question of whether the San Carlos Transit Village “fits the character of San Carlos” something that we deserve to vote on? It has been 6 years and the San Carlos Transit Village is still massive. It is still 281 units. It is still 8 driveways pouring onto an already crowded El Camino and Holly Street which backs up every day around 3-6 PM even before PAMF has opened. It is still 55 feet in most places. And we still have a General Plan that advocates gentle transitions between buildings (not 55-foot buildings across the street from 12-foot homes) There are still no solutions for the extra noise the project will reflect onto Greater East San Carlos. There is no solution for affordable housing for this property made up of luxury rentals intended to rent for $3000-$3,700 per month. And, of course, there is no guarantee that Old County Road won’t be eminent domained by the State when High Speed Rail comes in, now that the rail yard intended for train...

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GESC Board Comments at San Carlos Planning Commission Meeting June 17th

I thought it would be useful for our community to see what each board member commented on at the June 17 Planning Commision meeting Transit Village study session so here are video’s of each board member’s comments (use your browser’s back button to get back to this page): Paul Comments DV Comments Sam H Comments Ben Fuller Comments Tim Hilborn Comments...

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RSS HSR Compatibility

  • CalMod 2.0: Three Things to Watch
    UPDATE, from Caltrain TIRCP funding applicationCalMod 2.0 is now formally known as EEP or Electrification Expansion Program100% state-funded through cap and trade program (TIRCP)Consists almost entirely of option buys of 96 EMU cars for $600M17 x 8-car EMU fleet planned for start of electric service (if $$ awarded)No 4-car EMUs (this is super important for future […]
  • CBOSS Dumpster Fire Update
    The CBOSS development lifecycle,as anticipated in 2009 on this blog.Today we are at "point of no return."The deadly crash of an Amtrak train near Tacoma, Washington, which would likely have been prevented if a PTC (Positive Train Control) system had been in place, has renewed the discussion of the status of PTC systems in the […]
  • Thoughts on Palo Alto
    There is a vigorous discussion of grade separations now underway in Palo Alto. It misses several important points:1) Grade Separation is not one project. Trying to come up with a single, grand unifying grade separation scheme for the entire rail corridor through Palo Alto is to over-constrain the problem and to limit the range of feasible […]
  • Freeway Lanes of Caltrain
    If everyone drove instead of taking Caltrain, how many more lanes would peninsula freeways need to absorb the additional traffic?The way to answer this question is to count how many train passengers ride past any given location, in each direction, within the span of one hour. Caltrain publishes all the information you need to do […]
  • The Overtake That Won't Be
    In its renewed environmental review process for the San Francisco to San Jose project, the high-speed rail authority is considering the alternatives for the peninsula rail corridor. The outlines of the new draft EIR are emerging, and this is where politics meets engineering.Interested stakeholders keep asking about how the blended system will actually work, with […]

RSS Daily Journal News

  • Operation Eagle Visit
    Surrounded by to-do lists, fliers and maps adorning her office walls for the past few weeks, at first glance it might look like San Mateo City Clerk Patrice Olds is coordinating a military operation from City Hall.
  • SamTrans ridership dropping
    With SamTrans ridership down, the transit agency is hoping a variety of service improvements in the works will attract more riders and reverse the trend.
  • Black history on display
    Occupying 16,000 square feet of space this year, Carolyn Hoskins’ black history pop-up museum has reopened at 1525 Broadway in Redwood City in celebration of Black History Month.
  • Lawmaker wants to right red-light violation wrongs
  • San Carlos OKs neighborhood traffic plan
    In response to rising concern about traffic in San Carlos neighborhoods, city officials unanimously approved Monday a process for fielding requests for traffic mitigation measures.