Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Doing nothing this Friday? Highway 1 lawsuit continues this Friday, 8/29/14

Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff, 8/26/14.  "Hearing begins on lawsuit to re-do environmental impact report for highway widening project."

Something else endangered for our lawsuit
....  "The lawsuit requests the court issue a peremptory writ of mandate setting aside Caltrans' certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and project approvals and seeks to suspend any activities for the project. The suit contends that the project was not adequately described at the time of the EIR, that the project is out of scale with Pacifica's scenic nature, the EIR contains contradictory information on impacts on threatened species, and that the EIR does not adequately address adverse impacts of the project, according to Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC).

The case was heard last Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court in the courtroom of Judge Marie Weiner. Both sides did not finish presenting their cases to Judge Weiner, so the case has been continued to next Friday, August 29 at 2 p.m.

....  Derek Van Hoften (Caltrans) replied all the issues brought up by Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC) and by Judge Weiner were adequately covered in the EIR. Those issues include cooperating with utility companies to move water mains, storm drains and sewer lines. Also, cultural impacts were addressed, but not to the specificity challenged by Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC). In addition, Caltrans did analyze neighboring wetlands for potential impacts to wildlife, despite the contention raised by Brian Gafney (PSC).Read article.  

Related and reference - Fix Pacifica reprints, 8/21/14.      Note photograph by Getty Images from The Jewish Daily Forward, "They're back!  Billions of locusts set to go biblical on Israel." 

Update - Pacifica Riptide/Peter Loeb, Correspondent, 8/30/14.  ".... The judge has 90 days after the hearing to deliver her ruling, so the outcome may not be known until the end of November. But a ruling could come much sooner than that. ....   .... The PSC lawsuit is unlikely to stop the project, but a second group, Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A, is doing a variety of things to stop the project, including trying to get the city to apply for grant money to hire a traffic consultant to evaluate all alternatives for reducing traffic, raising the issue in the current City Council race, and considering a referendum or initiative on the project."  

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Hutch said...

Fingers crossed they throw this out like the garbage it is.

Anonymous said...

Judge Weiner has 90 days from the end of the court hearing in which to render her judgement.

Anonymous said...

How'd it go today?