Letters to the editor for February 13, 2012

Union Democrat staff

Blueprint Plan

To the Editor:

I was pleased to see that the county is considering canceling the contract with Moore and Associates who is helping with the Regional Blueprint project, ("County Frowns on 'Blueprint' consultant', Jan. 26th, The Union Democrat, by Chris Caskey). The Blueprint will be used to guide land-use policies and transportation policies.

My observation of the process is that Moore and Associates had a goal in mind from the beginning. When reading the scenarios, it was clear they favored a transportation system and land use plan that promoted high density growth areas while discouraging growth outside high density areas. To that end, roads, public transit and services would be adjusted to nudge people into following the plan.

My observation is that many people want to live on a large lot or out of town, not in an apartment. People don't necessarily want to drive small cars, they prefer SUVs. Being near a good school is more important than being near a bus stop. Are they all wrong?

We have many transportation problems, including roads in poor repair, dangerous one-way bridges, and transportation bottlenecks. We've seen improvements but what is the county plan to resolve all of these issues? Should dollars be diverted to a purpose that the public really doesn't want? What is the county plan for saving energy in county buildings and vehicles? Is the county buying any electric vehicles? Installing solar power? My recommendation is find out what the public really wants, then change county behavior before trying to impose change on the public.

Jim Gallno

Sonora

11867130
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Sunday August 28, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Letters to the Editor for Aug. 25, 2016

08/25/2016

Communications badly needed To the Editor: As I was reading the article ... more

College campus lunacy about to take hold

08/25/2016

As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers and donors should be ... more

Make some New Year’s resolutions in the fall

08/24/2016

As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 ... more

Our economy should promote equality

08/25/2016

Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off ... more

The war on poverty: A better way

08/25/2016

On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson kicked off the War ... more