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Re: O'Connor School

From: domainremoved <Rafael>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:02:10 -0800

Dear City Council Members,

This email refers to specific plans for the O'Connor school site,
specifically the best way to provide access for one bus and possible field
trip buses. I have perused the MPCSD school layouts options from the
district website. There are three options posted, with one option for a
roundabout that could be used by a large bus (Option 3 on page 18 of
powerpoint slide
here<http://district.mpcsd.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1602720/File/O'Connor%20Webpage/MPCSD%20Special%20Board%20Meeting%20re%20New%20Grade%203-5%20School%20(O'Connor%20Site)%20January%207,%202014%20Presentation.pdf?sessionid=7874b93b50d5b7fd35b687f616173eff>
).

This large roundabout reduces parking by 22 spaces, results in major
landscaping changes, reduces the front area of the school and diminishes
potential bike parking. At present there are ~80 parking spaces at the
Elliott school site. Present proposals call for only 56 parking spaces
(with an absurdly inadequate 34 spaces if a roundabout is built). It is
such a poor option, I cannot believe it is even under consideration. Maximizing
on campus parking at the school is vitally important for minimizing the
amount of street parking on Elliott and improving the safety for ALL users
of this extremely congested corridor (Elliott already is projected to
handle 95-100% of auto traffic, 3X more bike and pedestrian traffic than
the section of Oak Court east of the school, and 1 or 2 bus drive-throughs).


Even if an alternative plan for a roundabout is put forward, dedicating
such a large area for one bus must inevitably lead to a reduction in usable
space for the school, and a reduction in functionality and/or safety for
all students as well as outside groups. I urge you to consider the optimal
plan for all users, which would invariably include maximizing the amount of
parking space on the O'Connor campus. Thank you very much for your time.

Best regards,

Rafael Ornes
Received on Tue Jan 28 2014 - 17:02:07 PST

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