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Pope-Chaucer Bridge

From: domainremoved <Susan>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:31:41 -0800

Re: Pope-Chaucer Bridge

Dear City Council,

It is within our means to execute the very best bridge design that is
humanly possible to create. We do not have such a design now, which is why
so many of us are frustrated by the otherwise laudable efforts of our civil

There is continued emphasis on construction of a raised bridge as a panacea
to manage future problems associated with the flow of water. The raised
bridge solution - with or without executing a 100 year solution - raises
the profile of the bridge by seven feet. This alone makes it difficult for
me to accept this proposal. The flood-wall-adorned 100 year solution for
either bridge is even more unbearable.

It may be possible to garner enough support to execute bridge "Alternate
2", the street level solution. But even this alternative contains
aesthetic problems that few are prepared to dismiss - e.g. extensive
removal of wild landscaping and diminution of some residential properties.

The human execution proposed fails to come close to matching the natural
execution now before us. In fact, the opposite is closer to the truth: the
local role model we have for this work is aesthetically horrifying. This
contrast in aesthetic needs to be addressed. Yes. Many worry about
wildlife habitat. But it is our own human habitat being threatened by the
proposals before us.

It is within our capacity to execute a solution that gives us a sense of
civic pride. A visionary solution - one that might even contain the
offending water for future use - could serve as an example to other
communities who facing similar multi-faceted problems.

Stanford has enumerable, potentially brilliant, resources to help. Make
this an MBA project - instead of sending students into remote quadrants of
the world to solve community problems, send them into our foothills to help
solve our water storage need. Governor Brown asked everyone, up and down
the state, to design and construct innovative water storage systems. You
can leverage his visionary request to solve our water storage problem. I
am confident the team of people who have been working so hard on this
project for so long can embrace the wisdom of containing the water rather
than flushing it into the sea.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Dunlap

Resident of the Willows

Cc: other relevant parties
Received on Fri Feb 14 2014 - 11:31:23 PST

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