Highway widening dilemma

Has anyone asked the question: If Hwy I is widened (highway mitigation), in which direction will the widening occur? It cannot be widened to the west because that's a taking of an environmentally sensitive habitat area (ESHA). It can only be widened to the east where many established and successful businesses are located: Vallemar Station, Successaries, Vallemar Taqueria, Pacifica Lumber, the commuter coffee in the box car, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the car wash which is currently closed and the Christmas Tree lot.

I certainly hope none of these businesses supports Measure L which will force implementation of the highway widening. However, if statewide Prop. 90 also passes, this will entitle the aforementioned businesses to ask for "substantial economic losses" (as opposed to "fair market value") when their businesses are claimed by Eminent Domain. There goes a large portion of the $12 million allocated to our highway mitigation.

Please vote NO on Measure L and Proposition 90.

Enid Emde
Linda Mar

The above was printed as a Letter to the Editor in the October 25th, 2006 Pacifica Tribune, and is republished here with the author's permission.