I-405 Widening Public Hearing Set
Much has been written about the planned "improvement" of the I-405 segment of the freeway that runs through the north part of Costa Mesa. This issue has brought together an unusual amalgamation of Costa Mesa residents to fight against the option favored by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), who have banded together to make their individual and collective voices heard. For example, HERE is a link to a recent letter to the editor that appeared in the Daily Pilot authored by Darnell Wyrick, President of Mesa Verde Inc., Mike Brumbaugh, past president of Halecrest Community Association and Colin McCarthy, President of Mesa North Community Association (and City Council candidate) opposing the widening of the I-405.
Today I received the official notice that the OCTA will host its first Public Hearing on this project in Costa Mesa. Initially, the OCTA had planned to hold NO public hearing on this project in Costa Mesa even though the north part of our city will be severely impacted. However, a venue was located and a time and date firmed up.
PUBLIC HEARING ON JUNE 4TH
This Public Hearing, as reflected on the notice below (click on it to enlarge it), states that it will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Student Center at Orange Coast College. Because school will be out by that time free parking is available in all lots, including the Staff and Faculty lot, Lot B, closest to the Student Center. I've provided you with a map of the campus to help you get oriented. (click on it to enlarge)
Because this sounded like a done deal when the folks from the OCTA made their presentation to the City Council recently, it's VERY important that those of you who oppose this option - which includes demolishing the Fairview Bridge and installing a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane - make your feelings known to the OCTA and to your city leaders. I hope you will all show up at the Public Hearing to see the displays and hear the pitch from the OCTA staff. Besides the notice below, I've provided a link to the OCTA web site page for this project, HERE. There's plenty of good information at that site, including contact information. I'll remind you of this VERY important meeting as the date gets closer.