Last night I, along with a half-dozen of your neighbors, attended the General Plan Circulation Element Workshop in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The meeting was sparsely-attended, with staff and consultants outnumbering the residents who took time from their busy lives to hear the presentation from Transportation Services Manager Raja Sethuraman and provide input into the General Plan Update process.
As part of his presentation Sethuraman provided us with drafts of two vision statements, below, onto which specific goals will be attached as the General Plan Update is fleshed out. He also gave us snippets of of information from the current General Plan, updated in 2000, to provide us with perspective.
A WORTHWHILE EFFORT
Those of us in the audience, most of whom had done their homework and came prepared to ask questions and give reasoned opinions, had the chance to do just that. The meeting stretched until 8:00 p.m. and seemed to be a worthwhile effort. Sethuraman and Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz provided good information to us.
I-405 PROJECT STATUS/TOWN HALL
As part of his presentation Sethuraman discussed the current status of the I-405 Enhancement Project, giving us basically the same presentation he gave the Planning Commission Monday. I wrote about that earlier, HERE. He encouraged us all to attend the Town Hall meeting in Westminster on October 29th. See that previous entry for directions and more information.
Oh, yes - Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger lumbered in about an hour into the meeting, plopped onto a chair along the wall and remained mute, tinkering with his cell phone for about forty-five minutes before walking out, apparently to take a call. He didn't return.
NEXT UP - "PREFERRED ALTERNATIVES"
The next General Plan Update meeting will be the Preferred Alternatives Workshop and will be held at the same venue on Wednesday, November 20th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.