- Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell (CA State Assembly)CA State Assembly
- Governor Jerry BrownGovernor of California
- Senator Diane Feinstein (US Senator)US Senator
- Supervisor Don KnabeLA Board of Supervisors
- Representative Janice HahnUS Representative
- Councilman Joe BuscainoLA City Councilman
- California Coastal Commission
- Mayor Eric GarcettiMayor of Los Angeles
City of LA Determined to Fund Boondoggle (which could cost +$100 million)
Here is a bipartisan sentiment: Spending $100 million+ to restore Paseo del Mar-- a road to nowhere-- that is alleged to benefit 1,800 coastal households--many, if not most, of whom do not want it and none of whom need it--is an obscene waste of our tax dollars especially at a time when our State Government just received taxpayer support for a massive increase in the Gas and Vehicle Tax to fund critical road projects (like this one?!)
- CA State Assembly
Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell (CA State Assembly)
- Governor of California
Governor Jerry Brown
- US Senator
Senator Diane Feinstein (US Senator)
- LA Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Don Knabe
- US Representative
Representative Janice Hahn
- LA City Councilman
Councilman Joe Buscaino
- California Coastal Commission
- Mayor of Los Angeles
Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Attorney General
We are a bi-partisan coalition of residents of the coastal area of San Pedro, CA, residents of the City of Los Angeles and fiscally prudent taxpayers across the United States, who urge you to reject an appeal you may be receiving to fund a + $100 million project that is said, by its proponents, to benefit local residents many of whom feel otherwise.
There are those in leadership positions who allege that the local and broader communities are united in support of this project. Our strong opposition to it demonstrates that this is simply not true.
The project in question is the restoration of 600 feet of a coastal road that fell away in a landslide in November of 2011.
Local leadership is seeking funds from all levels of Government to restore the road. $28.8 million was the original estimate, which has now grown to over $100 million for some of the options and this amount will no doubt, inflate over time given the instability of the cliff.
On the local level alone, they are planning raids on the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Service’s budget and the Gas Tax fund.
This road is not a main artery and the residents have managed well without the missing 600 foot section for the past two years.
At $55,555 per residence (in the 1,800 household Palisades neighborhood where the slide occurred) or $166,000 per linear foot, we believe this is an obscenely wasteful use of limited tax receipts.
In this time of fiscal austerity, when real infrastructure priorities such as fixing grossly deteriorating sewers, severely potholed roads and crumbling sidewalks are being ignored,
how can a controversial, hugely expensive project that affects such a small group possibly be justified?
Especially ridiculous is that a large percentage of the chosen beneficiaries are, in fact, opposed to it.
Finally, the timing is galling. Now, the State and Local governments are asking us taxpayers to support a major increase in our Gas and Vehicle taxes to support critical road improvements...you mean like this one?
Thank you in advance for letting us know that you will be refusing to assist in the funding of this boondoggle which, by the way, is referred to locally as the Road to Nowhere.
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