Everything on today's menu is low-fat and high fiber. Consume as much as you wish:
It seemed as if every business owner on the east end of Mt. Diablo Boulevard attended Monday night's city council meeting. Engineering Services Manager Tony Coe barely finished describing the benefits of the project -- to be funded by a county transportation grant -- before speakers took turns picking it apart.
Coe said the "intermittent" medians, spaced strategically to allow left turns into businesses, would provide a beautifying "streetscape" with "tree canopies" without unnecessarily impeding customer access. Critics pointed out that customer access is already unimpeded. Besides, who needs trees?
The $220,000 roundabout, which would funnel Mt. Diablo's four lanes of traffic into two at the intersection with Golden Gate Way, was panned as a bottleneck ideal for creating traffic jams. Not so, Coe said; vehicles will just slow down, affording a safer pedestrian crossing.
Debates over the circular logic resume next month.
Critics joked about the law-enforcement challenges faced in Kensington, an unincorporated burg of 5,077 squeezed into one square mile between El Cerrito, Berkeley and Albany. Sure enough, last month's police activity log listed five dog complaints and six false alarms among reports of "Two garbage bags left next to victim's fence" and "Deer unable to exit yard."
That was before Monday, when a homicide victim was found stabbed to death in his home. Even in Kensington, a cop never knows what tomorrow will bring.
Wells' response sounded less like an answer than a threat: "I think the perception is, if you vote this down, there's going to be some dramatic change or something's going to happen (about pension costs). That's not going to be the case.
"If this measure fails, the community will go without adequate fire protection until there's another solution. And there is no solution on the horizon."
Perhaps Wells is weary of the topic, or maybe he didn't get enough sleep, but a few more presentations like this will go a long way toward dooming the measure. The council, clearly displeased, tabled an endorsement.
These are not the yachts that will appear 13 months from now in the America's Cup finals. These are smaller and slower. It's just a promotion for the big event -- and a chance to see how obscenely wealthy people entertain themselves.
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