Don't need 'Terraces' traffic

The May 24 Sun includes a short article noting that a continued hearing regarding the proposed 315-unit Terraces of Lafayette project has been delayed until June 24.

I think of this project every morning that I drive north on Pleasant Hill Road from Highway 24 and up and over the top of the hill during the 7:30 to 8 a.m. time slot, and typically see cars southbound on Pleasant Hill Road stopped and backed from 24 up and over the top of the hill. I cannot imagine superimposing the additional traffic load of 315 living units to the already heavy commute loads passing through the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Deer Hill Road twice a day.

I am lucky to not have to drive the "heavy" commute direction during either commute period, but I feel for the drivers who will face additional backups and very viscous traffic flow if this project is approved.

I have to ask: Have any decision makers have gone outside and observed the existing pre-project traffic loads?

Bob Benson

Lafayette

Marie Antionette-ian

It seems almost daily some writer in these pages, or elsewhere, is asking the question: Who is the more Nixonian president, Richard "I am not a crook" Nixon or Barack "I just read about that in the news paper" Obama?

I think that's an unfair comparison. Obama's style of governing and crisis management is more Marie Antoinette-ian. Let them eat gluten-free vegan cake with fair-trade chocolate frosting. Please, don't audit me, bro!

Keith McConnell

Lafayette

'Invisible' Rossmoor patrols, indeed

At the May 21 Walnut Creek City Council meeting, the group Toward a Safer Rossmoor delivered 1,168 signatures on a petition to restore police patrols and services to Rossmoor. Thanks to all who signed the petition.

The Contra Costa Times quoted retired police chief, Joel Bryden as saying at that meeting that a patrol unit "drives through Rossmoor all the time, even though residents may not see them." The fact is that we do not have regular police patrols and we share two officers per shift in sector one which also covers downtown. That limited coverage does not go to Rossmoor except in response to a 911 call.

Chief Bryden himself told TASR that he was taking away coverage from Rossmoor and redirecting it downtown.

At the last TASR meeting, Dennis Bell, Rossmoor's public safety manager, said that Walnut Creek police cover Rossmoor in response to crime. That is correct. As far as patrolling, evidently we have a police presence that Rossmoorians "may not see" -- an invisible one, it seems.

Stephanie Asker

President, Toward a Safer Rossmoor Walnut Creek