San Clemente resident Eva M. O’Keefe challenges the Transportation Corridor Agency to be more open and transparent about its road building plans and community meetings, calling out policies that restricted First Amendment rights of expression at a recent June forum.
San Clemente resident Cord Bauer writes that taxpayers should be on watch against plans by Orange County’s toll road agency to expand roadways in South County, arguing they are an expensive policy throwback to the Eisenhower era, packed full of bad side effects for both local residents and county taxpayers.
On June 20, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) and the Orange County Transportation Agency celebrate the dedication of 1,300 acres of permanently preserved lands. Melanie Schlotterbeck writes that it’s a culmination, noting that activist leaders took the long view in 2000 in creating the Green Vision Map that highlighted lands in Orange County that needed to be protected along with a leadership role by partnering with the OCTA to conserve lands through Measure M2, the county half-cent sales tax.
Santa Ana resident and activist Madeleine Spencer writes that local economic development leaders and education administrative leaders need to come together to create a strong and effective pipeline for local students to achieve financial success.
As public demand grows for safe ways to bicycle around town, local governments need to better focus on implementing the Complete Streets Act — a recent state law aimed at making roadways safer for cyclists and pedestrians.