As a member of the Planning Commission, I helped to draft the Goals and Objectives of the Downtown Specific Plan in 2012 and worked diligently to move it to completion.
The final Plan won an award from the California League of Cities, but this City Council and Mayor have done nothing to implement it. This comprehensive document provides for better traffic circulation to make the downtown more accessible, updated parking plans, and highlighting landmark features to reinvigorate the downtown to its historic character before we walled off the downtown from the Waterfront in 1977.
The problems of a moribund downtown have been talked about for many years. The time is now to implement the changes.
A coherent, realistic strategy to fund the improvements called for in the Plan must be developed and put on a timeline to accomplish the salutary benefits made possible by the Plan.