Last week, a truck plunged off the Coronado Bridge, killing four people and injuring nine others in Chicano Park.
The tragic crash has sent state Sen. Ben Hueso into a frenzy looking for potential funding sources to make safety improvements to the bridge. One of those sources, Hueso says, is Measure A, a half-cent sales tax the San Diego Association of Governments says would raise $18.2 billion over 40 years for transportation, infrastructure and open space projects.
“I was leaning in favor, but a lot of these initiatives, you really have to vet them thoroughly,” Hueso said. “But when that accident happened, it tipped it for me that these funds could help with those problems involved in the bridge.”
Roughly 24 percent of the funds raised by the measure would go to individual cities. According to SANDAG’s 40-year projections, that would be about $36.1 million to Coronado and $1.8 billion to San Diego.
Either of those cities could use that money to improve the bridge, Hueso said.
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And, Meanwhile In The Backround
Issues for the small community of Barrio Logan have grown exponentially over the years. This enclave of Americans of Mexican decent, still finds the heel of local governments at its throat.
With the Community Update Plans defeat in 2012, the door was thrown wide open for a gold rush of investment in and effort to direct the future of this neighborhood, and dispose of the current residents, in favor of someone's vision on what They believe Barrio should be..
Somewhere between Little Italy, and Gaslamp South. I'm thinking.
Fortunately Residents Have More Resolve!
Recent events have been a huge motivator in drawing the community back together in a way not seen since 1970, both local and state officials are fanning the flames. But what's less understood is why
In other comments I've pointed toward dereliction of those who are sworn to protect the public safety, CalTrans!
When the third vehicle left the bridge in 1991, an investigation in this matter should have revealed the flawed design, and repaired it!!
More On The Horizon
Assembly bill AB 32, a green house gas reduction plan, is about to take full effect, and the Barrio Logan area is the most heavily polluted countywide.
Enter a new player, Pasha Shipping, for years now this company has been moving cars and trucks from manufacturers overseas, to National City.
These vehicles are then taken by Truck and Train, north for distribution.
In a August 2015 article published by VOSD, in 2014 some 400,000 vehicles landed in National City. To quote the article " A maritime expert hired by the Port of San Diego estimates that number could double to 800,000 vehicles by 2040 ( okay here's the kicker) If the right accommodations are made"
More land, and a second rail line running through the 160 acre site.
So, what's that mean to Barrio Logan? Trains running night and day,trying to move their vehicles north. More Tractor-trailers moving through Barrio, or the I-5, same thing.
If you live in Barrio, and think pollution is bad now, just wait until this deal is done. But by the way things are going, I won't be able to afford to live here anymore.
The only transportation issue he promotes is the one that supports his family's taxi business. The fix in the curve on the white people's bridge ramp would only reduce the cost of liability on the family taxi business. Measure "A" is really anti-Chicano, Latino, low income, and would create more pollution from Chicano Park to San Ysidro. Measure "A" would widen, unnecessarily, I-5 and would negatively impact established neighborhoods that line that freeway from Barrio Logan to Sidro.
No, what is needed is a look at the vastly increased tractor-trailer traffic heading north first on S.R. 905 and then I-805. Very small cars and very big vehicles do not mix. And, what about accelerating the connection of S.R. 905 with S.R. 125. Most of the rich Tijuaneros live in East Lake. Don't we want to support our compadres and comadres with money in Chula Vista?
And, finally, Measure "A" would not relieve traffic congestion. And, it would delay much further the advancement of mass transportation infrastructure deferred from the 1970's. The idiotas in Chula Vista want a major university. They can't even take of the traffic nor the parking for little ole Southwestern College. Students at Berkeley didn't need cars and they could take on part-time jobs in San Francisco without a car. I'm sorry for the rest of the Bay Area that can't get their heads around more mass transportation.
Hueso has learned from the gavachos to stick his head in the barrio when he can get an opportunistic selfie and then jam it to la gente when they are not looking. Vato, if you want the barrio vote, start acting like you need the barrio vote. We don't need no stinkin' stadium in our backyard and we don't need our neighborhoods obliterated again. Once in the last century is enough.
It’s shameful that Ben Hueso would use the Chicano Park tragedy to push his political agenda. He said nothing about Measure A during the press conference. It’s equally shameful that Hueso, who is still on probation for his own DUI, would have the audacity to even speak out on this issue since the driver that caused the tragedy is suspected of being under the influence. Yet regardless of that why would Hueso ask the sales taxpayers of San Diego to foot the bill for Coronado Bridge safety improvements when it is the responsibility of CalTrans and the state to pay for it? Especially after they’ve been told numerous times about debris falling from the bridge? Hueso needs to get off his ass and push the state to fund safety enhancements to the bridge. Not push a measure that will add more pollution to one of California’s most polluted communities. His constituents demand it and we will jam him up until those of us that utilize Chicano Park are safe.