In my line of work I won't be commuting to West Park, but I have been following The Bee's coverage. I have some questions that should be discussed before a shovel of dirt is turned. First, it appears supervisors have decided that ag is out the door and industry is the new moneymaker. The April 23 article ("West Park gets OK," Page A-1) quoted Supervisor Jeff Grover saying, "We need four or five business parks this size to get the jobs we need." Is this the smartest plan with today's rising food demand and costs?
Second, I live east of Oakdale. To get to the Patterson-Crows Landing area, mostly on two-lane roads, can take from an hour to an hour and 45 minutes; what is planned to change the infrastructure? Will we get a four-lane expressway? Will there be increased bus service? What about light rail? What will be done to mitigate the pollution the 37,000 jobs bring?
Finally, what is the plan to reduce the emissions that the increased truck traffic will put into our bowl of our valley? All areas change and growth is inevitable, but it needs to be smart growth.
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