It would be cynical to wonder if, despite a head start of roughly a decade, the South County Corridor will become a reality before the much-anticipated, much-studied, much-debated North County Corridor. So we admit it: We’re cynical.
The Stanislaus Council of Governments, or StanCOG, hired a San Francisco firm to study the possibility. Such a link not only makes sense, it could create some excitement for those looking for a quick way across the county.
The county has been trying to get an industrial park off the ground at the old Crows Landing Naval Air Station for the last eight years. If someone were to consider putting a new highway along the edge of such a park, well, it expands the possibilities. The key, of course, is to build a road that people and businesses want to use. The hard part is figuring out where to locate the road once it approaches I-5 – just as it has been difficult to figure out where to put the eastern end of the North County Corridor.
It will be interesting to see which road progresses the fastest.
Some good news to share
Often the bad news – like crime, tragic accidents, hidden cameras, etc. – overwhelms the good. In the case of the report documenting increasing poverty in the valley, there was no way to sugarcoat such bad news and we shouldn’t try. Still, there are good things happening in our corner of the world, and people do take notice. The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley recognized its “Champions for Regional Change” at a confab in Clovis on Friday. We were well represented.
Stanislaus County’s Water Advisory Committee and groundwater management plan were both applauded. The committee and the board have moved quickly to formulate water use plans ahead of the state mandate to do so. The city of Hughson was lauded for hits Farmland Preservation Program, which requires the permanent protection of 2 acres of farmland for every 1 acre of residential development. That might not sound like a big deal now, but building will resume someday, and then we’ll be glad it’s in place. In the category of job creation, the Stanislaus Business Alliance and Partners in Manufacturing picked up an award for a program that involves MJC and area high schools matching those who want jobs with employers.
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