Comments by Diogenes

Kilroy's cronies

Kilroy hit a brick wall at the Planning Commission. John Ponder, Esq., at Sheppard Mullin produced an urban planner and a traffic engineer to expose the omissions and misstatements in the final EIR filled by Kilroy. Marcella Escobar-Eck, representing Kilroy revolving door tactics, as former head of the city's Development Services Department, held forth, as always, trying to present her army of faux-resident supporters of the proposed project. Escobar-Eck presented numerous so-called traffic engineers on October 2 at the Planning Board who tried to convince Planners that by widening Del Mar Heights Road to nine lanes across, installing two additional traffic lights, and use of computer-controlled traffic signals, the additional traffic would not cause increased delays. Mr. Ponder's expert traffic engineers testified that their junior associates tore these contentions apart in 30 minutes. The experts will return on October 16 to answer pointed questions by Planners. Kilroy was admonished to produce renderings showing what the two 9-story buildings would look like from El Camino Real. No more using little black and white renderings in black and white by Kilroy to hide the huge Twin Towers of Carmel Valley said Planners. Mr. Ponder implied that numerous CEQA violations in Kilroy's FEIR would result in a lawsuit should Kilroy ever get the City Council to approve their super-dense project that is 100 auto-dependent except for the little tram they propose. No public transportation and it is not Smart Growth by definition. Nor is it a City of Villages, said Ponder. Not even infill, said Ponder, because that refers to urban areas. It is not bikable either. 4,500 signatures by residents opposing the project were hand-delivered. That spoke volumes! Three huge volumes.
— October 3, 2014 1:52 p.m.

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