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MARCIA FARISS February 21, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Hi Again, Everyone, This is just a reminder about the Hwy 85 meeting to be held a week from todayRead More (Feb. 25) at 7 PM at the Saratoga Library. VTA representatives will be there to present their plans and answer questions. As you know, VTA wants to add 2 new toll/express lanes to existing Hwy 85 and one rumor has it that the current HOV lanes will become toll lanes as well (I cannot verify that as I'm getting conflicting info on that). There will be no access for Saratoga, parts of Campbell and Los Gatos residents. IMHO, this project will be a disaster because of additional noise, pollution and traffic. I'm still trying to figure out how express toll lanes will encourage car pooling and mass transit which has been the ongoing mantra of transit and elected officials; however, perhaps I'm "denser than the average bear." :-) Everyone I've spoken to is opposing the VTA plan; however, I do not know everyone in the Valley (contrary to some people's opinion) and there may be some who favor the plan. Everyone is encouraged to get the facts, analyze them and come to your own conclusions about the project. Please come to the meeting! This is a project that impacts everyone in the Valley--not just those living near Hwy 85. Bring lots of friends and neighbors! See you at 7PM next Tuesday at the Saratoga Library (on Saratoga Ave. and corner of Fruitvale Ave.) If you have questions, please contact me.
MARCIA FARISS June 21, 2013 at 03:54 pm
For my Saratoga Patch blog: At last night's City Council meeting, the major issue was theRead More TimeShare-Gateway appeal.  The Planning Commission had previously denied York Lee's project as being too massive and having too intense a use.  Mr. Lee appealed that decision last night. What struck me the most, was not the 15 people who spoke against approving the appeal (with 1 wanting it granted) but the attitude that several of the Council members exhibited.  There was obvious disdain being exhibited by Councilman Chuck Page to both residents addressing the Council as well as a highly regarded traffic/parking expert.  Page not only was dismissive of the data presented by Mr. Pang but towards Saratoga residents as well.  Page even had the audacity to bully the 3 Planning Commission members who were urging the Council to return the project to the Commission for further work.  It should be remembered, that the City Council appoints the Planning Commission members! Page was joined by Councilmembers Manny Capello and Howard Miller who appeared to readily accept the data presented by the developer's traffic expert but equally as readily dismissed the traffic expert hired by Restore Saratoga.  Restore Saratoga had retained expert Gay Lawrence Pang, P.E. of Pang Engineers, Inc. to review and analyze the situation especially because issues of insufficient parking, traffic safety, circulation and flow seemed to be missing from the developer's report.  In particular, Page went out of his way to ask Mr. Pang to repeat who hired him (after he had already stated) and how much he was being paid; it is obvious that Page has great contempt for anyone connected with Restore Saratoga.  Restore Saratoga is comprised of concerned volunteer residents  who wish to see responsible development that maintains the semi-rural and unique character of our City. It is important to note that the vast majority of speakers at previous Planning Commission and City Council meetings have NOT been associated with Restore Saratoga; however, they too have the goal of  preserving what we love best about Saratoga. My sense is that except for Mayor Jill Hunter, the other Councilmembers want to approve the TimeShare project as is.  It is also my conviction that the Planning Commission is correct; it is too massive has too intense a usage and has not adequately addressed the parking and traffic congestion issues. Stay tuned, as this is not yet over.  Also, please stay informed and engaged.
MARCIA FARISS May 13, 2013 at 04:20 pm
You may also sign a petition opposing raising the height at: RestoreSaratoga.com.
Elaine C May 24, 2013 at 04:04 pm
How can I receive the survey material that you mentioned on May 13?
MARCIA FARISS June 12, 2013 at 03:49 pm
Surveys were sent to every household; however, we have since discovered that not every householdRead More received one. Anyone who did not receive one and wants one can contact RestoreSaratoga.com. Someone will mail one to you.