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Not sure what all the fuss is about with the City Council’s pushing of an unwanted roundabout over on its citizenry? It is clear that most of the citizens do not want a roundabout, but the council wants the circular monstrosity because of the free $1.2 million of SACOG grant money that would help pay for building it and repair ailing city streets. If the City Council really wants to build the roundabout and truly wants to violate the wishes of its citizens and deceive them, I’m not sure why it is going through this big, costly charade of attempting to act like it is impartial and interested in listening to the public viewpoint — while spending six figures on preparing a biased CEQA report based on several project alternatives, but favoring the roundabout selection with a preconceived outcome?
If the city really wants to get business done, circumvent its own planning and development rules, and violate it’s citizenry, then perhaps it should just go ahead and build the roundabout without any environmental documents, approved plans, development approvals and permits. Maybe the city could do the construction work on a weekend when the city staff isn’t around and then the city can later just grant itself after the fact approvals under an annually renewed “Temporary Use Permit” just like the city did on the two illegally constructed commercial parking lots for the county government up off of Briw Road that the county is using for its Health and Human Services building.