EDITOR: Cotati’s curious fascination with roundabouts has, for the moment at least, been thankfully curtailed by the sad realities of the state budget (“State rejects county projects,” Monday).
I continue to wonder, however, why the city is so obsessed with these roundabout plans. While “traffic calming,” one of the primary stated objectives is a noble goal, it is to my mind not an appropriate project for a street (Old Redwood Highway, between East Cotati Avenue and Highway 116) that provides a major arterial function, not just for the city of Cotati but for surrounding municipalities and unincorporated areas.
The city’s handpicked and well-paid traffic consultants may say otherwise, but a modicum of research will reveal that the location of this particular project would be deemed unwise, even by traffic experts who are generally pro-roundabout.
Pay cuts, road fix
EDITOR: We disagree with columnist Pete Golis that rural residents in Sonoma County must accept the deterioration of our road system into dirt and gravel (“Learning to embrace potholes,” Sunday).
Most of the candidates in the 1st Supervisorial District have plans that will begin to solve this problem. In particular, Sonoma Mayor Joanne Sanders advocates reducing the amount spent on county wages and benefits by at least 10 percent, which would generate $50 million for roads. While changing the county’s budgeting priorities may challenge the imagination of some, Mendocino County recently implemented 10 percent reductions. Given Sanders’ success in fiscal management in Sonoma, we believe she should be given a chance to succeed on the board of supervisors.
SOSroads is working with Supervisors Shirlee Zane and David Rabbitt on the ad hoc road committee. They seem to be committed to reallocating funds for some immediate improvements while developing a long-term solution. If Sanders were to join them, we believe we can succeed.