EDITOR: How can we afford $357 million for a Willits bypass? When state services — education (14 positions in Willits alone), child services and health care, law enforcement, fire protection and parks — are being slashed, how can we afford a boondoggle that will not benefit Willits' current traffic problems?
In fact, if allowed to proceed, this project will compound traffic circulation in Willits for at least six years. Six years of construction will produce the equivalent of 80 years of carbon and dust pollution. This increased pollution in the Willits bowl will affect the respiratory health of small children, the aged and those with existing respiratory problems, without improving the Highway 20 intersection.
Frequently, Willits' Little Lake Valley is shrouded in dense fog. It chills me to imagine a two-lane freeway-speed runway of death with no median barrier and no emergency access for six miles. Head-on collision in the valley, fuel spilled, CHP nightmare.
EDITOR: In the southwestern corner of Santa Rosa lies the county jurisdiction of Roseland. The residents don't have the opportunity to vote in city elections, nor do they have the beautiful parks, libraries or community centers that residents of Santa Rosa can enjoy every day. Roseland's law enforcement is divided between Santa Rosa police, county sheriffs and the CHP. It's in serious need of reconstruction and repair.
Home to the highest concentration of Latinos in the community, Roseland has yet to be offered annexation by the city of Santa Rosa. Instead of embracing diversity, it seems as though Santa Rosa is ostracizing the Latino community.
For the past seven years, Roseland has been lobbying for annexation, but the City Council responds by congregating and discussing Roseland's revenue and expenses. However, areas around Roseland have been annexed, leaving a hole in the map of Santa Rosa.