Monday, September 09, 2013

Important MTC meeting on Masonic Avenue

Dear Save Masonic supporter:

Thank you again for helping us in our efforts to bring a balanced, reasonable, safe approach to Masonic Avenue. Funding for the Masonic raised cycle track project will be on the agenda of the Programming and Allocations Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM. This is a critical meeting! Please make your voice heard---by e-mail or in person---that the current plan is fundamentally flawed and should not be approved.

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the meeting, but we are not sure how long the meeting will go on, the Masonic project is part of a large agenda item that includes many other projects, and the agenda is unclear about when public comment will be heard, so we understand it may be difficult for you to attend the meeting. Therefore it's critical to e-mail the Committee in advance of the meeting so that your opposition will be part of the public record.

Send your e-mails to each of the following: (Ms. Hughes, Secretary) (Supervisor Campos, Vice Chair) (Supervisor Wiener, member) (Amy Rein Worth, MTC Chair)

In the subject line, indicate “Agenda Item 4(b) – OBAG – Masonic Avenue Complete Streets-Programming and Allocations Committee, September 11, 2013

Please cc us at

Meeting location: Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, Lawrence Dahms Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland (reachable by BART)

Link to meeting agenda here. See page 13 of the attachment to Agenda Item 4(b).

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At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

Thanks for the tip! I emailed the group letting them know I'm in full support of this project!

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see the Masonic plan is going forward. Good on you Jesse for attending and letting them know you support it!

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

This wasn't even the kind of meeting you go to oppose a project. "Item 4b of the Programming & Allocations Committee for Sept. 11 was approved by the Committee without opposition."

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By all means, I encourage Rob to show up wearing a Tricorner hat with teabags on it, and a big Gadsden "Don't tread on me" snake flag. Tell everyone Glenn Beck sent you, Rob.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Jesse said...

I don't think Rob was there, but this was a day late and a dollar short. I knew about all the meetings in advance and I helped in the options for Masonic. I didn't vote for this corridor change, but MTA ultimately went with it.

The current configuration of Masonic is like a freeway going through the heart of a neighborhood. While some can claim it goes to far in terms of changes, I would argue that it was built wrong to begin with.


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