On the Council Agenda Tonight

The agenda for Tuesday night’s City Council meeting is as notable for what won’t be heard as for two items that will be heard.

As we previously reported, last week’s staff report on the circulation element of the General Plan left the Council speechless, and so it was continued to this week. But now it has been continued to next week

No question, circulation, or, more accurately, lack of circulation, or, even more accurately, gridlock is a knotty problem, but, at first blush, last week’s staff report was a knotty solution that seemed fraught with potential new problems.

We can only hope that the staff recommendations are even now being revised and simplified.

Meanwhile, the Council will hear the staff’s consultants’ “analysis” of the “Residents’ Initiative to Fight Traffic”(RIFT) and its impacts – positive and negative.

After hearing the report, the Council can either adopt the initiative or order its inclusion on the November ballot.

As some City officials – elected and appointed – have already expressed their opposition to RIFT, this should be an interesting demonstration of municipal objectivity.

Finally, the Treesavers’ request that the City create a Tree Commission is scheduled to be heard.

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