Since then The City's leadership has changed, with a new City Manager and two new Council Members - William Man and Nanette Fish - having inherited the project from their predecessors. The City has also hosted several additional public meetings to gather further input on the Las Tunas Drive revitalization project, including a special meeting on December 1, 2015 that included a non-binding straw-poll. At that meeting, the Council moved 3-1 in favor of Option A, the most transformative (and safest) design alternative which closely mirrors the design unanimously approved by City Council in December 2012.
Also voting in favor were Council Member Vincent Yu and Council Member Cynthia Sternquist, who shared that this project remains the hardest decision she's had to make in 6 years on Council. The deciding factor for her was the park-poor nature of Temple City - only 2 parks in 4.5 square miles. She also noted that the addition of public space in downtown included in Option A would be the type of big change needed to make downtown Temple City special again. Council Member Nannette Fish, the other recently elected first-term representative, recused herself from the issue, citing her status as a Las Tunas Drive business owner as a potential conflict of interest.
The one dissenting vote was from Mr. Chavez, who questioned whether slow average travel times for automobiles would attract new businesses and whether people on bikes would use Las Tunas as many he has queried have stated they prefer quieter residential streets.
Especially if you live or shop in Temple City, or would be more likely to do so if it was more pedestrian and bike-friendly, local decision makers need to hear from you!
What YOU Can DO!
- ATTEND the 2/11 meeting and provide public comment in person! If at all possible, please save-the-date and join us. Please note the meeting location has changed, and will now be held at: LIVE OAK PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 10144 Bogue St. Temple City, CA 91780.
- Submit comments via email. A short list of benefits as well as a template letter can be found below. We encourage everyone to take a moment and personalize their comments. Even short, personal statements are more powerful than carbon copies.