Sara Baker, the new ACHD Commish took the oath of office today and set the tone for her agenda during her remarks.
She offered an olive branch to local governments saying, “No longer can we have jurisdictional squabbles. We all live and drive in this county.”
She has long been a critic of the ACHD as being too powerful. Wednesday she proclaimed,
“ACHD is, in effect, a service agency to the general purpose governments. The “committed to service” logo on the shirts and letterhead should mean just that.”
A long running feud between ACHD and the Settlers Canal District was also a topic for the new Commish: “ We cannot expect to spend another $1.6 million or so just on legal fees on top of the over $2 million we have already spent. We must come to a mutual solution outside of the courtroom. This will allow us to spend the money on projects that will benefit drivers or bicyclists or pedestrians – not high priced lawyers from both sides. I believe I have a solution and I’ll be bringing it up at a commission meeting very soon.”
Finally, she even talked about roads of all things when she said, “We must look to the “drivability” of our roads as well as the “engineeredness” of the roads. This means accelerating the changing of existing signals to smart signals, putting in permissive left turn greens and constructing a right hand turn lane at every new intersection.”
You can e-mail SARA BAKER at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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