Save Niles Canyon
P.O. Box 2862
Fremont, CA 94536-0862

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4 Responses to Contact

  1. Please let us know how we can help we have a band & have organized many fund raisers. it may be too late to do that if it is then how can we help & if it’s not, who do we talk to to begin organizing I may have a location in Sunol (the event center they are friends of ours) … We live in Pleasanton…

    Thank you,
    Georgi of Georgi and the Rough Week
    (925) 846-2648H
    (650) 208-2640C

  2. Kris says:

    I attended the meeting today and felt the questions and comments were terrific. This seems like a bogus safety project that CalTrans is determined to forge ahead with. There wasn’t time to answer my question, but I left it as a written comment for CalTrans. I am concerned that the proposed retaining walls will affect wildlife that need to access Alameda Creek for water for their survival. With no access to the water, they may perish. Are there any mitigations proposed by CalTrans for this?

    • Kimberly says:

      I doubt Caltrans will provide mitigation details until it submits its reply to all comments (this will probably happen when it issues its EIR 6-months hence).

    • Roy Heaivilin says:

      yes, and NO. Mostly No, wildlife will have to walk around the ‘high water wall’. It’s location is an unlikely access route any due to steep cliff walls anyway. Most of the ‘retaining walls hold back the mountain, however in phase I, where the a retaining wall is to keep high creek water off the road because CALTRAN wants to lower the road for “a federal clearance guideline” which is somehow now more important than was 40 years ago when the current road elevations was established as being the best balance point to meet clearance and clear high water. Since they plan to lower the road and fill 22 feet by 8 feet section of creek, where storm water normally flows, they must put a high wall , and electric pump system to keep creek rain and creek water off the road. So smaller critters like foxes and raccoons which use the existing culverts to go under the road are out of luck. Keeping the culverts would allow back flow onto the highway as if a storm won’t knock out the electric power, or run off from the 800 foot hill won’t silt up the pump closing the road anyway. Fighting the natural laws is usually a bad idea, even more so when it is not needed. Once the road is wider, there’s nothing to stop, to another agency repaint the lane lines as ‘capacity improvement” at later time. Phase I is for future, bigger trucks can us and ‘another project” or it $10 million dependence on electric power to keep the road open, would not be normally be considered.
      Only the Governor (916-445-2841) , the sheriff, or citizens militia can stop Caltrans on phase 1 madness. The Governor has the clearest legal authority to do so, by replacing the district 4 director with someone who will listen and amend the project. The current director, Sartipi, has heard but refuses to listen or amend the project. He’s also the one in charge and proceeding with a negative declaration to avoid the required environmental impact report.

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