Ream to address transit and streets at next Com Link meeting

Santa Ana City Manager Dave Ream will be addressing the Santa Ana Communication Linkages (Com Link) Forum on Thursday, January 25, at 7 p.m., at the Community Room of the Santa Ana Police Department headquarters, located at 60 Civic Center Plaza.

Ream will be joined by Jim Ross, the Santa Ana Director of Public Works, and Kia Mortazavi, the Director of Strategic Planning for the Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA). The topic of discussion will be how the renewal of Measure M will affect Santa Ana.

The discussion will include a look at Santa Ana’s freeway, transit, streets and roads. It might be a good time to talk to Ream about the proposed Metro East project, which, according to an article in today’s O.C. Register, will dump another 11,000 people into the area between the 55 Freeway and the 5 Freeway. Current residents know full well that traversing 1st Street in that area during rush hour is already a nightmare. This project would almost certainly bring traffic to a complete stop.

My personal theory is that the Mayor of Santa Ana, Miguel Pulido, and his allies are trying to build all these towers, including the apparently doomed One Broadway Plaza (OBP) tower, in an effort to artificially raise property values and bring in an influx of well-heeled, ostensibly non-Latino, residents. This is gentrification – and in my humble opinion the goal is to reduce Latino influence in Santa Ana. Presumably my co-blogger, Sean Mill, will now have a chance to scrutinize this latest proposal in his capacity as a Santa Ana Planning Commissioner. Go get em’ Sean!

This meeting is not to be missed if you want to let Ream know how you feel about his administration’s poor management of our roads in Santa Ana. If you show up early at 6:30 p.m. there will be a free snack spread provided by HomeTown Buffet. Spanish translation services will be available as well. You do not have to RSVP – just show up and let your voice be heard.

I won’t be there as I will be on yet another business trip – so I hope that my co-bloggers will pick up the slack by attending and writing about this meeting (hint, hint!).

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