Opposed Resident Speaks, Over 25 Residents Denied The Opportunity To Also Chime In At December 10, 2019 Meeting.
At the December 10th City Commission meeting, Alhambra resident Silvia Pinera-Vasquez spoke in opposition to the Alhambra Bike Project. The personal appearance drew over 40 residents who wished to speak on the matter in addition to Pinera-Vasquez, both in favor and in opposition.
Each group respectively wore stickers on their shirts which clearly stated their position on the project.
Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli on several occasions announced that this was a personal appearance only for Ms. Pinera-Vasquez and that no other residents would be allowed to speak on the matter at the meeting. No other sitting commissioner made a motion to overrule the mayor’s decision. Residents were visibly upset with the commission as they left the chambers after taking time out of their workday to be there.
At the same time, at a prior commission meeting, Valdes-Fauli has made his opposition to changing the character of the city and outlined concerns with bike paths throughout the city.
The mayor announced that early 2020 he would call for a meeting at 5pm to accommodate the residents and discuss the item at length. The mayor even suggested a larger venue seeing that the commission chambers were overflowing and standing room only.
You can read a lengthy and comprehensive letter from Pinera-Vasquez here.
We have reached out to the city for information on when the next meeting regarding the Alhambra Bike Lane would take place and will provide an update as soon as we receive that information.
Click Here for Speaker Cards made part of the record.