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Creek authority faces suit from man who claims $9M flood control project has holes

Original post made on Nov 12, 2019

A lawsuit was filed Oct. 24 against the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority and its board, claiming that the board skipped a step when it approved a new flood control project in September.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:34 AM

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Posted by member
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 12, 2019 at 1:21 pm

The homeowners that bought in flood zone areas should pay for any costs to prevent floods in their areas, not all citizens!

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Posted by Lawsuits are the name of the game...
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Let me start by just saying I think the work to imrpove the water flow is crucial. But I find it super ironic that many of the residents who have most enthusiastically pushed for the improvements contemplated here and who are now calling the lawsuit a frivolous CEQA case are the very same residents who would champion a CEQA lawsuit against any multi-family housing development.

Is this lawsuit frivolous? Answer: yes. Is every CEQA challenge brought by the "residentialists" in Palo Alto frivolous? Answer: yes.

I encourage those who feel strongly about frivolous legal challenges to city action to attend a meeting during which your local council is trying to approve something, just watch the "regulars" come out and challenge the process left and right. Unfortunately, this tactic works and even if in the end it fails, it costs the city so much money to respond that it is still "successful" in its ability to slow down and delay. And often when it comes to getting stuff done, delay is the same as deny.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

There is a bigger problem we have been discussing for years. Start with the origin of the problem - the lake and dam at the top which is on SU property. We have discussed for years the removal of the dam and drainage of the lake down to a manageable level. If another big rainy season comes then the overflow of the 100 year old dam will create the usual mayhem. It should be noted that a dam on the Carmel River of the same age and condition was removed and the upper section reformatted to create fish pools and a predictable flow down to the city of Carmel. So we know how to do this and we know what the end result could be. SU refuses to correct this problem. If they did we could a have a real stream with fish that go up to breed.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm

>> The suit claims that the joint powers authority should have declared that mitigations or alternatives to reduce or eliminate the project's expected environmental impacts are infeasible before it approved the flood control plan.

>> Instead, Joshua states, the board "improperly skipped this step."

If true, how long will it take to complete this step and issue the declaration?

>> The plan, the suit claims, will cause Joshua to "suffer irreparable and permanent injuries" and "irreparably harm the environment and will result in significant and unmitigated adverse environmental impacts," if it is implemented.

I don't see an explanation for how this will occur?

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