The article “Burlingame preparing for sea level rise,” in the Nov. 9 edition of the Daily Journal, is the latest Peninsula city focused on addressing this issue. A better long-term solution is building a dam with a lock in the vicinity of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The GGB was built in four years starting in 1933. The arguments against it were the depth of the channel there and the strong tides. If 1933 technology could build the GGB in four years, certainly 2022-2030 technology could build a dam with a lock for ocean-worthy boats. Is it worth a couple hundred billion dollars?

Certainly, more impactful than the $100 billion high-speed rail fiasco.

Philip Hage


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Terence Y

Mr. Hage – I’d agree that money from the $100 billion, ironically-named, high-speed rail would be better spent elsewhere and your proposed lock is as good a choice as any. Unfortunately, I think you’ll need to explain what a lock is, because some folks are probably envisioning a keyed door with dead bolt lock. If we start now, at best, we may be able to finish in 2040, but I’d contend that since Dems think the world will end in 2031, why bother.

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