Now that the San Carlos City Council has arbitrarily enacted an ordinance blocking vehicles from driving on Laurel Street for the benefit of restaurant owners and bank managers (“Praise, concern for San Carlos street closures” in the June 20-21 edition of the Daily Journal), how long will it now take emergency responders to quickly come to the aid of a heart attack victim, or a choking restaurant patron or a building fire on Laurel if the street is now fully blocked to all vehicles? How long will this cut down on response time to save a life, or property?

Clearly, the priority of this city’s bureaucracy is misguided when it considers the restaurant owner’s welfare of first importance over the safety of the entire community.

Michael Safranek

San Carlos

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