Referring to Foster City’s decision to prevent left turns from Hillsdale Boulevard to Edgewater and Shell boulevards for your “pilot program,” we, the commuters who happen to use these public roads, are being singled out as the cause to a bigger problem.
I was born in, went to school in and work for San Mateo County but like thousands of others, cannot afford to live here so I commute. I do my part by carpooling. I did not create the housing shortage that commuters face each day. I was 8 years old when, in the 1970s, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors decided that this county did not need to allow BART down the Peninsula. Jack Foster’s master plan created the limited roads in his namesake city. No one back then anticipated the amount of growth in population and businesses we have now.
With this new restriction, this city is treating commuters as if we are not worthy of traveling within your city. I pay taxes in your city and in this county, and these taxes pay to improve public services including roads. You must know that the commuters you are preventing to use your public roads also frequent your businesses.
If Foster City is going to treat other residents as if they are not welcome because they do not live in Foster City then my hard-earned money will not be spent here. Creating barriers to people based on our differences seems to be in the news a lot these days. Hmmm. People, make your feelings known. Contact Norm Dorais, Public Works Director at (650) 286-3270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.