Letter to the Editor : Fairmont Stepchild

Fairmont stepchild


During the past few months, Mike O’Neill has been taking his Capital Improvements Projects Lecture and Powerpoint Presentation to various groups and organizations, of which I attended the Chamber lunch. Mike is to be applauded and commended for providing this valuable information (with some good humor) and I hope that he and others on the Council can continue to keep us posted in the future with such informative presentations.

What is astonishing to me, though, is that none of the projects are in my neighborhood, Fairmont, Westview or other Skyline neighborhoods. I pose the question to our council members: What about Skyline Boulevard, it could stand for some improvements, it is often congested, bumper to bumper between Manor and Hickey during commute hours?. There have been a number of collisions at the Hickey / Skyline intersection, including a fatal pedestrian strike. Skyline is Caltrans bailiwick, but could Pacifica be proactive with neighboring jurisdictions to work with Caltrans on looking at improving Skyline Boulevard?. One of the candidates in the last council election talked about a sound wall to help those residents living on Gateway last fall, and I agree with him, that’s a great idea for Skyline — attractively designed soundwall(s) would benefit the neighbors of that freeway (north of Hickey) and two lane road (south of Hickey).

Gateway / Hickey might benefit from a signal. Could this be studied?

Hickey / Skyline and Manor / Skyline are gateways to Pacifica, some attractive landscaping and more prominent signage might boost the area’s identify as part of Pacifica, Fairmont is often confused as a part of Daly City and blends in well with Daly City due to the architectural styles.

Imperial Park, also located in Fairmont neighborhood, is in need of help and could be improved.

Why are the benefits of capital improvements only located and benefitting the areas of Pacifica down the hill?. This town is more than those areas Can a more “City-wide approach” to capital project planning be implemented so that all neighborhoods may benefit evenly from Capital Improvement Projects? One of my elder neighbors, an original Fairmont owner observed, I am paraphrasing, “Fairmont is the unwanted stepchild of Pacifica.” Perhaps he was being melodramatic, but I kind of get this feeling too..

Victor Spano


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