Out of pure frustration, you’ve said it: “Traffic Sucks!” I’ve said it. And as your City Council Member, I am going to do something about it. Everyone has experienced slow traffic, congestion, accidents, unexpected delays, and just too many cars.
Traffic is sucking the life out of us. Our quality of life is slipping away. The frustration is high. I have neighbors who have been in in tears telling me they are going to sell their house and move away, just to get their life back. Our infrastructure is simply inadequate. Massive numbers of cars, driven by people who don’t even live in Corona, are clogging our streets. What can we do? Didn’t we just invest over $1 billion in a freeway? Did it do anything to improve our commute? Some think it’s actually worse.
The truth is there is no single silver bullet that will fix our problems. It will take a combination of approaches, solutions, and divergent thinking on the issue in order to get our quality of life back. I have the big ideas, the faith, and the determination to lead the way!
So what exactly are the ideas? Tell us Doug, hurry-up, I am stuck in traffic right now, even as I am reading this.
I am proposing we continue with the Traditional Planned Approaches– adding lanes, metering for on ramps, widening the choke points, fixing the ridiculous loss of three lanes eastbound on the 91 under the 15 freeway. We have city and county employees and citizen commissions working on these issues. These will help and we should continue with the existing plans such as Phases 3 and 4 of the 15 to 91 interchange improvement.
In addition, following are the bigger ideas I will pursue. These are additional silver bullets, if you will.
We must add a Connector between the 15 freeway and south orange county. It would be a significant improvement for Corona residents. Let’s Re-route traffic on the 15 Freeway from Elsinore, Murrieta, and Temecula before it ever gets to Corona. We cannot control the population growth of cities south of us. But we can divert the drivers who want to get to Orange County. Commuters come through Corona streets: Foothill Parkway, Ontario Ave. and Green River Dr. taking what they think are “short cuts” to avoid 91 freeway congestion, only to create long lines in the morning and evenings.
We must have a more attractive option for our neighbors to the south. Unfortunately, though obvious, a connector between the 15 freeway and south orange county is not part of any plan for the next five years. I am going to change that. The best alternative today seems like a road from Temecula through La Cresta connecting the 241 near Lake Forest. It’s going to take Federal funding. We’ve sent plenty of money to Washington DC, now it’s time for our legislators in Congress to fight for us. And I will put the pressure upon them. If necessary, I’ll fly to Washington once a month on my own dime to make it happen.
Driver Assist Technology = Productivity during our Commute I want to bring a company leading the charge in semi-autonomous retrofit capability so that commuters on the freeway can do work while they drive! And, potentially reduce 20% of traffic.
Let me tell you a story – Two years ago I got into my friend’s Tesla automobile with “driver assist” technology. We got on the freeway at Main Street going to San Bernardino. He didn’t touch the gas pedal, brake pedal, or steering wheel for nearly thirty minutes. I was freaking out and afraid we were going to crash. Meanwhile, he answered 20 emails and made three phone calls. That’s productivity. Imagine “clocking in” on your commute to Orange County and doing the same!
There are companies that retrofit cars to work like the Tesla. I want to bring one here to Corona and over the next five years, retrofit 50,000 cars so our productivity can soar! Let’s put the cost on employers in Orange County, get paid for the full 10 hours a day we actually work, and reduce the work week to 4 days. That could take 20% of the traffic off the freeway!
Technology is changing at a breakneck pace in this area. Cal Trans is widening the four inch stripe in the freeways to six inches to support the coming changes. Let’s get on the cutting edge and leverage technology.
High Paying Tech and Healthcare Jobs in Corona will keep people here.
Let’s make Corona a high tech and healthcare mecca for jobs. We don’t have to go to Orange County or LA if we have high paying jobs here. Did you know that we are nearly out of office space capacity? Companies want to move to Corona, but occupancy in buildings it at an all-time high and availability is at an all-time low. We have less than 2% available. Foolishly, we just turned down a $300 million dollar investment in a high tech building at Dos Lagos because of a few loud misguided critics. I have a clear message: We want jobs in Corona! I see good things happening with our economic development team. I want to foster partnerships between businesses and universities: University of California Riverside Medical School, the Norco College, and the Naval Base in Norco. Let’s leverage the commercially available patents from the Navy and turn them into products and careers.
I am very optimistic about our Economic Development team and the partners engaged to re-design and re-purpose the old Corona Mall! I am excited about the Co:LAB – Innovation Center idea to facilitate the start-ups and entrepreneurs who have new products and services.
MetroLink System with Greater Service hours. It’s great if your schedule never changes. Truth is that Sacramento liberals have little interest in spending on So Cal freeways and roads. They do love public transportation. So let’s go after California dollars and make it so you can get on MetroLink and get to Orange County and LA every fifteen minutes during the morning and evening. It’s a shame to have two beautiful stations that are not used to capacity because the train doesn’t run at times people require.
When I launched my campaign a few months ago, I vowed to bring my energy, blood sweat and tears to improve the quality of life in the city I love. I am not promising that instantly everything will be perfect tomorrow when you wake up.
But, I will promise this, when I wake up each morning, as a City Council Member, I will work tirelessly to solve problems with creativity, character and compassion.
I have a Business Mind and a Pastor’s Heart.