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News - November 12, 2010

Creek project trickles ahead despite spiking costs

San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority decides to implement downstream improvements in phases; warns of possible cost-sharing by property owners

by Gennady Sheyner

An ambitious proposal to tame the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek might have to be split into phases after a new analysis showed the project's cost more than doubling, to $20 million.

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Posted by use fee, a resident of Community Center
on Nov 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

If flooding only affects a small number of residents, how about letting them vote on whether or not they want to pay for it? Their insurance companies may want to pitch in, too.

The city spends so much money on improvements to the north end of town, while the rest of town is neglected.

Posted by not so clear cut, a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I think you'll find there is only one insurance company in this instance: FEMA.
It's also going to be hard to get a bond since the last time it flooded in Palo Alto, those affected just chared the cost back to the city. The city has built bridges, which caused the excessive flooding through poor design and restricting flow. It will really be up to the city to bear the cost to fix these.

Posted by qq, a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm

If the creek had not be re-routed in order to bring the golf course and airport into Santa Clara County, we would not be having this problem.

Plus, the Palo Alto Yacht Harbor would still be a harbor, and not a mud pit.


Posted by mec, a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm

As a resident of the Willows paying over $800- per year for FEMA flood insurance I would MUCH rather see some or all of those funds used locally for real improvements rather than paying out claims in other parts of the country. I wonder how the annual premiums paid by residents along the creek compares to the cost of this project? If these improvements would mean the end to required flood insurance then I'm sure most residents affected would happily "buy their way out of the flood plain" by funding a solution.

Posted by Jen Joo, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

The JPA is back in the news again. And with bad news. First it was insider hiring, now it's sneaking this double increase with full transparency again.

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