September 13, 2005 > Councilmember Dutra comments on Highway 84
Councilmember Dutra comments on Highway 84
TCV: What is your response to the communication from Caltrans?
Dutra: What was offered to the city of Fremont was a one-sided offer. Caltrans was asking for a commitment from the city in exchange for far less than a commitment. The council, at least the four who voted for it, said that if, in fact, you want us to move in a certain direction and in a definitive way, we need something that is legally binding, of what you will, in fact, be offering to the city of Fremont in exchange. That was the context of the message.
TCV: Do you see this as a positive move?
Dutra: If you go back to how this all began, what I initially communicated was that I felt we had to get all the players together. For years and years, we have had a vicious cycle of communication going nowhere. We had miscommunications from Caltrans but it appears that we now have definitive direction from them. Based on an interview in your publication with our assemblymember [Alberto Torrico], I believe he gave some clear direction as well. We simply need to know definitively and in a legally binding manner what those commitments are and then the city of Fremont can make a decision on Route 84. I think that is an appropriate way to go.
TCV: Are we now on a path toward conclusion of this matter?
Dutra: Yes. I think these actions are quite significant. This is something we have needed to do since I have been on council. We need to make a decision on this thing - either it's going to go or not going to go. If it is going to happen, then what are the compelling arguments for why there should be something with all the appropriate parties taking part and making commitments as to what their role will be.
TCV: Do you think there is any chance to revive the entire Historic Parkway?
Dutra: That will never happen as far as I am concerned. It was quite a surprise that there were two votes that would even consider it. I think what we are really talking about is whether there will be an Option 2 or not.
TCV: Do you think actions of the Fremont city council have been misinterpreted?
Dutra: That has been part of the problem. The issue to reject or not reject; it is not about that at all. It is about making sure the city of Fremont is appropriately represented in this negotiation and not constantly reacting. Tuesday [September 6] night I was trying to put the city in a position of being much more proactive with the understanding that we need to work with our regional partners to make sure it works for them too. We have a responsibility, first and foremost, to represent Fremont and then, secondarily, our regional interests.