In the tradition of “Dewey Defeats Truman” the Desert Trail blew both the Headline and the story, “Fifth major hotel approved for construction here“.
Unlike the lovely writer on the Trail, I understand how the system works. All someone has to do is appeal. Anyone has 10 days to appeal a decision. That is what has happened. Now the City Council must approve the decision of the Planning Commission nothing is approved.
The Headline should read, “Councilman Appeals Hotel Construction.”
Dateline Twentynine Palms: Councilman Steve Spear Appeals the decision of the Planning Commission to give the Go Ahead to the Hampton Inn & Suites, located directly across from the Stater Brothers Shopping Center.
The Commission according to Spear failed to consider the health and welfare of the community by once again giving a wink and a nod to the K-Partners Hospitality Group, owners of both the Fairfield Inn and the future Hampton Inn, not being required to place a stoplight at the intersection of State Route 62 and Encelia Ave.
The Trail Reported:
Community Development Director Charles LaClair said a crosswalk was not recommended because it “gives individuals a false sense of security for crossing in that area.”
City Engineer Richard Pedersen reinforced the argument against a crosswalk.
“There was a study in San Diego that says you are seven times more likely to get hit in a marked crosswalk than an unmarked crosswalk,” Pedersen said.
Chairman Chuck Caplinger also noted high traffic speeds along the highway as a potential danger.
“I think it would be disastrous to require it,” Caplinger of a crosswalk, noting that the 50 mph speed limit in the area is too high to warrant an abrupt slow down for pedestrians.
Easter and Commissioner Rebecca Rinkes both took issue with the absence of a crosswalk, as well as the modified turning lane they say is likely to confuse motorists.
So what we have here is a second time K-Partners Hospitality Group have been let off the hook putting in a needed traffic signal at 62 and Encelia. Not only are they not demanding a traffic signal but no pedestrian safety consideration at all.
Caplinger who has promoted a downtown pedestrian mall that would not only slow traffic down and was one of the lunatics that promoted the flashing cross walk in front of the old Benton Brothers, could give a good rats bottom if your wife or child is plowed into in front of Stater Brothers. The increase in cross traffic confusion by another hotel complex requires a bit more lateral thinking than I think the old sod is capable of these days. To much paint thinner, me thinks.
So the new hotel is not a done deal, no matter what the Lame Stream Media might tell you.