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Given the resignation of Marc Ott, and another letter writer's suggestion that his position be eliminated [“Nix the Position
,” Feedback, Aug. 19], it occurred to me that it might actually make sense to retain the position, albeit with a revised description. Specifically, I propose to fold the impending new "chief equity officer" duties into the city manager position, as it is a natural fit for the oversight role. Surely this could help achieve a substantial (relatively speaking) cost savings for the city. Perhaps the current candidates could be assessed for their ability to fulfill this combined role.
Philip Russell faults the $720 million Mobility Bond package, saying that it’s impossible to build your way out of auto congestion by widening roads [“Easy Fix
,” Feedback, Aug. 19]. In fact, there is very little in the mobility package for road widening.
The package earmarks $482 million to civilize built-out urban corridors whose widening days are over, and $120 million for sidewalks, bike tracks, trails, and safety. Of the remainder of the $720 million maybe a total of $100 million, at a stretch, will go to road widening.
My friend Philip throws the baby out with the bathwater.