Letters to the Editor

Abandon shop

The California State University Board of Trustees approved the concept of Campus Pointe in May 2003, even though it does not further the educational mission of California State University, Fresno, as required by their codes. Fresno and Clovis citizens were not adequately informed of this project. The project should be abandoned.

Public land should not be privatized. A 55-year lease has been issued to a developer who will build a mixed use development on 45 acres of public educational land. Ground rent from Campus Pointe is required to pay the $103 million Save Mart Center debt.

If completed, the project will generate 18,249 additional daily auto trips that do not include Save Mart Center activities. Even with mitigation, roadway segments and intersections within Fresno and Clovis will operate below acceptable levels. There is gridlock now. Former Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante delivered $7 million in October 2006 for the widening of Chestnut Avenue from Bullard to Shaw avenues. Has $4 million been diverted by Fresno State for other projects?

Five hundred and forty apartments will be built adjacent to Highway 168. Caltrans has cautioned against noise. Also, consider air quality. Abandon this "non-education/cash flow" project.

Peg Bos