Pete Van Nuys, San Clemente
Joe Tolosa stated in the Nov. 24-30 letter to the editor in the San Clemente Times that he “recently heard” that a regressive cabal killed our In-N-Out proposal. He should stop listening to the uniformed. In 2006, an In-N-Out was proposed to be where the now-shuttered Carrow’s sits, on Pico between McDonald’s and the Mobil Gas station. Now, if there’s one thing an In-N-Out hamburger is all about, it’s long lines of cars backing up to order ’em, frequently out into the street. In this case, that backup would be right in the middle of our famous free-right-turn lane at the bottom of the northbound Pico off ramp. You know, the lane that frustrates the daylights out of everyone who knows it’s supposed to offer a protected turn onto Pico but elicits trepidation and confounds other drivers trying to swerve over to get into McDonald’s. The absurdity of putting another high-traffic drive-through next to one already snarling our busiest freeway interchange was evident to everyone except the lawyer from In-N-Out and two City Council members since voted out. The Council majority considered traffic projections into the 21st century and placed safety and mobility over burger lovers’ convenience. And that’s what leadership is all about.
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