PRESS RELEASE, STAFF REPORT and VIDEO. From San Mateo County District 3 Supervisor, Ray Mueller on Friday, February 9th, 2024, the last day of the California Coastal Commission‘s February 2024 meeting, held in person at the City of Oceanside, and remotely.
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“I understand your frustration.
I am down in Southern California in front of the Coastal Commission this morning asking them to approve the permits for a new telecommunications cable from Tom Lantos tunnel to create redundancy and expand cellular service on the Coast.
It should provide a much greater measure of connectivity resilience in these storms.
The project was actually moving forward to begin last year but the PUC changed the map for funding mid year.
I have had multiple meetings with the Governors budget team, some of which Congresswoman Eshoo and Senator Becker and Assembly member Berman also attended.
Just this week the Governors team assured me the money is in the Governors proposed budget, despite the state budget issues.
Both the Governors team, CalTrans and I are pushing for the project to break ground mid year.
I may ask residents to write letters and emails should we run into problems in the legislature with respect to preserving the budget. Congresswoman Eshoo, Senator Becker, and Assembly member Berman have all helped advocate and push for this project.
It was incredibly frustrating to lose PUC funding last year causing a year delay.
Grateful to the Governor and his team for helping us.
Also, grateful to the Midcoast Community Council as well for letter of support sent to Coastal Commission supporting this cable project.
Today, the CCC approved the project on Consent. Now, we just need to keep our eye on the funding.
P.S. Separate from communications, we will be taking up hardening the grid with PG&E, rate increases, and ATT’s notification to many residents they are eliminating land lines.
~ Supervisor Ray Mueller
Additionally, here is the link to letters in support from Coastside organizations for this project.
#11 Staff Report for Coast Permit Applications for February 2024 Application No. 2-24-0002 (Caltrans Broadband Network, San Mateo Co.)
Application by Caltrans to construct a portion of the statewide ‘Broadband Middle Mile Network’ through the installation of conduit, cable, vaults, fiber optic markers, and related development along approximately 23 miles of State Highways 1, 35, and 92 in San Mateo County.F11a-2-2024-report
Full Permit PlansF11a-2-2024-exhibits