CITY HALL — After recently getting a green light from the California Public Utilities Commission to build a controversial at-grade railroad crossing at Flower Street, city officials are now fulfilling their part of the bargain — upgrading crossings throughout the city with state-of-the-art technology.
The City Council will vote Tuesday on measures that could begin that process.
"As part of our settlement [with commission staff and other interested parties] we needed to show commitment to some other improvements," City Manager Jim Starbird said. "We're essentially complying with the things they wanted us to do within 30 days of [the commission's] approval to show we were serious with moving forward."
Commission staff members had also previously opposed the crossing, citing safety issues with design, but withdrew their opposition in December, much to the dismay of local homeowners who vocally challenged the project.