A Disappointing But Thoroughly Appropriate End to the Prunedale Bypass One Last Indignity: A Gubernatorial Veto

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It should be noted, for posterity or something, that the Prunedale Bypass has suffered one final ignominious setback.

This time, it came on Oct. 4 in the form of a governor’s veto. And, once again, it left local transportation officials disappointed and feeling powerless. But in the context of the Prunedale Bypass, a gubernatorial veto seems poetically appropriate.

The fact that any lingering issues regarding the bypass might still exist was stunning. I thought the Prunedale Bypass was dead and buried long ago, entombed in a shrine engraved with a pithy epitaph about government inefficiency and squandered opportunity.

Imagine my surprise to learn that Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, had carried legislation this year that, if passed, would have finally put the Prunedale Bypass to rest once and for all, and in a way that might have benefited Monterey County at least a little.