Personally I think the most important goal is to get Alternative 3 adopted (as the road diet part is what people would likely be pushing back the most against ....if we go another round of public outreach and more delays). Once adopted, there is still plenty of design to do and plenty of opportunities to tune the details.
So I hope that any letter will strongly endorse Alternative 3 and highlight the many positives in that road diet and its strong public support (survey results...)
- less lanes --> lower speed, less road conflicts
- new high visibility crosswalk at Hollingworth --> huge improvement for pedestrians (only crosswalks are ECR, Shopping Center and Springer/El Monte "Y" intersection) and also for cyclists (safe way to make a left to/from El Monte, makes for safe route to school from Gemelo to Graham and Bubb)
- marked crosswalks at all intersections --> safer for kids, seniors...
- removal of remaining street parking (MV side from Springer to Lloyd, from ECR to in the slip lane) --> less (zero?) dooring, more room for biking,
As to improving from what's been proposed:
re: no rights on red, if possible sure, I'd like them banned across all of Mountain View as standard policy. The only lights are on El Camino Real so...Caltrans might have a say
re: refuge island, doesn't hurt to ask but none have been planned on El Camino Real where they would be needed the most :( so not holding my breath.
re: speed limit, it'll be a good follow-up after the road diet as El Monte might be able to then pass the stringent 85th percentile speeds threshold.(El Monte in current lanes configuration didn't pass that threshold when we asked almost 8+ years ago :( )
re: outreach, personally I feel it's been adequate (10 years of input on El Monte Corridor, many years on El Camino StreetScape) and I certainly wouldn't want to see more delays on that account.
re: lighting, not to reopen a can of worms, but it really depends on what's in the ordinance (smarter lights vs. ban/curfews on street lighting) Worth noting that the fatality on El Monte occurred early AM in poor lighting conditions (City greatly improved visibility , lighting at that crosswalk).
re: bike lane buffers, it might be too early in the design but worth seeding ideas for safer lanes.I'd personally trade for wider buffers and wider bike lanes rather than raised ones (there is room -no street parking- and it won't break the bank). Protected bike lanes (bollards ,,) would be nice (challenging as you get closer to ECR, also need to keep driveways functioning for residents living on El Monte).
For the Escuela/ECR/El Monte intersection, if I had a magic wand I'd close the Walgreens's parking entrance/exit in the middle of the intersection. Route traffic to other entrances/exits in shopping centers. This is nerve racking for all street users, Closing it would greatly reduce the amount of turn conflicts.