In Orange County, residents continue to fume over the proposed HOT lanes for the 405 Freeway. To quell the furor, the Orange County Transportation Authority Board, in response to a committee recommendation reported in our last eNewsletter, discussed the issue at its most recent regular meeting. A lengthy discourse ensued, with most attendees expressing disgust at the proposal but a few other groups expressing support for the lanes. The proposal would add toll lanes between the 73 and the 605 Freeways and make other improvements for general users at a cost of $1.47 billion. Caltrans has made it clear that they will not move forward with the toll lanes unless OCTA gives them the go. The OCTA Board will now hold a vote on the proposal at its December 9 meeting, during which the OCTA can hold more public hearings receive more input.