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Some with biased views wrongly attacked city

Posted: June 4, 2008 1:53 a.m.
Updated: August 5, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Last night I attended a public meeting regarding traffic in our neighborhood. In response to some residents complaints regarding traffic in the area, Santa Clarita city staff had done numerous traffic counts, surveys, license plate checks, etc. In addition, new stop signs and speed signs had been added to mitigate the perceived problems along with an increased law enforcement presence. The meeting was to present the most recent survey data.

When city staff presented the data, they were verbally attacked by several very vocal and very angry neighbors, because the data did not lead to the conclusion they wanted. They threw out unsupported, often irrelevant, anecdotal incidences as proof the data was wrong and they were right. Some went so far as to say any surveys should only include people on one or two specific streets, not caring that any changes in traffic patterns in a neighborhood will affect residents throughout that neighborhood. Others wanted the city to put it back like it was 20 years ago. Being a 28-year resident of the area, I like the idea - but let's get real, it's not going to happen. There are more homes, people and traffic than there was 20 years ago. If it is not on their street, it is going to be on someone else's street.

City staff has been extremely responsive to the complaints of these few very demonstrative residents. Their investigation was thorough, professional and unbiased. The city has taken numerous steps to address their perceived problem, probably far and above what was warranted by the facts, but these few complainers seem intent on bullying staff and our council into getting their way without any regard to how it may impact others.


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