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Posted: October 16, 2008 9:12 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2008 5:00 a.m.
I am writing in response to Pam Ross’s letter regarding the City Council’s meeting about the diverter at Benz Road.

Unlike Pam Ross and many other people who were at the City Council meeting stating their opinions but who didn’t live in the area, I live in the area and was quite shocked to see a diverter placed at Benz and Alaminos the same day I received a letter stating that this would take place.

I, like many others, was opposed to putting the diverter there for several reasons. With the diverters, our neighborhood looked like downtown Los Angeles, where diverters are placed to keep gangs from being in the neighborhood. Urban blight had moved to our neighborhood!

Bus routes had to change, endangering children going to and from school. The Los Angeles County Fire Department and other emergency vehicles were not even informed of the street change, which would change emergency situations’ timely response.

There were other oppositions as well.

There have been numerous public meetings and studies done in the area, with the last meeting being in August. At that meeting the alternatives were presented, and speed humps was the most popular option and won with the most votes.

You see, it isn’t just about the people on Benz Road that were given an option. It was our whole neighborhood. And the majority did not want a diverter.

The City Council chose to ignore the overwhelming majority who were in favor of the speed humps in favor of the minority.

The people spoke and were ignored. This did not go over well with the majority, and they voiced their disapproval via phone calls and e-mails.

When Benz Road was built, the people who bought homes there knew that it would be opened up to another road. They have lived there for several years as a cul-de-sac road, which anyone would have enjoyed.

Unfortunately, through growth, the cul-de-sac changed, and now a solution must be made for the safety of every person who lives in this community.

I applaud the City Council for recognizing democracy and the meaning of “we the people.”

The majority of the people spoke, and after wasting taxpayer money by installing the diverter against their wishes, the City Council saw the error of its ways and corrected the mistake.

The council righted a wrong, and I applaud them. The council members conducted themselves appropriately with regard to this matter.

I have faith in our system once again.


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