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Residents Seek to Slow Speeders

Posted: January 24, 2008 6:17 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2008 2:02 a.m.
 
A seemingly mundane City Council agenda item that called for the installation of three stop signs in a residential neighborhood drew a crowd of angry residents saying the city isn't doing enough to stop the vehicles from speeding through their neighborhood and endangering the lives of children walking to a nearby school.

Although the council approved the installation of the stop signs at the intersection of Winterdale Drive and Canvas Street near Soledad Canyon Road, 12 residents spoke to the council and said the stop signs are not enough.
Residents said vehicles speed down Linda Vista Street and Winterdale Drive, a street that passes by Mitchell Elementary School.
"It's really getting bad when kids can't go outside and you can't walk your dog," said Canyon Country resident Rodney Powers, who lives on Anne Freda Street near Winterdale Drive.
"The speeding vehicles will lead to another accident," said Curt Schulte of Canyon Country.
The city has already conducted numerous studies and installed 10 new speed limit signs along the neighborhood streets. One license plate study revealed that the majority of the traffic is from residents, not outside visitors.
"We are listening to them and we will continue to work with them," Pulskamp said.
He also said the Sheriff's Department has increased its presence in the area.
But residents said it hasn't been enough.
"When a whole neighborhood comes down to us, we have to listen," said Councilwoman Marsha McLean.
Councilwoman Laurene Weste said it is a quality of life issue.
"I think that living with speeding on your street makes life unbearable," Weste said. "Quality living shouldn't be living in fear."


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