Playa Vista resident sees improvement in traffic/parking enforcement

To the editor:

Bravo to Gary Walker and his editors for the story February 12th, “Playa Vista streets in process of being recognized,” on the troubles at Playa Vista. Thanks go to Councilman Bill Rosendahl for his interest and help, as well as to Steve Donell of PVPAL and to Randy Jackson of Playa Capital.

I am happy to report that last week not only were traffic enforcement officers visible at Playa Vista, but so were the tickets they were issuing. We had our street cleaned today without cars being in the way. Fewer cars are parking in the red or in no parking zones. Fewer cars are double parking with motors running sending exhaust into open windows where people live.

As we have been paying our taxes, rather steep ones actually, since we moved in, I am thrilled to see the residents of Playa Vista, at long last, receiving some city services. The Traffic Enforcement Officers have been courteous and hard working.

Let us hope we can now get some help in correcting the street signs located in front of some homes where cars can park all day and night without restriction so close to open bedroom windows that the car exhaust is sleeping on ones pillow. This is such a dangerous health hazard (some units have been built below street level) as cars idle and double park directly in front of homes on small narrow streets where the only fresh air comes from windows facing the street.

Aside from the air pollution danger the noise of these cars speeding around and going in and out 24/7 in such an urban environment on a small side street is extremely damaging to the health of one who is elderly or disabled. It cannot be good for anyone else either.

Again, thanks to The Argonaut, which is proving the power of the press is so needed in this country today.

Nanci Beacham, Playa Vista

Says speed bumps wouldn’t be necessary if drivers obeyed the speed limits

To the Editor:

It is a very sad commentary on the communities we live in when you consider that, to put a stop to the mindless speeders on our streets, we have to ask the city to

install speed bumps. These cowardly drivers behave as if they are entitled to race from one place to another despite the speed limits and without ordinary respect for safety.

Regretably, the only way to slow down these outlaws is to re-design our streets.

Speed bumps are cropping up in neighborhoods all around our area. This means the law-abiding majority is penalized by the hot-footed minority.

The understaffed police can do little about it. In addition, pleas from local residents to officials at Loyola Marymount University apparently do not translate to effective instruction to the students and others who speed to and from the campus every day.

FedEx, UPS, school buses, mail trucks and other commercial drivers speed through residential streets as if they are exceptions

to driving rules.

Speed bumps are a necessary nuisance these days. Wouldn’t it be nice if the offending drivers slowed down instead? Of course, that’s way too naive, isn’t it?

John Thom, Westchester

Rule against pedestrians on bike path should be enforced

To the Editor:

I recently got rid of my car and now commute exclusively by bus and bicycle. I live a half block from the beach in Santa Monica and often attempt to use the bike path on weekends.

The problem is I am not alone in that desire. Hordes of bicyclists, inline skaters, skateboarders, pedestrians and people in motorized wheelchairs have taken over the bike path, despite the fact that there are numerous posted signs and pedestrian walkways parallel to the bike path. It has become extremely dangerous for bicyclists to navigate through the crowds.

In this modern age, almost everyone owns an iPod, a cell phone, or both. Many of these people (including bicyclists) are oblivious to what is going on around them, as they talk to the air, or boogy on down to their sounds.

Sometimes entire families (with baby strollers) will walk side-by-side and block the entire bike path.

A friend of mine crashed her bicycle in order to avoid a pedestrian who suddenly stepped into her path. She suffered a compound fracture when her elbow smashed into the concrete. The pedestrian showed absolutely no concern for my bleeding friend and blithely continued on his way, snapping his fingers to the music.

I myself crashed trying to avoid someone walking their dog on the bike path. I injured my elbow and shoulder, and threw my back out. I complained about the situation to a Santa Monica Beach patrolman (on his sand buggy). He told me it was my responsibility to avoid obstructions and I was free to bike somewhere else, or complain to the city. I did receive a reply from the city attorney’s office that they would look into it.

There’s no incentive for the city’s police force to enforce laws that don’t generate revenue for the city. The laws that do get enforced are the ones that bring in money, like parking meters, or assessing small businesses for licenses when they are barely surviving.

I would complain to the City Council if that would accomplish anything.

Jonathan Mann, Santa Monica

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