There are a number of issues:
n the drivers on eastbound Mindanao Way who tie up traffic by trying to make an illegal left-hand turn onto northbound Lincoln Boulevard;
n the drivers who bring traffic on eastbound Mindanao Way to a screeching halt by trying to make a still-legal left-hand turn from Mindanao Way into the Chevron station; and
n those wonderful drivers who tie up traffic by pulling out from the Chevron station and into about half of a traffic lane — and then stop.
Don’t you just love drivers who do that?
With traffic clogging the lane to your left and these guys half-way into your lane ahead, there’s not much you can do except sit there, waiting for the traffic to clear.
So now comes the Westches-ter/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber and the Villa Marina residents with some possible solutions.
1. Have the City of Los Angeles put up a row of those rubber stanchions with “no left turn” signs along the first block of eastbound Mindanao Way.
This would at least make illegal any left turn from the eastbound lane of Mindanao Way into the Chevron station.
2. Have Chevron — now ChevronTexaco — follow through on the commitments the company made eons ago when it sought permits to refurbish its parcel and upgrade the McDonald’s operation there.
Some five or six years ago, the County of Los Angeles had a policy to oppose any project immediately outside but adjacent to the Marina.
In exchange for dropping its opposition to the Chevron parcel permit request, the County Department of Beaches and Harbors signed an agreement with Chevron that called for Chevron to add an extra curb ingress and egress lane adjacent to the Chevron parcel on Mindanao Way and Lincoln Boulevard.
Chevron never followed through with its written commitment and Marina officials apparently let the matter drop.
Now chamber members have found that piece of paper and want Chevron to be forced to build the extra lane on both Lincoln and Mindanao as the oil firm agreed years ago.
That would at least assist in keeping traffic on westbound Mindanao Way and northbound Lincoln Boulevard moving more smoothly.
There doesn’t seem to be much one can do with the third issue — those drivers trying to make all those illegal left turns from eastbound Mindanao to northbound Lincoln.
Now all we get is a cacophony of horn blowing from the drivers lined up behind.
EFFORT RENEWED — There has been an exchange of letters between the chamber and city transportation officials and between Villa Marina residents and transportation officials.
As one might expect, the letters from the chamber and residents are full of horrible examples of the problems, while the letters in return from city transportation bureaucrats are full of such bureaucratic lingo as reports of “field investigations” at the scene.
Of course, just getting a city staffer to come out to the scene is in itself quite an achievement.
In a “traffic control report” of the request for “no left turns” on Mindanao Way eastbound traffic, a city traffic engineer acknowledged that at the first Chevron driveway, “it is easily conceivable” that a car waiting to make a left turn into the Chevron station might block traffic back into the busy Mindanao-Lincoln intersection.
Alas, his suggestion is that there be no left turns allowed at the first — westerly — Chevron driveway but left turns be allowed at the second — easterly —
driveway into Chevron.
With all the eastbound traffic on Mindanao, it would seem that all that “solution” does is add a few more cars before the traffic starts clogging the intersection again.
It would seem more sensible for the city to restrict left turns into both driveways at the Chevron site.
The chamber wrote its own letter to the City Transportation Department, suggesting that the left turn issue is more than just clogged traffic. It creates a potential for rear-end accidents on Mindanao Way.
“At the Chevron/McDonald’s driveway, Mindanao Way is 70 feet between curbs and there are six lanes, four through lanes and two left-turn lanes,” the chamber wrote the city transportation department.
“There appears to be sufficient room to re-stripe Mindanao Way to provide double-double yellow lanes.
“If there is insufficient width, the flexible delineators would be installed,” the chamber wrote.
We like best the concept of a row of rubber stanchions.
The trouble with double-double yellow lines is that drivers who make illegal left turns in an intersection flooded with “no left turn” signs will probably also ignore double-double yellow lines.
Besides, when traffic is moving bumper-to-bumper and you’re afraid about some guy in front of you stopping to make a left turn and some guy in back of you not stopping, looking at yellow lines underneath you becomes less a priority.
As for that aged agreement between Chevron and the county for additional ingress and egress lanes into and out of the Chevron parcel, it will be interesting to see how the parties involve respond to the claims of neighbors and the chamber that this long-overdue agreement has been ignored for too many years.
Chamber president David Voss told us last week at a chamber committee meeting that Chevron’s three-year deadline to get the traffic mitigation finished passed years ago.
ROSENDAHL BOOMLET — There may be ten months or so left before voters in the City of Los Angeles have to decide who to pick in the local 11th Council District to succeed Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, who is termed out, but candidate Bill Rosendahl is off to a hurried start.
For months, Rosendahl has been going around, locking up endorsements and gathering campaign funds.
“We are off to a great start,” Rosendahl said a few weeks ago in a personal letter to his closest friends, who — if we are to believe Rosendahl — include just about everybody.
“I am proud to have the support of Dick Riordan, Bill Simon, Noel Irwin Hentschel, Kathleen Connell, Robert Hertzberg, Stanley Sheinbaum, Eli Broad, Bruch Karatz, Norman Pattiz, Marc Nathanson, Haim Saban and Peter D. Kelly III,” Rosendahl oozed.
Such a list is indeed impressive and will no doubt help scoop up campaign dollars even if most of those fans can’t vote for Rosendahl because they don’t live in the 11th Council District.
Rosendahl also tells us that he has signed on Parke Skelton and SGA Associates as consultants and Rix/Bradford Consulting “to spearhead fundraising efforts.”
“In addition, I have a number of task forces in formation to concentrate on substantive matters,” the candidate wrote.
“I have spent a good portion of my time studying the issues relevant to the district, the city, and, indeed, the entire region,” he added.
“I hope to bring to this race the same intensive research that I brought to my public affairs television program,” said the former Adelphia cable guy.
And Rosendahl says he has now raised $100,000 in campaign funds, many, no doubt, during that recent soiree hosted by Mrs. Richard Riordan at her house.
In the meantime, the Rosendahl for City Council fan list just keeps growing.
This latest list includes would-be mayors Richard Alarcon and Antonio Villaraigosa.
Won’t Rosendahl have fun when each comes seeking his endorsement in the mayor’s race next spring.
Good thing Rosendahl also has the endorsement of the sheriff, Lee Baca, to help Rosendahl keep the warring mayoral candidates apart.
Rosendahl also claims District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Controller Laura Chick in his corner.
Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski is said to be endorsing Rosendahl’s major opponent, Flora Gil Krisiloff, the former president of the city’s West Los Angeles Planning Commission.
But that didn’t stop Miscikowski’s council colleagues Tony Cardenas, Wendy Greuel, Janice Hahn, Tom LaBonge and the aforementioned Mr. Villaraigosa from making it onto the Rosendahl endorsement list.
In Westchester and Playa del Rey, it won’t hurt that both local congresswomen, Jane Harman and Maxine Waters, have already jumped onto the Rosendahl bandwagon.
As has our local school board member Marlene Canter.
Not quite sure what the endorsement of Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg will bring Rosendahl in Westchester or Playa del Rey or support from such folks as Paul Koretz and Jeff Prang of West Hollywood, but, what the heck, they do help in making the list longer.
In spite of all this Rosendahl banter, we hear there may be other local candidates jumping into the race.
In the meantime, Rosendahl has almost ten months left to keep adding to what already is a rather impressive list of supporters.