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Monrovia Council to Consider Sharing Officer With Bradbury; Proposed County Tax; Homeless Count; Street-Cutting; Etc.


At the next Monrovia City Council meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/YyF7uZ ), the council will ...

~ Consider approving a memo of understanding with Bradbury to share the cost of a community services officer, who would investigate "crimes that have already occurred which have little or no workable leads, investigate non-injury traffic collisions, enforce parking restrictions, write crime reports, and handle other public safety related tasks for police officers." https://goo.gl/6fiido

~ Discuss a proposed 1/4-cent sales tax proposed by LA County to fund homeless services, rental subsidies, and housing projects. If passed, the total county sales tax would be 9.5%, the highest county sales tax in the state. https://goo.gl/CMQ0Or

~ Hear a report by City Manager Oliver Chi on the homeless count.

~ Consider - mostly - prohibiting companies from cutting into streets for three to five years following road construction (as is going on now). The idea is that companies should do their under-the-road work before the city fixes the streets rather than just after. https://goo.gl/8h8CVx

~ Consider adding a four-way stop at Scenic and Canyon. https://goo.gl/BQ5Hys (Comment: While you're at it, consider one for the corner of Chestnut and Alta Vista ( https://goo.gl/vMu26I ).

~ Review a report on legislative positions on various water and stormwater topics taken by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Government. Here they are: https://goo.gl/e2QirV

- Brad Haugaard

10 comments:

  1. The 4-way stop sign at Scenic and Canyon will create traffic backing up on North Canyon. It will be unsafe for the people who live between Scenic and Hillcrest to pull out of their driveways as the northbound cars will block the view of cars coming southbound on Canyon. With this change I think there will definitely be more accidents. Does the one person that complained live in this area?

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    1. You really think that there is enough traffic that will create a traffic jam? Even on Hillcrest and Canyon, I've never seen more than two cars at the stop sign. Why would they jam up here where there is far less traffic than Hillcrest? This will finally put an end to people taking the up hill right turn at 45 mph.

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    2. Yes traffic will back up between Scenic and Hillcrest making it impossible for the homeowners to back out of their driveways safely. Maybe speedbumps would be a better option if you're trying to slow traffic down.

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    3. That's ridiculous! There will never be more than one car at this stop sign going uphill. Literally 1 car per minute goes through that intersection.

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    4. Really? You obviously don't live in this area. It's like a freeway on the weekends. Also if the one car per minute argument were true, we definitely don't need a stop sign.

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    5. I live on Canyon. I drive that through there about 8-10 times per day. Whatever, we'll just have to see what happens. The city is going to put in the 4 way. Items that make the agenda always go through.

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  2. Last year the city council voted to increase the speed limit on Madison, next to the high school. Yesterday a few kids almost lost their lives in a terrible crash there. How about the city council go back and review their insane decision there?

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    1. I wouldn't blame the city Council for following state law. The Councils choice was approve the engineering survey or not, they did not have the authority to change any recommended speed limits because they are all based on procedures defined by the State. Approving it allows speed limits to be enforced City-wide. Not approving it would mean none of the City's speed limits would be enforceable, effectively raising the speed limit city-wide.

      Believe it or not speed limits are set based on how fast people drive, not the other way around. Speed surveys are taken outside of school hours because the speed limit is always 25 mph when children are present, this has not changed on Madison.

      Per state law the City could have established a 35 mph speed limit on Madison as the 85th percentile speed is 34 mph. State Law does not allow setting the speed limit more than 5 mph less than the 85th percentile speed, otherwise you create a speed trap. Therefore, for safety reasons the recommended limit was lowered to 30 mph, the lowest allowable per state law outside of school hours.

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  3. It's unsafe now to pull out of your driveway if you live in that block. The speed of uphill traffic is too fast. This isn't the first time this request has been made. It was requested in the 80s and the street is even more of a freeway now than it was then. Did you ever wonder why the one house is landscaped with boulders? Too many cars missing the curve...

    Another issue is that the downhill traffic often ignores their stop sign.

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  4. Homelessness is a complicated issue, yet there seems to be a couple of underlying points; drug and alcohol abuse, and mental illness. Before we go authorizing more monies to be spent in the area of homelessness I'd like to know exactly what that money will be spent on, and how effective those ideas are. We can supply food, shelter, medical, etc., which are all good things and makes us feel like we are helping our fellow man; however, if by providing those services allow the homeless to stay in that lifestyle we have failed them miserably. Talk with the homeless, read interviews with homeless people, even the City of Monrovia has talked with those who have made Library Park their home. The majority like the way they are living, and expect the "government" (that's you and me) to supply their needs. Until the mental illness is addressed, until the homeless decide they no longer want to live that way, until they decide they no longer want to be addicts, until they decide they would rather give to society than to take from society, nothing will change, and in the future we will be asked for more tax increases to fund even more homelessness.

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