City says stop to man’s speeding sign

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – The electric road sign was beat up when Bob Meza bought it at an auction. Since then, he put time and money into fixing the sign to warn speeders to slow down in his quiet residential neighborhood. Now, the city has asked Meza, 52, to take down the sign and get a permit for it. That angered some neighbors, who said the city is not doing enough to control speeding. Meza just this week parked the electric sign on Canvas Street near Alder Peak Avenue, at the top of a hill that neighbors say motorists speed down. The sign flashes a notice that the limit is 25 mph, and with the aid of radar it posts each passing car’s speed and flashes a light if they are going too fast. “Watch this car, 34 miles per hour,” Meza said, standing by the sign as a car zipped by. “But you saw that they put the brakes on.” Meza, who works as a studio engineer, said he plans to apply for a permit for the sign. City officials say they have been working with Meza and his neighbors to control speeding, but that a sign should only go up for a couple days a week as an educational tool. The city gets complaints from residents every day about drivers speeding through their neighborhoods. But research shows most of the speeders on residential streets live in the neighborhood, said Gail Ortiz, a spokeswoman for the city. “The problems relating to speeding through the neighborhoods are much more a perception than a reality, and … the answer is a multifaceted approach,” Ortiz said. “It’s not just putting up signs and having a cop on every corner.” The city has an electric sign on Soledad Canyon Road near the Saugus Speedway. It’s in the center median, over a speed-limit sign, and it shows motorists how fast they are going. Earlier this year, when speeding arose as a problem in the Ermine Street neighborhood, the city had meetings and mailed educational cards to residents to get them to slow down. The cards asked residents: Who is speeding through your neighborhood? The cards opened to reveal a small mirror. But residents on and around Canvas Street in Canyon Country say the city should do more. They say that since Linda Vista Street was opened to cars from Sierra Highway, the neighborhood has received pass-through traffic from cars going between the highway and Soledad Canyon Road to the south. Now, neighbors say so many cars pass on Canvas Street that they have trouble even backing out of their driveways, with passing motorists glaring at them for getting in the way. Nancy Van Sciver, a retiree who lives on Canvas Street, said she even doubts that the speed sign Meza installed would slow traffic. Sciver said the “mom brigade” speeding by on a nearby street to drop off and pick up children from school is not slowed by traffic-controlling measures. “Even when they have a cop sitting there, those moms ignore it and they’re going 40 miles per hour,” she said. The city has installed speed-limit notices on Canvas Street, but residents want more. About 200 residents signed a petition asking the city to install speed bumps and more stop signs and close off Linda Vista Street. When Meza bought the sign, it had been bent up in a traffic collision, he said. He fixed it and programmed it before the city told him to take it down. Resident Cathy Soto, who works as a purchasing agent, said the city should not make Meza take his sign down. “I think that’s horrible,” she said. “The city’s not helping us.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more