Here we go again.

Just when you thought the truck traffic problem on 27th could get no worse the the HB considerably exacerbates the heavy truck problem by putting a CEMENT TRUCK CLEANING STATION on 27th street immediately adjacent to the kiddie park section of Valley Park.

The HB Public Works Department placed the Cement Truck Cleaning station about 25 yards down the road from one on several signs prohibiting commercial trucks over 3 tons.

This Cement Truck cleaning station is supposedly needed to support a City of MANHATTAN BEACH - Highland & Manhattan Ave Paving & Construction project mainly in Manhattan Beach. This cleaning station is about 50 yards from my front door. Yeah, I guess that will teach me to make complaints about the truck traffic on 27th street.

But a fully loaded cement truck can weigh 60 tons and this is not a game

27th street is a steep narrow road with even narrower sidewalks made still narrower by the presence of telephone poles on the sidewalk. Houses are crammed up next to the sidewalk on this already heavily travelled street and these heavy trucks pass inches from pedestrians and cyclists westbound on 27th street.

Even Hermosa Beaches own lawyer Michael Jenkins, Esq. said most of the heavy truck traffic on 27 was illegal in communications I provided the city council and HBPD

These heavy trucks blow through the no trucks signs with impunity, endangering our children, pedestrians and cyclists, polluting our yards with highly toxic diesel particulate matter (DPM) and destroying 27th street road. The smell of diesel and auto-exhaust during rush hour and many times during the day is oppressive. The leaves in my yard are blackened by this toxic pollution.

Diesel truck exhaust pipes pass within 4 feet of the property lines on 27th westbound and many older houses are positioned right next to the sidewalk.

So why would the city of HB public works department exacerbate an already toxic, road-damaging and dangerous situation by placing a cement truck-cleaning station adjacent to the kiddie-park?

To be clear, based on the amount of damage on 27th this is clearly not engineered or designed for heavy truck traffic; it doesn't take a Phd to see that.

Why would the HB Public Works Department NOT put Cement Truck cleaning station on an ESTABLISHED TRUCK ROUTE?

Projects happen but they need to be competently planned.

So what did our city do in the case of the afore mentioned Manhattan Beach roads project?

Instead of insuring that these mega-trucks enter and exit the construction site using available truck routes of which there are plenty including on Highland, Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Ave., Manhattan Blvd and Valley Drive and Longfellow, the city allowed Manhattan Beach to dump the heavy truck traffic onto 27th; an already heavily damaged street already plagued by illegal truck traffic, pedestrian danger noise and pollution and noise.

LA COUNTY put up the no trucks sign as a common sense measure because of the noise, narrow, steep roads and sidewalks, pollution, the obvious safety issues and the fact that heavy trucks would tear up 27 th creating noise and pollution for the residents as these trucks slam over load-induced road-ripples. Pot holes, etc. .

It's simply outlandish to say that with all the available truck routes the ONLY SAFE PLACE the HB Public Works Department could find for a cement truck cleaning station was adjacent to the kiddie-park on a road next to a busy park with steep narrow sidewalks and streets.

This blatantly stupid defies understanding.

Some of the cement trucks after cleaning their spouts go to the intersection of 27th and morningside and try and do a U TURN to go back to artesia. As they do this they are honking their horns as they back up because they can't see what's behind them.

I emailed the city council a video clip of this because I could not get the web site will not accept photos or video clips. In the video clip a cement truck can be seen doing a blind U-turn at the intersection of 27th and Morningside. The truck driver is blasting his horn in addition to the reverse gear beepers because he really can't see what's behind him. Right next to a Park and a busy sidewalk crosswalk. This happened repeatedly throughout the day.

4 bicyclists are waiting for the cement truck to clearand the traffic backed up.

The public works person I spoke with said safety was the primary consideration in choosing the cement truck cleaning site's location adjacent to the kiddie-park.

How is this safe? What could city officials possibly be thinking?

Look the time has come to gets team of professionals by outsourcing public works to a consulting firm with broad resources and demonstrated capability to manage a growing city with similar problems.

Just one look at the chaos or our uneven sidewalks, the conditions or our roads on 27th, valley and Ardmore tells you the current department is in over its head. They may be very smart people but they simply do not have the ability to bring the solution our city deserves. And they are not underpaid civil servants. The AVERAGE city employee compensation package exceeds 135k

Thank you

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Katrina Nguyen admin 6 months ago

Mr. Higgins, thank you for your comment and we would like to reassure you that our City staff has diligently monitored the specified area over the course of more than a year and have not seen a cause for concern. Additionally, the City has not designated a cement truck cleaning station on 27th Street. If you and/or any citizen notice traffic violations or hazards, please call our dispatch center at (310)524-2750. You can also report any City related issues via our GoHermosa! app directly to city departments. The application allows you to upload pictures of the problem and report its location via GPS tracking technology, while receiving real-time updates on the city's progress toward addressing the issue.

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Anthony Higgins 6 months ago

I've provided timestamped pictures to the police department that prove my concerns and estimates. And in case you doubt that I have a video camera taping the traffic.

And I just was speaking to I believe it was officer calihan for about 25 minutes yesterday on 27th and he confirmed the truck volume.

If would help if instead of sitting in your office and pontificating that I don't know what's going on in my front yard you would have contacted me first and asked for my evidence or gotten out of the office and surveyed the residents of 27th street.

As far as I can tell your lack of professionalism displayed by failing to contact me for evidence or surveying the residents exemplifies what needs to change in this city.

I assure you that whoever gave you the information that there is not a truck problem on 27th has my email address if it wasn't provided when I registered.

You guys really need to get your act together. I have the photo timestamped evidence and have provided it to the city many times. Also I now have a video recorder that continually monitors as a backup

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Anthony Higgins 6 months ago

And I have photos of the cement truck cleaning station. It was set up to support the highland construction project. It was removed immediately following several complaints to the public works dept though they may deny any connections. Once again I have the photos. Please get your facts straight.

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Anthony Higgins 6 months ago

You owe me an apology.

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Anthony Higgins 6 months ago

Oh... and the cleaning station was there on 27th within 45 feet of the kiddie park bench in valley park. I measured it.

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Anthony Higgins 6 months ago

While you owe me an apology for your inaccurate posting above and not contacting me for my evidence before concluding there was no problem I owe you an apology.

You are fed inaccurate information as I'm sure you now suspect if you have reviewed the emails I sent you. That is not your fault.

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