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mike detoy about 3 years ago

Allow responsible dog owners and their registered dogs in Hermosa Beach to use the strand AND beach from sunrise to 10 AM and 5 PM to sunset. Corresponding with this new rule, would be not allowing dogs on the strand from 10 AM to 5 PM to ease foot traffic during peak hours.

This would be similar to Newport Beach's rules which allow residents to enjoy the beauty of beaches. This will also limit non-residents who walk their dogs on the strand, who may be less likely to clean up after their dogs because they do not have the personal connection to the city.

If you want to limit the area of beach use, I would propose the northern border of 4th street to the city limits on the south.

Newport Beach Dog Rules

Dogs are never allowed on the beach or any beachfront sidewalk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., including the ocean front beaches and bay front beaches.

Before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m., dogs are allowed, if they are securely restrained by a substantial leash or chain not exceeding six feet in length and controlled by a person who is competent to restrain the dog.

Please be aware that the person having control of the dog must have in his or her possession, an implement or device capable of removing any feces deposited by the animal

The City generally seems in favor of supporting ways for residents to get around town by means other than by car. Having accessible sidewalks should be a fundamental part of this effort. Unfortunately, being on foot of any number of streets in the city (Manhattan Ave, Monterey Blvd, and nearly any east/west street east of Valley) means snaking around obstructions and often walking into the street to avoid cars parked in driveways extending well into the sidewalk.

Some cities have provided smartphone-based 311 apps to report violations and make enforcement requests. Perhaps Hermosa Beach should consider something similar. Or at the very least, have parking enforcement step up its enforcement efforts.

After all, what good is a beautiful, walkable beach town if you can't actually walk it?

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

Small2_pier_ave

This is a very busy intersection. Replacing stop signs with signal lights will allow for smoother flow of traffic on Pier Ave, and prevent cars traveling on Ardmore Ave and Valley Dr from speeding while trying to make it through the intersection. This will also make it safer for pedestrians to cross the streets.

Idea: Leaf Blowers

Debra Cucci almost 3 years ago

I think we should outlaw leaf blowers in HB. Or at least limit their use to one or two days each week. In my neighborhood there are gardeners using leaf blowers Monday through Friday AND SATURDAY, all hours from 8:00 am until 7:00 (in summertime). Very few of us have so many trees on our property that the leaf blowers are truly necessary. How can we get this in front of City Council?

The strand,sidewalks private property and parks smell of dog urine. Please consider passing a ordinance or law that requires dog owners must carry and use poop bags and spray bottles with white wine vinegar or other non toxic pet urine removal spray if they are going to walk their dog an allow the dog to poop or urinate on public or private property.

According to the MBF CONSULTING, INC., MARCH 2011 (Revised) SANITARY SEWER MASTER PLAN-UPDATE Prepared for Hermosa Beach, "Discussions with staff revealed routine maintenance activities, such as hydro flushing of old concrete sewer pipes sometimes results in collapse of the sewer line. As a result, the City is reluctant to undertake such routine maintenance for fear of accelerating the deterioration of the pipe. (p. 23, paragraph 1). ” In order to abate the rat infestation in our sewers, and avoid rats coming up through our toilets from broken pipes, holes and cracks, the minimum expectation is to perform routine sewer maintenance. This is what the Utility User Tax enacted in July 1998, which was promoted to the voting public as a “sewer tax,” was meant for. It was not meant to be misappropriated into the general budget at the City Manager’s discretion. Not performing routine sewer maintenance is a health hazard.

It seems everyday there is an old property being torn down to make way for a new one. I am all for developing and renovation, however many of our beautiful houses are being demolished for investors to come in and build spec homes. Is there a historic register of houses? How can we protect these houses? And how can we honor them?

Greenbelt Infiltration

DO NOT INSTALL A TRAFFIC CIRCLE AT AVIATION & PROSPECT.