By Linda Chisari
[On a recent Friday,] I stood at the end of our driveway with my golden retriever, Beau, waiting to cross the street for our evening walk through Crest Rim Park. A solid stream of 21 cars flowed by from south to north, hurrying home and apparently oblivious to the fact that a pedestrian was waiting to cross the street. Not surprisingly, when we finally managed to make it to the east side of the street, I was able to see that traffic on I-5 north had slowed to a crawl. Clearly, frustrated drivers had decided to travel through our residential streets rather than sitting in freeway traffic. This scenario occurs regularly, even though we finally have speed humps and chicanes, after 30 years of struggling to find a way to increase safety on our street by reducing traffic volume and speed.
I think that the plan to narrow Camino del Mar to one lane in each direction, with roundabouts replacing some stop signs, is a terrible idea that will inevitably divert even more traffic to our residential streets. Furthermore, I shudder to think how difficult it will be to evacuate our village if we ever again have a fire emergency. So, I will definitely vote against Proposition J and hope that you will, too.