May also confirmed that the city installed neon green pedestrian
warning signs and reflectors on the sign posts.
"Cliff Drive between Beach Street and North Coast Highway carries
moderate traffic except during peak traffic hours," May said. But
when the intersection at Broadway and North Coast Highway backs up,
Cliff Drive serves as a bypass to North Laguna.
The intersection, which sits on a crest where the road bends, was
the site of a hit-and-run fatality two years ago on Jan. 18. Laguna
resident Elizabeth Stock had been on her way to return a library book
when she was struck by a pick-up truck at about 6 p.m. She died on
her 65th birthday.
Stock's son Christopher filed a claim against the city on July 7,
alleging that the road's dangerous conditions contributed to her
death. The City Council denied the claim on Sept. 5, 2000.
Residents have felt that the crosswalk improvements and the signal
erected at the base of Beach Street have made the area much safer for
"It's a terrific thing," said Gary Beverage, president of the
North Laguna Community Assn. "It makes people crossing the street
safer, and people who are driving feel better about seeing the
May also plans to reposition the lights over the crosswalk
starting next month. The pavement markers on Cliff Drive are solar
powered and battery operated.
"They cost $300 in parts and a couple of hours of labor," May
said. He expects the batteries will need to be replaced in two years.
* MARY A. CASTILLO covers education, public safety and City Hall.
She can be reached at email@example.com.