I am a commercial truck driver for a local construction company that will be doing the grading on the Mar Vista project. We did the "grubbing" of the land on our initial start of the job. I am also an eight-year resident of the downtown Laguna Beach area.
We (the drivers) encountered residents and neighbors living in the area of Mar Vista obstructing trucks as we were removing the vegetation from the lot. I personally was not only threatened by one of the female neighbors, but she placed herself between my truck and the road, snapping pictures and yelling, "Hit me, go ahead, hit me." I calmly instructed the person to move and stated, "Lady, I am just doing my job."
Let's talk about my thankless job for just one second. Everything that you own is brought to you by truck. Houses, hotels, offices and buildings don't just build themselves. You see, someone has the trivial job of building that Starbucks for you. That latte doesn't just appear in front of your eyes. It is a difficult task to operate 80,000 pounds of truck. Then consider tight Laguna streets and cars and SUVs that won't give us the time of day or fit in those little white marked parking places on the Pacific Coast Highway. These streets and this thankless job will test you at every turn.