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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | April 26, 2011
A state law that allows speeders to set the speed limit had City Council members shaking their heads last week after a review of a speed limit increase. Under the state law, if 85% of the drivers on a given street are driving at or below a given speed, then limits are set at the nearest 5 mph, with some wiggle room allowed for special conditions. "How do I say how angry this makes me?" asked Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly. "It makes no sense if 85% go over the speed limit, we have to increase it. " If drivers are clocked at 47 miles per hour, the speed limit can be set at 45 miles mph. One mile an hour faster and the limit can go up to 50 mph, said Public Works Director Steve May, who was making a report on the effects of a speed limit increase last year on Bluebird Canyon Drive.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council determined that more public input is needed before it makes any recommendations to Caltrans about possibly increasing speed limits along six sections of state-owned Coast Highway. The council voted unanimously Tuesday night for the city's Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee to discuss the topic and then bring the matter back to the council. City staff sought the council's input on whether to boost speed limits by 5 mph along six sections of Coast Highway, primarily in north Laguna, although one stretch calls for boosting the speed limit from 40 mph to 45 mph from Hinkle Place to Catalina Avenue in South Laguna, a city staff report said.
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April 23, 2004
Andrew Edwards The speed limit along Nyes Place will drop to 15 mph and humps will be built to slow cars down, the City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday as it sought to address resident concerns about the lack of safety on the steep, winding street. The speed humps will be installed on lower Nyes Place. The council also asked city staff members to pursue other proposals, including rebuilding the curve from South Coast Highway to Nyes Place, constructing a runaway truck ramp and installing new sidewalks.
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By Don Knapp | May 9, 2008
An alarming and increasingly more prevalent public attitude has become “laws are not meant for me to obey.” There must be a major change in attitudes and habits of the American public toward obeying our laws, and it has to begin in the home. Examine only one small aspect of our daily life involving driving attitudes. Drive the freeways and see how few drivers obey speed laws. Set your cruise control at 70 mph (in a 65 mph speed zone?), and you will get run over. Obviously the motoring public does not consider that exceeding the speed limit as “breaking the law,” and certainly doesn’t consider matters of public safety or fuel conservation.
NEWS
March 12, 2010
The following is from the March 2 City Council meeting. Census coming U.S. census representative Rich Dixon made a plea for resident participation in the census. ?Forms are going out and [everyone] should get them by the 15th,? Dixon said. ?If you fill it out and mail it in, you have done your civic duty for the next 10 years.? For more information, visit www.census2010.gov or call (866) 872-6868. ?Music? restoration approved In arts-related items, the council: ?
NEWS
April 11, 2003
Mike Swanson Slowly, perhaps, but surely nonetheless, change is happening along South Coast Highway. The first bit of evidence are the two decorative medians between 2nd and 4th avenues. The next will be curb and gutter improvements, and then repaving cracked or otherwise faulty sidewalks. For South Laguna residents who have long called for the work, the change -- part of about $365,000 in construction -- is coming none too soon. "This project has to do with mostly pedestrian-related improvements -- sidewalks, trees, lights -- but it is part of an overall package," said landscape architect James Dockstader, who is in charge of the project.
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January 23, 2004
We all have so many places to go, and there always seems to be plenty in the way before we get there. So it's no surprise when people fly down Coast Highway on their way in and out of town in an effort to get ahead, or beat the traffic, or whatever advantage speeding gives to drivers. It's seems comforting to tell yourself it's only the tourists and passers-through who ignore the speed limits, but that's only hopeful speculation. It's just so hard to believe that people who know the roads wouldn't adhere to the limits.
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By Bob Proudlock | February 9, 2012
My house is at the lower end of the 400 block of Nyes Place. As a young man I was raised on automobile road racing starting out in handicap races at the now famous Goodwood Circuit in the south of England, then graduating to principally endurance racing. The sound of good engines is still an elixir and magic to me. I can tell which ones are working well and those that are not. Many times I can tell the make and model of the car or bike just by the sound it makes. Lower Nyes Place is narrow and deep in a canyon.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a car while crossing South Coast Highway around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Laguna Beach police said. Three 911 callers reported a traffic collision at 9:32 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Coast Highway near Center Street, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. A 58-year-old female Dana Point resident attempted to legally cross where there is no electronic walk sign, police said. Police said the woman sustained multiple injuries, though none is life-threatening.
NEWS
October 3, 2008
Some time ago (June 8 through 11) there were flashing signs (?radar trailers?) on Nyes Place announcing in big numbers the speed limit, as well as, in smaller numbers, the passing motorists? speeds. Residents of the street were so gratified ? some deterrent was being used to remind drivers they were speeding. And it did have a great effect. Nearly every car passing showed brake lights in action. There was hope in the neighborhood; something was being done! Everyone commented that the noise level had even changed dramatically those days.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
At the request of Laguna College of Art + Design's president, Caltrans and the city are looking at ways to speed up installation of a traffic signal along state-owned Laguna Canyon Road. LCAD President Jonathan Burke's request comes after 22-year-old Nina Fitzpatrick, a fine-arts student, died after she was hit by a car in the crosswalk at 8:45 p.m. April 3 in front of the main campus, at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Police said an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan struck Fitzpatrick, who lived in Costa Mesa.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council determined that more public input is needed before it makes any recommendations to Caltrans about possibly increasing speed limits along six sections of state-owned Coast Highway. The council voted unanimously Tuesday night for the city's Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee to discuss the topic and then bring the matter back to the council. City staff sought the council's input on whether to boost speed limits by 5 mph along six sections of Coast Highway, primarily in north Laguna, although one stretch calls for boosting the speed limit from 40 mph to 45 mph from Hinkle Place to Catalina Avenue in South Laguna, a city staff report said.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a car while crossing South Coast Highway around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Laguna Beach police said. Three 911 callers reported a traffic collision at 9:32 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Coast Highway near Center Street, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. A 58-year-old female Dana Point resident attempted to legally cross where there is no electronic walk sign, police said. Police said the woman sustained multiple injuries, though none is life-threatening.
NEWS
By Bob Proudlock | February 9, 2012
My house is at the lower end of the 400 block of Nyes Place. As a young man I was raised on automobile road racing starting out in handicap races at the now famous Goodwood Circuit in the south of England, then graduating to principally endurance racing. The sound of good engines is still an elixir and magic to me. I can tell which ones are working well and those that are not. Many times I can tell the make and model of the car or bike just by the sound it makes. Lower Nyes Place is narrow and deep in a canyon.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | April 26, 2011
A state law that allows speeders to set the speed limit had City Council members shaking their heads last week after a review of a speed limit increase. Under the state law, if 85% of the drivers on a given street are driving at or below a given speed, then limits are set at the nearest 5 mph, with some wiggle room allowed for special conditions. "How do I say how angry this makes me?" asked Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly. "It makes no sense if 85% go over the speed limit, we have to increase it. " If drivers are clocked at 47 miles per hour, the speed limit can be set at 45 miles mph. One mile an hour faster and the limit can go up to 50 mph, said Public Works Director Steve May, who was making a report on the effects of a speed limit increase last year on Bluebird Canyon Drive.
NEWS
March 12, 2010
The following is from the March 2 City Council meeting. Census coming U.S. census representative Rich Dixon made a plea for resident participation in the census. ?Forms are going out and [everyone] should get them by the 15th,? Dixon said. ?If you fill it out and mail it in, you have done your civic duty for the next 10 years.? For more information, visit www.census2010.gov or call (866) 872-6868. ?Music? restoration approved In arts-related items, the council: ?
NEWS
October 3, 2008
Some time ago (June 8 through 11) there were flashing signs (?radar trailers?) on Nyes Place announcing in big numbers the speed limit, as well as, in smaller numbers, the passing motorists? speeds. Residents of the street were so gratified ? some deterrent was being used to remind drivers they were speeding. And it did have a great effect. Nearly every car passing showed brake lights in action. There was hope in the neighborhood; something was being done! Everyone commented that the noise level had even changed dramatically those days.
NEWS
By Don Knapp | May 9, 2008
An alarming and increasingly more prevalent public attitude has become “laws are not meant for me to obey.” There must be a major change in attitudes and habits of the American public toward obeying our laws, and it has to begin in the home. Examine only one small aspect of our daily life involving driving attitudes. Drive the freeways and see how few drivers obey speed laws. Set your cruise control at 70 mph (in a 65 mph speed zone?), and you will get run over. Obviously the motoring public does not consider that exceeding the speed limit as “breaking the law,” and certainly doesn’t consider matters of public safety or fuel conservation.
NEWS
October 15, 2004
Laguna Beach Police seek alleged attacker A woman told police she was attacked by a man who offered to walk her home from a supermarket. Police did not release the name of the woman, a 56-year-old Laguna Beach resident. She told police that at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, she was approached by a man while she was carrying groceries outside the Ralph's supermarket on South Coast Highway, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. The woman told investigators that without provocation, the man punched her in the face and knocked her on the ground, before she retaliated.
NEWS
April 23, 2004
Andrew Edwards The speed limit along Nyes Place will drop to 15 mph and humps will be built to slow cars down, the City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday as it sought to address resident concerns about the lack of safety on the steep, winding street. The speed humps will be installed on lower Nyes Place. The council also asked city staff members to pursue other proposals, including rebuilding the curve from South Coast Highway to Nyes Place, constructing a runaway truck ramp and installing new sidewalks.
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