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Monday, October 29, 2012
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I love Santa Barbara, but every so often I want to help fine-tune it as anyone else who loves this place likes to do. As a new resident of South Salinas Street, I can’t help but agree with the mini-piece Channel 3 news did a few weeks ago on the small protest about dangers to pedestrians living here. So, after a short review of Salinas Street, I noticed that along the whole two-mile stretch of this busy Highway 101 exit-and-entrance thoroughfare, there is not one speed-limit sign on either side of the whole street. Not one?! Not mentioned by Channel 3 news, but no wonder the residents live in fear.

This is a family neighborhood, filled with lots of families and their pets. And to see the racing and revving of engines of cars and trucks before they race onto the 101, and when they fly through the neighborhood after getting off the 101! The thought of our city officials waiting for a tragedy to happen and then the city getting sued for the absence of speed limit signs is much more tragic than to write this letter to try to warn everyone and maybe get this glaringly obvious problem resolved.

— Carson Avery, Santa Barbara

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Hi Carson & welcome to SB,

In short time you will come to realize that the issue here is less about posted speed limits (although you raise an interesting point) and more about a pervasive attitude of entitlement.

People, particularly those growing up in their own myopic dystopia as evidence by one local gal lifting me off my feet in the crosswalk at Garden and Anapamu with her daddy's SVU and then being petulant after I told her she was luck I wasn't one of the old folks from next door at Casa Santa Barbara, simply don't care about the safety and wellbeing of others when they are in a "hurry".

In the minds of these types of people, as unfortunately prevalent as they are, they are always right and you are just in their way.

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2012 at 3:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stumbling_Distance nailed it, and should've sued woman who hit them.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2012 at 4:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I would have if I was actually hurt, just bruised a bit. I would have been hurt if she hadn't stopped before rushing through a right hand turn with me in the firs half of the cross walk. I actually was making a cogent point lost on the young lady regarding where exactly she was and the potential consequences. Then again she could have probably just have claimed insanity and had an expensive lawyer get her off.

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2012 at 6:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So if this is truly a residential area where there are houses on both sides of the street then by the DMV handbook the speed limit is 25 mph. if no signs are posted. This is also within city limits, county roads are subject to some different rules. Just have residents call the city police to complain and post a motor officer there and he can rack up some money for the city. We did that in our area and now everyone slows down.

hvymtlgds (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2012 at 9:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2012 at 11:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As Ken said, Stumbling Distance nails it.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 3 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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