Stop signs spark neighborhood battle

SAN DIEGO – One person’s decision to post stop signs on a Point Loma street started a battle between neighbors. Now the street is divided and residents want the city to step in.

The rolling stops drivers make at Jennings Street and Silverlight Ave. have this neighborhood at a difficult crossroads.

“People really need to stop and slow down before they go around these corners and hit any of these kids,” neighbor Van Thaxton said.

Longtime resident Edward Anderson said kids shouldn’t be playing in that street to begin with.

Stop signs start neighborhood battleJennings Street is notorious for speeding drivers and someone replaced the yield signs on Jennings last July without the city’s approval.

The signs were taken down, but a group of neighbors worked with the city for months to have them put back up.

City engineers determined there wasn’t enough traffic to add the stop signs.  But some residents agree several children play in the area, it’s a busy street for walkers, there’s poor visibility and there aren’t any sidewalks.

Thaxton lives near the intersection and she says it’s caused a rift among residents because they got more than they asked for.

“What the city then said is that if you’re going to have those, then you need to have these additional stop signs that essentially make it an all-way stop in both directions.” Thaxton said. “It was overkill I have to admit.”

Supporters of the signs insist they went through proper channels, but neighbors like Anderson disagree.

He said the new signs create more safety hazards and now they have a petition to get rid of them.

They reached out to their councilmember Kevin Faulconer and the issue is on the agenda for the next Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting.

“To have a neighbor randomly put them up in the middle of the night and have them stay there –  it’s against all due process,” Anderson said.

A representative for Faulconer released this statement:

“Councilmember Faulconer only supports stop signs supported by the community. Our office believes a new planning board hearing on these stop signs is in the best interest of the neighborhood. That’s why our office has requested the Peninsula Community Planning Board hold a new hearing to review new information that has arisen since its vote and consider potential alternatives to the stop signs from the City’s Transportation & Engineering Division. We want to see the community come together on this issue and we are pleased the Peninsula Community Planning Board chair has agreed to put this matter on the group’s May 2013 agenda.”

6 comments

  • Vic

    It's not going to kill drivers to stop for 3-7 seconds before continuing with their day… Some people will complain about anything!

    • Michael

      I'm amazed at the general lack of adherence to driving rules of the road. The California stop is ridiculous! What's the problem with stopping and starting? No use of signals, cut off's, etc… I feel for these neighbors, drivers just do as they please, not as they should, creating division in the neighborhood by people that probably abide by the rules.

  • Sezme

    "He said the new signs create more safety hazards". How does a stop sign create more safety hazards? If drivers come to a complete stop and look before proceeding that can only be safer for everyone concerned.

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