Mandeville Canyon Road Humps Won't Return
Posted by Daniel Antolin on Jan 3, 2012 - 5:07:52 PM
Mandeville Canyon and Westridge roads. Photo courtesy of MCA.
BRENTWOOD—On Tuesday, January 3, the Los Angeles City Council voted to direct the Bureau of
Street Services to not reinstall speed humps on Mandeville Canyon Road, the
sole street in and out of the canyon, that were paved over within the
last six years. This
signals the end to a longstanding dispute between residents of upper and
lower Mandeville Canyon over the humps' utility.
One hump was located between Oakmont Drive and Boca de
Canon Lane, and the other between Boca de Canon and Kimberly Lane. They were built by the city about 10 years ago at the bequest of
residents living in lower portions of the canyon who were concerned
about drivers speeding through the area. Upper canyon residents claimed
speeding was not an issue on the five-mile road, and that the humps
would impede emergency vehicles from entering the neighborhood during
fires. Honking in protest of these humps was met by vehicle and physical
altercations. After the speed
humps were paved over, the Upper Mandeville Canyon Association (UPMCA),
the Mandeville Canyon Association (MCA), which represents the lower
canyon, and the Brentwood Hills Homeowners Association (BHHA) asked the
city not to reinstall them. Instead, the associations agreed that stop
signs be put in place on Mandeville Canyon Road between Oakmont Drive
and Kimberly Lane, and between Westridge Road and Bayliss Road. The motion was
introduced in November by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who represents
Brentwood as part of the Los Angeles's 11th District, and seconded by
Third District Councilmember Dennis Zine.On December 7, the Los Angeles Public Works Committee approved the
motion for consent by the L.A. City Council.
Anyone who voted for the motion can ask for it to be reconsidered at the next regular council meeting if eight members in total agree.
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