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Friday, November 9, 2007

30,000 Cars Per Day By Year End!

The County Master Plan estimates 30,000 cars per day; the posted speed signs will change to 45 miles an hour when the connection to Camino Tassajara is opened by the end of this year.

The cities of Danville and Dublin are putting pressure on the County to open the connection sooner to move their traffic onto San Ramon streets. Commuters from Livermore to Walnut Creek are expected to take Camino Tassajara to Windemere Parkway to Bollinger to avoid the 580/680 interchange.

Camino Tassajara/Blackhawk residents are expected to use East Branch Parkway (in front of Windemere Ranch Middle School) to avoid the evening backup on 580. They will remove the stop sign on East Branch at Arlington Way.

Stop Signs In Windemere NOW!

What are we asking for?

Stop signs at 11 intersections and 30 miles an hour posted for all of Windemere Parkway and East Branch Parkway!

Windemere Parkway is classified as a regional collector like Bollinger Canyon Rd. Every intersection on both of those roads has either stop signs or traffic lights.

The majority of intersections on Windemere Parkway have no traffic control.
What else are we asking for?

The Mayor and the San Ramon City Council must act! We want the City Council to pass an ordinance stating the stop signs will be installed and the posted speed signs changed to 30 miles an hour. We want this prior to the City of San Ramon taking control of Windemere Parkway.

Waiting until the City of San Ramon has jurisdiction is a delaying tactic.

The Council will want the transportation department to do a traffic study. The result of the study will be that a road designed for 55 miles an hour traffic should be posted at 45 miles an hour and have the current configuration of traffic lights. The county has already done the study. (see new info below)

This is a political decision, not a traffic department decision.
Windermere Parkway Stop Signs
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Update and new information: The county is no longer planning on raising the speed limit to 45 mph, it is the City that plans to raise the speed limit to 40 mph.

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Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm not understanding what you are asking the City Council to do here. You want the City Council to pass an ordinance requiring stop signs and a 30 MPH speed limit on a road that is not currently within it's jurisdiction?

I suspect you mean you want the City of San Ramon to be 'ready' to pass this ordinance immediately upon gaining jurisdiction over this road, and to bypass the need for further traffic engineering based on 'urgent' public safety needs.

Is this a correct assumption?

Anonymous said...

I want the voters to pass an ordinance requiring stop signs and a 30 mph speed limit within the Windemere Development. This initiative will go to the ballot in June 2008 or November 2008. By then the City will have jurisdiction. If for some reason the City has not accepted full jurisdiction, this will be the law immediately upon the City accepting jurisdiction. The City already has "shared" responsibility for the roads. They enforce the law, perform traffic studies and has approved changes to signage, however the developer has paid for these changes so far. The City seems to have accepted this as fact, because this issue is not included in the lawsuit to stop these initiatives. Good question.

Anonymous said...

Do you have any historical precendent for this type of initiative? That is, an intiative that creates an ordinance to require traffic mitigation measures?

Anonymous said...

It seems strange that the City is suing. If Byron Athan, the San Ramon City Attorney thought that the initiatives were not proper in the first place, the City Council and the City Attorney could have just denied the initiative applications altogether. No, they didn't do that, they just sued instead! There is nothing wrong with the initiatives. The City is like a little boy that goes screaming to their mommy when someone says something about them that they don't like.

So, my gut reaction to this is that Mayor H. Abram Wilson and the City Council, Councilmember Carol J. Rowley, Councilmember David E. Hudson, Vice Mayor Scott Perkins, and Councilmember Jim Livingstone don't know how to do business properly. Maybe in addition to a recall for the San Ramon City Council, we need a new City Attorney as well, since it seems like he has trouble making the right calls.

Anonymous said...

I guess using the legal system is only appropriate when you agree with law suit.

The City has every right to sue to restrain the intitiative if they feel that it's inapproriate or injurious to the City.

The judicial system has every right to throw the lawsuit out if they feel it's frivilous or without merit.

Seems to me that those who run this blog site will take any cheap shot possible at the current City Council in San Ramon.

Anonymous said...

The point is not whether the city of San Ramon does or does not have a right to sue. The point is, for an initiative to make it to the ballot in the first place, the city attorney must approve the wording. If the city attorney thought that the initiatives were not valid, he should not of approved them in the first place.

So, the city is not only suing for a judgment of determination if the Windemere stop signs and Windemere speed limit initiatives are legal, but the city is also suing for damages of more than $25,000 for each lawsuit they themselves are bringing against an individual. Interesting to say the least.

Anyone can bring a lawsuit against anyone else. But, for the city to bring a lawsuit/lawsuits against its own citizen for something the city should have decided with legal council in the first place; that is to deny the initiatives as they were worded, (if the city legal council thought the initiatives were worded wrong) is a travesty use of the justice system to come down as a hammer on the head of someone that is trying to do the right thing for their community.

I place the blame on the City Council, which includes Mayor H. Abram Wilson, Councilmember Carol J. Rowley, Councilmember David E. Hudson, Vice Mayor Scott Perkins, and Councilmember Jim Livingstone, and the City Attorney Byron Anthan.

Sometimes lawsuits are necessary when all else fails. However, I suspect the City of San Ramon lawsuits, which were approved in a closed session meeting of City Council, against an individual, is more than meets the eye. The city seems to be using the justice system as a means of trying to silence their critics or anyone that wants to bring an initiative forward in the first place. This is a political move by the City of San Ramon to use the judicial system.

Remember, the only thing that Doug the author of the San Ramon In Windemere Stop Signs and Speed Limit Initiatives is guilty of from the City of San Ramon standpoint is writing on a couple pieces of paper. For this, he gets the hammer. Give me a break!!!

Anonymous said...

Relax Guys! It's not such a big deal local roads such as Crow Canyon, Dublin Blvd, Camino Ramon, and Bollinger Canyon all have a speed limit around 40-50 miles an hour. There's no need to lower the speed limit to 30 miles per hour. These are major roads and they are suppose to carry major through traffic. Besides by taking these routes they people are bringing major sales tax revenue to the City of San Ramon and spread traffic more evenly throughout local areas to avoid gridlock.

Anonymous said...

In response to the suggestion made by "Anonymous" that drivers using Windemere/Bollinger to skirt the I580/680 interchange will bring more sales tax revenue to the city is just foolish - especially since he/she has no facts on which to base that assumption. I seriously dout that those drivers are interested in taking time out from their trip to drop into a San Ramon business and make a purchase. After all, they are using our city streets to speed up their trip between A and B, not to save time for a little extra shopping.

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