January 9, 2020 | Regular Edition
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Upcoming Meeting
Update: Special Roads Advisory Meeting
On January 6, 2020 the Roads Advisory Committee met to discuss items regarding the Roads Advisory Committee Membership, updates on Hacienda Road, and a Traffic Calming discussion.

The traffic calming discussion included talks of placing Stop signs at intersections (Reposado Drive/Hacienda Road and Avocado Crest Road/Hacienda Road). Unfortunately, the City is not allowed to place a Stop sign and appropriate stripping on Avocado Crest since Los Angeles County owns the northbound lane of Hacienda Road from the area in front of City Hall to the middle of Avocado Crest. Staff met with LA County representatives and requested the Stop sign at the intersection, but due to a study conducted for placement of a Stop sign at this intersection in 2017, the results of the study showed that a Stop sign was not warranted. This means that the number of cars required by state law for placement of a Stop sign was not met. The County does want to work with the City. The County will conduct a study for a traffic signal 2 months after the opening of Hacienda Road. This will allow for what would be considered, normal traffic, to return to the intersection. 

When a traffic device is proposed for a certain intersection or area, it legally requires a professional study to verify that State required numbers are met. There are traffic devices that are placed without meeting required warrants, but unwarranted traffic devices can potentially increase accident rates and create other negative effects for residents in the area and commuters. Unwarranted traffic devices can also place additional liability on the City.

The Roads Committee also appointed two members, Glen Pedersen and Don Struble, as representatives at the Traffic Calming Community Meeting being held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at City Hall.
Update: Traffic Calming Community Meeting

Hacienda Road
Phase 1 construction repair of Hacienda Road is expected to be complete early next week. Paving of the road began on Wednesday, January 8 and will continue for an estimated three days.

GMU has maintained the construction repair status, with minor delays, due to effective erosion control during all rain events during construction.

The area will remain closed until construction is completed and there will be no access for vehicles, bicyclist, pedestrians, and equestrians.

Community Development
Stop Work Orders

Permits are required for new construction in the city. However, when construction is performed without approvals and permits, a stop all work order will be issued to the responsible party on the job site.

LHH Municipal Code 5.2.20 G Stop Work Orders. Whenever any work is performed contrary to the provisions of this code, the Building Official may order the work stopped. Any persons so ordered shall immediately stop work until authorized to resume.

Any violation of a stop work order shall constitute a misdemeanor and subject to a $1000 fine. Work will not be authorized to resume until the project has been reviewed approved and properly permitted.

After a stop work order is issued a code enforcement case will be opened for tracking.

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