Mission Viejo

                   Parking Issues Reemerge at Capo Valley High School

                                                                                               By Kirk Kelley

 Councilwoman Wendy Bucknum has reopened the discussion of parking and students being dropped off in neighborhoods adjacent to Capistrano Valley High School. Residents of the Coronado Homes (off Avery Parkway east of Marguerite) have filled the council chamber several times over the years to work out a solution.

The city in 2007 implemented restrictions of no stopping or parking except by permits on school days on residential streets near the school. The council extended the hours on March 17, 2014. Residents showed videos during the council meeting, documenting reckless driving and safety risks to those on foot and riding skateboards. The videos also showed vandalism and littering.
Anyone concerned about children should be aware that the parking and drop-offs posed serious hazards that became factors in the city’s decisions to restrict parking. In the new discussion is a request that restricted parking times should be shortened to school hours. Currently, the hours for streets closest to the school are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on school days from September through June.

When Bucknum attempted in March to bring the issue back to the council, the matter was instead sent to the Traffic Committee of the Planning and Traffic Commission. 

A city staff member indicated the topic will require a special meeting of the Traffic Committee, tentatively scheduled for Thurs., April 23, 3:00 p.m., at city hall. To confirm the date and time, call the city’s traffic engineer, (949) 470-3068.

Kirk Kelley is a longtime Mission Viejo resident who is a fiscal conservative and an advocate of open government.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mission Viejo city officials were not going to agendize nor post the meeting until I objected to the secrecy of the process. The residents received a postcard about the meeting but the community was not going to have proper notice. A complaint to Mission Viejo's city Mark Chagnon resulted in proper posting and notification to the public. The parking issue affects parents whose children will attend the high school in the next few years. This same group of residents also halted public parking on Avery Parkway when the college received complaints so the college did not pursue. This street does not even impact the neighborhood. Using a parking ban against students dates to 1991.

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