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Not surprising, since the city still can't keep up with the potholes and hazardous sidewalks. It was too busy playing suck up to the Chargers for years.

March 1, 2017

Risk management only approves small-value items. The ethical responsibility for serious issues, like the death of a child, is automatically disapproved and if the applicant files a law suit, it is handled by the City Attorney's office.

March 3, 2017

Bastani is a hero, and I hope he wins. Shame on the city knowing a situation was dangerous yet letting people die.

But you're right about the bigger issue, Dorian. We need a lawsuit to follow up on civil servants intentionally and consistently going around The Brown Act and California Public Records Act.

These laws were implemented to eliminate government being a "black box" with no transparency and therefore no accountability. Elected officials and staff clearly resent written communication for providing this clarity. I'd say the emails you quoted provide presumptive evidence for such a suit.

Oct. 26, 2016
The treacherous Camino Del Sur in Black Mountain Ranch.

Traffic Engineering division plays it street-smart — no emails

Shame on the City

Oct. 31, 2016

I too have written about this specific intersection albeit after this fatal collision. The City's solution does little, if anything, to actually prevent future collisions and fatalities. However, it probably will absolve them of future liability. By installing a completely signal light controlled intersection and crosswalk the city has shifted liability from itself to the drivers and pedestrians who traverse it. They, the users, must use it corrrectly, or face the consequences and liability. However, the problem is really shared between intersection design itself and the behavior of humans, trained to expect a certain condition.
The design, a fork in the road, alllows cars traveling N/B Catalina transition to N/B Cañon at speeds in excess of 35 MPH or 51.3 feet every second, through a curve in the road. The new signal light controlling the transition lane remains green 99.9% of the time, conditioning drivers to expect a green light. Furthermore the overhead portion of the light has a daytime camouflage of a eucalyptus tree background. Thus drivers trained to expect a green react accordingly. A pedestrian, who has a false sense of security, from a painted latter crosswalk and now a safe to cross signal, could easily be risking life and limb. I've personally witnessed several cars sail right through this light when its red. Just like it's not even there.

A safer inprovement would have been to reconfigure the intersection just as the City did years ago at a nearly identical one nearly, Catalina and Chatsworth. The only real difference between the two: proximity to an elementary school. But Catalina and Cañon are adjacent to our neiborhood's only retail stores.

A reconfiguration would slow down cars on that section of Cañon, where speed is, and has been an issue.

The collision which occurred two years ago, on March 2, 2015, was tragic and preventable. Money will not bright back the lives lost. However, money and the will to change a poor design can a future incident. If the City Council's first responsibility is to the safety of its citizens and visitors they will revisit this issue.

Our former council rep and current Mayor, must truthfully answer all questions regarding his knowledge and actions.

This incident and the loss of life is tragic, but now we learn of the cover-up and or tactics to exclude damning evidence, statements or lack of appropriate action. When will our elected leaders and their bureaucratic subordinates learn that covering up makes the situation worse, in this case MUCH WORSE.

March 1, 2017

In my neighborhood of Scripps Ranch the Traffic Division spends most of it's time attempting to increase residential speed limits from 25mph to 35mph. They are like a bad boil popping up on one residential street than another and are successful in increasing the speed limit unless the residents immediately impacted get wind of the effort in time to react. Scripps Ranch has many windy streets and hilly terrain which result in some "unnatural " measuring of average speeds. Where residential speed limits have been increased those serve to increase the average speeds as those vehicles then merge to areas of posted 25mph limits. This is not brain surgery to understand ONLY it seems by the Traffic Division. I have been a resident of Scripps Ranch for 30 years and it has been a constant battle. Only our past Council person now a State Legislator listened and responded to the Scripps Ranch neighborhood, our current City Council Person? Haven't any idea who that is but I invite he/she to be aware of this issue. I wonder how much important tax money could be saved by getting rid of useless self serving traffic studies to justify the expense of changing speed limit signs in areas like Scripps Ranch. Maybe the plan is to increase driver confusion thereby increasing speeding tickets? The last attempt by the Traffic Division was to increase the residential speed limit to 35mph in front on Jerabek Elementary School and Jerabek Park where children are present daily on a street where there is no stop sign to cross for over a mile from the Elementary School or Park. Again, not rocket science.

March 1, 2017

This case is a microcosm of all that is corrupt and disgusting about San Diego government. Elected leaders refuse to exert even a minimal amount of effort to protect or serve citizens; and career bureaucrats make violating The Brown Act a matter of policy to avoid the very accountability that law is intended to ensure.

San Diegans need to wake up: if those in power feel safe from personal consequence in committing all the violations of law and morality detailed in this article over literal dead bodies, it's not possible to believe them acting fairly or justly about anything.

March 1, 2017

Great work, Dorian. Sometimes failed Public Records Act requests tell you more than the ones where you get the documents.

March 1, 2017

I've posted this before. Some years ago in Allied Gardens, a student was killed while crossing Waring Rd--one of the main roads through Allied Gardens, which is also a short block from Lewis Middle School. The intersection had been dangerous for years before that, but it took a student getting killed before the city remedied the problem by putting a traffic light at the intersection. As usual, the city was reactive rather than proactive.

March 1, 2017

While the City Attorney is elected by the people he/she serves the interest of the city not the citizens.

March 2, 2017

Faulconer will be remembered as the worst mayor San Diego has ever had. The others DID things good and bad, Faulconer does nothing.

March 2, 2017

It's saddens me that people are hurt or killed when preventative action was not implemented. The city and its leaders need to make public safety its first priority.

Trees blocking views in roads or crosswalks are dangerous....overgrowth of trees on Pescadero and Guizot in 92107 was reported on 11/30/16 on get it done and still no action by the city. One has to get half way into the street to see oncoming traffic down. Another hazardous condition that is ignored. Just one of many. SHAMEFUL!

March 1, 2017

Not surprising, as his background is public relations (not management). In other words, put lipstick on a pig.

March 3, 2017

My late father worked for the city, as an investigator for the city attorney's office. He was an honest, straight shooter. 23 years as a cop, retired as a sgt. He would tell them "this is dangerous" they told him "we'll take the risk, and pay if something happens". I guess they got tired of hearing the truth, and finally fired him, saying he was "incompetent". Ruined the poor guy's life...had to sell his belongings, and file bankruptcy to keep his house... practically drank himself to death, cancer got him first.

Here we are 20+ years later, and the City of San Diego still hasn't learned right from wrong. Pathetic.

March 10, 2017
City still hopes to prevent mayor from taking stand in deadly crosswalk lawsuit

Attorneys for the City of San Diego hope to prevent mayor Kevin Faulconer from taking the witness stand in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by parents of a 7-month-old girl who was killed as her ...

March 28, 2017

"Mayor Faulconer had no involvement in the handling of the complaint, nor am I aware of any evidence to suggest otherwise."

Boy, that could be the motto of Kev-boy's mayoralty: I have no involvement in the holding of this office, nor is anyone aware of any evidence to suggest otherwise.

March 29, 2017

This is third or fourth story on this horrible intersection and the terrible death and injury reported by The Reader. Sadly, the City, for whatever reason, believes it holds no liability. Even when there is clear and unrefuted evidence of it, and its councilrepresentative, Kevin Faulconer, were well aware of the hazardous conditions. But this is no surprise, especially for Kevin (Sgt. Shultz) Faulconer who claims to "know nothing". That's been his method of operating in politics all along. His logic, you can be held accountable if you deny everything.

While minor alterations to the intersection have been made, (removal of a plant, slight realignment of lane markings and the installation of a completely useless signal light) the original design flaws still exist and cars ignore the signal light because it remains green 99.9% of the time.

March 29, 2017
Contraceptive device nightmare

An El Cajon woman is one of 73 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court against the Bayer Corporation. The major pharmaceutical company is being sued over their permanent contraceptive device, Essure. ...

August 15, 2017

We keep seeing problems with municipal compliance with Public Records Act requests, but the worst problem is what we're not seeing.

Sukumar prevailed in this case only because he knew what he was looking for—those "additional emails and photographs" which he was already aware existed—still had not been produced. The rest of us have to take the word of whomever gets handed the hot potato that they'll give you all there is; and as this case shows, not even filing a lawsuit guarantees they will.

So the issue is that we are forced to rely on the "good faith efforts" of those being investigated to comply with requests. Instead, we should have an independent office, like that of the city auditor, with no other duty except to ensure full responsiveness.

Aug. 17, 2017
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