Very important news for my family: I’m delighted to announce that my ‘baby’ son, of 31 has just gotten engaged to the very lovely and divine young lady whom I loved the minute I met! She fits into our crazy family like a glove and I feel comfortable enough with her to say she is very much like my own 2 daughters. How lucky am I? I can’t wait for my girls and their families to meet her. G-d knows when, as they are as far away across the world as can be from South Africa, living on the West Coast of the USA. Doron and Rozanne, heartiest Mazel Tov to you both on this wonderful celebration and may you be blessed with 120 years of health, happiness and love, together! Le’Chaim – to Life!
As well, my son in law, has been chosen as one of the 40 under 40’s most successful business people in San Francisco by the San Francisco Business Times. Congratulations Ryan to you and all the family on this fabulous accolade. Celebratory event tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
In between the excitement, I have been dealing with hectic issues in our neighbourhood/suburb. Writing letters and meeting with our Metro Police, City Council and City Planning officers takes so much time and energy: there hasn’t been a minute for anything else in my life.
Dear S (Ward Councillor)
Our street has 2 blocks – a little street of only 2 blocks from a large calming traffic circle and crossing a largish, rather busy road running across from a school which is at the beginning and then crossing several other small streets which have all been blocked off (most illegally), on both sides, down to another little traffic circle about 1.5 km in all.
Around the end of December 2012, the first section of C (our) Road, from the large circle to Sussex, was fenced off and gated (locked – no guard, no boom), with no warning to the residents in the surrounding area. Not a ‘by your leave’ or whisper to the rest of us [the neighbourhood]. No permission was sought, no time given to gather signatures or to discuss the pros and cons of this security fencing [fiasco]. Whomever is responsible for it, decided he/she was above the law or better than the law. This has caused untold problems to the traffic, both pedestrian and motor, throughout the ENTIRE neighbourhood: ALL the other roads, above and below and around us, have been gated as well. Most, as mentioned before are illegal. Willy-nilly, people are blocking our access and our staff access and I believe this has to stop. WE use up more petrol going to appointments on the other, shopping side of A—- Road, because of this total BLOCKADE, besides the irritating inconvenience of going a long, long way round to get to any exit out of our suburb
Added to this, the “long” way round, is past the High School, the road of which is a disaster area and an accident waiting to happen. These parents of scholars think they are above reproach with no consideration for others at all. Double & triple parking in the street on both sides of the road (one side being totally residential), so through traffic comes to a complete halt. (It’s the only other way of getting to and from our home and our street). We are the residents of these few streets and we need to come and go at will – not when it suits the parents and pupils and staff of the School! And having the newest illegal gating happening, it’s become a total disaster area. The parents are very put out if we hoot, or gesture to them, even respectfully! Besides the total inconvenience, someone is going to get badly hurt on that street one day… there is going to be a tragedy sadly!
The two issues are definitely interlinked. While I appreciate the “gated community’s” concerns, security-wise, we are in the same position as all the other residents in this part of Lynnwood, however our section has now become the “main” [ungated] road. Since we are the only section in the area that is un-gated and which is now a MAIN thoroughfare for all and sundry! Our staff have to walk kilometres out of their way from their bus drop-offs on the main bus route to get through to our end because of all these locked gates and fences. It is totally unacceptable! How dare they block off our only straight access to our home in the very same street?
And what is the point of the large traffic ‘calming’ circle when, all but one of the 5 exits off the circle, have been gated??? The circle has become obsolete as a traffic ‘calmer’ with only one road available to turn into anyway.
No traffic impact study was done by traffic engineer and city planning and they have not been given permission to erect this gate as yet, but did it anyway without thought for any of us.
I implore you to do something about these highly ILLEGAL fences/gates. We don’t want them as they are totally disruptive to our lives.
Hoping to get some solution and resolution ASAP, we await your response eagerly.
Sincerely, etc etc
Next episode: At the 11th hour last Friday, as the Metro Police were on their way to physically remove the gate, when the ‘guilty’ residents sent an SOS – “we’ll open the gate from 6 am to 6 pm, don’t remove the gate!”
(Our compromise was 7 am to 7 pm when we met early in February.) Well, the gate was then closed at 5.15 pm on Friday and stayed locked until Monday morning at 8 am. The saga continues and I’m not letting it rest… the lawlessness in this country has become an epidemic right from the top of our government to the lowly common people (like me). Corruption is rife and we see it permeating from the very top… down. This country is declining into anarchy and no one does anything about it…? People feel they are knocking their heads against brick walls, and thus they opt out.
Well I’m not opting out! I’m fighting this, to the bitter end, if it kills me. Damn their ‘famous advocates and judges and doctors who live in that section’ (as was quoted to us by one of their residents when she said they’re going to take it to the highest court – lady, you’re ALL still breaking the law and we’re all the same when we get to the other side to meet our maker – G-d surely doesn’t care if you were a judge or not – you are going to be ‘judged’ on whether you were good or bad or a law-keeper or lawbreaker – to put it simply!).