Thursday, December 09, 2004

Concerning the CHP ( Again, sigh, and again)

I agree with John. I think we need either to contract with the Sheriffs or CHP for the heavy-duty stuff, like out-of-control parties, speeding, and things like that. But what about pratrols for improper parking problems. I know Securitas now does that; I 've seen them twice crusing around my neighborhood, and I know people illegally parked are ticketed because I've seen it three times. I, and I would imagine, most Coto residents appreciate the service. Also, last month I had a problem with people parked in a car on the street near my place, late at night, who were, to use a euphemism my students use, "partying." I called Securitas and even though it was around 3 in the morning they responded within no more than five minutes and got the people to move. If I had to call the Sheriff or the CHP for that same necessary service, I would have to give my name, file a complaint, and talk to an officer afterwards, all at 3 in the morning. I live in Coto for several reasons, and one of them is that I don't have to do that---it can be handled by a private security service. Someone, in another e-mail on this subject said that we wouldn't need Securitas to enforce parking conditions. All a homeowner would have to do would be to "complain," maybe to Securitas, maybe to the Sheriff. I shouldn't have to "complain." Securitas should be doing, among other things, what I see them doing in my neighborhood----patrolling for these kinds of violations, without me or any other resident being required to call on their own and "complain." If I wanted that kind of arrangement, I could live in Mission Viejo in an ungated community. Also, I have another worry, which may turn out to be groundless. Joe Morabito would probably know the answer to this, but I don't: if we start to use public services, like the Sheriff or the CHP, do we in any way incur an obligation to open Coto to public access, use, of whatever. I know that private universities, when they agree to accept public monies, state or federal, open themsevles up to outside laws in a way they would not, as private institutions, have had to. Are we in any way subject to the same result? Michael Channing

John: The main entrance to Santa Margarita High School is on Antonio. And, is this any worse than driving by Wagon Wheel at one of our main gates and that is an elementary not a high school. Issues related to the fire department are easily remedied. If the street at the general store allowed for traffic leaving Coto with the spikes in the road, the fire trucks coming from Coto would not be hampered in any way. Yes, there would be legal issues to deal with if the Estates and Villages were no longer included within our gates; but if they choose not to pay our dues, they should be excluded in my opinion. That is the bottom line. Joe Morabito


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