H-SANTA MARIA

Oct 24, 2013 6:30 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

Neighbors say Pioneer Valley traffic is still a problem

We have a follow-up to a story we first brought you last spring.

Santa Maria city leaders drew up an action plan in April to address traffic concerns near Pioneer Valley High School.
We wanted to find out what has been done to help alleviate the problem.

For this quiet neighborhood near Pioneer Valley High School, trash, loitering and heavy traffic have been the norm when the afternoon bell rings.

Now that it's a new school year, some neighbors say nothing has changed.

"We still have quite a few people coming into the subdivision to drop kids off or pick kids up. We have a lot of student pedestrian traffic going through here," said resident Cynthia Cotton.

The city and the high school heard these frustrations last spring and came up with some solutions.

According to the Northeast Action Plan Accomplishments, extra traffic patrols were assigned to the high school, Pioneer Valley presented carpooling presentations to students and encouraged parents to use the student drop off areas.

"I had two other neighbors walk by saw this setup and said we were going to be talking about the school traffic and what did they do they just raised their hands and shook their heads," said Cotton.

This is what we saw this afternoon.

"A lot of vehicles parking up and down the street on both sides," said Cotton.

Mark van de Kamp with the city says they hired a school resource officer to patrol the area and now it's up to the students and parents to follow the rules.

"To get with us out here and try to talk through some solutions," said Cotton.

Mark van de Kamp says the extra enforcement began at the start of the school year so it may take some time before neighbors see a change.

http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/NeighborhoodActionPlans.shtml

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