Chris Kenber's recent quotes in a news story about the lowering of the speed limit on Danville Boulevard in the business district of Alamo sounds to me like "someone running for office."
He claims the speed would have been reduced much earlier, if only we had incorporated in 1985, or sooner. In the 33 years that I have lived here, there have been numerous "traffic studies" made by the Contra Costa County Public Works Department. Not a one of them justified a speed limit of less than 30 mph.
The unfortunate accident that occurred when a female pedestrian attempted to cross the boulevard in the crosswalk at Orchard Court would not have been prevented by a 25 mph speed limit. A reckless and very thoughtless driver caused that to happen.
However, a traffic signal could have prevented it. Why was the signal traffic light not installed when the Oak Plaza Center was built? Members of the Alamo Improvement Association only have to research its records to find that they opposed it! It was a mandated improvement imposed upon the developer; he was obligated and prepared to fund it. As I recall, the San Ramon Valley Area Planning Commission "caved in" to the objections put forth by the A.I.A.
Check the posted speed limit as you enter Walnut Creek at South Main off I-680; check the posted speed limit in the heavily traveled portions of San Ramon Valley Boulevard in Danville in the Livery and Village Shopping Center areas ... 30 mph!
Robert D. Myhre, Alamo
Privilege to work with police
As another "Volunteer in Policing," I also would like to respond to the Letter to the Editor, Scary Cover Photo, that ran Feb. 22. As a longtime resident of Danville I also have not worried that our town is "under-policed." I participated in the Academy, along with my husband Paul, in an effort to understand the workings of the department. We both have volunteered our time with our local officers for six years.
It is a privilege to be associated with such a fine organization. They are all dedicated to do their best for the citizens of our town. Our work (the volunteers) is to assist the officers as best we can. We do not give out parking citations, but we are present at the 4th of July parade - returning lost children to their parents and assisting with traffic control throughout the downtown area before, during and after the parade.
As to the issue of cost effectiveness - last year our volunteers donated approximately 3,600 hours of time to the Danville Police Department. Rather than find fault with a small group of dedicated volunteers, Paul and I would like to invite you to come to the Danville Police Department office and experience first-hand what we do.
Susan Cowell, Danville