A handful of residents living along a busy stretch of Glendale Avenue say city officials are forcing them to take down mirrors they’ve attached to trees in the public right-of-way so they can better see oncoming traffic while exiting their driveways.
The residents, who live north of the Ventura (134) Freeway, say in the absence of any speed-reduction enhancements, such as speed humps, the round convex mirrors are one of the few safety measures they have. City officials, though, say the mirrors aren’t allowed on city-owned trees.
Joseph Vargas and two of his neighbors installed the mirrors following several near misses over the years with cars heading south on Glendale Avenue. Two other residents had planned to install mirrors, but changed their minds after the run-in with the city, Vargas said.
He said he backs into his driveway when he arrives home so he can pull out heading forward.
“Trying to back out into the street is almost impossible,” Vargas said.