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April 8, 2010
I was one of the Glendale residents caught in the “Bunny Sting.” I would have appreciated the lesson learned and accepted my traffic violation with humility if I had understood anything about what happened at Garfield and Central avenues (“Sting like a bunny,” April 1). All I know is that I saw a huge bunny on the side of the road (and no, I had not had any alcohol for lunch). He appeared to be flailing his arms around, and as I slowed to a crawl he came toward me. Alarmed, confused and unsure of the bunny’s intentions, my mind made several — what I feel are valid — split-second decisions.
By Veronica Rocha | April 1, 2010
CENTRAL GLENDALE — The large furry rabbit walking between Central and Garfield avenues Wednesday was no hallucination, especially for drivers who failed to yield. For an hour and a half, Glendale Police Officer Tom Broadway donned the eye-catching costume during an enforcement sting aimed at educating motorists to yield for pedestrians walking along unmarked crosswalks. Police cited 24 motorists on suspicion of failing to yield to Broadway as he walked across Central.
By Veronica Rocha | September 30, 2009
GLENDALE — A crosswalk at Central and Fairview avenues has drawn the ire of community members who fear that the curved walkway poses a safety risk to preschoolers and parishioners from the nearby Church of the Incarnation. At a Transportation and Parking Commission meeting Monday, parish coordinator for Church of the Incarnation Rita Guild said the crosswalk is on the curved point of Central Avenue, making it challenging for pedestrians and oncoming motorists to see each other.
By Mary O’Keefe | August 7, 2009
LA CRESCENTA ? Los Angeles County Public Works crews worked throughout the day Wednesday to eliminate one crosswalk, touch up existing ones and paint traffic warning signs on the surface of La Crescenta and Orange avenues in an effort to increase traffic safety around Monte Vista Elementary School. The work was part of a community grass-roots effort spearheaded by Crescenta Valley Town Council Member Robyn Battles, who along with fellow Councilman Steve Goldsworthy coordinated with various county agencies to set in motion a drop-off and pick-up safety plan for the school.
By Mary O’Keefe | June 18, 2009
Children throughout La Cañada may be a bit surprised when a Crescenta Valley sheriff’s deputy stops them as they walk or ride their bike around town. They are being stopped not because they did something wrong, but because they did something right. For the fourth consecutive year, the C.V. Sheriff’s Station is participating in the Operation Chill program. In the course of their patrols, deputies look for kids practicing safe street and sidewalk practices like riding their bicycle with the proper safety helmet or using the crosswalks when crossing the street.
By Veronica Rocha | April 30, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Town Councilwoman Robbyn Battles is seeking county support for a plan to place safety flags at crosswalks. Battles introduced the plan to fellow Crescenta Valley Town Council members during a March 5 meeting, where they supported the idea and asked her to get feedback from community activists and residents about the flags. “I really want to do it right,” she said. So far, Battles said, her efforts have been positive. She got tips from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on where to put the flags.
By Veronica Rocha | April 18, 2009
CENTRAL GLENDALE — A 66-year-old Glendale woman was struck Friday by a 77-year-old motorist as she walked on a marked crosswalk at Glendale and Harvard avenues, police said. The motorist stopped for a red light south on Glendale Avenue just before noon and looked to his left as he was turning his mid-sized Cadillac right onto Harvard Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Peter Pressnall said. But the woman pressed the crosswalk button, proceeded into the walkway and was struck by the motorist, who reportedly continued to look left when he turned, he said.
By Mary O’Keefe | March 6, 2009
After four years of work by Rosemont Middle School staff, light-emitting diode — LED — embedded pedestrian warning signs were installed on Wednesday at the crosswalk on Rosemont Avenue at Los Amigos Street. School Resource Officer Deputy Steve Toley and Rosemont teacher Krista McMillin have been working to get some kind of added traffic help at the crosswalk since they received a grant for a school collaborative program four years ago. “It’s a good start,” said McMillin.
By Mary O’Keefe | February 13, 2009
A Monte Vista Elementary School 10-year-old student was struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk at La Crescenta and Orange avenues about 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday. ?The student was in the crosswalk and according to [witnesses] he hesitated,? said Principal Susan J. Hoge. ?A car bumped him.? She said that the motorist was driving slowly and was paying attention at the time. There is not a crossing guard at the crosswalk where the child was struck. ?The student?s family was with him,?
By Mary O’Keefe | January 30, 2009
A 53-year-old La Crescenta man was struck by a vehicle while he was walking in the crosswalk at Honolulu and La Crescenta avenues Wednesday at about 3 p.m. According to Glendale Police Lt. Carl Povailitis, the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Honolulu Avenue and in the process of making a southbound turn onto La Crescenta Avenue when the incident occurred. The man was in the south crosswalk on Honolulu Boulevard walking westbound when he was struck. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
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