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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
DATE: SEPTEMBER 21, 2004
SUBJECT: RESTRICTED PARKING ZONE ON HAWTHORNE BLVD BETWEEN INDIAN PEAK ROAD AND WOODBROOK ROAD
Staff Coordinator: Nicole Jules, Sr. Engineer
Beginning in May 17, 2004, the Public Works department received numerous phone calls from residents and Traffic Committee members regarding vehicles parked along Hawthorne Boulevard south of Indian Peak Road displaying "for sale" signs in the windows. Residents expressed concerns of poor visibility, blight and dangerous conditions that had been created by vehicles parked for sale. As a result, Staff investigated the subject location to determine the need for potential parking restrictions on the west side of Hawthorne Boulevard south of Indian Peak Road. This matter was presented to the Traffic Committee at it’s July 26, 2004 meeting. The Traffic Committee voted unanimously (6-0) to forward a recommendation to the City Council to restrict parking, 24-hours a day, on Hawthorne Boulevard between Indian Peak Road to Woodbrook Road.
Hawthorne Boulevard, south of Indian Peak Road, is an arterial highway with two through lanes in each direction and a raised center median. Stopping is prohibited on the east side south of Indian Peak Road. Indian Peak Road and Ravenspur Drive form T-intersections with Hawthorne Boulevard from the east while Shorewood Road forms a T-intersection from the west. The intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Indian Peak Road is traffic signal controlled.
The southbound direction of Hawthorne Boulevard has a 21-foot wide outside lane and an 11-foot wide inside lane. The posted speed limit is 40 mph. There is 365 feet of available parking between Shorewood Road and the existing red curb at its intersection with Indian Peak Road. Assuming on-street parking spaces of 18 feet for end spaces and 20 feet for interior spaces, approximately 17 spaces are available for parking. There is no fronting development along the southbound barrel of Hawthorne Boulevard between Indian Peak Road and Shorewood Road.
A review of the accident history at this location revealed no reported accidents related to parked vehicles during the three-year period ending August 2004. Visibility for motorists on Shorewood Road looking north is partially obstructed due to parked vehicles as well as potential "shoppers".
This stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard is not only utilized for vehicles "for sale" but is also utilized by Peninsula High School students as off-campus parking. If parking is restricted on this stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard approximately 17 parking spaces will be lost. Staff contacted Pete Lyons of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and Kelly Johnson, Principal of Peninsula High School and both expressed little to no concern about potentially losing 17 parking spaces. Mr. Johnson, however, did not want to see this problem transplant itself somewhere else on Hawthorne Boulevard, creating a problem that would then displace more student parking. Parking is already prohibited on Hawthorne Boulevard south of Woodbrook Road due to the presence of a striped bike lane. As part of this action, additional No Parking signs will be posted on Hawthorne Boulevard south of Woodbrook Road.
Based on this information, public input, and the Traffic Committee’s recommendation, Staff recommends to restrict parking along the west side of Hawthorne Boulevard south of Indian Peak Road to Woodbrook Road.
Adopting staff’s recommendation will establish a No Parking Zone along Hawthorne Boulevard between Indian Peak Road and Woodbrook Road.
As an alternative action, Council may want to consider establishing time limited parking on Hawthorne Boulevard between Indian Peak Road and Shorewood Road. Although this alternative action may address cars parked for sale, it will not address the safety and visibility issues associated with vehicles parked along Hawthorne Boulevard.
The recommended action will have no negative fiscal impact
Respectfully Submitted, Reviewed,
Dean E. Allison Les Evans
Director of Public Works City Manager
RESOLUTION NO. 2004-__
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
RANCHO PALOS VERDES ESTABLISHING RESTRICTED PARKING ZONE ON HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD FROM INDIAN PEAK ROAD SOUTHERLY TO WOODBROOK ROAD
WHEREAS, an engineering and traffic survey has determined that parking restrictions are warranted in accordance with the Rancho Palos Verdes Traffic Code.
THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:
Section 1. Approve and establish a no parking zone on Hawthorne Boulevard from Indian Peak Road to Woodbrook Road.
Section 2. Approves the installation of signs indicating the no parking zones.
PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED THE 7TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2004.
State of California )
County of Los Angeles )ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )
I, JO PURCELL, City Clerk of The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2004- was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at regular meeting thereof held on September 7, 2004.
CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES