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Tonight: Las Lomitas School driveway location on agenda

Original post made on Jul 10, 2018

Whether or not the Las Lomitas School should change its driveway to align with Walsh Road will be discussed by Atherton's Transportation Committee when it meets tonight (Tuesday, July 10) starting at 6 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

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Posted by Goes Around Comes Around
a resident of Las Lomitas School
on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

I hope the school district keeps its new driveway aligned with Walsh Road.

They owe nothing to the town. The Atherton council has jerked the district around with the existing pedestrian light and recently the water catch basin.

The district is its own government entity, unaccountable to Atherton. They should place the entrance where it is safest for the students and forget Atherton's politics.

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Posted by PeninsulaGirl
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:53 pm

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Alameda is the LEAST safe place for an entrance...for vehicles OR kids walking/biking.

They should be funneling bikes/pedestrians to Camino a Lago via BARNEY, which has been closed to vehicular traffic at Camino a Lago) for decades. There is a raised crosswalk there now, but that's it.

The important thing is separating the kids from the cars. It has been pointed out to Las Lomitas for YEARS that they should configure for pedestrians entering at the Barney/Camino a Lago crosswalk, and keeping the vehicular entrance AWAY from the kids at the other end of Camino a Lago, near Alameda.

Alameda/Camino a Lago is already a 4-way intersection and the LOGICAL place for a traffic light, but Las Lomitas has not wanted to work with SAN MATEO COUNTY. If they had, this problem would have been solved years ago. That ridiculous mid-block pedestrian light on Alameda between A Lago and Mills is a disaster and a huge safety hazard, particularly in the morning when the sun's glare is blinding southbound drivers. I can't tell you how many times I have seen these drivers speeding right through.

The closest analogy for the Alameda problem would be ENCINAL vis-a-vis Middlefield. Luckily for Encinal parents, their school knows better that to put their entrance on Middlefield (commuter artery), so they have it on Encinal. Similarly, HILLVIEW knows better than put their entrance on Santa Cruz (major traffic), so they have it on Elder.

Why can't the Las Lomitas School District learn from Menlo-Park-Atherton School District and design their entrance INTELLIGENTLY?

Middlefield and Alameda are analogous:
- They have both become major traffic arteries, even though they cannot handle the traffic.
- They both funnel commuter traffic to freeway connections: for Middlefield, it's Marsh and Willow connecting to 101, and for Alameda, it's Woodside and Sand Hill connecting to 280.

The question is: WHY hasn't Las Lomitas worked with San Mateo County to create a proper, SAFE entrance on Camino a Lago? The south side of Camino a Lago is unincorporated Menlo Park. C/CAG and San Mateo County's CMG (Congestion Management Program) both acknowledge the traffic problems on Alameda, and Las Lomitas could have been working with the CMG for YEARS, rather than putting their heads in the sand and then blaming their snafu on Atherton.

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Posted by Goes Around Comes Around
a resident of Las Lomitas School
on Jul 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Encinal School is hardly the model for a successful implementation. Cars pass over the double yellow lines during pickup times frequently, posing an EXTREME hazard to the children. It was hardly well engineered and it can't be fixed without millions in changes.

The consultants studied Las Lomitas and made sound recommendations. The entrance belongs at the intersection with Walsh Road and there should be a traffic signal there -- not at Mills.

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Posted by PeninsulaGirl
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

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A clarification re: Goes Around Comes Around...

I was talking about a full intersection traffic signal at CAMINO A LAGO and Alameda, NOT Mills.

Also, cars behaving badly near Encinal requires better enforcement. An entrance on Middlefield would exacerbate problems exponentially.

The terms "sound recommendations" and "careful study" are laughable when it comes to Las Lomitas. Are you aware of their history?

I not only attended Las Lomitas for K-5---walking to school, mind you---but I have been following their infrastructure issues for at least the last 20 YEARS.
When you look at the behavior of LLSD in the last two decades, it is basically this:

Rather than sit down and make a logical, well-designed campus plan 20 years ago---in a process that could have involved San Mateo County, since the district contains a big chunk of unincorporated Menlo Park---and gradually work toward building it, they have instead been sucking $ from voters and making patchwork improvements/repairs.

Essentially, LLSD has spent the last 20 years putting out financial/nfrastructural fires that THEY created with their pathetically poor planning.

And they would rather blame Atherton than take responsibility for their many failures. (They didn't even research CA Ed Code properly when they built that 2-story classroom building in 2003, resulting in a lack of flexibility re: younger children using the second floor.)

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