Traffic Bigger Concern than Crime for Altadenans?

A survey administered by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to 150 residents in a cross-section of Altadena neighborhoods shows Altadenans are more concerned about traffic than crime, among other things.

Among the findings of a in Altadena by the is that the 150 residents who participated are more concerned about traffic than any one category of crime.

Survey takers were asked to chose from a list of crime and nuisance issues which problem in their neighborhood they would like fixed first-- more than 21 percent said traffic, more than any other single category.

Other popular selections were narcotics (16.9 percent), thefts (12 percent), transients (11.3 percent) and gangs (10.6 percent).

Deputies from the department went door to door last month to more than 300 households in three selected neighborhoods: two in West Altadena, off of Ventura Street, and one in East Altadena, off of New York Drive.

The full results of the survey can be viewed at right.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Thefts were the biggest single crime concern residents had (38.7 percent)
  • Traffic was the biggest nuisance concern, followed by transients, loud parties and junk cars.
  • 83.1 percent of those surveyed said they were "satisfied" or '"very satisfied" with the Sheriff's Department
  • 18.2 percent said their neighborhood is "unsafe" or "very unsafe" to walk in at night
Dottie Burns July 26, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I live in the lower east side of Altadena (Just south of New York) and my street is wide and straight from one end to the other before it jogs down. Since it is straight and wide everyone seems to think it's a great place to race. I have been trying to find out how to get speed bumps on our block.
Revvell July 26, 2011 at 03:48 PM
I hate to tell you Dottie, but we live ON New York WITH speed bumps and they still race down this street! It's a wonder how they keep their cars running. What I think might be needed are some speed traps. On Lake, on Woodbury, on New York....
mister altadena July 26, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Can anyone clarify what was meant by traffic as an issue? Does it mean too many cars on streets, cars driving too fast, not enough speed bumps (or all these combined)? Did traffic mean parking too? Just curious.....
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True Freedom July 26, 2011 at 04:28 PM
you can put in a request with the dept of public works for LA county. I tried to get bumps in my neighborhood. They came out and did a study to see if we met the criteria. The first was volume. There have to be enough cars on that road to warrant the work... low volume: no bumps. Second, the top 15% of cars must be traveling something like more than 10 mph over the limit... this is where we didn't make the grade. Our problem was the speeders came during commute hours. So, if they measured the average speed during those hours, they'd see how fast everyone drives. However, our average speed was brought down by the mid-day blue-hairs driving 5mph :)
True Freedom July 26, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Well, with county wide plans for increasing the housing density ( LA is planned by the State to grow by 2.3M more people!!)... you better believe traffic, congestion, parking and pollution are simply going to continue to get worse.
Dickinson July 26, 2011 at 04:52 PM
You can also contact your Altadena Town Council rep and see what they may be able to find out for you. I'm familiar with that area and I think there are 3 or 4 streets with the same problem. I think that the reps are listed on the Altadena Town Council website.
Steve Lamb July 26, 2011 at 05:36 PM
So called crime and gangs in Altadena are ONLY an issue for realtors dealing with false perceptions dating back forty years as to what Altadena is. But only 150 residents?
Revvell July 26, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Huh? You mean there are no gangs or crime in Altadena??? Hmmmm. So, I guess all those statistics I've seen about the gangs in Altadena are untrue? Makes one wonder doesn't it? Missed you at "Coffee w/the Captain" yesterday Steve. You've got so many complaints and issues, figured you'd have been the first in line.
Steve Lamb July 26, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Dottie- Street racing is alive and well in Altadena. I guess in a way thats fitting since drag racing was invented here in our orange groves 100 years ago. by the Pasadena Motorcycle Club who would come to Altadena and load a full wagon load of oranges to a motorcycle and race....Then as now, most of the people, but not all of them, racing in Altadena do not live here. But culture and history aside, it's dangerous.to race in the streets, even late at night. Sadly, the LACSD has been so busy harassing barber shops and African-American men for driving and or walking while Black and whatever else it is they waste their time and our money on,that Altadena has been a safe haven for street racing for forty years.
local July 29, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Steve, you should go ask Brandon Jackson if gangs are a problem in Altadena.
socal August 06, 2011 at 03:49 PM
steve will only face McLean in a forum of gangster lovers and parolees. In a room of decent people, steve would be put in his bigoted/racist place. I have seen a huge improvement of our community since in the past year. Anyone remember the gangsters who used Charles White Park as a gathering place for a hanging out and parties? Well now you go to any of the Altadena parks and you don't see that element anymore! steve and his racist following had no hand in that! Our Sheriff's under Capt McLean have made our community safer.
socal August 06, 2011 at 03:54 PM
I seriously doubt street racing is an issue here in Altadena. FYI steve, CHP has traffic enforcement resposibility for Altadena streets. So if your racist mind can fathom that information, contact CHP with traffic enforcement concerns.


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