RSM Meeting with the City on March 11th.

On Wednesday, March 11th the RSM Board met with the City Manager, Traffic Engineer, Police Department, and City Planning concerning various issue raised by the neighborhood. During the course of the hour long conversation we covered long time concerns such as John Muir, Berean, Traffic and newer ones like the signal project at San Carlos and Ygnacio Valley Road, and parking at El Divisidero Park.

Please review the report below on the meeting. The Board welcomes your comments, and participation in our communications with the City.

Berean: There has been no recent contact between the School and City. The RSM Board is committed to keeping an open line of communications with both the School and the City. It’s important to remember: Berean has a use agreement with the City covering hours of operation, uses of the facility, and school capacity. If you observe a problem, report it to the City.

John Muir Hospital: The City and John Muir have discussed building renovations to accommodate patients related the Affordable Care Act. This would entail remodeling of existing structures, not new construction. We asked the City to put the Board in touch with John Muir facilities staff to open a dialog. We will report back to RSM as more information comes in.

El Divisidero Parking Lot Usage: While we have been successful in opening the parking lot, there are still concerns about it not being used during soccer games. The City will help us communicate with the Soccer League. We will request the League include information about the parking in its instructions to teams when the annual schedule is set.

El Divisidero and San Carlos residents who are impacted should always file complaints with the City if there are cars parked illegally, or trash left in the area.

YVR/San Carlos Signal Plan: The City sent detailed plans for the intersection. Please look at the recent post for a PDF.

The project includes:

  • Lengthening the “pockets” leading to left turns into the park and San Carlos
  • Elimination of the light posts on YVR and replacement with lights suspended over the intersection
  • Dedicated turn signals for directional traffic on San Carlos. This means:
    1. Pedestrians walking across YVR to and from the park will have a dedicated light
    2. Vehicles exiting San Carlos and the Park onto YVR will also have a dedicated left turn light

We also suggested lights for bicycles on west side of the intersection. The City plans to solicit bids early summer, with construction starting late summer, early fall. The project should take three months to complete.

Important: City Manager (Ken Nordhoff) agreed to conduct an open neighborhood meeting about the signal plan and we are looking to schedule it in late April or early May.

Other topics covered:

  • Better planning around major events at Heather Farms Park and impacts on the neighborhood. The Police agreed to communicate with the Board in advance of events so we can forward the information to the neighborhood.
  • Increased traffic in RSM after construction at Encina Grande and downtown projects are completed. The City’s position is that it does not anticipate any traffic increases. We are requesting they initiate a comprehensive review of traffic patterns impacting particularly, San Carlos, San Antonio, and El Divisidero streets.

Traffic issues are ongoing and solutions will not be quick in coming. They require neighborhood involvement and collaboration! One more reminder about traffic: Our best weapon is reporting speeding and other infractions every time to the City. Get a license plate number. The City keeps statistics, and changes Police coverage patterns as a result.

Speed Sign on San Carlos

Extensively discussed on Nextdoor! The sign is to be installed on San Carlos (heading North) in order to slow traffic heading toward YVR. While the RSM Board did not propose this installation, our position has been to listen to the voices of RSM before advocating with the City. RSM seems overwhelmingly in favor.

There have been lots of constructive alternatives proposed (more signs, speed bumps, road changes) but it seems  for every solution, another problems is created: Negative impact on a small number of homes where changes are made, cost, visual changes, etc.

We will request the City provide sample images of the sign prior to installation.

Finally… Thanks to the entire neighborhood for input on these issues. As the Mayor noted last summer “We are the most active area in Walnut Creek”.

Please send your comments and suggestions to: president@ranchosanmiguel.org