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Rebuttal to Web Post Accusing the City Council of Trying to Reduce Population

REBUTTAL TO WEB POST (BELOW) ACCUSING THE CITY COUNCIL OF TRYING TO REDUCE POPULATION

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-Excerpt from www.lahabraheights.net posting by Stephen Blagden

 

Placement of “Speed” Trailer on West Road

On May 10, 2013 the City Manager was contacted by a representative of a joint law enforcement task force seeking permission to place a small two-wheel trailer (purpose explained below) in the City’s right of way on West Road.  After understanding how this trailer would enhance safety for the area, the City Manager gave permission on a trial basis.

 Council Was Not Notified

At no time did the City Manager advise the City Council of this decision.  There were three reasons for this:  first, this was a very sensitive security matter involving high level law enforcement and the City Manager was asked to maintain confidentiality; second, there was no legal way to take the matter into closed session; and finally, the City Manager was not required to seek permission from the Council.  With regard to streets and facilities, the Municipal Code grants jurisdiction to the City Manager as follows:

The City Manager shall exercise control over and supervise all departments and divisions of the City Government, including but not limited to: the supervision of all public buildings, streets, and other public property that are under the control and jurisdiction of the City Council

 Answering Questions about the Trailer

This trailer looked like a warning sign for speeders. In its upper left-hand corner is a white sign with black lettering advising of the 25 mph speed limit. However, this trailer was not used to give tickets.

 The 25 mph speed limit sign remained in place for more than four weeks with no problems reported.

 Trailer Vandalized

The trailer was broken into and vandalized on Monday, June 10, 2013. The speed limit sign was changed from 25 mph to 55 mph.  Because the trailer was monitored two or three times a day by the law enforcement agency that installed it, we know that the vandalism occurred within a five-hour window on Monday, June 10, 2013. Within that same five-hour window, pictures of the trailer (see top of page and insert below) were posted on the web and Twitter by two separate individuals.

 

Timeline of events of June 10, 2013

       · 9:00 a.m.  Law enforcement agency checks sign. It still says 25 mph.

      · 11:00 a.m. Dave Nichols, Public Works Manager, drives by and the speed sign still says 25 mph.

      · 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (exact time uncertain), someone unscrews and steals the white “Speed Limit 25” leaving the sign to read “Speed Limit 55”.

      · (Unknown time) Stephen Blagden posts an accusation that the City Council is trying to kill residents (see image above)

      · 4:41 p.m. George Edwards posts the following (source: Twitpic posting by George Edwards. Twitter: @lahabraheights)

 

· 4:58 p.m. Stephen Blagden arrives at City Hall, asking a city employee about the 55 mph speed sign.  He left 1 minute later at 4:59 pm

· 5:00 p.m., a member of the law enforcement task force reports that the speed limit sign has been changed to read 55 instead of 25.

· Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – Trailer was retrieved by the law enforcement agency. 


Purpose of the Trailer

The trailer was not a device to record speeders. It was a security camera monitored by top law enforcement officials who were protecting a family living in La Habra Heights.

This is the not the first time the City Manager has consented to increased law enforcement protection in the Heights. There are several judges and other high level law enforcement officials living in this community who, by the nature of their jobs, need extra security from time to time.

POSTED BY SHAUNA CLARK

JUNE 13, 2013 

  

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