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BOLO: Black Cadillac on Bayside Drive

It’s called getting “JerryBrowned”, after the Governor’s two-times vetoes of a Safe 3-Foot Passing law, when you get passed too closely by a motorist. I was JerryBrowned on Bayside Drive yesterday around 3:30pm when this late model black Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon buzzed me like I’ve never been buzzed before. The driver came so close, […]

Watch the Cart!

LAX I didn’t have a seat assignment for the 13 hour flight to Moscow; that’s why I’m here almost 4 hours early, and it paid off. Aeroflot started checking in about 10 minutes after I arrived. Forward, aisle, please. So now I’m haunting the terminal. There’s no plane waiting at the gate, so I may […]

Too Realistic

With my limitations spelled out via text message, I headed off to ‘Every 15 minutes‘ at my local high school. I recently met NBPD’s Officer Anderson, who was coordinating the event at the school. I sat in a meeting with him where kids were nominated to participate. The idea behind the event is to scare […]

CdM’s Newest Driver

I just came home from the DMV; my 16½ year-old son just got his drivers license. You’ve been warned. “Why do you look so nervous?” the driving instructor says with a jolly smile as he approaches our car. “Because I’m a lousy driver.” My son seldom graces his discussions with similar humor at home. “I […]

Carjacked!

Thinking about a new car for the holidays? You may think twice after listening to this week’s guest, Anne Lutz Hernandez, who together with her sister, authored Carjacked, The Culture of the Automobile & Its Effect On Our Lives. You may soon agree, it’s an appropriate title. Catherine, the anthropologist, and Anne, the investment banker […]

97 Seconds To Save A Life, and a Neighborhood

We’re all in a hurry; it’s part of life these days. Has it always been that way? Were there quieter, simpler times? The City has convened a Citizens Advisory Panel to look at ways to enhance the pedestrian experience along Coast Hwy in Corona del Mar. They met 10 days ago and plan to meet […]

Planning for More Pedestrians

A Citizen Advisory Panel held a meeting earlier this week to consider improvements to the entrance to CdM, especially when coming from the west. They plan to widen sidewalks in the hopes of improving the pedestrian experience. It’s not till the meeting is almost over that I realize they’ve avoided the elephant in the room: […]

Fernleaf Sign to Come Down

The Fernleaf “No Bicycles On Street” sign will come down. Sometimes it’s a surprise, like last week’s post where I poked fun at the sign on Fernleaf Avenue in CdM; it received quite a few comments. My weekly Cycling Safety post on coronadelmartoday brought out an anti-cyclist sentiment from some: “all this bike activist nonsense […]

Go Around, or Stay Home?

So this is the big weekend – when LA’s Sepulveda Pass is closed to traffic. Many are trying to capitalize on this disruption. I noticed that “travel marketing executives” here in Newport Beach came up with a plan to lure those who can’t stand not driving somewhere, to drive 50 miles south to our little […]

Working Overtime to Torment Drivers

Maybe this is the ghost of Christmas-Future. Will cars get pushed out of American cities in favor of pedestrians and cyclists? The New York Times’ Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in “Europe Stifles Drivers in Favor of Alternatives” how Zurich’s Transportation Planners have “been working overtime in recent years to torment drivers.” In Munich, “on street parking […]