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Letter to the Editor from Resident of Sussex Road by Gov. Livingston High School

Kathy Ballas

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 • 7:49am

Letter to the Editor,

I am one of "those people" living on Sussex Road negatively impacted by the egregious violation of my rights due to the overflow parking by GL students on my street. We were promised something would be done. We were promised the situation would not get out of hand. We were promised some policing of the situation would occur. We were promised it would not negatively impact the values of our homes. We were promised this year would not be as bad as the 2012-2013 school year. That all turned out to be untrue. If nothing else, it's worse. We cannot get in or out of our driveways and the garbage men/recycling/gardeners/service/delivery people can't get to our properties. We can't even work in our yards.The students are verbally and physically disrespectful to the residents, trample our landscaping and damage our lawns. What about us?  Don't we have rights? May I suggest you stand in the middle of Crest Drive when the kids zoom in and zoom out of the neighborhood. Experience our world. It's perfectly "safe".  We moved here because it was a quiet, safe, dead end - not the Santa Monica Freeway. Does someone need to be run over and seriously injured before something can be done?

We were told nothing could be done without an ordinance or some such nonsense being done. Really? What about the surrounding streets and the streets around the ball fields? There are restrictive parking signs all over those neighborhoods as well as all over every other street in Murray Hill.

Well, I am trying to sell my home and guess what? I have already had one deal fall through because of the dangerous and excessive parking on the street. My buyers pulled out during the home inspection when one of the students actually knocked on the door and asked for a jump (about 10.30 a.m.) when his car wouldn't start. Strangers knocking on your door surely doesn't promote "safe". That killed the deal and, as by the time the buyers arrived, both sides of Sussex Road and Crest drive had completely filled up with cars. They had a difficult time trying to get out of the driveway. Yes, it has negatively impacted me economically. Two additional potential buyers who viewed the house on a weekend ran for the hills when they came back for a second viewing during the week and turned right around when they couldn't get down the street. I am wondering if there is a fire, can the fire truck even get down my street, never mind hook up to the hydrant - which is blocked more often than not.  How will my moving truck get down the hill and into my driveway or park on the street to load up? What will happen during big garbage week with the cars blocking everything? The chipping crew had a difficult enough time trying to get that all picked up.

Please advise me as to what action will be taken to alleviate the situation.

Regards,

Kathy Ballas
 

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