A lifelong Bundy Drive resident says almost everyone he's spoken with living near the intersection of Bundy Drive and Mayfield Avenue in Brentwood, where four all-way stop signs were installed as a public safety measure by the Department of Transportation, are necessary and should stay.
Joshua Yaghoubzadeh talked with Patch at the intersection Monday afternoon, April 8 as vehicles drove by during rush hour. He said they hope to get a petition started to make sure the city does not remove the controversial stop signs.
"Basically what it comes down to is trading a little bit of convenience for a lot of safety," he said.
The operater of Little Prep Academy, a preschool located at the intersection of Bundy and Mayfield, echoed Yaghoubzadeh's sentiments that the stop signs are making the neighborhood safer.
Yaghoubzadeh, a personal injury attorney who graduated from UCLA last year, said motorists traveling from San Vicente Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard via Bundy have always gone fast. When he was a child, his family dog was run over and killed by a driver.
"It's so important to have traffic safety control measures," Yaghoubzadeh added, noting that police accident reports showing six accidents at the intersections in the last five years are inaccurate.
"It's only what was reported and it's only going to be the most serious," he said.
Yaghoubzadeh said he's told the South Brentwood Residents Association and the Brentwood Community Council of the petition. After conferring with other neighbors, he added that they are in agreement that more all-way stop signs are necessary in south Brentwood, such as at the intersection of Bundy Drive and Dorothy Street.
At the April 2 Brentwood Community Council meeting, members opted to put an email out to residents asking if they feel the stop signs should come down. Representatives from City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's office have said it will take months before there is another update by DOT to revisit the situation, as well as obtain a traffic report.
Brentwood residents, commuters and Patch users have voiced strong opposition to the installment of the stops, saying they need to be removed because it is creating more gridlock.
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