City gets defensive over sign allowing motorist to travel 55 in 15 MPH zone

Jun 14, 2013 Full story: www.whittierdailynews.com 7

La Habra Heights, CA An alleged vandal, who may have been trying to make La Habra Heights city officials look bad by changing the speed limit on a trailer could end up facing criminal charges.

The trailer, which was stationed on West Road, had a security camera on it and the person's picture may have been taken. The vandal changed the speed limit from 25 mph to 55 mph.

"There's a good chance whoever changed the sign is on the camera," La Habra Heights City Manager Shauna Clark said.

Clark said she believes the unknown person was trying to make the city look bad. "They're trying to make the council look like they're doing something dangerous to residents," Clark said.

Clark said the trailer was stationed on the street for security purposes. "It was for a resident who due to the nature of their job on a very high-profile and serious law enforcement matter needed extra security," she said.

Clark declined to reveal the name or agency. "The camera was positioned to monitor traffic, not for speed but to identify threats," she said.

The trailer has since been removed. So far, no charges have been brought and Clark isn't aware if the video has been watched by the unknown agency, which has possession of the trailer, to see who changed the sign.

Read more at: LaHabraHeights.net

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Spin City

La Habra, CA

#1 Jun 14, 2013
"Clark said she believes the unknown person was trying to make the city look bad. "

The City does a very effective job of that themselves.

16 cameras to spy on residents, DA warning of grand jury investigation, city admits inept finance practices, council proposing to raise themselves up on platform for meetings, City loses court case with judge sternly admonishing them & city attorney said judge made a mistake, independent audit claims city embezzlement and forgery, and so on........

Most would accept if they just admitted it was towed in and someone forgot to change it.
Instead they dig a deeper hole.
Resident

Concord, CA

#2 Jun 14, 2013
Clark has made the city look bad with her bad decisions. She cannot take responsibility for her actions that are ruining the city.

Who told Clark the fake speed limit monitor was placed in West Road to monitor a resident to help them?

Since Clark and the City Council have cut LA County Sheriff services for the residents it was probably Clark's idea and City Council to use cameras inside a fake speed limit monitor to make up for no deputy protection.

Does it make you feel safe knowing no Deputy's are patrolling but residents have a machine as protection that sits idle on West Road. Will a Deputy jump out to protect that resident like out of a cake?

La Habra Heights City Council needs to get real protection for the residents. Get the Sheriff services back in La Habra Heights to protect the residents.

Clark's comments verifies she is inept and so is City Council.
Highlander

AOL

#3 Jun 15, 2013
Nobody ever seriously believed that the 55 mph sign was anything other than the sort of embarrassing mistake that could have been made by any city. Worthy of a having a little fun at the expense of the powers-that-be, but hardly a big deal -- until the city chose to spin it as some sort of criminal conspiracy.

What IS a serious matter is that the city manager leaked confidential law enforcement information for petty political reasons. By doing so, she put an innocent resident in serious danger by telling the world where he/she lives. So much for the safety of the “resident who due to the nature of their job on a very high-profile and serious law enforcement matter needed extra security.”

True, she did not reveal his/her exact address. But now everybody knows about this resident and what neighborhood he/she lives in. Not only did she partly blow that resident’s cover, she put the neighbors in danger. At this point, all we can hope for is that “Jack the Enforcer” or “Johnny Jihad” do not read the local newspapers.

But its worth it, if we can catch someone who may have been trying to make the city look bad.
Candid Camera

Concord, CA

#4 Jun 15, 2013
The placement location of the camera/radar trailer was obviously not designed to slow down drivers. It was at a point on the curve where a driver's speed would not be warned. Had the trailer been placed well prior to the curve it would act as a warning and would not have aroused suspicions.

Oh, except the decals on the back showing other users of it were the cities of Bell and Vernon. They are strange bedfellows known for abuse of government power and robbing constituents blind. Those decals were covered over about a week after the trailers placement.

The picture of the speed limit being fifty-five was comical. The spin machine to turn this simple error, easily corrected and a chuckle for all, has turned into a fiasco over in the propaganda machine at City Hall. This includes the outing of the general location of an official deemed a security/safety concern by Shauna Clark in order to accuse political enemies of vandalizing.

Considering the recent revelations of the IRS targeting groups unfriendly to the Obama reelection campaign, the city godfathers seem never to waste an opportunity to use the same psychotic tactics to protect their own turf.

The smart move would be to say what actually happened. The correct speed sign was not replaced when moved back and an error was made. If another agency was involved in protecting a high risk official, Shauna Clark endangered that person. If it's use was leased out to the City, then why is this trailer necessary to track movements of residents traveling in the area 24/7? Who is the city really keeping surveillance on? The article quotes Clark claiming the video is under review. Video? Geez! Big Sister is watching you. City Hall surveillance now when you drive. Smile you're on Candid Camera!
I Spy You

United States

#5 Jun 15, 2013
Can residents request a copy of the videotape that was tucked secretly inside the speed limit machine since Clark blew the cover of the agency protecting the female resident.

Are screws missing? Clark's obsession to control and need to get involved in everything, put that protected resident safety in question.

If anything happens to the resident being protected due to Clark's big mouth, the family has cause for litigation against the city.

Pet Co announced muzzles will be on sale this week. A $20.00 muzzle for City Manager Clark should fall appropiately into the cities proposed budget as a misc. expense.
Pink Panther

Concord, CA

#6 Jun 16, 2013
I Spy You wrote:
Are screws missing? Clark's obsession to control and need to get involved in everything, put that protected resident safety in question.
I Spy,

The trailer had been removed and returned for only a very short time when the picture of the sign was posted with the 20 mph sign missing. If the screws were missing it would prove only the other agency that used it with a 55 speed limit did not return the added 20 mph sign. Since the purpose of the camera was not traffic control, no thought was put into the need to put the sign back. The only screws that are loose are in the City Manager's office. In her wish to make the error the fault of her opposition she gives up the general location of a possibly endangered high level official.

I am sure there will be no video found of some vandal unscrewing the slower speed sign off the trailer. But I see the City Manager has accused her enemies of the dirty deed on the City website. There certainly is a screw loose.
Highlander

AOL

#7 Jun 17, 2013
The “City Spins The Facts” webpage presents an alleged timeline of events. Its obvious purpose is to smear Steve Blagdon and George Edwards -- essentially accusing them, by innuendo, of vandalizing the sign, or at least, being part of the “conspiracy.”

Assume that the trailer sign was vandalized. Most cites encourage residents to report vandalism. But not LHH. In LHH, if you report vandalism to the city (as Stephen did), the city vandalizes your reputation. It will go to great lengths to make it appear that YOU committed the vandalism.

It’s a good thing that this “City Spins The Facts” webpage didn’t exist during the last election. Remember Chester Jeng’s campaign mailers showing him pointing to a graffiti defaced road sign? The City’s webpage might have accused HIM of the graffiti.

Why would it be “suspicious” that Steve blogged and George tweeted about the sign within hours of its alleged vandalism? For Pete’s sake, this highly visible trailer with its highly visible sign was parked at the side of a main road. A lot of people saw the sign. Of course, like any other humorous story (especially one at the expense of the “powers-that-be”), it was quickly circulated through the community. The "Avocado Express” existed (and still continues to exist) as an informal community network long before the name was adopted by a news blog. George is credentialed as a professional journalist. For the last 15 years, Steve has maintained a blog devoted to reporting LHH community news. Why would it be so surprising for them to have heard the latest buzz?

According to the Whittier Daily News, the City Manager said: "There's a good chance whoever changed the sign is on the camera." The camera is in the possession of law enforcement. If so, why didn’t she simply wait for law enforcement to identify the alleged vandal? After all, that is THEIR job, not the city manager’s job.

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