Not quite the “Slow” life in Cota de Caza

It seems that the folks in the gated community of Cota de Caza have had a problem with local residents speeding, but they have no one to enforce their 50mph speed limit.

The residents of Cota de Caza tried to enforce it themselves, but most people ignored the tickets as they were not issued by a law enforcement agency, they tried contracting out the CHP to maintain the traffic laws but as Bob Varo put it the $100,000 bill charged by the CHP was “extortion.” Speed bumps were installed to slow down the traffic, but they were removed when the Orange County Fire Authority complained that the speed bumps limited their response times.

What really is at issue here is the debate over public and private communities and the level of police enforcement that is afforded to the residents of a private community. In most private communities the residents have to pay a fee for private security, which will then summon the local authorities when needed, in Cota’s case the entire area of the neighborhood (comprising of 15,000 people) is one large gated private community. While Cota used the CHP for traffic enforcement in the past and the Orange County Sheriffs Department will not enforce traffic laws in unincorporated areas, maybe the residents should consider contracting out the enforcement of traffic laws to a local police department. The agreement could be similar to Brea police patrolling Yorba Linda.

The conclusion of the article brings up a possible solution from the California Attorney General’s Office on the problem of enforcement, but I doubt it is something that the residents of Cota de Caza are willing to accept: Take down the gates and make the roads public.

2 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    They can’t have it both ways – if they want cops to patrol for traffic, they have to open their streets. and $100,000 sounds like a lot, but not for an already affluent community of 15,000-20,000 ($5/person per year?).

  2. Michael Randall (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 12:24 am

    I think one of the residents pointed out that the cost for the CHP equaled 3 dollars per household.

    That’s a small price to pay for traffic enforcement.

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