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Unbelievable! 'Colfax Curb Coyotes' Strike Again

Blatant vandals repaint curb gray in no-parking zone less than 24 hours after the city repainted it red.

Less than 24 hours after the city to help with a hazardous exit out of the Studio Village complex on Colfax Avenue in Studio City, vandals once again painted the curbs gray. This was the fourth time.

The "Colfax Curb Coyotes," the name that officials and nearby residents have given to the vandals, came some time in the middle of the night to paint over the red no-parking curbs on the west side of Colfax Avenue.

At 9 a.m. and Studio City Neighborhood Council president John Walker were on site when the city Department of Transportation came out to paint the red curbs yet a third time, responding to the neighborhood concerns.

Tuesday morning, when hearing that the curbs were once again painted over gray, Walker said, "You are kidding? These are obviously people who care nothing about putting other citizens in real harm. The people who do these kinds of things don't care if they cause death or injury."

Nancy J. Brown, manager of Studio Village, emailed, "Well, here it is Tuesday Morning, following the ceremonious red curb paintings at 4365 and 4249 Colfax are white again this morning! . . .  This is ridiculous!"

Walter Reed Middle School teacher Patti Eskander has lived in Studio Village for six years and must take that dangerous left turn to get to school.

"I was so mad when I saw that they were painted over yet again this morning," Eskander said. "This is just insane. It's someone who considers it a game."

Eskander said she was relieved to see that the city had painted the curbs red when she returned from school Monday afternoon. But then, this morning, the one dangerous spot was once again gray, which makes it difficult to see oncoming traffic unless pulling into the bike lane.

"It is so foolish that someone would be doing this again," Eskander said. "It is ridiculous that this would happen again. Anyone who has tried to drive out that way knows how extremely treacherous it is."

Eskander, who obviously works with teens a lot, does not think it is a youthful prank.

"The people doing this are incredibly selfish," Eskander said. "They are not at all concerned about other people's needs."

larry April 25, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Sorry for the word bandied as it should be band aid...Darn that spell check.
Lightnapper April 25, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The PI scenario was pure satire and irony. You know that thing they call sarcastic humor? Remember that, you seem good at it? And FYI, I don't watch the "boob tube," but apparently you do. And, yes, unfortunately cameras are everywhere-- and somewhat intrusive-- unless of course you happen to be the victim of a serious crime and detectives use the cameras in the area to locate and arrest the criminals like they did for the poor young man murdered off Coldwater Canyon a few months back. I sure bet his family is sure glad a citizen had a camera pointed toward the street.
Skraeling April 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
So what? This is making a mockery of our city ordinances that are in place to ensure, as best we can, the public safety. Either the area gets permitted parking only or any one who is parking in the "gray" area receive a ticket for parking violation. This is no different than parking in a handicap zone, over staying, double parking....ticket all who park there....or allow permits only.
Skraeling April 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM
It is dangerous...traffic is moving faster down Colfax and Moorpark than ever before and trying to see, without nudging further out in possibly speeding traffic is an danger to everyone, not to mention legally parked cars....This area has been overdeveloped for the infrastructure allowed, and it is time to issue residence parking permits or enforce time limits...
Paul Krekorian April 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Larry, FYI, the area at issue here is not at a school. It is near Studio Village on Colfax, just a bit north of the Colfax bridge. I'd be interested to hear about the school safety concerns you're raising though. Please feel free to give my office a call at 818-755-7676. Thanks.

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