Letter to the Editor: Bad Roads

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Dear Editor,
My wife and I retired here to San Pedro June 26, 2016. We observed our final home (Condo) being built North of the bridge at The Residence at Barrier Reef. I retired from San Diego as a Clinical Psychologist working with troubled children and testifying as an "expert" witness in the Superior Courts. It was very difficult to leave the children but at age 70, my wife felt we needed to spend more quality time on this beautiful Island.
Now my concern. I flew with the USAF during Vietnam and our Fighter Bomber inflicted much damage on the enemy, especially roads and air strips. The aftermath is brought back to me (PTSD) after traveling the road between Las Terrazas and my condo which is the next exit road north. We are violently tossed back and forth maneuvering through the craters on this road also causing discomfort to my body. This road also broke a shock absorber already on my cart. Around Christmas, [the Town Council] posted pictures of the progress on the repair of the road on social media. Let’s be honest here, I do understand the issue of a correct repair and the costs involved but a grader to flatten out the hundreds of craters and then place a layer of sand and small rocks to be rolled out would be a nice start. If the city wants to expand more into North County and develop land and resources, more people would be happy to take the trip through this war zone. The many large dump trucks hauling loads of fill do NOT help in this matter but there are no other roads. The infrastructure really needs a tune-up but where does the money come from? Maybe business owners and residents north of the bridge would consider contributing $50 each to provide a better transition road. Do you have any information on the progress or lack of progress with this road?
Thank You
Kenn R. Finkelstein, Psy.D

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