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"It's Not About Keeping Hikers Out" Say Rancho Palos Verdes Residents Trying to Keep Hikers Out

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The rich residents who live around Del Cerro Park in Rancho Palos Verdes—which offers access to popular hiking at Portuguese Bend—have been complaining loudly and publicly about all the out-of-towners coming in to their neighborhood, parking on the public streets, talking on their way to go hike, littering, etc. They've now successfully convinced the city to cut way back on parking in the area; three neighborhoods in the area have now gone permit-only and RPV will halve the number of spaces on nearby Crenshaw Boulevard. But that sucks and people hate it, so now the RPV residents are swearing up and down that it's not about keeping people out, it's about SAFETY. Think of the HIKERS.

A board member of the Del Cerro Homeowners Association offers the strained logic to the Daily Breeze: "Our biggest issue on Crenshaw is when people are parked on both sides of the street and open their doors … Drivers getting in and out of the neighborhood have to stop when people dart into the street." See, it's not about exclusivity, it's about the terrifying nature of car doors.

A traffic investigator says there has been no increase in traffic collisions around Portuguese Bend. The neighbors' last excuse was that outsiders were driving an increase in crime; a sheriff says that crime has gone down in the area in the last few years. What's the next move, guys?
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· Rancho Palos Verdes Residents Freaking Out Over Hikers Hiking at Hiking Spot [Curbed LA]