Sunday, December 19, 2004

Question of the Week "where will coto de Caza be as a community in ten years at this rate?"

"William A. Gast" wrote:
John:
You have an excellent recall and can remember the Coto that we all knew ten years ago as evidenced by your statement;
"Nevertheless, we all knew the “score” when we moved to Coto and, in particular, that we wouldn’t be getting a lake, pool, tennis courts or a community center as part of our dues. Each of us weighed those factors and still decided to buy a home in Coto de Caza."
Actually the score I knew was one of slow graceful traffic, low noise level and beautiful green areas. Houses that were spaced according to a master plan of open space and wide streets.In addition, at one time I actually thought that we WOULD have a lake, a tennis court and pool as part of all this expansion. Then we became a community of apathy and discern.Much too busy with personal lives to get involved with our HOA.
Today, we have 70 MPH traffic at highest noise levels ( exceeding incidentally the db rating that the state uses for constructing sound), dead oaks and houses in the South area so close together that residents can actually hear conversations of the family next to them. Add to this the increased HOA dues and you can understand why Coto in a rear view mirror will be happiness for many present residents. Perhaps I was a bit of a Pollyanna thinking that we could keep Coto a place of great pride and beauty by preserving the starlight, by not using heinous steel streetlight posts and glaring traffic lights, observing our CC&R's by not parking onstreet overnight and not placing the trash out on the curb until after six PM the night before and many other aspects of appreciating where we live. This has all changed. Streets in the south area are so narrow as a result of uncontrolled planning that residents can barely pass the parked cars. Drive the south area at any night of the week and you will see hundreds, (yes hundreds) of cars parked on the streets overnight.
My point is that it surely is time that the people that truly care for the future of Coto ( and Joe is certainly one of them) step to the plate and say; "Enough! Hopefully, this will happen after the first of the year and we all see the results of the audit.I don't expect the directors to find it necessary to draw the bridge and hide behind the moat but I think it will attract the attention from some residents that have not been active in the past.
It would be interesting to have CotoBuzz open a contest asking residents to make a forecast- a projection- of what they think it will be like to live in Coto in the coming ten years? Maybe the majority of folks here are just happy as can be and have not a clue where we are headed with all the increased costs???
"Life never looked so good????"
Trying to stay positive, Bill Gast

Bill:



Your idea of asking Coto to make projections as to where Coto is going to be in ten years is excellent!



The 70 MPH traffic you mention perhaps is the reason why traffic accidents increased 47% since the CHP contract was rescinded. Not to mention the higher crime rate in Coto, than any of its non-gated neighbors/



You can count CotoBuzz with those who are saying Enough!

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