The best defense …

Props to Garret Unno, anti-bike signage NIMBY dude from Palos Verdes Estates, for this gem:

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Yes, after leading the charge to shoot down the Bikes May Use Full Lane signage, which signage was approved by the Traffic Safety Committee, the city engineer, an outside consultant, the city attorney, and over a hundred cyclist advocates, Garrett has now targeted the 3-Feet signage recently installed in PVE to advise drivers that they have to, you know, give cyclists three feet when they pass.

Nothing like being in the vanguard to protect your idyllic community at the expense of lives!!

Still, Garrett, who is reputedly an engineer at Raytheon, deserves mad props. Dude gets R done. Quiet, head down, consistent, and relentless, his hatred of cyclists has effectively beaten back a broad-based coalition of cyclists that includes actual PVE residents. To me that’s kind of weird, because a lot of people at Raytheon cycle. Do they know that their colleague is all-in when it comes to opposing signage that protects cyclists? If I had someone like that in my office, I’d read him the riot act.

Anway, One Unno > 200 Freaks in Lycra, at least according to PVE City Council math. And he’s no dummy, either: Don’t sit around waiting for the enemy, hit them as hard as you can when and where they least expect it, and press the hell out of your advantage. Momentum doesn’t come often, and a good strategist knows to roll with the tide.

It will be absolutely fascinating to watch how the Traffic Safety Committee responds to Unno’s plea, especially since they’ve already voted for the signs, recommended that the signs be installed, and worked with the city engineer to place the signs and oversee their installation. It will be even more awesome to see how the city council, if the TSC caves to Unno, votes regarding the new signage they just installed.

Stay tuned for the shit show …

In the meantime, I’ve set up a store on Shopify where you can buy South Bay Cycling items, the purchase of which will help pay for food/drinks/snacks at our next City Council Bike Ride and Pizza Party, as well as for advocacy to fight the evil of people like Unno, his wife Zoe, Shannon Zaragoza, Frank Ponce, and the Lunada Bay Boys on Mom’s Couch who zealously oppose bicycle signage in PV Estates.

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22 thoughts on “The best defense …”

  1. Dead people can’t tell that they’re dead because they just are. Only people who are alive can tell that others are dead.

    The same is true if you’re stupid.

    Keep up the good fight, WM!

      1. Frightening. One of the videos I watched of one of these PV city council meetings there was an older, white haired guy on the council who seemed to be in charge and had a lot of trouble hearing what the people were saying, he kept a interrupting them, asking them to speak into the microphone. To me he gave off a vibe as being not happy with the cyclists and overwhelmed easily. Is he in charge of determining policy? And then reading about Unno and seeing the headshot of his wife is even more disconcerting. She just doesn’t look like a good person even through her smile. But to me those 2 seem like something the white haired guy would listen to.
        And while she might be anti signage something about her eyes tell me she would be VERY happy if the proposed “3 Foot”signs were replaced with “Not Suitable for Bicycles” signs.

  2. Well Wanky, as you know there is an epidemic in PVE. Biker Gang cyclists are bullying the entire city in an effort to make to the streets safer for outsiders who ride their bikes in PVE. Safer streets means more people in PVE who are outsiders. This is unacceptable. The only thing PVE can do to prevent an apocalyptic deluge of spandex clown suit wearing miscreants is to make PVE MORE DANGEROUS, MORE HOSTILE, MORE HOMICIDAL to all outsiders. In this way, PVE can retain its idyllic, safe haven atmosphere. It would also help to prop up a couple of cyclists corpses at the city gates with signs that read “This is what happens to cyclists here!!! STAY OUT!!!!”

    1. Follow up – this putz didn’t even show up to the TSC meeting. He’s a keyboard warrior, and an embarrasment to the community that has been marginalized by city leadership. City Hall no longer wants to deal with this guy, who calls these signs “the most important issue facing our city”. #extremist

      1. The most important issue facing that city is where to get a condom big enough to cover it.

  3. $10 for a tee? That’s not fund raising. That’s fund scraping. I’ll pay you $20 for the tee in black or gray, white logo.

    I’m going to regret this question: Does the vendor mention what the shrinkage is like on the tee?

    1. Hi, I work at Raytheon, and as part of my company’s efforts to help wounded vets through cycling, I oppose signage, safety, and anything that makes the roads safer for vulnerable road users. Oh, I forgot. Thank you for your service!

  4. The psychiatrists may have to invent a new diagnostic code for Garrett Unno.

    Clearly he already has a form of “Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)” , characterized by a :
    “… pervasive pattern of disregard for, or violation of, the rights of others. An impoverished moral sense or conscience is often apparent …”

    But In Unno’s case, the ASPD seems especially directed toward anything on 2 wheels, or perhaps toward people in general who are enjoying themselves outdoors while exercising.
    Wonder if he kicks his dog or cat (or worse) when he gets home every night?

    1. His wife seemed super domineering the one time I spoke with them after a meeting; wouldn’t surprise me if she were the one driving the crazy train. She is affiliated with USC, I think, here is what appears to be her link, she seems to be a librarian if this is in fact her: http://libguides.usc.edu/prf.php?account_id=69295.

      She’s a super anti-signage lady, which is so funny because USC has a bike team, bike club, and cycling is quite popular there. I wonder if her colleagues know she’s a bike-sign-hating NIMBY?

      Maybe the new entry should be Anticycling Personality Disorder Special Snowflake on the Hill?

  5. What if there was a guy who didn’t need any more “stuff,” and wanted his contribution to go further… and wanted to help feed the ravenous hordes who are suffering through these meetings doing dog’s work? Where would that guy send a few dollars?

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