Mo­tor­cy­cles in the canyon

The Signal - - OPINION -

Does any­one know what can be done about mo­tor­cy­cles rid­ing in San Fran­cisquito Canyon? Ev­ery week­end from dawn to dark, and most af­ter­noons and evenings there are mo­tor­cy­cles driv­ing up and down in the wash. None of th­ese ve­hi­cles seem to have muf­flers, and they are a con­stant ir­ri­ta­tion with loud noise, revving up their en­gines as they drive back and forth for hours. The noise is so bad that you can even hear it with all the win­dows in the house closed.

They are some­times joined by ATVs which do even more damage to the riverbed, and make as much noise. Fre­quently the ATVs drive up into the hills in the af­ter­noon and then re­turn with much whoop­ing and hol­ler­ing and bright lights around 11:00 pm.

Calls to the Sher­iff get sev­eral re­sponses which vary from: 1. We can’t do any­thing it’s pri­vate prop­erty.( It is pri­vate, but it is the SEA and it is il­le­gal to do this in a SEA) 2. Call the High­way Pa­trol (The High­way Pa­trol is in charge of the ac­tual road, this is off-road in the riverbed). or 3. We’ll send some­one out. (They drive out, sit there for a minute and if they don’t hear any­thing they leave. We sus­pect the cul­prits have a scan­ner.)

This sit­u­a­tion gets worse ev­ery year. Fol­low­ing a group of them down the wash last year I dis­cov­ered that they all came out of the Te­soro tract. Do res­i­dents in the other canyons have this prob­lem? Once again, what can we do? We no longer en­joy a quiet day or evening in our homes or in our yards. This is not ac­cept­able.

Judy Reinsma Santa Clarita

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