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OFFICIALS ADDRESS TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT TWO AREA SCHOOLS.

Byline: Lisa Mascaro Daily News Staff Writer

Traffic at Lindero Canyon Middle School Lindero Canyon Middle School is a public middle school in suburban Agoura Hills, California. It is located west of Morrison Ranch district and north of Lake Lindero. It serves the entire city of Agoura Hills and is one of three middle schools of the Las Virgenes Unified School  and Yerba Buena yerba buena (yĕr`bə bwā`nə), trailing evergreen perennial (Micromeria chamissonis) of the family Labiatae (mint family). It is native to W North America and especially common to woodland areas along the Pacific coast.  Elementary School elementary school: see school. , adjacent campuses in Agoura Hills, is a familiar site most weekdays.

Cars line both sides of the street as parents drop children off in the morning or wait to pick them up after class. Children walk across the road, sometimes from behind double-parked vehicles, where they are barely seen.

It's a scene the school community is trying to change.

``You get your mind so set on `Gotta' get to the Girl Scout meeting,' you forget there's all these children around,'' said Sgt. Kevin Mauch of the Sheriff's Department's Lost Hills station. ``Those are extremely dangerous Exteremely Dangerous is a 1999 four part series for ITV starring Sean Bean as an ex-MI5 undercover agent convicted of the brutal murder of his wife and child who goes on the run to try and clear his name. He sets out to follow up a strange clue sent to him in prison.  behaviors.''

Since school began in the fall, two children have been hit in minor traffic collisions around the campuses.

Parents say enough is enough.

Last week, parents, school officials from Las Virgenes Unified School District Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is a K-12 school district in north-west Los Angeles County, USA consisting of 14 public schools in the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, and several small portions of the West Hills section of Los Angeles.  and Sheriff's Department traffic officers met to discuss ways to make the area safe until the schools move forward with planned parking lot improvements.

Already the school and city are working to create a Loading Zone Noun 1. loading zone - a stop where carriers can be loaded and unloaded
loading area

stop - a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is Atlanta"
 in the area in front of the schools, and signs will soon prohibit parking along the curbside.

Plus, the school district is considering parking improvements under its $93 million Measure R funds approved by voters in 1997, including wider drop-off lanes and an additional parking lot.

But in the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile
, it will be up to the police and parents to patrol the area, mostly busy Larboard Lane, and deter parents from breaking the rules.

Among the typical problems: parents double-parking, which makes it difficult to see small students darting between cars; vehicles stopped in the loading zone, tying up traffic at the curbs; cars speeding too quickly in the school zone.

Mauch said that since school began, his officers have given out ``hundreds'' of parking tickets to parents in the area. Violations for double-parking or parking in the loading zone are $43 each, Mauch said, often raising the ire of busy parents.

``There's a level of frustration,'' he said. ``That doesn't justify doing something that's unsafe.''

Officers have also experimented with using traffic cones to route traffic in a safer way during busy drop-off and pickup times.

After the holiday break, a group of volunteer parents is expected to help patrol the area to nudge parents to abide by To stand to; to adhere; to maintain.

See also: Abide
 the rules, and Mauch is hoping that peer pressure from parents will encourage the violators to slow down and obey the traffic laws.

Parent Kevin Thomas Marvin Kevin Thomas (born July 28, 1978 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American football cornerback in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills who was a standout football player at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, California, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. , who has children in both the middle and elementary school, has been watching the traffic problems along Larboard Lane since last school year.

``How long's it take?'' asked Thomas, who said he was planning to volunteer for the parent patrols. ``There's always an excuse why these things can't happen, then kids get hit.''
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