H-SANTA MARIA

Jun 10, 2013 8:34 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

City officials form action plan for Northeast community

Santa Maria city leaders have come up with action plans for local neighborhoods.

The plans address problems brought up during several recent community meetings.

Neighbors in the Northeast area of town say the biggest issue is students at Pioneer Valley High School driving too fast and being disrespectful

Neighbors there say quiet is the sound of summer, but once school starts, so does the noise and the problems.

"I would say it has gotten slightly worse," said resident Michael Cubic.

Michael and Betty Cubic say during the morning and afternoon rush hour times, some kids are causing trouble.

"It's the issue of kids coming in and out of school, going through the neighborhoods in groups, sitting on curbs, smoking marijuana, and traffic speeding through here," said Cubic.

Some students say not everyone is being a troublemaker

"It takes away privileges for us and when we didn't do anything wrong," said Pioneer Valley High School student Destiny Florentes.

One of the major issues addressed in this action plan is a walkway between two neighborhoods. Neighbors say students from Pioneer Valley High School are loitering there and it's become unsafe.

Some neighbors have even put up surveillance to keep it safe.

"They have experienced gang fights and drug use," said Cubic.

So the city set out to fix the problems.

"The school is going to be putting out notices to the students and the police department will enhance patrols when available," said city spokesperson Mark van de Kamp.

Santa Maria officials created an action plan that tackles several complaints, including issues stemming from the high school.

"It's fun to drive your car. It's fun to have that freedom, but you have to understand with that freedom comes responsibility," said van de Kamp.

The Cubics say the solutions look good on paper, but the true test is when kids are back in school.

The city also created an action plan for the Northwest side of town. Click here to read them for yourself.

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