But to some residents in the new Monte Carlo housing tract that is
being erected off Kanan Road and Hawthorne Drive, all is not necessarily
As so often happens when housing developments penetrate deeper into
previously unoccupied areas--whether beach, farmland or open
space--adjustments must be made.
Glider fliers suddenly find themselves fending off residents'
complaints of increased auto traffic and the annoyance, if not danger, of
aircraft crashing into their neighborhood.
Kanan Hill, as the ridge is known, has been luring model glider lovers
for years, because its shape and location make it one of the best
launching sites in east Ventura County. Nobody really minded the small
squadrons of gliders that took flight from its brushy spine, either,
"They're saying they've been coming here for 10 to 15 years," said
Brenda Saturday, 38, a psychotherapist who moved into her house on Burano
Court four months ago. "But there's a development here now."
While appreciative of the aerobatics of the gliders, Saturday and
other residents are rankled by enthusiasts who park near a public-access
entry to the ridge at the end of Burano Court.
The entry is for hikers, mountain bicyclists, glider fliers and others
who frequent the 317 acres of open space above the Monte Carlo tract,
said Ranger Pat Lyman of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.
Whenever the wind is right--weekend or workday--small groups of glider
fliers park near the cul-de-sac to climb the railroad ties that lead to a
trail up the ridge.
The public stairs, which cut between two homes, are not too far from
another entry off Kanan, on the other side of a slump-stone wall that
borders the tract. The entries are equidistant from the launch area. And
some homeowners say glider enthusiasts should use the Kanan entrance.
"I think it's an issue of who has a lesser burden," said Saturday's
husband, Terry, 37, a law clerk at a Los Angeles firm that defends
aviation firms. "They can park on Kanan. (But) they put up the response
that they've always done this."
© The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times, 1994. lat101594
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