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Long Beach proposes lowering speed limit

Long Beach will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to lower the citywide speed limit to 30 mph.

The proposal states that the speed limit will be 30 mph everywhere in the city, except for some neighborhood streets where it already is lower.

The maximum speed limit in some parts of the city is 35 mph.

City Manager Jack Schnirman said city officials are hopeful that a lower speed limit would help curb excessive speeding, which some civic groups say has been a problem in Long Beach for years.

"It's part of an effort to slow down traffic throughout the city," Schnirman said. "This will help."

The proposal, if enacted by the city council after the public hearing, would strike down a few city codes regarding its major streets.

Areas where the speed limit is 35 mph include Long Beach Boulevard north of Park Avenue and East Park Avenue between Long Beach Boulevard and Maple Boulevard.

Councilman John McLaughlin said he was not convinced the lowered limits would stop drivers from speeding. Drivers who are accustomed to the 35 mph zones might not even notice the changes, he said.

"Is this going to do anything for us? If you've been living here your whole life and the sign says 30 now, are you going to slow down for that?" McLaughlin said.

The city council voted in September to reduce the speed limit from 30 mph to 15 mph in Long Beach's President Streets neighborhood.

Long Beach's city council set the public hearing at its meeting Tuesday night.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 2 at Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester St.

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