Connect the Mast Boulevard Gap for a Safer Walk to Santana

Quinn and Jennifer Johnze: "...the Mast Extension should be put back on the City’s priority agenda and our children should have the safe thoroughfare that they deserve."

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Editor's note: There is a gap in Mast Boulevard- it currently dead-ends in Santee at Los Ranchitos Road and begins again about 1,000 feet away in Lakeside. Connecting this gap has been on the city's project list since the inception of Santee as a city, but seems to no longer be a priority.

, and even said the city had at one time put money aside for the project, waiting for state funds that won't be coming since the .

"The cost of completing the hook up of Mast Boulevard is $5.4 million dollars. Santee's portion would be $4 million dollars for 600 feet of roadway and the County would be $1.4 million for the other 400 feet of roadway," Voepel wrote.

"In this case, connecting Mast to Lakeside will continue to be delayed (probably for a very long time) as we scramble to take care of our own roads in Santee."

To the Editor:

As residents in the Pinery Grove subdivision we were told of certain changes that we could expect as a resident. The first was the completion of the . We were also told that when the 67/52 connection was completed the City of Santee would finish the road work and (Approximately 600 feet of roadway) so that Mast would run uninterrupted between 52 on the west end and Riverford Road on the east end.

In addition, we were advised that Grossmont Unified School District would be looking to restructure the attendance boundaries and that our children most likely would attend . 

Well, everything but the Mast extension has come to fruition and while we are very excited and relived that our children will have the it leaves one very serious question to be addressed. How are our children supposed to get to Santana with no completed Mast?  We are left with little choices, which include having them walk along El Nopel, which has no sidewalk and is dangerous even under perfect circumstances, or they can walk illegally through the fenced off dead-ends of Mast and deal with the sketchy that like to make that area their home as well as their go to “drug” spot.

Our understanding is that the City of Santee has taken the and has chosen to focus those funds on .

We wish to raise awareness of what a potential risk this could be to our youth.

Simply said: We believe the Mast Extension should be put back on the City’s priority agenda and our children should have the that they deserve.

-Quinn and Jennifer Johnze


Comment: What do you think about city spending priorities and connecting Mast?

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santee citizen August 24, 2012 at 09:46 PM
the city of Santee is taking the easy way out with the mast blvd extension. by doing NOTHING. what the city should do is at least make a walking path through the area so we can walk that way. come on Santee wake up! it is election time.
Steve Marino August 25, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I can't believe that it costs that much to build that little bit of street. Are they going to bury gold underneath?
Jennifer Gair Johnze August 25, 2012 at 06:09 AM
I agree; give us a sidewalk at the very least. Fence off the rest and MAINTAIN it so that the homeless don't make themselves at home.
Jennifer Gair Johnze August 25, 2012 at 06:21 AM
No kidding Steve! I hear Mitigation requirements for the San Diego River as well as utility tie in's are partially to blame..Sighhhh.
sheeple herder August 25, 2012 at 02:50 PM
$5.4 MILLION DOLLARS? For 1000 feet of road? Better check someone's pockets for this obvious ripoff! $450 an inch sounds like a bargain!
Mary August 26, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Why doesn't Lakeside pay for the sidewalk, since it is their kids that need to get to Santanna.
Doug Curlee August 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
mary.. lakeside essentially has no money of its own.. it's not a city..that money would have to come from the county of san diego..which is lakeside's governing agency. doug
Scott D. Oram August 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
My backyard is on Mast Blvd between Los Ranchitos and Jeremy. While I do not welcome the additional traffic, I woudl welcome the additional traffic controls. With the connection there will probably be at least a stop sigh at Los Ranchitos and probably a traffic signal at Jeremy. Both needed to slow down the speeders and dragsters.
Mary August 26, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Stand corrected Doug. Then maybe the county or the residents in the area. Why should Santee pay the entire bill?
laura baase August 26, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I bet some unemplyer/ underemplyed, non union, non good ole boy club workers could do this job for far less then the crazy amount of money stated here
Mary August 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Laura - Is that the type of person you would hire to remodel your house? Not me, I want an insured professional. Of course you can always go to Home Depot, buy some pavers and do it yourself.
TRT August 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I live off of Mast and hope it never is completed. If Lakeside residents were told by a sales person it would be done and they believed then, I have this bridge I would like to sell you. I walk that stretch with my dog with no problem. I've never seen anyone else there. Frankly I don't care what Lakeside wants...especially since it will come out of my pocket and will cause more traffic by my house.
pjerome August 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I think any one who wants to walk the 600 ft. should do so--its safer than walking on el nopal--I drive it almost daily, its no place for people to walk or drive a bike- no room along the road--I also never see cars driving that fast on mast --and I drive the speed limit.
Sand Tee August 31, 2012 at 03:35 AM
The County of San Diego has retained there portion of the monies allotted for this project. Therefore it can be said that Lakeside has held up their end of the bargain. This sidewalk idea is not going to happen, nor should it. Why spend 1/5 of the money needed to build a proper road on a structure that would eventually be torn down? Now that is wasting Taxpayers money!
Sand Tee August 31, 2012 at 03:49 AM
@ TRT: Luckily, in the real world, opinions like yours do not really amount to a hill of beans. Anyone with an ounce of common sense would entirely dismiss your complaint of "more traffic by my house"! If that were the case no commerce would exist due to the inconveniences of an extremely small minority. Your same analogy applies to you; If a sales person told you it would not be completed and your personal little island of peaceful tranquility not be impacted, then I have a bridge you'll find appetizing. BTW the money in your pockets was decided to be governed and doled out as the "city" sees fit when Santee (ill-advised) decided to become said "city".
Sand Tee August 31, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Also, what the "city" fails to realize is that it falls upon their shoulders to assure the safety of it's citizens. Basically Santee has not held up it's end of the bargain, but at the same time it is encouraging pedestrians to walk through a very sketchy section of brush filled overgrown dirt roads. Undeniably frequented by rather nefarious individuals to whom a school child looks rather an easy target. If and when something happens to said child, Santee may find it's coffers drained tenfold of the cost of their end of that bargain in rightful lawsuits and civil penalties.
Richard Dias January 09, 2013 at 08:37 PM
My Mast Blvd neighbors and I were very much involved with this issue when it came up at the city council meeting years ago. I also invited the Daily Californian & Union Tribune to participate. At the time the extension of Mast was a no vote. MAST Blvd is a Santee City Street not Lakeside freeway access on-ramp for route 52. "Santee is a city to come to not come thru!" There are three city schools located on or near Mast as well as nursery schools. The additional traffic created by this extension would be hazardous for students who use Mast daily to walk to and from school. Lakeside residents now have access to route 52 via 67. Lakeside still does not need to come thru Santee using Mast. If Santee has a pedestrian sidewalk issue they should be able to solve it by spending a whole lot less than by putting a street thru to Lakeside that is not needed. Our house borders Mast Blvd we do not need additional traffic. I still say NO on the Mast extension and we thank Mayor Voepel for his support.
Sand Tee January 10, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Santee...Home of the NIMBYs. Seriously this is the best argument you guys have..."I live near Mast and traffic is scary to me". Lakeside taxpayers forked out millions in preparation for this last 800' to be completed. THIS IS NOT AN EXTENSION it is a COMPLETION of a long drawn out process. Lakeside widened over 4 miles of their streets in preparation of what was planned, as well as built a new bridge. MAST Blvd is a not just a Santee "city" street, it has ends in both Lakeside and Santee. This is the equivalent to rebuilding your house and having the neighbors complain to the point of never putting the roof on it. And since "Lakeside residents now have access to route 52 via 67" that extremely lowers the amount of traffic that would drive on this completion. Despite the fact that whole argument is a complete 180 from your previous arguments, you can't have it both ways. So let me get this straight, the safety of students who walk to High School and Middle School from the East end of Mast (which ends at Riverford Rd. in Lakeside for those of you like Dick Dias who are unaware) is of no importance to you Richard Dias? That makes you a pretty terrible person in many peoples opinion.
Jennifer Gair Johnze January 11, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Well said; my focus and concern has always been a safe way for our kids to get to school. Thank you!
Richard Dias January 11, 2013 at 08:02 PM
The notion that somehow having a street and sidewalks with increased traffic and even traffic lights is safer is vastly over-rated. Before RT 52 was put thru to 67, Mast Blvd was a thoroughfare for traffic from the old end of RT 52, Barona, Ramona and Lakeside traffic. The noise, congestion and emergency vehicle traffic is what some issues were then. But at least two pedestrian student deaths at the traffic light controlled intersection on Mast and Cuyamaca added to our Santee Mast Blvd traffic concerns. Walking to school on Mast Blvd sidewalks and crossing at light controlled intersections did not guarantee safety for our kids. I have lived in Santee over 40 years. We bought 2 houses here with much consideration for where the location of our schools were. There were horseback riders on Mast Blvd then. Santee was still a part of the county then, not a city. Such is not the case anymore. If you are thinking about safety, I recommend either Lakeside or Santee provide your children school bus transportation. Spending over 4 million on a road just to provide a sidewalk does not seem to make a lot of sense. You would be wise to explore other possibilities such as visiting our school district headquarters to petition bussing needs to Santee schools. Meantime, we are not going to solve this issue here today.
John Q. Public April 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM
If Santee doesn't want to complete Mast because they don't want Lakeside residents coming "into" or "through" Santee then Lakeside residents should take their business (and the sales tax revenue it generates) to someplace other than Santee. Have a nice day Santee :-)
Deborah Lannon June 24, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Why not have KB Homes pay for the extension. I just saw a big sign on Los Rachitos Rd. that says that they are building a new neighborhood. with all this new homes we certainly need Mast Blvd. completed to handle all of the new traffic.
Living on the border Lakeside/Santee July 11, 2013 at 09:29 PM
I left a message with Turko and he wants the story :) Can you all please write him as well so something can be done on this issue.
santee citizen July 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM
that project on Los Rachitos Rd is in Lakeside and the county will not pay santee to complete a road. it is too bad santee has let the ball drop on this project just like santee did with a proposition to put an on/exit ramp at woodside and highway 67. but there is plenty of money to take properties on Prospect ave to widen it!
Living on the border Lakeside/Santee August 15, 2013 at 04:14 PM
turko turko turko I say
Living on the border Lakeside/Santee August 15, 2013 at 04:16 PM
apparently the one in charge says its not Santee's problem as Santee residents do not use this road only lakeside residents, what if I stand in the middle of the street and stop every vehicle to get a count of just how many Santee residents this extension would benefit
TRT February 03, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Santee is planning on making that area a beautiful park area. YES!!!!! Lakeside people can continue to take the 67 to the 52, and also use the gorgeous park that will be there. Santee gets to spend all the money to put in the park, and the Mast Blvd people are happy. I think this is a win-win situation all the way around
Sand Tee February 04, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Sounds like a losing situation to anyone with some common sense. But the good news is that the county and city have had ongoing traffic surveys of the area and found that El Nopal is being traveled on over 12 times its intended use! Dangerous situation which should be remedied with the road that was supposed to be built years ago, before King Randy showed up. Speaking of the Mayor, he should be investigated for any kickbacks given by KB Homes when they started the planning of the project in the old Home of Guiding Hands lot. KB Homes should have been made to considerably fund the road completion just like all other improvement projects are made to do in cities or counties. This would have reduced Santee's share of the funding to almost non-existent. Smells like political back scratching to us!!


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