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Cafe owner unhappy that signs don’t show she is open

Mary Khuu of Lake Wohlford Café, shows the signage that, she says, doesn’t let motorists know that her business remains open and serving customers in spite of the rockslide that has closed one end of Lake Wohlford Road.

Mary Khuu of Lake Wohlford Café says that 30% of her breakfast and lunch business has declined due to the closing of one end of Lake Wohlford Road by a rockslide, but just as much because road signs indicating the closure lead the motorist to the conclusion that the road is closed before the diner.

On Wednesday Khuu left off a speech at the Escondido City Council. She told The Roadrunner: “I am requesting that the city posts clear and precise verbiage about the closure and to mention that all businesses are open during the closure. Also, the city’s website does not mention anything about businesses being open during the closure.”

Her speech declared, “My most pressing concern is the impact of extended delays and the failure to provide periodic estimates of time of completion of the project. Leaving the public in the dark and not providing regular progress reports and time of completion estimates directly and materially affect my business and employees.”

Khuu has been forced to cut back on her employees’ hours and might have to lay off some of them. “My gross revenue over the past week to 10 days has declined approximately 30%. I anticipate further weekly percentage declines in gross revenue if the city fails to provide clear weekly updates of the estimated time of completion.”

According to the City of Escondido website (updated January 26): “The contractor working to stabilize the bluffs overlooking Lake Wohlford Road has begun loading in the equipment needed to repair the compromised slopes from this month’s record-breaking rain. They estimate 2-3 weeks of work needs to be completed to make the area stable and safe. In the meantime, we ask all drivers to observe the traffic control measures in place to ensure public safety and allow the contractor to complete the emergency project as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.”


Update:  A happy ending for café owner

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