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In Memory of Jordan Grant

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In memory of Jordan Grant we would like to save other families from suffering this needless tragedy.

Our 18 year old son and Cal Poly freshman, Jordan Grant, died needlessly on October 7, 2018 at the unsafe El Campo crossing of Highway 101 south of Arroyo Grande in California. Police said a BMW made an unsafe left turn from the El Campo stop sign directly into Jordan's southbound path on 101.  Many locals have shared with us that they do not allow their own family members to use this crossing due to the extreme danger. This crossing, with only a stop sign on El Campo, has severe obstructions of lines of sight with curves in both directions, limiting visibility of oncoming traffic. At peak traffic volumes on 101, safe openings for vehicles to cross 101 are limited and cars on El Campo stack up waiting to hurl themselves dangerously across multiple lanes of high speed freeway traffic. It is only a matter of time before another family's loved one is needlessly killed in this death trap. 

We will be incurring engineering and legal expenses to eliminate the death trap at the El Campo and Highway 101 crossing. We expect to also recruit a team of Cal Poly students to work on this problem and address statewide legislation to avoid such fatal lapses in highway safety along all of 101.

If you have had an accident at this El Campo crossing please share your experience in the comments below with contact information (also email jameskgrant2@gmail.com).

Please read:
https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article219956650.html 

Also please sign: https://www.change.org/p/california-in-memory-of-jordan-grant-eliminate-death-trap-hwy-101-and-el-campo-road?recruiter=753809926&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=undefined
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Today the El Campo death trap is closed! And the California Poppies we planted for Jordan started blooming this very morning. We love you Jordan.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this happen.

The local governments in San Luis Obispo County and Caltrans listened and did the right thing. You guys made it happen by joining your voices and resources with ours. Thank you from Jordan Grant’s family, from the bottom of our hearts.
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Last night I had dinner with the CEO of Vintage Wine Estates(VWE), Pat Roney, leadership from local homeowners in the El Campo area and Jadon Smith, husband of Suzie Smith who was hurt at El Campo right before our Jordan. My original sense that VWE are good people and want to do the right thing I still believe to be true. We have formed a working group with them and the local homeowners and developed a consensus around shared goals that we are going to seek Caltrans’ cooperation on over the next few days. If we can obtain Caltrans cooperation I believe the litigation can be resolved quickly and the safety changes at El Campo can proceed. Everyone was in agreement, safety now at El Campo but with some accommodations for Laetitias entrance. Also a majority agreed that an overpass in this area should be prioritized by exploring a joint Caltrans, County and private commitment to cost sharing with some future development fees to be determined on future beneficiaries of the overpass. I left feeling optimistic that with Caltrans partnership with our newly formed working group we are going to get this done. Thank you everyone for being so supportive as we have faced each challenge, as once again your support was what made the difference.
Finally, I would ask that we put a hold for the next few days on any other protests online or otherwise against Vintage to give this new working group a chance to be successful.
Tonight once again I think we made Jordan proud. We love you Jordan.
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Once again we desperately need your help by signing a NEW petition . A greedy corporation has sued and stopped the safety changes at El Campo from moving forward next week. Until those changes are made the next Jordan could be killed. Read below and go sign the new change.org petition to Boycott Laetitia Winery for suing to stop safety improvements on US101 at
http://chng.it/8F2DQ4fCfJ
Vintage Wine Estates, parent of Laetitia Winery, just sued Caltrans to stop the safety improvements at El Campo and US 101 that would have eliminated the death trap that killed our son Jordan Grant.
To be clear this suit is for the sole purpose of increasing their corporate profits from wine tasting customers by having these customers take unsafe left turns across US 101 (both before and after drinking wine at their winery).
Our son, Cal Poly Freshman Jordan Grant was needlessly killed at El Campo and 101, a death trap similar to Laetitia's and one crossing north from Laetitia, in October 2018 by a car making an unsafe left turn across US 101. This crossing and Laetitia's crossing and 2 others like it were identified as unsafe and funded to be closed in 2012, but in part due to threatened suits from Laetitia at the time, Caltrans and local governments backed off and did not make the median closures planned. Since our sons death, for the last seven months, we have pursued and obtained unanimous government approval of a partial closure at El Campo, Laetitia Winery and two other crossings. Caltrans was to start making the safety improvements in two days, on Monday May 13 but such changes are now on hold due to Vintage Wines profit grubbing lawsuit. Any delay in this safety project could mean the next Jordan will be needlessly killed or maimed at these crossings.
How you can help:
1. Boycott all wines and wine club memberships produced by Vintage Wine Estates. Including but not limited to Laetitia Winery, Layer Cake, No. 209 Gin, Game of Thrones Wine, - see full list of wines to boycott at vintagewineestates.com (there are many). Comment below or email me at jameskgrant2@gmail.com when you cancel a membership at one of their wineries and/or pledge to boycott their wines.
2. Call the CEO and Founder Pat Roney and Terry Wheatley, President (pictured above beside Jordan's Memorial at El Campo) to demand this irresponsible suit be dropped immediately, and let them know the blood of anyone hurt or killed at these crossings will be on their hands.
3. Go on Facebook pages for Vintage Wine Estates and their wines and demand publicly that they answer for this irresponsible lawsuit and let the world know that there is a boycott against all of their products.
4. Join us in picketing outside Laetitia winery to make sure their potential customers know what irresponsible greedy corporate profiteers are trying to sell them wine.
5. Sign and share this new petition ( http://chng.it/8F2DQ4fCfJ ) on Facebook, Instagram, Snap or any other social media.
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It's Official - El Campo Death Trap to be closed
Sharing with everyone what we have accomplished together enabled by your gofundme contributions. Below is the Caltran's Press Release announcing the start of the El Campo death trap closure process on May 13 (in one week)!

State of California • Department of Transportation
NEWS RELEASE
__________________________________________________________
Today’s Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa
Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers, or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALTRANS TO BEGIN WORK ON US HIGHWAY 101 AT EL CAMPO ROAD AND OTHER LOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN SAN LUIS OBIPSO COUNTY
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans will begin an operational improvement project to reduce conflict points at four at-grade median intersections along US 101 between Los Berros Road in Nipomo and Traffic Way near Arroyo Grande beginning on Monday night, May 13.
This project will eliminate left-turn movements from US 101 onto and from El Campo Road, Tower Grove Drive and at two additional median crossover locations. Roadwork is planned only in the highway median so access to all local businesses and residences will be maintained.
Motorists will encounter lane closures along northbound US 101 weeknights during the overnight hours from 7 pm to 6 am and southbound from 8 pm to 5:30 am. Median access will be maintained for emergency responders at Hemi Road and Telephone Road (between El Campo and Los Berros Road).
“We are pleased with how quickly Caltrans is working to restrict left turn access at these four at-grade intersections on U.S. Highway 101. SLOCOG looks forward to the continued collaboration among state, regional, county, and city agencies that got us to this point, as it will be essential to developing a long-term solution for this section of the 101-corridor,” said SLOCOG Executive Director Peter Rodgers.

The contractor for this $250,000 project is Papich Construction of Arroyo Grande, CA. It’s scheduled
to be complete by the end of May.
This project represents a cooperative effort between Caltrans, the City of Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to improve operations along the corridor.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.
For traffic updates in San Luis Obispo County, motorists may call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at
805-549-3318 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#sblo
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