CERRITOS — Edward Butler has pelted them with rags and clumps of sod. He has squirted water at them, he has complained about them and he has circulated a petition demanding the city take action against them.
Car salesmen who take their customers on test drives through Butler's housing tract drive Butler to distraction. If they don't cease soon, Butler threatens to organize picket lines at the Cerritos Auto Mall, eight acres of car dealerships that lie just across the San Gabriel River channel from his neighborhood.
Butler complains that would-be buyers speed through the tract, endangering children and clogging the streets, especially on weekends. During the week, he says, mechanics drive through the subdivision as they attempt to unravel the secrets of a troubled engine.
Last week Butler returned to the City Council for a second time to declare his displeasure with the test drives, this time bringing with him a petition signed by 200 of his neighbors. "We have a problem there and we're not being recognized," he told the council members, who assured him they did care.