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Do street parking rules change during Garage Sales?

Original post made by Pleasanton_Resident, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2013

I know they don't, I am simply pointing out a very typical occurrence during Garage or Estate sales around town, and other towns, for that matter.

I see cars double parking on the street, parking in the middle of the street, blocking neighbors driveways, and all sorts of parking infractions. Somehow these bargain hunters don't think rules apply to them during their tizzy to acquire more stuff for their lives for a quarter or whatever it is they get that stuff for.
It looks like perhaps the PPD should start checking Craigslist for a date and time of these events, and show up to collect money for the city.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

Parking rules also seem to change every Friday when the free concerts are happening. People block my driveway, park IN my driveway and throw unbelievable amounts of trash into my yard after the concerts. I have recently had them block my driveway and then think they can set up their chairs on my freaking lawn! The last ones got all set up just before I turned the sprinklers on. I would love to see the concerts stopped. Apparently the pigs in this town think they can do whatever they want as long as it is in someone else's neighborhood.


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Posted by Concerts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

The concerts should be moved to the Sports Psrk. there is a lot more room and parking there.


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Posted by Been There
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

I have experienced it. There was a garage sale in my street, a few doors down from me, a couple Saturdays ago.

Mine and other resident's driveways were either taken over or blocked. I couldn't leave. I called PPD but by the time they got there the car was gone. These garage sales shoppers are probably so desperate to get to the sale that they do not consider others at all!

The PPD told me there is not much they can do unless they catch the car parked illegally.

I suggest other residents inform the PPD of upcoming Garage sales in your neighborhood so they can plan on cruising by during the event.


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Posted by Claudette
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:32 am

Yeah, I know how irritating it is when people feel they have a right to brake the rules when it comes to parking. My house is on a corner and every time there is a swim meet or swim practice (the community pool is right next to my house) people park on the actual corner creating 2 parking spaces in front of my house, instead of the single parking space that is intended. I've called the PPD and they ignore it and rarely drive by. They don't really feel it's important enough to pay attention to... Suppose they are right ~

**Unless of course some small child gets hit because they can't be seen crossing on the crosswalk as cars are blocking the view!


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Posted by J Flack
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 23, 2013 at 11:04 am


Yes, the parking citations should be enforced 24/7, even around events, its about public safety. Remind the mayor and police chief when you see them.

But, you know... there are a lot of boorish people in the world: people that sit on your driveway, let their dogs poop on your lawn, ride their motorcycles through downtown at 100dB, let their kids run over your garden, cut you off in traffic, zip their bikes through stop signs, fly their private aircraft at 1,000 ft to annoy 10,000 people at a time, congregate with people of another ethnicity and speak another language - which isn't yours, sound their church bells when you want to be sleeping, and the 68 year old men who ride their bikes on the sidewalk where the street is only 45mph, the jay walkers, litter bugs, loud teenagers near the ice cream shop.... I'm sure I missed a hundred.....

These people do exist, we all know that. If we are old enough to read, we have experienced them.

But the ones who bother people the most: the righteous whiners who should know that boorish people exist, but take personal umbrage and insist on letting everyone know they have been transgressed and their Nth amendment rights have been violated! Somewhere in a book, a wise fellow said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." These whiners run to the stone yard and fill up their pockets with rocks!

Pleasanton Weekly: No need for Likes or Dis-Likes on articles, the samples aren't representative, but how about a button readers can click for Whiner Alert. Save a precious few moments of our lives.




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Posted by Been There
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Bringing issues that exist in a community can start discussion that may help find solutions, whether one calls it whining, complaining or whatever.

Whether it is perceived as petty by some, it is nonetheless a problem for many, and, whether one gets annoyed by these issues being brought up, they will continue being brought up. Just don't read them.

Period!


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

it is part of the "me" way of thinking.

This is what each individual feels/says to themselves: "I am only going to block this persons driveway/double park for 5 minutes while I look shop at this garage sale, whose it it going to hurt?"

The problem is that that is everyone's thought process and the driveways get blocked all day, or there are cars double parked all day, because as an individual they do not look at the big picture. Which is what the laws are supposed to enforce.

Without laws, civilization ceases to exist.


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

it is part of the "me" way of thinking.

This is what each individual feels/says to themselves: "I am only going to block this persons driveway/double park for 5 minutes while I look shop at this garage sale, whose it it going to hurt?"

The problem is that that is everyone's thought process and the driveways get blocked all day, or there are cars double parked all day, because as an individual they do not look at the big picture. Which is what the laws are supposed to enforce.

Without laws, civilization ceases to exist.


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Posted by Patricia Neal
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm


Oh Pleasanton, to think this is your biggest problem is embarrassing.


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Posted by Stella
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

parking also changes when the Good Guys are in town. they have permission (LOL) to block peoples driveways on W. Angela, Harrison and them little streets. don't try calling the police to report it-they won't come out. they also have permission to park in cross walks and right on a corner.


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Posted by Watcher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

INCOMPETENT drivers sent me over the top anytime. And when my next door neighbor had a garage sale, some rude people blocked my drive, but others were pulling in my SINGLE driveway, OR let's say ATTEMPTED pulling into my SINGLE drive. On their best day, they could NOT get lined up to pull in straight without cutting corners. MY HOA makes ME pay $50. for a broken sprinkler head !!! So I stand there saying '$50 bucks if you turn around here for a split second, over the CORNER of MY drive.!!! IF you cannot DO SHARP turns, don't tread on property of others. People, you have 'power' steering, incompetence is the only reason to not correctly manage your driving.
Yesterday, I also honked, shouted, & shook my finger along side a 'texter'. I could tell at the previous corner from his 'delayed' turn, at the next one the excess 'distance' from the car in front of him, a delayed start missing the light change. Folks, there are a dozen little clues, several cars away, that you are texting. I wasn't concerned for my life, but for the person he is bound to run into.


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Posted by Watcher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2013 at 8:44 am


J Flack, you open with "it's about public safety" Then you rather hypocritically say 'boorish whiners'. A civil society works better, when personal actions on one, don't intrude on others property or time.
First, at this moment I have 4 little yappers, who poop in MY yard...after the first accident, it then becomes rude & disgusting. Back to the whiners. When an incompetent is behind the wheel of a 2,000 pound weapon, you bet I'm going to correct them. Texters are killers. In our DMV booklet there is a section on NEVER, NEVER cross a SOLID WHITE LINE. Yesterday, I was glad to hear an officer on KGO radio remind with the line I use when I tell people..it is a 'SOLID WALL' to not be crossed, everywhere in CA. I see the violation hourly in Pleasanton. I wish we would have warning stops for a month, just to get all into the habit of staying between the lines. Again we have POWER steering. Slopping over a SOLID line is laziness. We're suppose to be able to turn facing each other, knowing each would obey laws, staying in our OWN lanes...only. Arizona TICKETS if you turn into any except your lane closest to you, period. Traffic FLOWS much better & faster when everybody behind the wheel actually engage the engine of their minds before starting the engines of their cars.
When our city calculates the 'seconds' per intersections, then texter delays, and wide slopover turns, all add up and pile up traffic. When traffic from all Pleasanton streets are being funneled into only a couple intersections, we need competent drivers to keep that traffic flowing properly.


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Posted by Watcher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

Seems 7 commenters are not pleased with the inconsideration of Pleasantonians. (one just thought we were picky talking about manner and laws). Could it be we have a lot of 'it's all about ME' residents. Most of these are issues are violations of laws and manners.


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