Posted by a concerned citizen, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on May 26, 2010 at 8:40 am
Being a resident of Vineyard Ave for the last 19 or 20 years now, it would be great if we could have some police patrol in the late evening, night times. We see them during the day, catching the speeders. But they miss all the stuff that goes on as the sun goes down. There's been so many times I've called in to ask for a police patrol down our street to control the speeding cars. People are always crossing and its dark, I just know one day someone will be hit with serious if not deadly consequences.
Posted by Anonymouse, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on May 26, 2010 at 9:42 am
I second the above statement. VINEYARD avenue needs more lighting and police attention. we also need stop signs and cross walks. there is a high volume of teens and young adults buying and selling drugs in the area too. the teens i've reported go to amador. the parents of this teen smokes pot. no one will do anything about this problem and it has been over a year. the excuse of pot cards leaves a huge loop hole for anyone to do anything. there should be an online list for legal pot smokers online, like the sexual predator list... because "all" the teens who have been reported with marijuana, are the ones i've seen distributing the drug to others...
vineyard is becoming an attraction for the bad and the ugly to take advantage of the good folks who live here..... that's why we have drive by robberies -
Posted by Lee, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 26, 2010 at 9:46 am
If the Vineyard avenue area is a problem, the city council and police could add lights and corsswalks and more patrols. As to the man who was robbed at midnight..what were you thinking walking around at night at this hour? You just invite trouble!! No empathy here for that one!
Posted by Bryan Moran, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on May 26, 2010 at 10:12 am
There has always been a certain number of criminals per thousand people. It is a more realistic interpretation of the old saying "It takes all kinds", to actually say "We simply have all kinds, some of these kinds we can do without". We are lucky ducks to live in a nice community and have good police, don't kid yourself. The idiots in the car will very soon run out of strikes, and be gone for a long time. Thank God for penitentiaries. Yes, get the city council to get police on Vineyard at night, it is the highest density "poor" area we have in P-town (its still very nice, I love this town) and the criminals will eventually get sorted out. The best solution is to give idiots A and B your money and go on your way, unless your Jackie Chan and are bullet proof, idiots A and B will no doubt meet an ugly end sooner rather than later.
Posted by Diva, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on May 26, 2010 at 10:33 am
Instead of focusing on the perpetrator's beer belly, the victim should have gotten the vehicle's license plate number. I would've gotten their license plate number and then ran as fast as I can in the opposite direction from where they were heading. It's not likely they'll come running after me.
Posted by Jon, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Regarding Concerned Citizen's comment about the police catching speeders on Vineyard but not providing adequate night patrols ... I think it is a general problem in Pleasanton the last 3-4 years that too many resources are applied to catching speeders and not enough applied to crime prevention. It didn't used to be that way in Pleasanton, but the current powers seem to be focusing on revenue generation rather than catching crooks and crime prevention. People should really start ragging on the Hippy Mayor and the city council to refocus the police on crime prevention.
Posted by Diva, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on May 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm
Catching speeders is one of the ways to deter criminals. Cops pull over people driving beaters and those who don't look like they belong in P-Town will no doubt get those criminals before they have any chance of committing a crime. So TY PPD.
Posted by MOM, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on May 27, 2010 at 8:51 am
WHAT IS THE POLICE CHIEF DOING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM?
HAS ANYONE CALLED CITY HALL AND COMPLAINED?
OR ARE THE COMPLAINTS ONLY HERE WHERE WE CAN HIDE?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM IF YOU LIVE HERE TOO?
I'VE CALLED THE POLICE SO MANY TIMES.
THEY DO WHAT THEY CAN DO BUT MAYBE THE CHIEF AND THE MAYOR NEED TO GET INVOLVED AND CREATE SOME LARGER CHANGES TO KEEP OUR CITY SAFE FROM A RAMPAGE START OF CRIME, BECAUSE IT WILL START ON VINEYARD AND IT WILL SPREAD, THIEVES GET BRAVE AND THEY SPREAD THE INFO AND ALL OF YOU WILL BE VICTIMS REGARDLESS OF WHAT TIME YOU TAKE YOUR WALK!!
Posted by Hybrid Owner, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on May 27, 2010 at 9:32 am
Diva - I hope you are not saying that PPD profiles people by what kind of car they drive, or what they look like. I know plenty of upstanding, law-abiding citizens that live in Pleasanton who drive less than perfect cars. And as far as 'looking like they dont belong in Pleasanton", what exactly do you have to look like to live here? Shall we rename the city Stepford? There are plenty of well dressed/groomed 'offenders' driving (yes, maybe stolen) luxury cars, so in your opinion, I guess PPD is letting those folks get away?
Posted by omg, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 27, 2010 at 10:01 am
bad economy only begets bad behavior if that person wants to be bad, it is an individual choice to remain good. omg!
and, truly, does it really matter what kind of car we drive? are we that insecure to even post?
this town does have an ego problem, but all the wonderful people that do live here... the one's who dont care about the car, the house payment... and just live a very decent life.... those are the people that will make this town "better" than it has ever been, but if we make stupid comments, insecure comments, mean comments, we will get no where with our efforts to become a safe and happy place to live... it is a group effort.. I really wish all of you will become friends in your words together online rather than blasting each other all the time, this is a serious time in our lives with economy and education and the future of all of us.... it is shameful that the negative comes before the postive things we can say to each other....
Posted by Robert, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on May 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm
I've live in the Vineyard Ave area for the last 24 years and have never had or seen a crime issue. Yes there are some poorer folk who live in the area but don't be too quick to associate poor with higher crime. These are hard working, law abiding citizens. None the less I am concerned when I hear about drive by strong arm robberies and support an increased police patrol in this area. Hope you catch the SOB that robbed this pedestrian.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on May 29, 2010 at 8:05 am
The increase in weed use among youth and young adults is growing exponentially in this suburb. It is in every neighborhood in case you aren't aware of that. The grafitti tagging is from the gang activity that is moving in for the profits from this newer, growing territory.
Posted by DDD, a resident of the Hacienda Gardens neighborhood, on Jun 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Okay folks, first, police patrols are not about catching criminals, they are about raising revenue. Now that we are clear about what today's police force is about, let's deal with criminals. You see, criminals are a problem - one the PD would rather not have to deal with. If the PD does catch criminals, that means a lot of paperwork and there is really no intrinsic value returned to the city. In addition, confronting criminals is dangerous. The criminals probably have weapons and there is a possibility of someone getting hurt or killed - not really something that the PD is looking for. So, be curteous when pulled over, be sure to pay your traffic fines and let's ignore this nasty armed criminal thing, you have for years, no reason to start wanting extra patrols or protection because, frankly, we just can't afford it.
Posted by DDD, a resident of the Hacienda Gardens neighborhood, on Jun 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm
My apologies for the above folks... it was simply satire. Not particularly good satire, but there it is. I have had dealings with the Pleasanton PD and have found them all to be nothing but exceptional. You may now return to your regularly scheduled program...