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Has anyone noticed?

Original post made by pton resident on Sep 15, 2010

There is a white car on the exit ramp of sunol blvd going 680 north along the kerb. It has been there for about almost 2 weeks. Haven't the pleasanton authorities observed this and if so are they going to do anything about it?

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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

pton resident,
Have you called the police to report it? The non-emergency number is 925.931.5100 or you can report it online. Web Link

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Spelling Police: curb and NOT kerb! Also, capital P on Pleasanton.

Have a nice day!

Posted by Little Mikey, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

David Harmer is living in it so he can claim he actually lives in CA-11 during the campaign.

Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin
on Sep 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Janna is a registered user.

Little Mikey,

Now that was funny!

Posted by Mike, a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm

It's not PPD jurisdiction it's CHP's.

Posted by call the police please, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:36 am

The PPD does nothing about illegally parked vehicles until someone actually complains. The law says that after 72 hours the vehicle can be cited but the person who does the citations only responds to citizen complaints. Doesn't seem right but that's how it's done here.
There are several people who take advantage of the traffic on First St to make that their personal used car lot. A guy with a beat up old blue car is there constantly. Valley Plumbing often parks a truck there as a way to advertise his business. (PW, this has been verified when I called Mike to ask why his truck was parked by the Friday concert area so often).
If people want this town to be cleaned up they need to be proactive. BTW, the parking cops do respond to complaints and they will return phone calls so please use them. The streets of this town need not be turned into used car lots and free advertising zones.

Posted by Long Time Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

I can't help to notice because I take that exit every single day of a workweek. It should be moved. I believe that exit ramp belongs to CA Tran and CHiPs has juridiction. Pleasanton Police can help in 'moving' that car if they wish.

As to 'call the police' entry, there is no law that prohibits people slaping 'for sale' signs on their car as long it is legally parked. So we are out of luck on that one. Have you driven down Santa Rita... it often is a 'used car for sale lot' along this street from Mohr to Black Avenue in the summer! Again, if they are legally parked, what a police do about it? Unless City Council changes the ordinace, we have to "live with it." It's the foundation of our rights and freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, unless current administration decides to tax it, regulate it and prohibit it. It wouldn't surprise me! Of course, we could have Tea Party ruin it for everyone!

Posted by call the police please, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:12 am

LTR -- you are correct that we cannot stop the for sale signs or the advertising by virtue of parking your vehicle somewhere. That is unfortunately covered by state law. What we can do is notify the police as soon as the 72 window has been reached. In the case of many of these old junkers like the blue one, they exceed the limit all the time.

Posted by 72 hour rule, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

The way the 72 hour rule was explained to me (I've never attempted to use it so I can't confirm) is that if you call the police to complain, the 72 hour starts then.

Otherwise, people could just call about the car that's been somewhere for a couple hours that they don't particular care for (in front of their house). The way I understand it is 1) call police/traffic enforcement 2) someones comes out to verify maybe 3) 72 hours passes 4) call again 5) maybe it disappears.

Posted by Sally, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

Was just talking about this car yesterday! It's been there forever!

Posted by Sally, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

I took care of it, this car will be gone today

Posted by chola, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

dear CHOLO
it would behooove you to look up the word kerb and discover its true meaning... it is the original word that "curb" came from ;)
this is a world of many people from many places...

Posted by Thanks PPD, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

We were having trouble with boats being parked on the street for WEEKS in our neighborhood last summer. I don't mind the boats, but they were creating traffic hazards by blocking the view of someone coming out of a side street.

The PPD called me back personally, told me what they did, told me what the owner said, and assured they would follow-up to be certain it would be gone within 72 hours.

Posted by DB, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

Complain to Pleasanton police, but keep the pressure on because they tend to not do anything - they've allowed a non-operational car to be on the street in our neighborhood for weeks! I wish there were a way to get them to enforce the laws, but unfortunately, the cops can apparently pick an choose which laws to enforce.

Posted by Smuchs, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:02 am

Yes, hasn't anyone called the Pleasanton Police?

Posted by Don, a resident of Ironwood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:16 am

I will add my concerns as I see and wonder about the various neighborhoods that have portable basketball poles in the street. I have wondered why the city permits these to remain all the time. I understand kids using them but it seems to me for them to remain parked along the curb, someone is going to hit one of them with a vehicle. And it does take up a parking space.

Posted by DB, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

The Pleasanton police certainly won't do anything about things like basketball hoops left on the street on their own. You have to report it and insist on action, but good luck with that as they tend to do nothing. Even in cases when it is cut and dry, like wrecked vehicles left on the street, when multiple laws are being violated, the Pleasanton police prefer to not enforce the laws. For example, if you're lucky, the police might write an abandoned car a ticket, but that's not a solution, because it is a good deal for the owner of the car since the ticket costs less than storage at a wrecking yard or disposal.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Are there any laws in Ptown that prohibits boat/RV parking on residential streets? One of our neighbors like to keep his boat on the street rather than his driveway and it's an eye sore and a road hazard given its size. Does anyone know if this violates any parking restrictions?

Posted by DB, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

to Jerry regarding boats & RVs: It violates the 72 hour parking ordinance, and probably other laws as well. Report it. Good luck.

Posted by Pamela, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm

i wonder if it is the same guy who parks his white car 2 old trucks and a travel trailsr behind McDonalds he has lived there for six months now and before that he lived in a driveway of a empty house next to the library downtown for over a year He is very Creepy I cant believe the Pleasanton Police Department is allowing this!!

Posted by Pati, a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm


Posted by creepy, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm


Grey Eagle Estates, wow! Man those "renters" are really second class citizens huh? Like me, my wife got the house and I rent and have custody of the kids!

Those second class renters? How about the second class snobby housewives?

Posted by creepy, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

And Pati...

At least they will be educated!

What do RESPESFUL and USINING mean sweet rea?

Posted by Really???, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I don't get it. People complain about the solicitors in town and everyone says to call the police. You don't like a car parked on the street in your neighborhood, call the police. A dog running around without a leash, call the police. Am I the only one who would rather the police try to curb (or kerb) the violence on Vineyard or catch someone breaking into a car or home? They can't do everything all the time. Personally, I think they have better things to do then to drive around and look for cars that have been parked for longer than 3 days.

Posted by Melissa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

The car is gone! It was gone at 145 when I drove by.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Stacey is a registered user.


Well, you know, because abandoned cars lead to crime. </sarcasm>

Posted by actually, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2010 at 12:49 am

actually, abandoned cars can lead to crime, so there's no reason to be sarcastic. cars left unmoved for a long time especially in obvious areas will attract criminal attention. additionally abandoned cars may have been used to commit a crime (or were the scene of one) and were left behind.

much like grafitti, littering, loitering - abandoned cars can lead to urban blight and are a general eyesore - which is why there is a state law against it. frankly one of the major factors in my moving to pleasanton was the lack of serious crime in relation to the other bay area cities that i could afford to live in. i also know that small crimes left unchecked breed larger crimes so it's best to nip these 'light crimes' early and often.

it's likely safe to say the white car on the 680 ramp removed earlier today was simply in the category of 'broken down/out of gas' but it was frankly there too long per the description. would it be ok if two or three (or 10) more cars broke down over the past month and the police just let them pile up - where do we draw the line? is it ok on 680 ramp but not in front of your driveway?

if a car is parked in a legitimate parking spot like in front of a house i wouldn't expect the police to notice or care how many days it's been as long as the vehicle isn't obviously broken down/abandoned - so someone would need to call them. in the case of the freeway offramp - well, the police shouldn't need to be called many days after it was first seen and should spot it quite easily and take care of it. a freeway offramp is not a legal or safe place to park at any time. i would doubt that the 72 rule would even come into play here because you should not have your car there at all unless you're driving it. the 'it's not my jurisdiction' argument is pretty lame if you ask me. PPD could call CHP and take care of it quickly if they wanted to. perhaps they were tied up with more important stuff all week.

my point is that you should still call the police when you see crimes or suspicious activity or things that may or may not be a crime. if the police are too busy to deal with you they will prioritize appropriately and when the dispatchers are really busy they won't even answer your non-emergency call - but until that happens there is no need to be complacent and just accept anything less than the excellent community most of us enjoy here. i'd like to keep it that way.

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