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U-turns on main st.

Original post made by Mal on Aug 11, 2011

Having a nice dinner at Strizzi's tonight while watching that 3way stop at st. Mary's and main st. Observed 2 vehicles make a u-turn right in front of domus and many more vehicles rolling right through those stop signs,not to mention running for your life in those cross walks, would love to see a little more police patrols downtown., we saw only two patrol cars in an hour and a half

Comments (25)

Posted by Unbelievable, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

Wow. What the heck are those cops doing!? That is totally unacceptable. I think they should put five or six of them at that intersection next time you eat there in case you choke on your "pasta de la self absorption with clam sauce."

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

The law states that u-turns are legal in any intersection not otherwise marked. Unless of course you are alleging they made the u-turns without stopping first. What I do see a lot of, and not just in front of Strizzis, is when a car stops at a stop and then proceeds, and the car behind it just rolls on through. It's not 2 cars per stop sign stop... Pet street peeves...

Posted by Margaret, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

My personal favorite is the exit from the Post Office on Black Avenue. I've seen three cars enter it (despite arrows on the pavement and "wrong way" signs) within a week. Cars using the drive-through mailboxes exit there, and somebody's bound to cause an accident there one of these days.

Posted by Stop Box turns, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

Don't get me started...on any kind of U turn. Are there classes for U turns. It is so painful to watch or be behind an incompetent. I get outraged at the incompetence of dummies who perform 'BOX' turns ! Some think it's a L turn. They're rubbing their rubber off trying to sit still, thinking the tires will do a left 'corner' right up over the divider,. Please, ROLL FORWARD, CONSTANTLY cranking the steering wheel every second....smoothly. We all have POWER steering, USE it fully. Cars don't turn from a standstill... you're not on a lazy susan.
I wish we didn't have U turns. South on SantaRita, Left to Valley takes forever because of incompetents trying to make their cars pivot on the spot....meanwhile the next lane has allowed dozens of cars to L turns, while a U-dummy slops over several lanes trying to U, just because they didn't go far enough forward....much faster to be in constant movement. Stop all L BOX turns.

Posted by Frizell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

The cops are too busy giving out tickets for going 30 in a 25 mi/hr zone. Theft, assaults, dope peddling, and running stop signs are lower priority.

Posted by pleasantonmom, a resident of Ironwood
on Aug 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

I was at Strizzis last night, and saw 2 cars run that stop sign. I was downtown for 3 hours never saw 1 police car. But when I take my daughters friends home after 12:00, they ALWAYS follow me. It's becoming a joke for us.

Posted by Mr. Buzzkill, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

...Oh the perils and torture of living in suburbia. First the rampant U-Turns, next up...JAYWALKING!!!!!!!!!

From there we're just one step away from full blown London style rioting I'd say.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

I love how you guys complain about the police not sitting at an intersection and giving tickets but when you get pulled over the first thing out of your mouth is "I live here" or "I Lived here for 25 years" or " I know the Chief or Officer (place any name here) or just lie and say you didn't do the violation. Stop complaining about insignificant things and just live you life.

Posted by Mal, a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

Wow,somebody missed my point on u-turns. If anybody can make a one shot u-turn from main street and st. Marys in a standard size vehicle then they should be getting the driver of the year award!! Go around the block,there are other parking spots

Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

The Pleasanton Traffic Engineering Department needs to supervise private contractors on work that is done on city streets. Last week there was a crew that was hired to do street work on westbound Bernal infront of the side entrance to the new Safeway store. These guys coned off the far left lane on Bernal starting at 7:45am. The cones stretched byond Valley Blvd. So in the middle of commute hour cars turning from Valley (both directions) were directed right into the coned area. Needless to say a very congested intersection became almost impassable thanks to these bozo guys. Why couldn't this work be started at 9-9:30am after traffic dies down alittle?

Also, several weeks ago a contractor was marking USA connections along northbound Santa Rita around the old Nob Hill market area. This guy parked his truck in the middle of Santa Rita, no flags, no markers, no blinkers or other caution lights were activated on the truck. This is a 45mph speed zone going into a curve. Lucky this guy wasn't killed or didn't kill someone else.

Posted by member, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

John, your statement is actually inaccurate. I learned this hard way after I was cited for a making u- turn in downtown Danville. There was no sign posted where I made the turn. (It was on a side street off of the main downtown strip.) I was cited for violation CVC 22102- or a u-turn in a business district. Downtown Pleasanton is a business district and consequently u- turns there are prohibited, with or without a sign. (Apparently this is something we were suppossed to learn in driving school?) I made my u- turn at an intersection , and believed it was legal due to the lack of a sign saying otherwise. I was wrong and had to pay. It would be benificial for others to learn from this mistake.

Posted by Peeved Mom, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

The police aren't there because they are busy running teenagers out of the public parks, out of the In 'N Out parking lot, and the Jack In the Box parking lot. Next thing you know the teenagers will have to hang out somewhere under cover, where no one can see them, and that will be much, much worse. A PPD sargeant actually told my husband, (after my teen was run out of a park for parking on the curb with his girlfriend in broad open day light because a neighbor who lives across the street apparently thinks it is HIS park alone), that "A lot of people in Pleasanton just don't like to see teenagers hanging out."

Posted by year round school, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

You are right Peeved Mom, some of us are really sick and tired of useless kids hanging out and doing damage to property that we pay for. Year round school (at the school that we also pay for) would be a good start. Giving a lazy teen more than two weeks off at a time is a recipe for disaster.

Posted by Frizell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

In most other states, it is illegal to make a U-turn at an intersection unless the street you are on has a median strip, and Main Street does not. Since California often considers itself an island from the rest of the country, the laws may be different here. One would have to go re-read that horrible mess, the DMV handbook, to try and find out. You could ask three cops and get three different answers.

Posted by colette, a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

Year Round School,
I am sorry your only experience with teens are those who are lazy and malicious. You have missed out on some great people. Maybe try getting involved with the high school or teens from local churches. There are lots of amazing kids who spend their summers volunteering, going on mission trips and changing lives, working, and spending time with their families. I don't disagree there are some bad apples out there, but look for the good ones...there are lots of them, and when you focus on them, your blood pressure will go down.

Posted by Bill, a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

I have an interesting observation in comparing "Year round school" to "colette". I wonder which parent ends up with which kind of kid?

Thanks Colette! We need more wonderful kids...because they are gonna need all the help they can get with the mess we are leaving them.

Posted by year round school, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

Sorry Bill and Collette, both of you are wrong.
I have had plenty of experience with good kids, I raised three of them. The oldest is doing cancer research, the middle is a surgeon and the youngest is a full time mom, all respectable people.
It is the teens now who are of so little value. Their parents give them too much and expect nothing in return. They are bored and restless, they get into trouble just for the entertainment value of it. My kids were fully occupied year round. Sometimes it was just having fun at the pool with their friends, later it was volunteering and interning. Not an arrest or infraction amoung them. The kids of Pleasanton these days can hardly say the same.

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

I guess I stand corrected regarding the u-turns. My one traffic school experience told me that u-turns were legal in any intersection unless otherwise marked. No mention of business districts.

Despite observing also the inconsistent police presence around town and wishing they were visible when an obvious infraction was taking place, I also agree that wringing our hands about it qualifies as a First World Problem. Traffic on the streets of Somalia is much worse! :-)

Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I guess that is why the white "Business District" signs are placed at opposite ends of an area that restricts "U" turns.

Sneaky way for the police department to make a few bucks, i.e. citing people for illegal "U" turns that would normally be legal.

Posted by Spudly, a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Aug 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm


Posted by Mikey, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm


Can't find the police? Check the parking structure at Amador Valley, that's their secret hiding place, they practically live there. Ooops, did I just sat that?

Posted by KC, a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

Dumbest blog ever.

Posted by Jon, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

Year round school-

It must be nice to sit on your high horse with perfect kids that will save the world someday. I have three kids in Pleasanton as well and never heard from the police either. As I think about it none of my kids friends have had any trouble either. I work with the youth in Pleasanton and the PPD on youth issues and I think (and know) your comments are unfounded and uneducated.

But it is good to know you and your perfect family are here as an example for the rest of us! Keep up the good work and hopefully we can get these "teens of very little value" out of your way soon!

Think about this for a minute. What if everyone came together and said that you should be in a full time care facility because you have served your purpose and now offer little value to society?

Posted by Chris, a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm

So sorry I share the same neighborhood with Year round school! I think you should do us all a favor and move. I guess now that your perfect kids are grown and moved noone else should have any. That you call kids useless is pathetic! Hope I never meet you!

Posted by Year Round + Detension, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Aug 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

One of my kids won a Olimpic Gold Medel, and then he became a brain surgin at Mass General. Another one worked in the Peace Core and saved an entire village from a flood. And my third discovered a vacksine witch saved over 10,000 lives. My only criticism is that they never call or visit. Not even a Chrismas card amoung them. I don't know why.

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