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News - January 29, 2010

Palo Alto to get tough over trash hazards

Owner of vacant lot and commercial property could face fines for noncompliance

by Sue Dremann

Mounds of tree branches, trash, bags of garbage — and even a dead body once — littering a vacant lot and adjacent business have Palo Alto officials and Barron Park residents fed up with a property owner, residents said.

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Posted by jack, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

It's interesting that it is taking a long time to address this issue.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

There are many homes in Palo Alto where trash is piling up and neighbors are complaining, but the City is unable to do anything. It should be possible to put in a complaint on a "serious" trash problem in the neighborhood whether it be a business or a residence.

People must realise that although they own a property, they must not assume that they can neglect it and no one cares. A trash problem causes vermin of both the animal and human kind to take a foothold.

Posted by Surveyor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

According to the map filed in Book U, Page 6 at the Santa Clara County Recorder's Office, Cypress Lane (called out as "Lane") was dedicated to the public with all of the other roads in the Barron Park Subdivision for use as public roads. Did the City formally vacate this right-of-way?

Posted by Rt, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Hmmm. A vacant lot on El Camino and they are pulling down the Palo Alto Bowl? (sigh)

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