I just arrived home to find a TOW Warning note on the kid car that stays at the curb when not in use. It says that I have only 72 hours to move the vehicle or it will be cited and towed. I immediately called the police department to find out what was going on, since we do use the vehicle just not as frequently as our other car. The kid's friends have nicer cars then this one and so they use the nicer cars. I was told that someone must have called the vehicle in as being abandoned! What - That car is moved at least once a week and it certainly does not look abandoned. It is washed and driven, just not everyday. I do know that my new neighbor usually parks in that spot and made a comment to me about leaving that one spot open for his car. The problem is that this new neighbor has four cars with only two adults in the house. He parks every single one of his cars in the street. I don't care where he parks, but it appears that he might care where I park.
Does anyone know if the records at the police department are open to the public for this type of call? I think they are a matter of public record. I would love to know who caused this hassle. It has only been in that spot for two days. I know people park their cars on the street for longer than two days at a time around here and nobody thinks anything of it. I certainly don't.
Think of allthe cars that could be called into the police department as abandoned just because someone decides they feel like causing trouble.
The ordinance that the police use to tow your car in this situation gives you 72 hours to move the car. It you don't, you will pay a $60.00 citation and then lots more for the towing and impound fee.
Seems excessive to me.
I'll move it, but it's funny how the police can't seem to move the homeless from wherever they choose to live on the street, but a car that is owned and registered to a Palo Alto resident and is parked in front of the house where that Palo Alto resident lives needs to be towed if not moved within their timeframe. What if we were on vacation? Seems like an easy way to get more money from the residents for the police department. Maybe their saving up for their "public safety", i.e., "police station".