Wouldn't a parking ticket be a reasonable way to enforce parking?
Original post made by Achromatic Intent on Jan 29, 2014
Then you go outside and your car is gone!
I have lived in Palo Alto for 2.5 years and similar to many residents, I park on the street. The same small white Audi A4 car has parked in the same place, or close to it, over that span of time.
I am recently unemployed. I had no reason to go to my car; in fact, I enjoyed staying put for a few days.
I (now) understand muni code 10.36.030, a) in PA states parking is NOT ALLOWED on the street for more than 72 hours.
Stored/Impounded Vehicle Release Fee $135
So in this enlighten community, this brilliantly run city, this right minded municipality that is leading edge in conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and human welfare you send your patrol car out twice to tow a resident's car (which by the way is parked exactly in the same spot where it was towed) requiring me to go to City Hall, pay a fine, so I can go to the towing company in Mountain View to pay an egregious amount of money, spending my time, my resources, city time and city resources for what feels like a punitive act that only benefits the towing company, and alienates me and my neighbor.
And to my neighbor, who anonymously reported my heinous transgression, really... wouldn't a note have solved your concern? It would have saved me a lot of grief, loss of $400 plus 1/2 day of my time.
Can you tell me how this action benefited anyone?
PA, how about a parking ticket? OR maybe even a phone call? you had all of my registration data in your database.
on Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm
Why didn't you park in your driveway or garage?
on Jan 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm
What would you have done with the note?
on Jan 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm
Most PA houses have undersized garages, even six bedroom houses. Some have none, or just a carport. Many people live in houses too small for their families, nd must use the garage for storage, because they cannot afford a house large enough. Still others have converted their garage to a family room or a laundry room or an extra bedroom or nursery.
Many immigrant families have three generations and several cars under one roof, and excess cars park on the street. Others combine families and have excess cars. It is very, VERY hard to add a room to a house in PA. I know, we tried and were turned down by the city inspectors who told us we would have to have a lot half again as large as we have now to add one small bedroom and bath. They even fought us when we put a roof over our patio--just a roof, no walls--trying to say the lot was too small for even that! Fortunately we won that appeal.
Face it, not everyone who lives here is rich and can afford a large house with a three car garage.