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Street Sweeping??

Original post made by Old Palo Alto, Old Palo Alto, on Nov 26, 2014

I've noticed in the past few weeks/months that the street sweeping has been done very poorly. Anyone else notice this? There are leaves and debris all over the streets in Old Palo Alto even on the days they are supposed to be swept?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Probably because of all the cars parked on the streets on street sweeping day. Most people don't know or ignore the fact that they shouldn't be there on that day.


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Posted by Old Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I don't think parking has changed in the past 2 months. Seems the street sweeping has changed for the worse for some reason.


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Wasn't the street sweeping outsourced?


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Posted by another resident
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

I agree that they do a good job when people don't park on the street on sweeping days. When cars block the way, there is not much they can do. The city really should post and enforce (with parking tickets) street sweeping days, especially during the fall and winter. Clogged storm drains are expensive to clear and cause real damages due to flooding. In San Francisco, they hand out $60 parking tickets for parking on street sweeping days, and parking is a lot more limited there than here.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm

"New Street Sweeping Contractor to Start October 27 (2014)" -- Web Link -- City Webpage
Information on sweeping schedule is provided, with caveats for days of heavy leaf loads.
A linked map shows nominally scheduled day-of-week for each neighborhood.


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Posted by Resident 3
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Nov 27, 2014 at 12:02 am

Agree it must be the new street sweeping company because we live on a corner and keep our cars off the street on our day and it's clearly an inferior job versus the past company.


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Posted by The Shadow knows......
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

@ Resident 3 -

The "past company" was actually work done in house by long term City employees who took pride in their work. The work has now been outsourced to save money. You now see the results of that decision.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

From what I have heard ,two of the lead equipment operators had to be let go, due to prior problems with the city. Unfortunately others got dragged down with them. You want to get rid of somebody, just eliminate the position completely. Moral of story:Do not sue the city that employs you.


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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

You get what you pay for. The city outsourced most of the street sweep functions in the city and also reduced the frequency of when they sweep. If you feel strongly about it, contact your elected officials (city council members) and the city manager (Jim Keene). The contractor will likely say that they are fulfilling the terms of the contract scope of work. Keep complaining if you want this to change. The city will either change the scope language in the contract or cancel the contract if enough complaints are received and go back to city workers sweeping all the streets.


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Posted by Neglected
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

Many of the streets where we live get swept once a year or less. Homeowners and their gardeners have taken over most of the work. I would love to get the value of that deducted from my property taxes!


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Old PA is swept once a week like all the other streets...unless you're talking about one of the "private" streets in that area. Then that's not city issue, that's a funding issue between the city and the owners of those homes.

Unless you're talking about sidewalks?


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Posted by Neglected
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

>Nope, CPD, we have confirmed with several neighbors that they actually schedule sweepings, sometimes even posting it on the trees lining the streets. We move our cars, but they do not show up. No sightings, no removal of piles of leaves, no obvious "tracks" the sweepers usually leave. Oh, and lots of clogged storm drains, as well as flooding at the lower ends of the streets due to gutters and drains clogged with leaves.

However, the city continues to deny this despite photographic evidence to the contrary. Penny-wise and pound foolish,,it seems.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I will now join in this list of complaints.

It is now over a week (possibly nearly two weeks) since we had our street swept. We have trees that are grossly over heavy producing leaves, the street is a carpet of leaves and in places it is hard to see the curb. It is now flooded as the leaves are causing dams. I have been out clearing the leaves from the culverts and tried to make some irrigation streams, but the leaves are still falling and the traffic is just pushing the leaves back into the gutters.

Falling leaves is one thing, but causing flooding is dangerous for traffic and the possibility of the floodwater reaching into garages and even homes is very possible in this stormy week.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

A street sweeper comes down our street on Wednesdays (hasn't so far this day, though), which I have witnessed when at home during the day.
What I don't like is gardeners blowing leaves from their customer's yard out into the gutter and street, sometimes as one drives down a road in Palo Alto. Worse when driving a freshly-washed car! Seriously, though, at this time of year the leaves can clog the drains and I would like to see an accounting of streetsweeping activity if we taxpayers are paying for it...


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Posted by Lousy Service
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Maybe the new street sweeper could get all the leaves out of our driveway cut out on the street AND vacuum up all the water, too. The puddle routinely extends 2 or 3 feet from the driveway cutout amd I wouldm't wamt to get ticketed for wasting water.

SO glad I pay for my non-working storm drain.


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Posted by Deep Throat
a resident of another community
on Dec 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

The City Council on September 22, 2014, approved a contract for street sweeping to replace city employees. The contractor started on October 27, 2014. If you are having problems with the contractor's performance you need to let the City Council know by using your name and location. The contract start date is on PDF page 18 attached to the staff report at Web Link


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I watched the street sweeper on my street. A new looking machine totally different from what was used before. The sweeper was unable to pick up the piles of leaves and the driver got out of the vehicle and kicked the piles around. I live on a bend and he was nowhere near the curb leaving all the leaves in the gutter which will stop water flowing when Thursday's storm comes in.

In the past at this time of year, the sweeper made huge piles of leaves and a second crew came an hour or so later to pick up the huge leaf pile and put them in the back of a truck. This was not done in this sweeping. The vehicle did not pick up the piles of leaves and they have been left.

I did leave a message with the city at the number on the link above and somebody did call me back. He assured me that they were on top of the situation. I got the impression he had no idea how they did it before and what changes have been made now. His comment basically was that the sweeper comes on the day assigned and that means everything is OK.

Everything is not OK with the sweeping in my street. We are getting much poorer service and the City is not paying attention to residents' complaints. The guy I spoke with probably lives somewhere else and gets his streets cleaned more efficiently so he doesn't care a bit.


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Posted by Jason Browne
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

Hello All,

I would like to introduce myself- My name is Jason Browne and I am the General Manager for Contract Sweeping, (the company currently servicing Palo Alto). I wanted to first apologize to those that have experienced a level of service that is not satisfactory, and extend my direct contact information for any future questions and/or concerns: jbrowne@contractsweeping.com. We are currently experiencing an extreme amount of leaves falling, and with the storm approaching fast- we will be doing everything possible to get the streets swept as quickly as possible. And please feel free to reach out to me anytime and I will do whatever I can to accommodate. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we transition to this new system.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

@Jason, wishing you and your crew the best of luck with a difficult job!


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Posted by Jo Ann
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 10, 2014 at 9:49 am

Jason, thanks for your responsiveness. Too bad our city officials aren't as responsive as you are.


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Posted by Jason Browne
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Dec 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

Hello All,

With the holidays approaching, Contract Sweeping and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! Also, please continue to contact me for any questions or concerns... we are happy to be serving this great community.

P.S.- It looks like we may have a few more storms on the horizon, so please be safe and try to stay dry!!

Sincerely,
Jason Browne
Contract Sweeping
jbrowne@contractsweeping.com


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Anyone else finding the streetsweepers sweeping before 8.00 am? We have many cars parked on our street until 8.00 am and by about 8.10 there are very few. Unfortunately the streetsweeper comes well before 8.00 am and can't get to the curbs. Any other neighborhood having the same issue?


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Posted by Gone On Too Long
a resident of Barron Park
on May 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Are you talking about that big white truck that sounds like a vacuum and drives down out street at 40 mph while kicking up a huge cloud of dust ?



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