I am the neighborhood captain on East 12th Street. Jan. 21, we went in front of the council with facts regarding many problems on our streets due to the parents and children of Tracy High School. We were told that day that we would be issued an 18-month trial permit parking program starting in 45 days from then. We were not told that there were any changes to be discussed March 4, so we did not attend the meeting and were hit head on! Nothing has changed here since January, nothing: They still speed, litter, disturb the peace, trespass and park blocking driveways and on corners in red zones. You can give them 60 days or 60 years, it will not matter! We will not back down. We will get peace here no matter how long it takes. You can build a 10-story parking lot and they will still park out here to smoke drugs and fool around in their cars, listen to the music so loud that our homes shake, throw garbage everywhere, and speed, as well as urinate in public and on our property. Having students pick up some trash will do nothing to stop anything. It’s just wasting our time, trying to slow down to stop us. Well, it won’t. Also, school gets out at 3:02 — kids should not be hanging out in front of our homes until 5 p.m. Go home! We will only accept a guarantee of peace at this point. Come on, it’s been over 25 years of complaining. It’s time to make a change. Come on students, really, it’s only a half of a block further down to park and walk. If Tracy High is going to create parking for students, why is it a big deal that we get permits here to keep things calm and clean for residents? Now we must take things into our own hands! Shame on you using children to fight your battle! We will not be bullied by Tracy High!
Melissa Furtado, Tracy