According to Lt. Kami Ysit of Tracy Police Department, students complied with parking restrictions created by the Tracy City Council in May.
At that time, the council approved a pilot parking program that limits parking on both 12th Street and Berverdor Avenue between East Street and Mae Avenue to residents and their guests.
Ysit said the area was clear of student vehicles on Monday, and no residents of the restricted area or surrounding neighborhoods complained during the morning.
“It was pretty empty,” she said. “More empty than I’ve seen it. It appears everything is good and the system is working.”
Parking congestion in the neighborhood arose around the time when students were released from the school at 315 E. 11th St., she said — about 1:30 p.m. Monday, which was an early-release day.
“The problem was parents parked waiting to pick up their children,” Ysit said. “Residents were asking them to leave and they refused.”
Melissa Furtado, who lives on 12th Street, said she experienced firsthand the situation of people violating the residents-only parking.
“It’s beautiful all day until it comes to about 20 minutes before the school lets out,” she said. “They were blocking driveways, parking anywhere they wanted, trying to squeeze in (spaces) and blocking cars from coming and going. I got about 10 people to go and follow what we’re doing, and moved, but some said, ‘Too bad. We’re not going to listen to you.’”
She said one parent cursed at her when she tried to explain that there were parking restrictions.
“We’re not messing around here,” Furtado said. “This is important to us. For 20 minutes, people just don’t care.”
According to Sgt. Luis Mejia, police received two calls from residents with complaints between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday. Both times, a police parking intern went to the area, but the drivers had already left.
“This is new, so it’s going to be us going out there and reminding people of the permit process and procedure,” he said. “We want the public to comply. Our efforts are to educate and issue citations if that doesn’t work.
“If we continue to get calls for service, we’ll increase enforcement,” he added.
On Tuesday, an officer was visibly sitting in his police car at the corner of 12th and East streets with his lights flashing. He remained there until school dismissal in the afternoon was complete.
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