Parking problems persist in first week of school
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Aug 15, 2014 | 5829 views | 11 11 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pemit parking near Tracy High
Parking permit signs are in place along 12th Street near the Tracy High campus Friday morning. Students will not be allowed to park on side streets nearby the campus when school begins Monday morning.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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As hundreds of students returned to classes at Tracy High School on Monday, parking problems for area residents resurfaced — not because of the students, but because of their parents.

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.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225.

 
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amandab331
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August 19, 2014
20 mins? Are we really talking about 20 mins? Lord help us, with all going on in this world and we are worried about 20 mins? the signs have gone up to not park there and that's awesome. But 20 mins to wait for one's child should be tolerable? Whatever, I guess some have more patience than others. I don't condone the parking in the driveway but street parking, while in their car, should not be a huge issue.
Wobbley
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August 21, 2014
We live across from George Kelly. People are RUDE.

One guy that parked in front of my house flicked cigarettes on my lawn every day.

One lady yelled at my wife because our garbage cans were in her parking spot..on garbage day.

Yah, people are stupid.
CharlieWaffles
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August 16, 2014
Turn the football field into a parking lot problem solved play football games at the other highschool
Sneaky
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August 16, 2014
That's another good solution. Football has absolutely nothing to do with education so it would exactly be a big loss.
Tracyite4life
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August 16, 2014
This is the most short sighted bunch of mierda I have ever heard. So socialization, teamwork, persistence and multi-tasking have nothing to do with education?

I would rather my kids learn that than some of the stuff the schools make them do now.

Some people.
Sneaky
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August 16, 2014
Unfortunately this whole situation makes our high school students and their parents sound like a bunch of privileged, self-centered snots. Does the school not have buses they can take? Also, this is a small town. Nobody is all that far away from the high school. Most of them could just walk or ride bicycles to school. That would be a win all around; reduced parking issues, reduced pollution and our kids would get some much needed exercise.
CJSG
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August 15, 2014
I'm confused. So this is a public street and they are telling the public they're not allowed to park there? Is there a reason the residents cannot park in their driveways?
behonestguys
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August 15, 2014
Yes there is- rude and obnoxious students that attend Tracy High and their patents park blocking the residents' driveways.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 15, 2014
One mother started parking in our driveway. At first we thought it was funny she would wave at us and smile. Then one day two moms were parked in our driveway. We asked them to leave and one got rude. She said some things that would make a Sialor blush.
CJSG
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August 17, 2014
Well if it is a public street, the public has a right to park there regardless of what the residents say/want. However, the second someone blocks a residents driveway, they need to call a tow truck and have them removed.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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August 17, 2014


CJSG

Ya wrote, "Well if it is a public street, the public has a right to park there regardless of what the residents say/want. However, the second someone blocks a residents driveway, they need to call a tow truck and have them removed."

Beg ta differe with ya. Thair are many cities who have legally restricted who can an who cannot park in residential areas. Th Bay Area is filled with em an permit parkin in residential communities across our nation on "public" an publicly maintained streets is a norm an apparently legal as it's been goin on as long as I can remember an has not been overturned by SCOTUS as bein unconstitutional. Just because you feel it's wrong don't make it legally wrong. Havin witnessed th problem thair I have ta say I do support th notion of parkin in a residential area by permit.

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