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Is there a noise ordinance for hotels?

Original post made by Eileen, Palo Alto Orchards, on Sep 9, 2007

I live right next to the Cabana Hotel so I know I would have to put up w/noise. But it seems that the noise is increasing and occurs frequently at odd all hours of the day/night. I've been awaken at 2 or 3AM w/the noise of trucks loading equipment from a party they had earlier in the evening. This morning, Sunday morning, 6am two trucks drove up to unload equipment for an event that they must be having today.

I found that there is a noise ordinance for construction:

FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES

(includes any and all deliveries)

MONDAY-FRIDAY.......8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY......9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

SUNDAY/HOLIDAYS.......Construction Prohibited.

But does anyone know how this would work for a residential property right next to a hotel?
Thanks

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Posted by janet
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:07 am

Call the police and ask, although they seemed pretty toothless about enforcing construction noise violations I reported.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 10, 2007 at 8:09 am

Close the hotel and build more housing! The Palo Alto way!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2007 at 9:05 am

It isn't just hotels with these problems, midtown safeway generates a lot of overnight noise which causes problems for local residents.


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Posted by Close Shoreline
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 10, 2007 at 9:25 am

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Posted by Keep it down
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:14 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Eileen asked a simple question: there are noise ordinances for construction which are reasonable, is it possible that there are (or should be) noise ordinances that cover other specific activities during night hours?


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Posted by Close Shoreline
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Keep it down---If there is a problem with noise, then perhaps Eileen should contact the hotel and talk with someone--if the problem persisits she should contact the police. Keeping a log of incidents would help also--to show that it is a chronic problem.

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Keep it down
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:29 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Close Shoreline
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:36 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by janet
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm

What the heck are all those things being deleted in the middle of otherwise sane sounding postings?


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Posted by Close Shoreline
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 10, 2007 at 7:18 pm

Close the hotel and the midtown safeway--they create too much traffic and too much noise. Then you can also deal with the other "too much traffic--too much noise problems in Palo Alto"--101 and Caltrain


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Posted by Eileen
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Sep 10, 2007 at 7:19 pm

Hi - I was glad to see responses, but also don't understand why portions or full comments were deleted. My first time on here. I did call the Cabana and asked them to close the door - it was a very simple solution. The front desk said they would ask the manager to see what they could do. I said my next call would be the police and she said "well if that's what you feel like you have to do." So not very helpful. Not very helpful the last time I called when they had some raging summer party. I guess I'll contact the city directly.
Thanks
Eileen


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Posted by Close Shoreline
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 10, 2007 at 7:26 pm

Full comments were deleted because they do not meet the high standards set by the PA Online editors or (usually) they are critical of comeone the editors wish to protect or they call attention to things in the city that the editors wish to keep under wraps (hint--PA is perfect, anything to the contrary is not good for business in PA)


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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2007 at 7:43 pm

Close Shoreline, you are one of the less helpful/constructive posters I've seen around here. You can pretend it is because you are so clever or provocative - but really you are just kind of obnoxious (at least on this Forum). Don't be a troll - be constructive.


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Posted by Close Shoreline
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 10, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Terry--sorry. i did post some, in my opinion, constructive advice near the beginning of the thread.
unfortunately, in writing you cannot really express any emotion--I am being semi-sarcastic and poking fun at the PA mentality of everything being about too much noise/too much traffic. residents of PA want tax revenue coming in, they want hotels which generate big tax revenue, they want shoppers and visitors in town spending money--all this requires there to be traffic and a certain amount of noise. you cannot have it both ways--always complaining about noise/traffic but wanting tax revenue/visitors/shoppers in town.


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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Close, I think those are some fair points and I agree that there are some people in PA like that. My guess is that Eileen just wants the darn hotel to keep its doors shut, though ;-)

Eileen, make sure you talk directly to the General Manager. The front desk people probably don't have much authority and/or haven't been trained on dealing with neighborhood people. The problem will probably repeat, but my guess is they'll be more careful.


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Posted by Rebecca
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 12, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Another suggestion - if you can - take the time to meet with the general manager in person - be warm and friendly - bring the office a gift - and make the effort to make a personal connection with the general manager at the hotel - if you do holiday cards put them on your holiday card list - do whatever is reasonable for you to build a relationship with the hotel so that they will be more likely to hear your complaint and take action for you on your behalf.


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