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Street Sweeping - What's the Point?
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by Palo Alto Bill, Midtown,
on Oct 16, 2007
Yesterday morning I watched the Street Sweeper make its way down my block. What a total waste of Palo Alto taxpayer money. Given the dozens of cars parked along my block, the Street Sweeper did nothing more than weave in and out between the parked cars. When there was actually a stretch of empty sidewalk, the Street Sweeper (who, I might add, was driving at fairly high speed especially given the parked car obstacle course he was manuevering through) barely had enough time to reach the curb before having to swerve back into the middle of the road to avoid the next parked vehicle. This obviously led to little or no actual "sweeping" of the leaves, dirt and other debris that collects along the curb. I will say that the center of my street is quite clean. Given the incredibly large number vehicles parked along streets city-wide, this totally inefficient and wastleful process must be repeated day-in and day-out throughout Palo Alto.
My questions are:
1. Does Palo Alto post the days and times streets are scheduled to be swept? and if so, where is this posted and how is this communicated to residents?
2. I assume that there's no law against leaving your car in the street during Street Sweeping - has the city council ever considered implementing and enforcing parking bans during Street Sweeping times?
Help me understand what is going on here. Thx