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Street cleaning in the middle of the night

Original post made by Connie Jo, Downtown North, on Oct 11, 2006

I have to ask. Is anyone else being bothered by the 3 and 4 am street cleaning that goes on in Palo Alto? Is there not a street cleaning machine that is quiet?

Losing sleep in Palo Alto

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Posted by Shannon
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 11, 2006 at 10:30 am

live across from the fire station long enough, and you're oblivious to any noise at night :D


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Posted by Jimmy
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 11, 2006 at 10:35 am

Connie I so agree! You must be very tired this morning as they kept me up all night!


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Posted by JS
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 11, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Yes, let's close down all roads in PA from 11PM to 6AM to avoid all traffic noise!


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Posted by Belenda
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 11, 2006 at 2:55 pm

I agree we should ask the City to try to do this a different way.
A bit later as 3-4 am really disrupts our sleep pattern. I realize it is hard to do this but maybe we can find a better way.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 11, 2006 at 3:19 pm

Hard to close down streets folks. But I feel your pain. Let us be realistic with our suggestions for Ms Connie Jo. Maybe there is a better way or a more quite machine. Always a possibility. If we can put a man on the moon why not build a silent street cleaner.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 11, 2006 at 3:29 pm

"If we can put a man on the moon why not build a silent street cleaner."

Make it a joint project and fix the leaf blowers at the same time.


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Posted by ok
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 11, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Well, they managed to restrict boating to only electric motor boats in Foster City. Just restrict roads to electric powered vehicles in PA! Then we could get rid of the bus noise during the day as well.


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Posted by Gerald
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 11, 2006 at 10:02 pm


I'm sure glad I don't work for the city. Meaningless complaints like this must come in hour by hour.


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Posted by Shannon
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 12, 2006 at 8:30 am

Gerald obviously works as a forum troll.


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Posted by Connie Jo
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 12, 2006 at 12:45 pm

OK you guys. My intention was to share and offer a possible solution and not complain to the City. They get that enough. This forum seemed a likley place to start a discussion and see of anyone had a suggestion. A real suggestion and one we could bring to the city.
But I can see ear plugs might be my best chioce. You guys are funny. It was just one resident sharing a sleepless night in Palo Alto frustration with her neighbors. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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Posted by Andrew L. Freedman
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 13, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Hi folks,

The issue of sleep is certainly important. I learned this while working as an administrative assistant many years ago for Dr. William Dement, the world-renownd sleep doctor at Stanford.

I've lived in almost every area in Palo Alto, including the big old Victorian house on Alma between the Fire Station and Dahl Plumming and Heating - right across from the University Train Station.

This might sound a little est or zen(ian), but my experience with noise and sleep was that instead of waking up and feeling annoyed, I chose to feel different. Instead, I recalled my childhood days here in Palo Alto and remembered how at 7:10am, I'd hear the train, then I'd hear my dad leave for work. That was my cue to get out of bed and get ready for school. I began to feel something good about the train noises and whistles. Thereafter, on the few occassions I'd wake up to the noise, I found it comforting. Soon, I just never woke up to it that often.

I'm a little deaf now and although I live not-too-far from the California Avenue Train Station, I don't hear it. But if I did, I guess it would remind me of those good days growing up here in Palo Alto.

I hope this helps.

Andy Freedman


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Posted by Connie Jo
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 14, 2006 at 6:10 pm

Andrew,
You are a very sensitive person. Thanks for the reminder that this is of course not really so important. Just an occasional annoyance.

Best to you,

Occasionally sleepless in Palo Alto


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Posted by david bertoldi
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 3, 2007 at 8:22 am


Palo Alto is doing a great disservice to the citizens by allowing street cleaning at such insane hours. I was awoken at 6am today due to these knuckleheads. This has happened a dozen times or more in the past 6 months. STOP IT ALREADY!!

I guess our mayor and council do not care!


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