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code violations

Original post made by frank, Midtown, on Sep 28, 2014

anyome hear tired of baseless complaints by neighbors for zoning or code violations?
one neighbor complained a fence was 3 inches too high
another complained about a dog barking for one minute
another complained that an accessory structure was too high?

Comments (8)

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Is the fence 3" too high? Is the accessory structure taller than the permit? If the answer is yes, then fix the violations! No sense in whining about self-inflicted problems.

Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I don't understand why this site is trying to generate negative community response to non-news. is anyone else concerned about this?

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

Is everyone complaining about complaining? Really?

Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

Person from Embarcadero Oaks/Leland ---

Exactly right....I'm complaining about complaining. Too much kvetching over nothing. Also, when the acrimony subsides on a slow news day, often these pages bring up OLD stories just to start it again.

News actually happens on the Peninsula. Sometimes its bad, but we are so lucky to have so much good news.

There is a tremendous amount of accomplishment and creativity and great neighborhood spirit here -- despite efforts to portray it as a controversy cesspool. The creation of cesspool "stories" brings out the weirdos and often the racists too.

YES, problems and controversies exist that's true, but all-in-all we're damn lucky to live here.

Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I agree with Anonymous - don't build things outside code and you won't get complaints. No one is special here.

As for the dog - well perhaps you're not home when the dog is barking at all hours...which would then elicit the response from your neighbors.

I don't like to hear dogs barking all the time - if our dog barks while out in the backyard, I go out there to quiet her down or bring her inside.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Ok, now we are complaining, about complaining, about complaining.

Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I think you are missing the point here. We have many new residents in PA from other parts of the country here - some of which may have lived in apartments and now live in houses.
1. We live in an area with many trees and a 100 year flood zone - that alone is a problem. The trees have been left unattended on the street and if below 14 feet the street cleaner will swerve out to avoid the low hanging trees. That creates a build up of leaves in the gutter. If you live on a street that has drains on it then a build up of leaves on the drains is a large problem. The leaves go down the drain and complicate the transfer of water to the bay. Not good! Hello FLOOD.
2. Fences are not a cheap adventure for the homeowner. If trees on the fence line start pushing against the fences then you have an expensive problem to eliminate the offending tree branches and repair the fence.
Trees keep growing and need to get yearly maintenance to keep them growing in an attractive manner that is off the roof line and fence line.
3. Many homeowners think they are only responsible for the property space within their fenced in area. However they are also responsible for the area to the sidewalk that needs to be maintained and kept clear for the many people that are walking on the sidewalks. Some people think "the city" is doing that - have yet to see "the city' take on that job. Many have shrubs in that space that need to be maintained.
4. Homeowners are not clear on what they are responsible for and may tend to let some issues slide which affect the general appearance of the total neighborhood.
5. Many people are renting or leasing and do not want to take on the general appearance of the house and property since it is not their investment of money.

Side note - my brother lived in the Pittsburg area, now in Portland Oregon area - they have very specific city rules as to property management and street clean up since they have a lot of water, leaves and trees. If you do not keep it looking good and picked up in those areas then they will be at your house to point it out. If we were in Arizona then we would have a different set of problems - like dust storms.

Water - transfer of water during storms is a big topic now - you have to be prepared and your property needs to be able to withstand any flood damage - that takes some preparation and general neighborhood maintenance so that water will flow correctly. The street needs to be picked up of leaves which are now dropping.

pets and rodents - there needs to be some action to keep food and bird seed clear so it is not a nuisance attracting the many wild and tame animals in the area.

The city provides guidance in the utility bills as to tree maintenance, preparation for winter storms, and general tips for home maintenance.

The San Jose Mercury is a good source for advise on home issues and control of wild and tame animals.
The community in general is pointing out the expectations so that everyone is working with the same set of guidelines. That is what Cities do that qualify for a good place to live.

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