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Palo Alto may turn down the sound at Lytton Plaza

Original post made on Nov 15, 2012

Palo Alto's most prominent downtown gathering spot may become a bit more subdued under a new proposal to restrict amplified sound at Lytton Plaza.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9:48 AM

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Posted by Loudness
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

It would also help if they turned down the water pressure on the very loud pseudo-fountain.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Yeah, that fountain is a joke, and so are most of the people who hang out in Lytton Plaza ... me and my girlfriend get nervous just walking through there.

I see no problem in turning the volume down a bit though, but I bet it doesn't help those who are doing the complaining.

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Posted by White
a resident of University South
on Nov 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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Posted by BS
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Personally, I enjoy the music, but there are often some pretty sleazy types hanging out on that corner, which can be unnnerving at night. I wish they would do something about THAT.

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

the_punnisher is a registered user.

A question: Is the set of outlets often overloaded by too many heavy wattage devices plugged in and used at the same time? The City could be liable if damages occur if this " free electrical outlet " use damages property...

I suggest that a lock box ( an easy addition ) be put over the outlets. The key to be given when a waiver is signed and hours to be used listed.

That allows equal time for anyone AND keeps people safe.

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Posted by stretch
a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I thought they handled the subject of noise in Lytton Plaza about 40 years ago! They simply came in unplugged everything and started a riot where, what, about 175 people were busted. It was actually pretty funny, because the Red Squad, a group of undercover cops who were spraying people with mace and hitting them with batons, were disbanded soon afterwards. The cops also spent a lot of time peering through Venetian blinds from upstairs, across the street. I'm pretty sure Palo Alto could bestir itself to come down hard on these gross-offending noisemakers once again.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

@punnisher, pardon my ignorance. How would outlet overloading damage property? 110V is 110V, until the circuit breaker pops and it becomes 0V. I assume the City followed its own code about circuit breakers. Anyone know the amp rating?

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Posted by Loudness
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Apropos the noisy AT&T boxes, AT&T is now on the Board of the local Chamber of Commerce. So much for local.
Richard Hackmann, a Management Specialist with the City of Palo Alto is also on that board. Right in there with the bankers, real estate sellers, and Stanford reps.

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Posted by belly laugh
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

When the police walk by, they can ask the musician if he has written permission from the copyright owner to play the song. If not, he can be cited, 5 years in jail and a fine.

This would control the noise.

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I avoid Lytton Plaza at all costs. What's to like? It's noisy and unattractive. When it comes to noise, the only thing worse is the new Apple store. Lytton Plaza is nothing to be proud of. The City will only pretend to fix the problem.

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Posted by Loudness
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I agree it's loud and ugly.amd severe/ Awful "water feature". Hard surfaces, shiny hard metal tables and chairs. They destroyed the beautiful brick floor which was in good shape, maybe a few bricks needed replacing. And they destroyed the trees and flowers and handsome light fixtures. It needed sprucing up, not sterilization. Thanks ARB, thanks Roxy.
The thinking was to make it unattractive to people gathering and the restaurant could use most of it.

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