It has repeatedly been suggested that we just listen for the street sweeper and drive around while it does our street. Not only is this "solution" unreasonable as a long-term solution (especially for anyone with small children), it is dangerous and it is simply impossible for someone with multiple cars that require street parking or anyone who is doing something that day other than sitting at the front door with keys in hand.
I have also been told "Run an errand at that time, that's why you have a car!" First of all, even if I did leave for a while, I would have no idea whether or not it is safe for me to park once I return because it is impossible to tell whether or not the street sweeper has already been there, so I would have to stay away from my home until after 2 pm. Is it reasonable to ask me to shut down my home business during those hours so I can vacate the premises? In addition, our street sweeper has been coming to our neighborhood anywhere between 11 am and 1:30 pm over the past month. Every Monday at 12:10 I am walking across the street to pick up my son from kindergarten. Sometimes we come straight home and sometimes we linger to speak with his teacher, visit with other Fanning parents or even spend an hour playing outside before coming home and having lunch. Therefore, this is NOT a time when I will be "running errands" and I don't feel it's the government's role to tell me how to spend my time on Mondays for the rest of my life.
Since I continued to press the issue, it was finally suggested last week that I park at the Downtown Brea parking structure, which is about a mile and a half from my home. Let's imagine for a moment what that might look like for the rest of my life. I'm going to assume that the Council members all have long driveways with sufficient parking for their vehicles (I'm making that assumption because I know you would never have voted for this ordinance otherwise). I would ask that the council members walk in my shoes for one month. You should block off your driveways so that your only parking is on the street, and try moving your cars to the parking garage and leaving them overnight every week for just one month. Perhaps you wouldn't mind losing access to your private property, or putting your property at risk for vandalism or theft, or giving up hours of your personal time as you make the long treks to both drop off and pick up your cars. However, I have a feeling that if YOU tried to do what you've suggested *I* do, then you would quickly determine that is not a solution at all, and that "adjusting" isn't as simple as you make it sound.
I would like to know why the City Council has insisted on sweeping every street in the entire city every week. NPDES compliance does not require such a frequency, nor does it require that the streets be free of cars. In a large number of cities I've surveyed, street sweeping is done twice per month so it is not as costly and the parking restrictions are not as intrusive. Brea has refused this option but has not provided any rationale for this unilateral decision.
I would like to know why the City Council has insisted on a "one size fits all" approach when implementing the new parking restrictions. Even simple solutions like sweeping odd sides of the streets one week and even sides the next week have been rejected by the city staff. Why have no unique solutions been provided for unique neighborhoods like mine, which is on a steep hill filled with cul-de-sacs and very short driveways?
I would like to know why the City Council has refused to consider exemptions for those residents who are experiencing undue hardships. Other cities, such as Garden Grove, have issued such exemptions, and most other cities have developed more reasonable ordinances than Brea's. What possible justification is there for the City Council to ignore the hardships of Brea residents?
I am disappointed to see that the City Council has not included this issue on any agenda since I brought the matter to its attention at the September first meeting. While I have been told that the city staff is looking into solutions for difficult neighborhoods, I have also been told that NO exemptions are being considered, other than temporary ones for temporary situations. It seems that those of us with permanent situations are permanently out of luck.
Thank you for your time.
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