Free Newspaper Nuisance/Litter
Original post made by Prescott Lee on Jun 26, 2008
* A nuisance to residents and essentially litter
* A clear indication to "others" that no one is
home when you are on vacation
* A waste of paper
* Misleading to local businesses because their circulation
numbers do not represent true readership
I know there is a Menlo Park ordinance (8.36.020 Distributing on private premises) that requires these publishers to cease delivery upon receiving written notice. I have sent several letters but to no avail.
The current ordinance puts the burden on Menlo Park residents to "Opt Out". The ordinance should be changed to place the burden on the newspaper publishers; i.e. an "Opt In" system where it's a violation to leave free newspapers on someone's property without first receiving the property owner's written permission.
on Jun 26, 2008 at 9:55 am
I must say, I think Mr. Lee makes a good case for our City Council to take action on this issue. We are plagued with the same problem he presents, and perhaps the "opt in" system would really be the way to get something done about this situation.
I urge the City Council to get the staff working to see is some cure can be implemented.
on Jun 27, 2008 at 10:18 am
The unwanted Independent and free Peninsula Examiner newspapers are a nuisance and an environmental waste. In San Francisco, the problem is so bad that Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi proposed an ordinance with fines for publishers who ignore requests to cease delivery.
Here on my peninsula, my neighbors and I have had success in getting the "free" Examiner to stop: Call the Examiner Peninsula circulation number at 866-733-7323 and tell them to stop delivery. When this doesn't work, call back and ask to talk to a supervisor. This usually works.
(I also document my calls in writing to The Examiner Peninsula, 450 Mission St., Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, just so I have evidence if I need to contact the Better Business Bureau, the Certified Audit of Circulations, or Menlo Park for violation of the ordinance. But in our experience, just writing a letter does not work - You have to call the Examiner).
I don't know anything about the ordinance, but I hope there is a fine for violators. Fining the Examiner will help out the town's budget. Getting the city council to look into it is a good idea.
on Jun 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm
Wow, there is definitely a ME in Menlo Park--in fact, maybe thats all there is. I read the article about Angelique Shepherd, owner of Dance Works who is losing her business because, through absolutely no fault of hers, the location of her dance studio isn't zoned properly for such a use--even though it was a dance studio when she bought it. And the reason, her business has been too successful(obviously filling a need), causing a parking problem for neighbors. The sad truth is though, no one in this forum said a word-no comments about the article at all. However, have someone say "Gee, I keep having to pick up a newspaper in my driveway that I don't want to read", and out come the endorsements for this to become an issue for the City Council to address!!-like they don't have important stuff to do. My compliments to the City Staff who are trying to help Angelique find a new location, and I wish her all the best--for those of you who have to pick up a newspaper once a week-too bad.