Illegal parking nets bucks for Atherton


Atherton police issued parking citations in connection with the Menlo Charity Horse Show that could increase department revenues by about $1,600, according to logs for the Atherton Police Department.

Like a rash, the logs for Tuesday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 15, were sprinkled with a total of 42 "parking problem" citations, the great majority of which were issued where Elena Avenue intersects with Isabella Avenue or Park Lane.

Homeowners in the area tended to call in police when parkers blocked driveways or crushed ivy, Lt. Joe Wade told The Almanac. Police arriving on the scene then usually discovered more violations and wrote tickets accordingly, he said.

"This is what happens every year, is that a ton of cars come," Mr. Wade said. "It's just kind of a nightmare. It's one of the times that we're strictly enforcing the no-parking policies ... so we're out there writing tickets."

Horse show spokeswoman Nan Chapman, asked to comment on some 42 parking citations, replied: "That does not surprise me. I think people from out of the area don't pay attention to the no-parking signs. They may be in a hurry to get to a class they signed up for."

"We try and warn them over the loudspeaker 'Please don't do it, please don't do it,'" she said.

Each citation costs the vehicle owner $38, Mr. Wade said, adding that he was not aware of any vehicles that were towed.

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Posted by Jank Ett
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm

WOW! A whole $1600! Boy that will help offset the city's deficit! @@

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Posted by Woodsider
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Maybe they should have concentrated on watching out for burglaries - our car was broken into - in same area one was broken into last year (we found out after the fact)

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Posted by Moe
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

OK It's the law. No parking means no parking. The question is how many of these no parking signs are really needed or resonable. Atherton has a tendency to be too restrictive about parking.
$1600.- is laughable.

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Posted by Excuse Me
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Aug 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Shame on you Atherton! Hand that money over to the Vista Center for the Blind, the organization for whom the money was being raised for in the first place. The people you ticketed probably donated more money in one sitting than you collected all together, a whole 1,600 dollars? Not exactly a wind fall for your town's short fall.

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Posted by PardonezMoi
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

That money should have gone to our Psychic Research Foundation which could have made better use of it and our Edgar Cayce foundation for the sons of Nostradamus Society, which has predicted more disasters in the last month, than any other spiritual group.
So there.

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