Car-Sleeping, not on MY Palo Alto Street Rebuttal:

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Highlights: The saying is correct, but the interpretation is wrong, Wrong, WRONG. It does not mean, “Not on my street, and not in Palo Alto.” It means, “Not on my street, but on streets or lots away from neighborhoods.”

AKA: Give the “Homeless-Streets” to the “Homeless-People.

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Written by Don Design Jr.

The saying is correct, but the interpretation is wrong, Wrong, WRONG. It does not mean, “Not on my street, and not in Palo Alto.”
It means, “Not on my street, but on streets or lots away from neighborhoods.”

URGENT: Palo Alto is the only city in Santa Clara county that allows Car-Sleeping.
But this is at risk: The City Council will decide on an issue coming up soon to outlaw Car-Sleeping.

Residents, understandably, are annoyed even frightened by strangers Car-Sleeping near their front doors.

Other cities have solved this conflict! Other cities have successfully kept Car-Sleepers out of neighborhoods. The two main methods are permits to park in restricted overnight areas linkk, and Overnight Parking Programs linkk.

Permits to park in restricted overnight areas:
Car-Sleepers are now forced into Palo Alto neighborhoods because “Homeless-Streets” (streets without homes or apartments) are posted to prevent late hour parking.
. . A permit would allow people to park overnight at places that are now posted such as, “NO PARKING BETWEEN 2AM AND 6AM.” Most of these places are away from homes and apartments. Now these Homeless-Streets are posted, because Police are concerned that illegal activities could take place at those places at those hours.
. . Other cities are allowing overnight parking on “Homeless-Streets.” To confirm, do a web search for, Homeless street overnight parking.

Issuing permits:
The permits could be issued by a city department. And/or the police could investigate new vehicles without permits, take down information, and issue Parking Permits on the spot. The permits could be displayed on the window. This should provide a place for the homeless to park and prevent illegal activities, because the police will know each car so parked.

We say, “Give the “Homeless-Streets” to the “Homeless-People.”

Overnight Parking Programs are provided in many cities by the St. Vincent de Paul Society and others:
http://www.svdp.us/overnight-parking.php5

“Just where do these people go to the bathroom anyway?”
pFisher@MercuryNews.com, a not quite bleeding heart who is campaigning to ban Car-Sleepers, asked this bathroom question. The question is a ploy to degrade Car-Sleepers and discuss residents. It is an intellectual trying to sway the DUMB masses with a meaningless question. It is an insult to both the Car-Sleepers and the residents. It is a low blow, outlawed in a fair fight.
. . pF wants you to think their droppings are all over your lawns and sidewalks. They are not. pF asks the question because there is no visible clue as to what happens to the waste. Out of sight, out of mind, out of smell. Only her question stinks!

Dogs on the other hand do leave evidence.
If you ban Car-Sleeping in Palo Alto on account of body wastes, you must ban dirty dogs and their owners in Palo Alto as well.

I will explain for those too dumb to figure it out for yourselves. You may someday be on a long trip in open country where the next bathroom is 60 miles away and you are urgent. Or you just may not be able to make it to the next bathroom. What are you going to do?

The answer to the bathroom question is public bathrooms, bottles or plastic bags, boxes and trash bags, and of course, behind the bushes. Pilots of small bathroom less airplanes use bottles and bags to pee into. Flights on small planes are short enough to avoid solid waste in flight. Most people can go overnight without solid waste. Public toilets take care of most of the solid waste. Some people have emergency toilets just in case. A folded cardboard box can be unfolded and lined with a trash bag. That makes a good emergency toilet. These car-people even use TP, but they often use paper towels.

I don’t think pF is one of you dumb people who can’t figure it out. pF just wanted to push her point.
A small plane pilot’s comment: Pilots often pee in plastic bags or containers on long flights. Sometimes when I drive a car on a long drive, I pee in a container rather than take the time to stop. I don’t like gas station bathrooms anyway. Note: This pilot is a Medical Doctor; he is not one of the dumb ones!

Littering, barbecuing, and noise:
pFisher@MercuryNews.com complained about these, even though there are already laws against them. Just like the bathroom question, it is a ploy, attempt to sway, and an insult to many. Most Car-Sleepers try not to attract attention, which means not to make a pest of themselves.

I am a RV Gypsy myself. I don’t trash or waste on your lawns or sidewalks. linkk.

I don’t think you people are as dumb as pF thinks you are. I think you people see right thru her ploys. Maybe pF is the dumb one? Maybe?

If other cities can solve this Car-Sleepers in the neighborhoods problem, why can’t Palo Alto?

Parking permits and Overnight Parking Programs are the answer, not banishment.

Note: many newspaper reporters are being laid off; pFisher may be looking for a place to park overnight soon. Her “Not on MY Street” may hit her in her face.

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A small plane pilot’s comment: Pilots often pee in plastic bags or containers on long flights. Sometimes when I drive a car on a long drive, I pee in a container rather than take the time to stop. I don’t like gas station bathrooms anyway. Note: This pilot is a Medical Doctor; he is not one of the dumb ones!

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I will explain for those too dumb to figure it out for yourselves. You may someday be on a long trip in open country where the next bathroom is 60 miles away and you are urgent. Or you just may not be able to make it to the next bathroom. What are you going to do?
These car-people even use TP, but they often use paper towels.
I don’t think pF is one of you dumb people who can’t figure it out. pF just wanted to push her point.
I don’t think you people are as dumb as pF thinks you are. I think you people see right thru her ploys. Maybe pF is the dumb one? Maybe?

A small plane pilot’s comment: Pilots often pee in plastic bags or containers on long flights. Sometimes when I drive a car on a long drive, I pee in a container rather than take the time to stop. I don’t like gas station bathrooms anyway. Note: This pilot is a Medical Doctor; he is not one of the dumb ones!

I am a RV Gypsy myself. I don’t trash or waste on your lawns or sidewalks. linkk.

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