Neighborhood parking a problem for local residents

By Megan Viste

Two new signs have recently been placed along Valley Boulevard near Omar Street prohibiting Cal Poly Pomona students from parking in the residential area as a result of neighborhood residents complaining to the university and the city about the issues it has caused for them.

Approximately two months ago, in late February, the university received an email from residents of the neighborhood listing issues the community has experienced with the influx of CPP students parking in the vicinity.

“We got complaints from the community, the residents of the neighborhood, that Cal Poly Pomona students were parking in the neighborhood and it was being disruptive to the community in general,” said Michael Biagi, director of Parking and Transportation Services.

However, it is not within CPP’s ability to act on the complaints since the issues are not occurring on campus property. As a result, the complaints have been taken to the city of Pomona.

Residents have complained about their trash cans being moved from the street up onto the sidewalks on trash day. Students then proceed to park in front of the trash cans. This action prevents waste management from collecting residents’ trash.

Pomona resident Broc Sandelin stated in an email sent to CPP that one of his sprinkler heads was broken in the process of his trash can being moved onto his yard to gain a parking spot in front of his house.

There have also been complaints that cars are parked so close to the trash cans left in the street that notes from the neighborhood trash collectors have been found stating that they were unable to pick up the trash due to inaccessibility caused by the close proximity of vehicles to the trash receptacles.

The issues of neighborhood cleanliness continue as residents complained that CPP students have ignored signs prohibiting parking on street sweeping days. Residents claim that parked student vehicles in the neighborhood on sweeping days has prevented their streets from being swept in their entirety for months.

Tickets have been issued due to the various infractions but appear to do little to resolve the issue.

“The parking officer comes by around 7:45-8 [a.m.] to give tickets, and by 8:30 [a.m.], the street is full of cars again and our street does not get cleaned,” said Sandelin in the email to CPP. “Add this to all the trash [“] the students throw out and do not pick up when they are parked there and this is getting seriously out of hand.”

Residents are also concerned that the student vehicles parked in their neighborhood leave little street parking for their guests and them to park.

The city of Pomona has notified residents that they have the option to petition to make the neighborhood a permit parking only area, but that would require residents to pay for a permit to park in front of their own houses. This would also mean the addition of less than aesthetically pleasing street signs stating that a resident permit is required to park on the street.

Residents also expressed concern for students’ safety when they cross the street coming to and from campus, as there are no crosswalks available along Valley Boulevard.

“The speed limit on Valley [Boulevard] is 45 miles per hour,” said resident Jenna Henderson in an email to the university. “Cars often go at least 55 [miles per hour] and there is no crosswalk for students to safely cross the street. Cal Poly [Pomona] students are parking and crossing back and forth over this dangerous stretch of road near a train track.”

Pomona resident Bill McAdams also expressed concern for pedestrian safety due to the traffic brought on by students rushing to make it to class on time.

“I’m out here only because I had an operation and the doctor told me to walk for exercise,” said McAdams. “I don’t like this one bit. I’ve been nearly hit every day I come out here: skateboards, bicycles, people walking and reading something on their electronics ” it’s a big bother.”

Students parking in the residential area has continued, according to residents, despite the placement of the “no parking” signs. It is not known whether the city of Pomona plans to take any further action on the issue.

“The police department is trying this effort to help our students understand that we need to be respectful neighbors of the residents that live in that community,” said Biagi.

A sign near Valley Blvd. prohibiting parking

Jacqueline Estrada / The Poly Post

A sign near Valley Blvd. prohibiting parking

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