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Council limits parking near two Danville high schools

No parking allowed on southern end of Glen Road from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. on school days

The potential for off-campus student parking has been reduced in one neighborhood near a pair of Danville high schools.

The Danville Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new parking restrictions on a portion of Glen Road, northwest of Del Amigo and San Ramon Valley high schools, according to Geoff Gillette, town public information coordinator.

Parking is now not allowed on the street from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. on school days between Van Gordon Place and Del Amigo Road.

"The neighborhood is owed this courtesy," Danville Mayor Robert Storer said in a follow-up interview.

The council's decision was made, in part, to address residents' concerns and "promote the safe and orderly movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic," according to the council resolution.

Some Glen Road residents argued that student parking in their neighborhood led to high traffic volumes, incidents of vandalism and disrespectful behavior toward homeowners.

"We cannot continue with this type of neighborhood disruptions and traffic congestion from the high school," Storer said.

The situation is compounded by a lack of adequate on-campus parking at SRVHS coupled with a lack of viable off-campus alternatives, the mayor added.

"We are clearly not blaming the students; they just simply have no place to go," he said. "The town will continue to partner with the school district until we have found a reasonable (long-term) solution."

Council members ultimately chose the least restrictive of the three options presented by town staff. One called for no parking on all of Glen Road and the other proposed no parking on Glen Road, Van Gordon Place or Shelly Place -- each option would also have applied only on school days, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.

The new no-parking signs are expected to be posted within the next several weeks, Gillette said.

In other business, the council conducted its midyear review of the 2013-14 budget and approved a handful of budget adjustments.

At the midway point, town revenues appear on track to meet budget projections according to Elizabeth Hudson, town finance director and treasurer.

The building and planning division expects to see $400,000 more revenue than originally anticipated because of increases in development applications and building inspections in the first half of the year and high demand projected for the second half, Hudson said.

Council members approved nearly $450,000 in budget adjustments to account for new or higher-than-expected expenditures throughout the year.

The moves included $196,000 for increased contracts for building inspection and plan-checking services, $100,000 to cover code enforcement activities, $62,000 in higher costs for traffic-signal maintenance, $50,000 to fund outside legal counsel and $40,000 to hire a full-time public works inspector.

The costs will be covered by existing funds or future fee revenues, Hudson said.

The council also signed off on nearly $1.3 million in new funding for capital improvement projects, consisting of $516,200 for Railroad Avenue improvements, $500,000 for added landscaping on the Interstate 680 auxiliary lanes project and $221,000 for San Ramon Valley Boulevard widening between Jewel Terrace and Fountain Springs Drive.

Sufficient funding was available for the three moves, according to Hudson.

Council members also adopted the recognized obligation payment schedule for the successor agency to the former town community development agency and approved an $84,200 administrative budget for successor agency activities between July 1 and Dec. 31 of this year.

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Posted by Carl Buettner
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Feb 21, 2014 at 7:45 am

I find this to be akin to homeowners who bought a home near an airport and then complaining about the noise of the airplanes flying above them. Hello? You bought your home near an airport! Only difference here is that the council will cowtow to the homeowners over the teenagers who park their cars to attend school.


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Posted by S. Kwyre
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

You owe royalties to Peter Kluget for his copyright.


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Posted by FanDanville
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

Of all the building projects that SRVHS should ever have got involved in, they should have provided completely sufficient on-campus parking for all students and all uses of the school grounds, while maintaining completely unencumbered parking and streets for all surrounding areas (including the strip of SRV Blvd roadway across from the school. And they should have provided this parking FIRST, before any other building projects (that obviously rely on this parking)!
Getting to and from school and traffic control and flow has always been the very first step in education--the start and finish of every day.

They should never have impinged on anybody else's space. They should not offer one class without having adequate parking and traffic flow control to go along with it.
They should have well-planned pickup and drop off locations that do not impact at all on the normal traffic flow of their bordering streets.
They should have parking for ANY AND ALL students (teachers, parents, sports audiences, etc) that desire to park on-campus--100% parking.

In evaluating past years of parking and traffic history, I would GRADE SRVHS (and probably most other MDUSD schools) with a grade of "F" (and that's not Pass/Fail).


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Posted by FanDanville
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

And they should NOT be trying to FORCE alternative parking concepts or transportation concepts upon students (parents, etc).
In other words, no "compact" sizing of parking spots (which is discriminatory to those owning or desiring non-compact cars).
No forcing of bussing (unless students/parents desire it), carpooling, lottery for in-adequate parking spots, provision of parking on a paid basis (such that some students can't obtain it)--it should be part of district's obligations to provide.

Adequate parking should be a duty and requirement of the School District, along with adequate traffic flow designs.

[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment and offensive language]

But, yes, it would cost more money.
The money for this basic system infrastructure should have come FIRST and been highest priority. Instead these needs have always been treat as a deferred wish list.


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Posted by SRHS Grad
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Parking has been and issue for decades. In the 80s there was unpaved land where Starbucks now stands. That undeveloped land was used without complaint for overflow parking 30 years ago. Also, the old community center was torn down in 1984 and a gravel parking lot was created for the students. Now those parking alternatives have been built upon, creating less parking options for a student body that continues to grow. Kids no longer ride bikes to school which ads to parents driving to pick them up throughout the area, making traffic tough to navigate at times. The town needs to create a parking lot feasible for the students.


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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Feb 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

Whoa, SRHS Grad! Slow down, big fella. Logic, reason, facts, history, a balanced perspective? A reasonable assessment of shared responsibility?

That sort of thing will get you nowhere. You need to demand that your preference be exalted over everything else, without any concern for cost or consequences. Shout and scream and pound the table and threaten to hold your breath until you turn blue like FanD. That's how you make your point here.


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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Feb 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Who thinks students can readily ride bikes or walk to school? They can typically have far more going on then their own parents as it relates to getting places on a schedule: Sports, arts, volunteering, jobs, food, social life. However, that said, encouraging more alternative commute options seems like an idea to explore given the parking situation.
FanDanville: Have you ever heard the phrase "Don't S$#T on me!" The corollary is "Don't Should on me." There is some good literature on the psychology and perception of the use of "Should."


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Posted by FanDanville
a resident of Danville
on Feb 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

JT,

Actually, I did realize that I was using (and overusing) the "should" word and its negative psychological connotations.
But I thought/felt that this problem--the lack of preemptive consideration for adequate parking and good traffic flow at SRVHS for the past 20 years--was deserving of an obnoxious tone-of-voice. I simply didn't care!
The comment isn't trying to be nice, persuasive, proper, conciliatory, or PC. It's more exasperate and fed-up!

It's not like I'm really trying to change anything at MDUSD. They been impervious to common sense for years.

But thanks for picking up on it!


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Danville
on Feb 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

Ok people before you write a comment you should at least pause and think about what you're writing. And getting your facts right might bolster your case a little also.

FanDanville - Number 1 - San Ramon Valley High School is part of the SRVUSD not the MDUSD so if you have hate in your heart for MDUSD that's fine but don't let that spill over onto SRVUSD. And number 2 - SRVHS has grown in size since it was established over 100 years ago. And while planners can try to anticipate how much parking will be required they can't build for 100 year plan. Our high school site is very constricted because of its location unlike Monte Vista which has acres of open space which they can use for parking. We don't have that luxury in our current location. I agree with the previous comment -- the people you bought houses near the high school should have been well aware students parked along those streets. For them to complain now is ridiculous.


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