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No one appreciates a litter bug

Original post made on Jul 16, 2010

Dolores Fox Ciardelli is back with another [Web Link Diablo Views] and this time it's in regards to a messy and sometimes sticky situation: litter. After the Fourth of July parade was over, spectators' trash and taped spot savers were left for others to clean. "I don't see any yards in the San Ramon Valley with trash in them, so what's with dropping garbage on our public streets? Aren't they an extension of our back yards?"

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 15, 2010, 9:17 PM

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Posted by Mary Gallagher
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

Trash left along the 4th of July parade route has been a concern of ours as well. It seemed especially bad this year. It truly is appalling to see the total disregard some of the spectators had for our community. We always pack a trash bag with us and clean up after ourselves and those around us who leave their mess as well. I have sent some suggestions to the Kiwanis in hopes that in their pre-event advertising next year people can be encouraged to also bring their own trash bags or maybe could be an advertising freebie for one of the participants. Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention. The Kiwanis provides us with a wonderful family event now let's all, residents and visitors alike, keep Danville beautiful!

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Posted by DWC5
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

I too see litter as a problem that is best addressed at the source, but obviously that does not always work. I walk my dog daily and usually end up with a full grocery bag of litter from my neighborhood streets. Since I'm out walking with bag for my dog, I might as well pick up litter too. If more people would do the same, it would go along way towards reducing the amount of litter on our streets. Just an idea...that would help all our neighborhoods everyday of the year and not just at special events downtown.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

Why is anyone's the careless attitude of's this generation of folks that don't give a damn. You see it everyday at Starbuck's, at Safeway and just about any place people go. Our generation cared and respected ours...meaning folks born and raised from 1940 to 1960 after that forget it. Even worse are the folks born in the 80' what you damn please and let the other person take care of it.

Thanks Julia from Alamo

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Posted by Sue W.
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:45 am

! ! WOW ! !
I will not go near the Trader Joes area during lunch break
or after school let's out. Yes, luck of polish is everywhere.

The High School in downtown Walnut Creek is on LOCK DOWN at
lunch time. Go Figure.

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Posted by Karen
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

Yes, this is one of my pet peeves as well. I cannot believe that people have so little regard for our environment. It happens at concerts, at the beach etc. Why do people who would never think of trashing their home or their neighbors' homes think it is okay to trash a public place?!!!

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Posted by Justine
a resident of Diablo
on Jul 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Yes, I could not agree more! It is shocking how many people actually
toss trash onto the streets, roads as they are walking or driving by.
We need to raise everyone's awareness to this situation and all help
the cause of keeping our towns beautiful and helping our environment.
California highways have never had so much trash on them--it is a
shame but is preventable. Maybe we need to start a 'Do not Litter'
campaign again and begin fining those who do not adhere.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I went to the Parade 4 times when i realized what was happening after the Parade ? I could not believe that my neighbors would take
a large plastic garbage bag and fill it up with all the trash that
was left behind by the other Parade viewers . As a left the parade i could not believe the other viewers just left there Trash and did not even try pick-up after there viewing of the parade ? I told my neighbors that i thought Danville should issue ticket's for litering
the streets and sidewalks ? I have not been to the Parade for 2 years since i can not accept that kind of attitude be the people who have no value for OUR town of Danville ? I was born in Illinois in 1944 . I would be happy to issue Liter tickets to parade viewers next year ????? Jack

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Let's start a campaign to stop the littering on our roads! It is
disgraceful.....let's allow our police to charge big fines for
loitering and we will have our streets respectable again.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jul 17, 2010 at 8:38 am

Unfortunately, money cannot buy good taste, and we see that it also can't buy good manners. I know this is a bit off-topic, but some of the rudest drivers I encounter are in the three Blackhawk area shopping centers. And as for the trash, we don't really have teenagers to blame in this instance, since it's mostly parents & younger children who attend the parade. And what a nice example these piggies are setting for their kids: "The world is our garbage can little Tyler, so just go ahead and throw your juice box wherever you please. Some low income person will surely pick it up for us".

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Posted by Jan
a resident of Danville
on Jul 17, 2010 at 10:21 am

Let's begin to show pride in our neighborhoods....and stop littering
along the streets! Why do some people think they can toss their
trash out of their car window or simply drop it as they are out
walking??? This is our neighborhood and our environment---let's
stop trashing it. It's amazing how much trash one sees while driving
along 680 corridor---never was like like only a few short years ago
and is not like that in other states! What's happening in California?? Let's all try to turn this around!

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Posted by Lili
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

Take a look at Monte Vista HS after brunch or lunch break, and you will see where litterbugs thrive. Those kids can get into MIT, but have no concern for their campus. It's pathetic! I agree that steep fines for littering, as well as a district-wide "don't litter" campaign should go into effect ASAP.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 18, 2010 at 8:35 am

Just another example of the stuck-up Danville snobs. Parents that what to be their kids friend rather than parent and teach. I am proud to say that I made my children clean up after themselves after the parade.

Also, thank you to all of the Boy Scouts and other volunteers who cleaned up after the parade!

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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Danville
on Jul 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I agree with DWC5. When I walk the dog, I also pick-up trash along my way. Do people really want Danville to look like a blighted, down on its luck city? Are other residents not aware of how this can affect property values if left unchecked? Sometimes, the only way to get people to understand is to hit them in their pocketbook. Starting a no litter campaign sounds brilliant to me.

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Posted by PE
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 19, 2010 at 9:24 am

I am with Jack---I would be more than glad to donate my time to issue tickets for littering---nothing will stop such careless, apathetic behavior like a very stiff fine that will hurt enough to make one think twice since there are many affluent people in this area. Isn't it funny that the generation that once cared about such values as littering has brought up a generation that lacks interest in such things as manners, littering, etc. I bet that much stems from the parents of the children at fault because they do not teach and enforce their lessons on their children. School is meant for subjects such as science, English, etc however many parents think (or depend) that the other lessons in life that are equally important, such as manners, cleaning up after oneself in public etc. are taught in school. Not so! Schools are not meant for baby sitting or for teaching children personal and social skills, which should be taught at home and used at such places as at schools. That is where the problem stems---from lack of parenting which includes parents teaching their children the "other" lessons.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

I wish that would work PE, but my experience with Danville parents leaves me to believe a fine would never work. I know of several parents who prefer to pay off the debts of their children rather than teach their children what they did was wrong. Look at our local sports organizations who charge parents that don’t volunteer their time. Many parents would rather pay (some up to $800 per season) than have to work at a snack shack or setup/cleanup a field. Once again, it comes down to the fact that many Danville residents think they are too special, and that someone else should cleanup after them. Paying a fine may help to cleanup, but it is not stopping the problem.

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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jul 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I am increasingly upset about old garage sale signs. Most of the time, the people who hung them up in the first place just leave them there after the sale. I propose a "bounty" on those. Other people could take them down and bring them into the town offices. Volunteers could then go to the homes of the offender, collect a fee and split it with the town.
On the other hand, my wonderful,sweet granddaughters drink a juice box in my yard and when they finish the drink, it is dropped on the ground. When queried as to why they did the deed, they just look at me. Then I instruct them in the value of leaving no footprint on the earth. They think I'm overreacting!
I recently went to the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles to visit my sister and her family. I confess, I was born and raised there, (don't hold it against me, please!), but got out many years ago. The trash in LA is way worse.

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Posted by Alex
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Collins, I agree about the garage sale signs. And I think the same thing- bring them to the town/city offices. But what about the politician signs that are forgotten about??

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jul 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

jrm is a registered user.

True story...a few years ago I was running on the Iron Horse Trail and a walker ahead of me passed a discarded Starbucks cup someone has tossed carelesssly earlier in the day. I saw her stop, turn around and pick up the cup and carry it to the next trash can. She had no idea I saw her, it was just a random good deed on her part. As I passed her I said "thanks...I saw you go back and pick up the cup" and ever since then I too pick up litter when I see it on the trail. Her single act motivated me to do the same thing.

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Posted by Luc
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I agree with most of the sentiments expressed in this forum regarding litter and how it degrades our nice town. Basically, it's about consideration for others. I also think that the excessive noise made by Harley motorcycles degrades our environment. I see no reason why the pleasure that's apparently experienced by riding a powerful motorcycle must also be accompanied by such ear-blasting noise. Again, it's about consideration for others, right? I, for one, would love to see that noise erradicated along with the litter.

You Harley owners, I certainly would never trample on your right to pursue your happiness, but your right to do so ends where it causes unnecessary discomfort for those around you. Think about it...

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Posted by Jerry H.
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

The "noise" is part of the Harley experience. If you don't like it wear earplugs or stay home.

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Posted by Peg
a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Noise from the motorcycles is a nuisance. Can something be done about it?

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