If there is one thing that gets Breans riled up, it is street sweeping.
We like our parkways clean, but that’s not always attainable, particularly in areas where cars parked on the street is the norm. Especially now, because of the pandemic, with so many people working or schooling at home.
Brea’s residential streets are swept twice a month on specific days. There is no parking enforcement. It is a pilot program that began in March 2019. Previously, streets were swept weekly and if you left your car at the curb it probably got cited by a non-sworn parking control officer.
Is it time to bring back parking citations on street sweeping days?
At the April 6 City Council meeting, Public Works Director Tony Olmos reported on the street sweeping program and a survey of targeted areas most impacted by street parking. Unfortunately, we have a lot of lovely, large homes with very short driveways.
Olmos said that in October of 2020, 1,515 surveys were mailed to folks in the targeted areas: Canyon Country northwest of Brea Boulevard/State College Boulevard; Site Drive; Walnut Avenue/Acacia Street near South Brea Boulevard; Blackstone north of Santa Fe Street; and Olinda Ranch, northeast of Valencia Avenue/Lambert Road.
The survey had several options:
- Option 1A: Restore weekly street sweeping and parking enforcement.
- Option 2A: Keep sweeping twice a month with parking enforcement.
- Option 1B: Restore weekly sweeping without parking enforcement.
- Option 2B: Keep sweeping twice a month without parking enforcement.
- Option 3: Sweep twice a month, but sweep alternate sides of the street, and have parking enforcement.
By Nov. 6, only 500 responses had been received. Olmos said 152 were removed because they didn’t live in the targeted areas; leaving 278 respondents who chose Option 1A as first choice, Option 2B for second choice and Option 2A as the third choice.
That wasn’t enough for the council members who asked that city staffers look more closely at the targeted areas and maybe come up with other options.
I don’t live in a targeted area, but I think sweeping alternative sides of the street would give residents the opportunity to park across the street the two hours the sweeper is expected. Well, unless you live on a street like Laurie Starkey does with parking allowed only on one side of her street, and she has a very short driveway.
Starkey spoke during the April 6 council meeting’s Matters from the Audience via Zoom.
She said there was no survey option for sweeping twice a month on alternative sides, but without parking enforcement, and that many people don’t have other options besides parking in the street. Said Starkey, a college professor: “I’ve been working at home since March 2020, and I’m not headed back to my campus until January 2022 at the earliest. We have four cars and four drivers who are at home 24/7, and that is not changing in June.”
Tom Schultz spoke in person at the meeting and said because of other people parking in front of his house, his parkway hasn’t been swept in four months. Maybe parking enforcement is needed in cases such as his.
How often do you want your street swept, and with or without parking enforcement?
Let the City Council know.
Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at [email protected]