Try posting them here.
So, would you be willing to pay for a loading dock for Lowell, or are you just being a sanctomonious prick?
At least it can be said that no one at The Stranger ever does anything illegal.
Hate to burst your little bubble, but the Special Ed kids have an unloading place of their own just south (behind) this picture. None of the kids, Special Ed or APP, walk this section of sidewalk.
This truck is backed right up to the cafeteria doors. Where else would you have it?
Um...5 Feet over in the empty unloading parking space?
Who knows. Maybe just before Sanctimonious prick snapped the picture, there was another truck there in the "loading area" (such as it is). Or maybe because sanctimonious prick is incapable of understanding that it is easier to unload carts of food (to feed those precious little over-acheivers and differently abled tots) on a flat surface. I'm sure sanctimonious prick would have an equally self-righteous fit if he/she thought that the little ones were being fed cold food.
The point remains: Unless you are a disabled student trying to get by on the sidewak, a parent of that disabled student, or one of the workers in question, it's none of your damn business. And, in the real world, it can be as simple as saying "hey, mind if you move the truck?"
That's the problem with the school district, as the Stranger frequently points out: Too many big thinkers and neurotic parents demanding appeasement for perceived slights.
If it happens in a public place, it's all of OUR business....Raj.
The point is that it is illegal to park on the sidewalk, it does not matter if the school was build yesterday or two centuries ago; unless there is an exception only for school delivery trucks, school employees, and soccer moms to park illegally wherever they want to, destroying green areas and breaking the sidewalks concrete, which will be fix by tax payers money sooner or later.
The mayor Mr. Nickels is encouraging people to pant trees, and the school district who claims not to have money, spent money to remove such trees which beautify the school and surrounding areas (right, no money for beautification of this school; lets not forget that they lost 30 millions in one school around a year ago and they could not explain why, so they asked for more money now, oh yes, everybody forgot about that already). Let’s remember Lowell school used to have handicap load/unload zone right in fornt of the door, but it was removed so parents with big SWUV can drop the kids right there, I guess they have more preference than handicaps, and the delivery loading zone is usually the parking spot for the janitor.
The road that once divided the playground from the school for “safety reasons” have become a paradise for homeless, drug addicts, and who knows what else. Some parents volunteer to walk around the area before the school opens so they can pick up needles, used condoms, bottles, and who knows what so children can not get hurt with that, is that called “safety reasons”? Let’s not forget somebody doing “sexual misconduct” at the other side of that fence last week during recess… in this case, I do not think the issue is to reopen that street, which was re fenced recently without permit.
Speaking about parking, you have to check the street signs carefully if you drive around Lowell school, because the street signs are changed around once a year. I do not know, but I guess it is not that simple just to change them every time your convenience changed.
Lowell used to have a handicap load/unload zone right at the East entrance door a few years ago. Around two years ago, it was changed to no parking any time, then a year ago to school busses load/unload only, and now it is school load/unload until 6 PM/no parking any time. At the corners, they used to have Stop signs, now they are Yield sings.
I hope sombody got a permit to replace such sings… by the way, where is their handicap load/unload zone now?
Where do the school administrators and district leaders get off thinking laws apply to everyone...except them. Do something creative, school officials, and create a parking area. It might not be right at the door, but look to the large area at the N. end of the lot. For heavens sake, solve the problem and stop crying.
There exists no "blue handicapped loading zone" whatsoever, designated for special needs children anywhere along 11th Ave East or anywhere else around Lowell--save a couple parking spaces in a lot three blocks away from the main entrance. The very same parking lot where a man was seen masturbating in front of the children only a few weeks ago.
There was a dedicated handcapped load zone in front of the main entrance, but it was removed about two years ago. Lowell has 80 plus special needs children, many of which are wheel chair bound. Parents are forced to load in the street and take their chances.
The zoning was changed presumably by request of the school principal for reasons which are all together unclear. I wonder if this change is in compliance with the City Codes and Americans with Disablities Act. I suppose handicapped can park and unload at the end of Aloha....only three city blocks away, while parents with SUV, Lexus, and Mercedes proceed to the front door to pasha their children to school in complete comfort. What's next valet parking?
The stated capacity of Lowell is 533 students. The 2005 enrollment shows 570 students. Funny, we have too many students at this school, creating dangerous conditions while the school officials seek to close schools that have too few students. Things that make you go Hmmm?
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