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Friday, January 12, 2007

Cranky crankster

posted by on January 12 at 15:14 PM

I may have jumped the gun earlier today posting a reader’s complaints, accompanied by documentary photos, about school district employees parking their vehicles on the sidewalk of a school full of handicapped children. Turns out this diligent reader, Tom Bailiff, is a very diligent complainer, having logged regular grievances with the district operations office for EIGHT YEARS. The operations manager, Lynn Good, receives several calls from Bailiff every day. Some of Bailiff’s complaints are technically justified. It is illegal to park on the sidewalks. But since the school was built in 1903, it was never designed with mass truck deliveries in mind. Good says drivers will now begin blocking off the street to make deliveries. From what I can tell, however, most of Bailiff’s issues are bunk. He wants to reopen a road that once divided the playground from the school. It was closed off in the 1970s. For safety reasons. Bailiff also complains about the school removing trees from the property. Turns out Bailiff himself planted the trees—without a permit—in some holes in the asphalt near the school. Apparently, the campus needed beautification. Some people have too much time on their hands.

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hey that's like you, and your slog posts.

Posted by seattle98104 | January 12, 2007 3:16 PM

Too much time on my hands, its ticking away with my sanity
Ive got too much time on my hands, its hard to believe such a calamity
Ive got too much time on my hands and its ticking away from me
Too much time on my hands, too much time on my hands
Too much time on my hands

Posted by seattle98104 | January 12, 2007 3:20 PM

i think we've all seen a window into our futures, bloggers and commenters alike.

Posted by charles | January 12, 2007 3:27 PM

so true charles, so true.

Posted by seattle98104 | January 12, 2007 3:29 PM
Posted by research | January 12, 2007 3:35 PM

Why does the district appease these people? The next thing he will complain about will be how the trucks are blocking the street.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | January 12, 2007 4:13 PM

hmmm... where's his house, I'm sure i'll have qualms with his choice of landscaping. i feel the need to plant some trees.

Posted by seattle98104 | January 12, 2007 4:22 PM

Every governmental entity (schools, utilities, legislative office, department of whatever) has its "regulars". They call every week (sometimes every day) to complain or comment on something. Sometimes they are loveable or at least benign and others are frothing at the mouth every single time. Usually these people are right about 20% of the time. (Or they are 100% right about an issue that isn't remotely worth daily phone calls.)

Posted by regular | January 12, 2007 4:52 PM

Yeah, like Jean Godden, who shows up at City Hall about five days a week.

Posted by rodrigo | January 12, 2007 6:25 PM

I would like to thank The Stranger for posting the pictures of the illegally parked school vehicles on the planting strips and sidewalk. (which was occurring daily until this was posted)

I invite my critics to "walk around" the parameter of Lowell Elementary, you'll find all the planting strips are torn up by vehicles. It looks pretty shabby and it's particullary sad to see this at the hands of a public agency. The school district has several reasonable options available:

a) making a proper load zone for the 500+ students and 100+ staff and support personel. It merely involves a permit and a street cut to provide adequate space for buses, delivery vehicles, and handicapped access. (Speaking of which there is no designated "blue handicapped zone" for Lowell even though I believe it has about 80 to 100 special needs children)

b) Utilizing the closed section of Roy Street for additional parking, loading etc which will meet the demands of this school. It doesn't have to be fully opened. Just thoughtfully utilized. Is this really too much to ask of our public officials and school administration?

With regard to the quip about planting trees, well, I can only opine: "it's a good thing to have living trees in the planting strip". I'm sure we can all agree on that.

On a more salient tangent, I question the wisdom of a public agency which rips them out to use it illegally as a loading zone. That's very bad form.

I would end in saying, should we not address our concerns to the public when something is wrong?


Posted by T. Bailiff | January 16, 2007 2:32 PM

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 front of the door, but it was removed so parents with big SUV can drop their gifted 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.

Posted by Imannol | January 16, 2007 2:40 PM

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