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The Observer sent to the City Manager’s office an email inquiring about recently installed street sweeping signs and the tickets given to car owners, seemingly without notice. The Observer also asked for clarification of what tracts and zones means. The Assistant Analyst II, Anissa Livas, responded with these answers:
Q: When did enforcement begin again?
A: “The City Council adopted Resolution No. 2019-50 authorizing the Public Works Department to post these signs city-wide, it was on the September 17, 2019, Council meeting agenda. On April 5, 2021, our Police Department and parking enforcement contractor, SP+, began enforcing all parking laws including overnight and street sweeping in posted areas. There was a warning period that lasted for two weeks from March 21 to April 4, 2021, in which warning citations were issued.”
Q: How did you notify residents?
A: “The public was made aware of enforcement starting again via the City’s social media pages (both the City and Police Department pages), including Nextdoor, on our website, Community Newsletter, and during City Council meetings.
Q: What does Tract mean? The map shows the different “zones” in the city where street sweeping takes place each day. These zones are not the “tracts” that the signs refer to since there are signs for different sweeping times with each zone.
A: “The terms “tract” and “zone” have two different meanings.
A “zone” is an area that has been designated a day of the week to be swept. There are five zones, and they are identified in the map below.
A “tract” is a group of homes within a smaller defined neighborhood with limited entry or exits.”
“It is possible to have multiple tracts in a single zone. Some of the new signings will state “NO PARKING STREET SWEEPING this STREET” while other signs will read “NO PARKING STREET SWEEPING this TRACT” and some signs will state both as you pointed out earlier.
Instead of signposting each street within a tract, the entrance to the neighborhood may be posted as an alternative. Either way, the map on our website is the best way to determine when your street sweeping day is, and the posted signs are intended to help assess what time of day a residential area will be swept.”
“In addition, Public Works has confirmed with me that they did not change zones, and street sweeping days are the same. However, they did confirm that the time of day has changed on some streets. For example, if in the past a resident had street sweeping done on Tuesday morning, it may have recently shifted to Tuesday afternoon.”
Fullerton Police Department has confirmed that they have received all parking citation appeals and have authorized several appeals due to new signage.
Send emails and photos of the area(s) if your street sweeping days and signs have changed to ALivas@cityoffullerton.com. It could be a mistake that needs to be corrected and at a minimum, Livas can forward it to the Maintenance division to make them aware of it.
The Public Works Department is working on reaching out to the community by issuing letters of notice that new signage is going up in some residential areas.
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