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Danville council restricts parking near SRVHS

Original post made on Aug 15, 2014

The Danville Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to restrict parking on Las Barrancas Drive near San Ramon Valley High after residents voiced concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety in the neighborhood.

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Comments (16)

Posted by Barbara
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 7:31 am

Although certainly not a fan of the Town Council it seems like the real culprit in this situation is the SRVUSD. Please correct me if I'm wrong but my interpretation is that the SRVUSD has not built out enough parking at the high school which then forces students to park on the street. With their parking on the street it then becomes a city issue. So when you close one street they have to go to another and another...However, back to the Town Council, if this truly is the situation why aren't they putting severe pressure on the SRVUSD?

Posted by luke
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 15, 2014 at 8:16 am

if you drive by the high school parking lot during the day you will see numerous
parking spots available for students. Many students choose to not park in the lot
for whatever reason. THAT needs to be addressed by SRVUSD !

Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

The town council did the right thing, and in doing so, this has put pressure on SRVUSD to address the parking issue more seriously. Carpooling isn't the answer. Most students would opt for driving alone and parking right next to SRVH, it's called "the path of least resistance" for most students. So if these types of parking restrictions are in place that path becomes a lot farther and kids will be parking in Alamo. Hopefully by then the student body and the parents of SRVH will care enough to put pressure on SRVUSD to build a parking structure.

Posted by
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:07 am

This same parking issue happened at Monte Vista. The kids were parking in and around the Whitegate neighborhood and the residents of the neighborhood didn't like it. SRVUSD eventually built a huge parking lot across from the school.

Too bad for our kids... no place to park their BMWs! Boo Hoo.

Posted by Patty
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

Barbara hit the nail on the head...this should be a SRVUSD issue...should being the key word. was also correct...when the issue occurred at MV, the district bought land and provided them with a shiny new parking lot. For whatever reason, San Ramon Valley High School has always been treated as the step child of the district instead of the matriarch, which is is. Fact: not enough parking spaces on campus for everyone. Suggestion: close Love Lane at the trail to Railroad and annex that to the campus. It will never happen, but certainly would help.

Posted by Parent
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

I agree very strongly that this is a school district issue! Additional parking in the form of a parking structure should have been built FIRST before spending millions on solar panels. Our tax dollars should be spent on excellent teachers, a safe school environment and EASY accessibility for our students!!!

Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Uh, Parent? The solar panels are returning a hefty profit on the investment made in them by lowering the schools' electric bill by a substantial percentage of the cost of the panels every year. That wasn't an "expense" - it was an "investment" - which is paying off handsomely. Are you thinking that the students could be charged enough for parking in your proposed parking parking structure to do the same? I'd have to get out my pencil but I'd guess that you're off by.... oh, at least an order of magnitude or two. This isn't Fairyland. Every expenditure has to by analyzed for its fiscal impact, now and tomorrow.

The city has very little leverage over SRVUSD. (Close to none.) They are independent agencies and the District is essentially exempt from a lot of city regulation.

Some years back there was a proposal to make a parking lot behind the bleachers adjacent to Del Amigo School, but the District put the kibosh on it. I don't know what happened there but it's a low-cost means of adding a hundred or so parking spaces right by the school. Maybe the parents of SRVHS students could bring some pressure to bear there.

Posted by Catherine
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Uh, Peter Kluget I think you need to do some research as the solar panels will take almost a generation (16 years) to be paid off and that's not going to help our kids today! And, I can just see in that amount of time some newer technology the district thinks they will need to implement and scrap the panels so your "investment" is garbage.

Parent is completely correct that a parking structure should have been a priority at SR (and my kids were/are at MV, but I still agree). The complete traffic issue is a problem at both MV and SR, even with the new lot at MV. Monte Vista just got through re-designing the Senior lot trying to claim it will help with traffic flow, and if you look closely, it is designed to help the teachers - not the students who leave before them.

The students are the last concern of the SRVUSD - not the first!

Posted by suzi
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

We on Las Barrancas Drive have been good neighbors to San Ramon High School! It is now time for the San Ramon School District to be a "good neighbor" to all the neighborhoods surrounding SRVHS, not just Las Barrancas Drive. The time has come for the Board of Education to address the parking needs for SRVHS students! It has been ignored for too long.

Thank you Danville Town Council for supporting the residents of Las Barrancas Drive. You have returned our street from an "auxiliary parking lot" for San Ramon High to a neighborhood.

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

My kid is still at Charlotte Wood, but it sure would be nice if we could bring back some sort of buses, preferably ones that don't leave blue smoke trails in their wake.
The little mini dial-a-ride shuttle-style buses would be perfect, and most parents I know would be happy to kick in $3 or $4 a day. I know the buses wouldn't turn a profit, but not everything has to be a capitalist venture.

Sure, lots of our little mini yuppies-in-training would turn their noses up at a bus, but it beats walking five miles in the snow......

Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Catherine, you need to do your homework. The reason it may take as long 16 years for the solar panels to be paid off is because their purchase price, maintenance and guarantee are 100% financed with the payments being made from the value of the power they generate. That means the out of pocket cost of the panels to SRVUSD is exactly $0, because they generate enough electricity to pay off their own financing and operating costs, leaving the District with no bill and a guaranteed system when the loan is paid off.

The system's components are guaranteed for 20 to 25 years. So $0 spent now for a system which is guaranteed to work for 20 to 25 years, with millions of dollars of free money coming in after the loan is paid off in 16. The system generates over 6 million KwH a year. What do you think 6 million KwH of electricity will cost when today's toddlers are in high school? I call that an investment, which takes nothing from the education budget today while providing a benefit for the kids being born here now. I understand your personal fixation with "what's in it for me today?" but the district is actually supposed to keep in mind the needs of tomorrow's students as well.

A parking structure, on the other hand, while a nice convenience, is a huge up front expense with no income generation, other than what the district can charge the kids to park there. There is zero likelihood that such a project could be self-funding. That expense would have to come at the expense of everything else the district pays for - teachers, gyms, books, janitors, utilities, etc. Unless you are suggesting a new bond issue to pay for parking structures for high school students? Good luck with that.

I'm glad the school board is making these decisions and not you.

Posted by srv parent x5
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Sep 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

#1. i don't understand why the town council has to bail out everyone who bought a house near a school, and doesn't expect extra traffic or parking issues, just because they complained... the school was there when you bought the house, wasn't it? Now block by block people will do the same, and what criteria will the town council use to determine which streets kids can park on. this decision is irresponsible without providing a plan for improvement. Dumping this on the school distriect is a cop out, it is OUR school & OUR town... Your essentially inviting our youngest, most inexperienced drivers to rush around, distracted, looking for parking, tempting them to break parking laws, etc etc. Great leadership.

#2. the srv decision to force student lot to be carpool based doesn't work for all students (like those students that have after school activities, sports, jobs, etc.). The recommendation if you can't carpool is to rent spaces from those few folks renting them (st isidore, and a few local merchants... but there aren't nearly enough spots). it doesn't work for my kids or most of their friends.

Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

SRV Parent X5:
"inviting inexperienced drivers to rush around distracted and break parking laws"...ummm, you are kidding right? How about getting them up and out the door on time so they have time to find a place to park? Or maybe Mommy can take them and drop them off close to the front door so they won't have to walk too far?

Posted by James
a resident of Danville
on Sep 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Wow, it sure is a shame that Danville doesn't have any bike lanes anywhere for our beloved little princes and princesses to use on their way to school.

Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Sep 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Somebody is already absorbing the costs of owning/driving cars to school, maybe parents, maybe kids through work.

My gut reaction is that the School District use its limited resources for education and not parking lots for students.

I'll wager that you could make as much of a return on investment as the solar project is purported to be making, by charging $10 per car per school day times 1,000 cars, or $10K per day, $50K per week or Approx $1,750,000 per school year. That kind of cash stream would finance a pretty nice parking garage.

Posted by MrsS
a resident of Danville
on Jan 2, 2015 at 11:15 pm

This problem plagued Amador High School in Pleasanton for years, also an "in-town" high school. The solution was a parking garage funded by the neighboring church, city of Pleasanton and the school district.

It certainly was a win win win for everyone.

Danville and SRVUSD, please get your S*IT together and figure this out once and for all. This should not be the burden of the students and forced upon them by nimby's.

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