Monday, April 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Sidewalk help

EDITOR:

While going to visit friends on Feb. 4, I found out the hard way that not all of Placerville’s sidewalks along Main Street are smooth and level.

I want to thank the young lady and two gentlemen who helped me up off the sidewalk and set me down so I could get my senses together and drive to visit my friends. I do not think I thought to thank them, so I’m taking this method to do so, hoping they will read this and recognize themselves.

EVE BROUGH
Placerville

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Discussion | 26 comments

  • Sue HappyFebruary 18, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    Like I posted before, you better fix the crosswalks, or face a lawsuit. Eve could easily sue and win. That would just about finish off that dirty little town.

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  • James E.February 18, 2014 - 6:33 pm

    The city has the duty of due care to repair its sidewalks to prevent injury to others. It would be a negligence lawsuit.

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  • James E.February 18, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    All right everyone, let's not rush down to Main Street to trip on the broken sidewalk.

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  • James E.February 18, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    RESTATED: The city has a duty of due care to prevent injuries to others. They meet this duty by keeping their sidewalks repaired. If not, they are negligent.

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  • Sue HappyFebruary 18, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Eve, I hope your OK . If not, I know a good PI lawyer. On weekends I visit my parents off Clay. I see it all the time people with walkers, wheelchairs, strollers struggling to get from CITY parking lot to Sweetie Pies or beyond . Disgusting. What a town. Pay now or pay big later.

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  • campaign directorFebruary 18, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    format for sales tax campaign letters: keep them brief; our attention span is limited. be pathetic ... tug at our heartstrings. use scare tactics .... sue and then what'll we do? never report your accident to the police and don't be too specific so we don't know where these terrible things happened

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 18, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    campaign director - include in your format . . . "We hereby kill the roundabout"

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  • campaign directorFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    sample campaign letter -- when I was driving in placerville on feb. 11 and on my way to the dentist I got stuck in a terrible traffic jam at cedar ravine and main street. So I parked my car and started walking but fell down into one of placerville's terrible pot wholes and skinned my knee. just when I was feeling alone and helpless a young man came up and said What can I do for you ma'am? I said, get me up, you fool. all my family says I should sue Placerville and I would be ever to grateful if someone would give me the address of the city manager or whoever handles these things.

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  • EvelynFebruary 18, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    Sue Happy: Excerpt from Placerville City Code: SIDEWALK REPAIRS REQUIRED: It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having charge or control of any building, lot or premises in the City fronting on any portion of an improved street or where a sidewalk is laid, to allow any portion of the sidewalk in front of the building, lot or premises to be out of repair, and the person must at all times keep the sidewalk in such condition that it will not endanger persons or property passing thereon, and will not interfere with public convenience in the use thereof. - HERE

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  • EvelynFebruary 18, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Sue: At a guess, your "good PI lawyer" already knows this.

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  • Sue HappyFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    So Evelyn, in that case it appears that Bobs' photo(although recently sold) would be responsible also, too bad, maybe they could be held severally You also said something about repair on Clay bridge, the teenagers who hang there have detroyed everything in that area, the new signs, trash cans, river rock from wall and they break chuncks off of bridge's cement railings. My parents neighborhood complained many years ago do you rember that? It was concluded teens had more rights than property owners. Wish my parents would move but no go.

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  • EvelynFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Sue: I didn't write the City Code and was quite surprised to learn that the onus falls on individual property owners.

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  • EvelynFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    P.S. Stating my own position more clearly, I was shocked several years ago when I learned that property owners were responsible for sidewalks on their own frontage. But that being the case, presumably the City is not needing money for sidewalk repair -- unless City Code gets rewritten/reinterpreted.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Well then, tax (fine) the property owners. City gets revenue. Sidewalks get fixed.

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  • Sue HappyFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Maybe our mayor should start smoking crack, after all at least Rob Ford fixes pot holes

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  • James E.February 18, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Evelyn, I was aware there is a city law that homeowners are responsible to repair the sidewalks in front of their homes. Nice shifting of cost to homeowners from the city!!! But, I didn't realize that store front owners on Main Street were responsible for the sidewalk in front of their stores.

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  • Main St PedestrianFebruary 21, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Who is responsible for the mess on the sidewalks all around the Hangman's Tree building? Are we going to put up with this until someone decides to work on the exterior of the building and get the job done? Two or three years maybe?

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  • Foaming at the MouthFebruary 21, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Main - that mess is OK because of who's doing it and why. Evelyn and Fran will be by shortly to correct your thinking.

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  • Phran DucrampFebruary 21, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    I happen to like the rustic look>...shrugging for no paricular reason.

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  • ElevenFebruary 21, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Can it phran!

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 21, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Phran DucrampFebruary 21, 2014 - 4:55 pm I happen to like the rustic look>...shrugging for no paricular reason. ElevenFebruary 21, 2014 - 4:58 pm Can it phran! ************ This was so cute--can you guys go get your parents now?

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  • EvelynFebruary 21, 2014 - 6:40 pm

    Fran: This is a tricky time for Foaming and his alter egos. One day I'll fill you in.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 21, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    Really sad...history matters--the constitution matters....to most Americans anyway :) As far as "rustic"...it is better than the wanna be "European" town centers --that are lacking in self confidence and begging for guidance. We are not Europe. And copying them should not be insulting. Personally I love beaches, and beach houses...weathered wood and clean white carpets--like the sands outside the walls of windows, looking out at the ocean doing an ongoing performance piece.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 21, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    :) no worries Miss Evelyn...some of the remarks make me laugh .

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  • EvelynFebruary 21, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    Foaming made his debut August 23, 2012 @ 9:25 am HERE as a vigilant city watchdog.

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  • Foaming at the MouthFebruary 23, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Foaming loves having a fan club! Evelyn is the founder, with Phran and Eleven as First Followers. Like cookie, Foaming appreciates the opportunity to live rent-free!

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