Massive Glowing Pumpkin is Disruptive

A full moon?

Hi Red Phone. I’m calling to complain about that big orange ball
in the sky that’s lit up at night. There’s an ordinance against
that. It’s ruining all my photographs. Thanks.

A full moon?

“Hi Red Phone. I’m calling to complain about that big orange ball in the sky that’s lit up at night. There’s an ordinance against that. It’s ruining all my photographs. Thanks.”

Red Phone:

According to City of Gilroy Planning Division Manager Bill Faus, the business flying the glowing Pumpkin balloon doesn’t have a permit and isn’t following city rules.

“They are out of compliance of city zoning regulations,” he said, adding that they would contact the business and let them know.

Leave it alone

“Hi Red Phone. I just got through reading your column. I always do and I really enjoy it. I’m just venting. Why do we have a planning commission when most times their recommendations are voted down by the City Council? The most recent episode was Miller Avenue. We seem to forget that when the City Council breaks planning commission recommendations, there are sure more to follow. The hills are alive with homes which do not thrill me. It seems that the last remaining area is Hecker Pass. Please leave it as the jewel it is. Thank you.”

Red Phone:

The Red Phone is always here to listen to venting. It imagines you’re not the only one frustrated with recent decisions and developments.

Right of Way

“Red Phone, I’m calling about pedestrians and the fact that they have the right of way and many drivers seem to have forgotten that. On my way home from work I noticed a young boy standing on the corner with his bicycle waiting to cross the street in the crosswalk. No less than seven different cars proceeded to just continue without stopping while that boy stood waiting for his turn … No one gave this boy the right of way. It would be really nice if the Red Phone would perhaps publish the ordinance associated with pedestrians and the right of way in crosswalk and the fact that people should be allowed to cross the street in a crosswalk, but cars should not be in the crosswalk when there’s a pedestrian in it … school has started and there are a lot of children trying to get to and from their homes and they deserve respect and the right of way. So if you could perhaps publish something on that to remind everyone, that would be wonderful.”

Red Phone:

It’s not sure this will help much, but you got it. The following are the California Vehicle Codes pertaining to your call.

21950: (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. (b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian shall unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

21951. Whenever any vehicle has stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

21952. The driver of any motor vehicle, prior to driving over or upon any sidewalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching thereon.

The following is from the Department of Motor Vehicles handbook: One in six traffic fatalities is a pedestrian. A pedestrian is a person on foot or who uses a conveyance such as roller skates, skateboards, etc., other than a bicycle. A pedestrian can also be a person with a disability in a self-propelled wheelchair, tricycle or quadricycle.

• Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks. Do not pass a car from behind that has stopped at a crosswalk.

• Do not stop in a crosswalk. You will place pedestrians in danger.

• Remember – if a pedestrian makes eye contact with you, he or she is ready to cross the street. Yield to the pedestrian.

• Pedestrians have the right of way at corners with or without traffic lights, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted white lines.


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