Auto Body Shop Neighbor Call Revisited

Noisy neighbors
– revisited

Hi, I have a body shop that’s moved in behind my house about six
months ago and I’ve been having a lot of problems with noise and
such. I don’t know who to contact anymore. I’ve been fighting the
city and they haven’t done anything.

Noisy neighbors – revisited

“Hi, I have a body shop that’s moved in behind my house about six months ago and I’ve been having a lot of problems with noise and such. I don’t know who to contact anymore. I’ve been fighting the city and they haven’t done anything.”

Red Phone:

Every so often, faithful readers let Red Phone know that it dropped the ball on an answer to a question – this was one of them. One reader called letting Red Phone know it didn’t do a very good job with this one (as did Red Phone’s boss):

Unfortunately, the previous caller didn’t leave an address or any indication of the area in which he lives, so it would be difficult for Red Phone to get a very specific answer from city official on zoning ordinances and such. If the caller would like to call back and offer specifics, the Red Phone would be more than happy to see what else it can do.

In the meantime, Red Phone did receive the following call, which might be of major help to the caller:

“Hi, this is the Deputy District Attorney of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force Unit, RATTF. I’m responding to the Red Phone article about noisy neighbors in the Wednesday edition that talks about an auto body shop that moved in. Put that person in contact with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force or my phone number, (408) 792-2519, and we’ll see if we can do something like an auto body inspection and make sure they’re at least complying with the law. Thank you. Bye.”

Callers, a great big thank you for keeping the Red Phone in check.

Questioning salaries

“I’m calling to comment on Superintendent Edwin Diaz’ salary. It would be interesting to find out from the school district exactly how much he made last year with his salary, plus perks. Also what the highest 10 percent of the school teachers and the lowest 10 percent make, when it includes their perks and everything else. Thank you.”

Red Phone:

Ask and you shall receive, caller.

The Gilroy Unified School District supe just received a 25 percent raise, bringing his salary to an annual $175,000. Diaz, who has been with the district for five years, will still receive the same perks which include $500 a month for vehicle expenses, 3 percent of his salary plus $2,500 in benefits and reimbursement for businesses expenses such as travel.

The highest paid teacher in the district makes $74,889 a year, while the educator on the bottom makes $40,017 annually, said Linda Piceno, GUSD human resources director. Teachers, regardless of experience or education, receive the same “perks” or health care. Single teachers receive $4,472, while teachers opting for the family plan receive $12,027 in benefits.

Maxed out?

“Is there is a maximum number of cars a home can have in Gilroy? Thank you.”

Red Phone:

You’re welcome, caller.

Red Phone touched on this topic not too long ago and according to Gilroy Police Department’s Gary Muraoka, there is no maximum.

“There is no limit or restrictions on how many vehicles you can own, but all the vehicles parked on city streets must be driven and moved every 72 hours and must be currently licensed and registered,” he said.

For those who have problems with abandoned vehicles whose owners do not adhere to the policy, call 846-0320 with the location and vehicle license plate.

Readers:

Do you have a comment, complaint or compliment about an issue that affects Gilroy and its residents? Perhaps you’d like to suggest a turn signal at a troubled intersection? Or maybe offer up a compliment for a good job done by city workers? Just let the Red Phone know at 842-9070 or [email protected]

If you call in about a problem with a streetlight or suggestion for a turn signal, please give the intersection street names. It makes it easier for the Red Phone to report the problems or offer the city suggestions. Know of a light that sticks on red? Want to complain about bad driving? Or maybe offer a compliment to a local business for their excellent service? Let the Red Phone know.

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