Red Phone: Combo plates at Mr. Hong’s?

Red Phone: Low branches need to be cut


I was driving by Mr. Hong’s chinese restaurant on First Street
and noticed that they have a sign on the building that says they
sell ink also. Was that sign an advertisement for another business
somewhere else or do they actually sell ink?

“I was driving by Mr. Hong’s chinese restaurant on First Street and noticed that they have a sign on the building that says they sell ink also. Was that sign an advertisement for another business somewhere else or do they actually sell ink?”

Dear Twice As Nice,

The sign located on the business is for JK Ink which is indeed located inside the restaurant. The store, which has had a long-time presence in Gilroy, moved into the restaurant after the lease on their former building expired. Now you can take care of your printing needs while you wait for your meal. And no, they don’t fill the cartridges with soy sauce.

Tree blocking sign

“This is my second call on a tree blocking the sign to U.S. 101 as you leave the outlets right in front of In-N-Out Burger. I phoned a couple years ago. The city referred it to In-N-Out, but it’s still there. The tree really should be taken out. It is a hazard. I think it contributes to clogging up the intersection and maybe fender-benders. I don’t know if Red Phone has as much drag as I think they have. I hope this gets taken care of. Thank you.”

Dear Obstructed View,

There may be something the city can do after all. Traffic Engineer Don Dey said the city could do some trimming in the area but wouldn’t know if any private parties would need to be contacted until further examining the land the trees are on.

“The maintenance crew is taking a look at the trees,” he said. “Preliminary, I believe they can do some trimming, but we don’t know how much yet.” So hopefully that should increase visibility in the area. Check back with the Red Phone next week to see what improvements were made or if the city needed to follow up with any secondary parties.

Gilroy leaning the wrong direction

“Can someone from the city get the stop signs standing up straight instead of leaning over all crooked at the intersection of Hanna Street and Welburn Avenue? Perhaps it is a subliminal message of the political leanings of the council.”

Dear Stop The Signs,

You can rest a little easier now. The sign should be fixed. No need to strain your neck to try and read it.

“I talked to the maintenance crews, and the stop sign has been taken care of. It should be standing straight now,” Dey said.

But Red Phone doubts that fixing the sign will have any influence on the council.

Follow-up on cars for sale

Last week in the Red Phone highlights from 2009, we ran a column from earlier in the year in which someone was concerned about cars for sale being parked on public streets. While the city has a law against it, it may be hard to enforce, said Gilroy Police Community Service Officer Gary Muraoka.

“The city does have a Municipal Code prohibiting the parking of vehicles and advertising them for sale in a business district,” he said. “A similar law was struck down as unconstitutional by a southern California court of appeals. The ordinance violates the freedom of speech. The law may still be on the books, but it’s not enforceable.”

So like it or not, it looks like those cars are here to stay. At least you’ll know where to go if you’re interested in buying a clunker.

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