Making a clean sweep of Brea’s streets – Orange County Register

On my block it happens Mondays between 10 to 11 a.m.

That is when we know to keep the vehicles off the street because the sweeper and the parking enforcement officer will be coming through.

Brea’s roads have had street sweeper service for more than 50 years, but in 2009 our city leaders promoted a new, improved street-sweeping system that included two part-time parking control officers in compact pickup trucks to ticket vehicles parked on the street on sweeping day. We were told it was to encourage compliance and not a means to generate cash from anticipated fines, even though it was estimated parking citations from street sweeping would generate between $700,00 and $1.5 million annually.

Many Breans complained, especially those with very short driveways or no driveways, or folks who had bunco or bridge club on street sweeping days.  Where to park extra vehicles to avoid getting ticketed was a challenge for many.

Said Administrative Services Director Cindy Russell via email, “The revenue projections were based on the number of cars observed parked on the streets on street sweeping days, prior to the enforcement.”

The estimate was based on 40,000 violations per year, but Breans wised up and found spots to park.  For the past two years, the citations run 5,000 per year or $40,000. The $700,000 estimate was never reached.

Since the regulation began, there have been some welcomed improvements. The street sweeping signage at tract entrances was made larger, and although the sign in my area states street sweeping happens between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. I know the sweeper usually comes by between 10  and 11 a.m. and that street parking is permitted once the sweeper passes by.

At a study session last month, the City Council discussed contract options including employing outside sweeping services. Council members also discussed the possibility of collaborating with one or two other north Orange County cities in sharing the use of an outside provider. That is definitely something to explore.

I checked with our surrounding cities and found Fullerton and La Habra use on-staff street sweepers and equipment and their residential streets are swept weekly.

Yorba Linda sweeps every other week and Placentia sweeps two times a month. Both use outside sweeping services.  Chino Hills sweeps two times a month, and Diamond Bar sweeps every other week. Both cities use city equipment and employees.

To check Brea’s street sweeping schedule, go to here.  I was surprised…

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