LBPD Ticketed Vehicles on Shore Rd. During Snow Emergency

A view of Shore Road at about 9 a.m. on Jan. 3. (Credit: Joel Scott)
A view of Shore Road at about 9 a.m. on Jan. 3. (Credit: Joel Scott)
* This story was updated at 9:05 on 1.8.13.

Numerous vehicles parked on Shore Road were issued tickets during the city’s declared snow emergency last week, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

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The emergency, which was in effect from 5 p.m. Jan 2 to 12 p.m. Jan. 4, prohibited parking on six routes in order to help facilitate snow plowing and maintain open roads, especially for emergency vehicles to pass. The routes included Shore Road between Long Beach and Maple boulevards, West Park Avenue between New York Avenue and Nevada Street, and Park Place north of Park Avenue. Last week’s storm dropped 7.7 inches of snow on Long Beach.

Lt. Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department, told Patch that during the snow emergency police officers issued a number of summonses to vehicles parked on Shore Road, although he did not provide an exact number, and he noted that all other snow emergency routes in town were in compliance, in that no vehicles were parked that would obstruct the plows.

“Shore Road is the most densely populated area of town, including a large geriatric population who rely on city buses for transportation as well as ambulance service,” Cregeen said. “The summonses were issued to ensure compliance to the snow emergency.”

Prior to the storm’s arrive late last Thursday, the city posted an announcement about the snow emergency on its website that stated: “In coordination with the Department of Public Works, the police department will operate in such a manner as to remove the vehicles with the assistance of the owners/operators and as a last resort summons and tow vehicles to another location that will permit the successful removal of snow from all snow emergency routes.”

After the storm last Friday, Patch posted a question on Facebook asking readers about the conditions of the roads in their neighborhoods. One resident wrote, claiming police were writing “hundreds and hundreds” of parking tickets Friday, and he indicated that his car was ticketed while parked on Shore Road.

“I know it is a Snow Emergency Route but this was after 11 a.m.,” he wrote.

The resident called the summonses “a total waste of resource,” and wrote: “Everyone is going to contest them. There were better uses of our city's staff than trying to make money on us that will eventually cost more in time and effort to dismiss.”

Cregeen said that in addition to the announcement on the city’s website of the snow emergency, the city notified residents of it through Robo phone calls, social media and text alerts, and police officers made several loud speaker announcements from their patrol cars prior to issuing summonses.

“Drivers must heed the snow emergency route dictate or we will never get compliance and that will hamper snow removal in the future, putting this area in grave risk in the event of a fire, ambulance call, police emergency as well as interrupting public and private transportation,” he added.

jv January 07, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Suck it up, David. You broke the law and got a ticket. Next time maybe they'll tow your Honda.
Jack January 07, 2014 at 01:23 PM
David is part of the new Democratic generation where you never take responsibility for your actions, blame someone else, deny your guilt, and when all else fails blame it on the system. We wouldn't have this snow emergency problem if the democrats never approved the erection of oversized apartment buildings in Long Beach in the 1960's. The democrats made money from the developers and ensured themselves continuous votes from the geriatrics who moved in to low rent stabilized rents.
larry teague January 07, 2014 at 05:54 PM
looks like the gang that cant shoot straight is trying to generate money. why not punish the residents? they live here, lets squeeze them. "we posted it on the website." the famous claim to innocence. instead of putting cops and part timers out to gouge the residents, why not put them out along shore road and notify residents on their windshields and lobbies about the emergency? maybe we value the taxpayer instead of punishing them even more than the snow does? nope. this is LB. the pink crew at city hall has it all figured out and the boyfriend at newsday will write it just they way they discuss it. pillow talk?
Jack January 07, 2014 at 09:06 PM
What are you babbling about? The sighns are clearly posted on the poles. Everyone was warned for about 5 days a snow storm was arriving.
David Bluman January 07, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Well let me be the first to say I have no issue with taking responsibility for my actions. Second while I was digging a friend out at this juncture the snow was no longer falling, and Shore Road at Monroe was completely clear curb to curb. My friend was stuck in the parking lot and I was digging her out. JV I'm a "law breaker?" Jack I can see that you think my last name is Blaman...it's not. People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument. Will Rogers Observe the picture above taken at 9am.
David Bluman January 07, 2014 at 09:48 PM
I guess the old adage no good deed goes unpunished. Perhaps if they had plowed the municipal lot my friend ( a traffic reporter who was unable to go to work) would not have gotten stuck. Go figure....
Beachguy January 08, 2014 at 06:40 AM
So what if everyone decided that observance of the ban was not necessary , the entire road was filled with parked cars and emergency vehicles were unable to respond resulting in a tragedy? Dave, you're wrong . Simple as that. Pay the ticket and next time follow the law and don't decide unilaterally to do what you please.
Misty January 08, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Bitch and moan when city employees aren't doing their jobs. Bitch and moan when city employees are doing their jobs. The common thread is that you all like to bitch and moan.
jv January 08, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Yes, David. You are a law breaker. The law you broke is right on the ticket you received. It doesn't exempt putzes "shoveling out a traffic reporter who has to go to work. Now man-up and pay the fine. Or is it better to bitch like a girly-man on Patch? Maybe if you whine to the ADA he'll cut the fine just to shut you up and get you out of there. You're probably real good at that.
js January 08, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Here is what I witnessed on the 700 block of Shore Rd around 3pm on Friday Jan 3- I arrived home from work to find ALOT cars had moved back onto Shore Rd. At the same time I could see the flashing lights of the police up the road and it was obvious they were issuing tickets. I stood around and waited for them to get to where I was and watched as they ticketed everyone parked on Shore. I was told that no one said the "snow emergency" was and that all of the cars still needed to be removed because- are you ready for this? They are going to "remove all of this snow out of here" when I asked where they were bringing it to I was told "the superblock"- Isnt that a riot??!! Well, needless to say I never saw any snow being removed anywhere except pushed around to all of the precious parking spots on Shore Rd. Later that night I read the "snow update" on the city's website and found out that the "snow emergency" would be in effect until 12 on Sat. I did not receive a robo call telling me this. By 8pm on Friday night there were quite a few people who had moved their cars back onto Shore Rd and when I looked out my window on Sat morning NOT ONE of them had a ticket. Soooo if you would have waited just a couple of hours AFTER they ticketed everyone you could have moved your vehicle and you would have gotten away scott free!!
jv January 08, 2014 at 01:00 PM
It's a bummer, but the one guy who gets picked out of the herd for doing 52 MPH on Lido Blvd and given a ticket has the same problem. The cops set up an "enforcement zone" and got you. But were you guilty? That's all that matters, right? The rest is how the City Council chooses to manage your police department. You voted for them, right?
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Only because you failed to run a less corrupt party. The lesser of the 2 evils won. If the republican were in power they would be ticketing cars parked everywhere during a snow storm not just Park Ave as long as they were owned by Democrats.
moe January 11, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Fake post-er still at it, above. Pathetic, but he/she still can't write a grammatically correct sentence.... "If the republican were in power they would be..." I'll look around for other fake posts. Remember, I only post as "moe" in response to fake posts. My posts have that B&W face icon. He'll probably start on me again now!
David Bluman January 17, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Well JV I see resorting to name calling is a large part of your education and argument. Did you check the Long Beach Website during the storm? I was a bit busy "being a putz and helping people" Were there any posted notices on Shore Rd? The answer is no. If there were proper notices given perhaps I along with many others would not be discussing this. As for the political rhetoric there are better platforms.


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