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Albert Park Advisory Committee: 'Jaywalking' and Noise Main Issues

Few complaints other than "jaywalking" and noise were mentioned at the Albert Park Advisory Committee's meeting on Monday.

Concerns about noise and "jaywalking" were the main points raised at the Albert Park Advisory Committee's mid-season review of the Pacifics baseball agreement with the city. 

Approximately 30 people gathered in the on Monday to discuss any issues that neighbors have experienced with the new minor league baseball team's games at Albert Field. The main complaints mentioned were noise from the PA system and fans illegally crossing Andersen Drive on foot when leaving a game. 

Although the Pacifics use 's PA system, the equipment is old and can distort sound. The team has been instructed to use the system at approved volumes during the game, except when singers perform the national anthem where they use their own equipment that is better suited for vocals, according to Community Services Director Carlene McCart. 

Fans have also been encouraged to use the crosswalk instead of "jaywalking," but enforcement is limited because budget constraints do not pay for a police officer to direct traffic, according to Tom Obletz, chair of the committee. 

"We are encouraging the team to step up and possibly train a security gaurd for this," he said after the meeting. "They seem very supportive of the idea."

Despite concerns about "jaywalking" and the noise of the public announcement system, most neighbors seemed supportive of the games, McCart said after the meeting. 

"There still are a few who disagree philosophically with the use of the park," she said. "But many believe it's a postive thing."

Several residents brought letters of support with signatures from neighbors and local business owners. Charlie Garfink, former owner of  ice cream parlor on Fourth Street, collected 15 signatures from downtown businesses who said that evening events like the baseball games give a boost in foot traffic to their restaurants and shops.

The Albert Park Advisory Committee is a seven-member advisory committee, which includes three members from the adjacent neighborhood, a downtown business owner, two members of Centerfield Partners and someone from the Park and Recreation Commission. They will present an evaluation of teh season at the end of the year.

Georgette Trees July 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Whether or not pro-ball continues at Albert Park (baseball will always be played there, in any event, by kids, adult amateur and semi-pro teams, as before) is up the appellate court now. But the Council must step in and stop the fencing off of a large section of public land adjacent to the ballfield, which is outside any Agreement or lease that Centerfield Partners has. These fences are erected before every game; in one area children play whiffle ball, all to the good, but no excuse for keeping the public out. Do they just not want folks to watch for free, or are they trying to keep their paying customers from seeing the homeless who tend to congregate nearby, mostly peacefully, under the stand of shade trees? If the City continues to allow this, it is simply a giveaway for public land, and a foot in the door for expansion by the ball team who desires to put their concessions in that area. I have been told to leave the area twice now, even though Centerfield has no rights to that area and cannot keep the public out. They know this, which is why one of the principals told me, when confronted that "You can come here." Of course, fencing and uniformed personnel patrolling the area are going to intimidate most people, which I suppose is the idea.
Bret Goldman July 18, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Hey Georgette, I hope you were at the meeting, because everyone there, had numerous POSITIVE comments to say about the Pacifics being in San Rafael. Even the 2 opponents who had an issue with the "noise" prefaced their statements, by informing the committee that for the most part the Pacifics have been very beneficial for the community. Speaking of beneficial, you are the 1/8% on this one. Almost all of the residents are totally on-board with OUR team and YES even the City Council, Mayor, City Attorney, CIty manager ETC. love having a wonderful family friendly activity in San Rafael. I'm sure if you speak directly with the ownership group , they sure they can work something out for you. BTW, I believe the fencing is in place to deter the usual AP folks(you know the ones) , from the Whiffle ball field, which the children <LOVE> The Pacifics have done everything the RIGHT way, and yes, we love having them here. Please come out and support OUR home team this week when they take on the Hawaii Stars. To purchase tickets, please go to pacificsbaseball.com
Katheryn September 30, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Where is the California Attorney General, and why is she letting this happen? Tell does this sound familiar, I have provided a link to a story on the Temecula Patch. Please read the story and watch the video in the story. Add this to all your facebook accounts, get the word out. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds

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