Folsom Fed Up with Noise, Traffic in Historic District

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Emergency calls poured in from January 2012 to May 2013 — well over 1,000 of them from this area. And since then they haven’t stopped.

“I’ve lived here 33 years and I am at the point where I am tired,” said Folsom resident Cindy Pharis.

One after one residents, upset with the overflow from Folsom’s historic district voiced their displeasure at the city’s special meeting Thursday night to address the issues.

As more restaurants and bars pop up, traffic picks up – and unruly visitors follow.

“People leave the bars at night, they come into the residential area … I don’t want to say on camera the things we’ve seen them do,” Pharis said.

Pictures captured by residents show the parking war they have to endure. They’re now calling for desperate measures, including putting up signs asking customers from local businesses not to park on their property.

“I believe the city council is completely involved in trying to come solution. And the police are trying to come to a solution,” said Folsom resident Doug Scalzi.

This is a battle that’s raged on for quite sometime. At one point, a crackdown on businesses was considered. The city would enforce what time they’d operate – but that hasn’t happened.

Yvonne Norgauer, owner of Petra Vineyards Wine Tasting Room, has seen the parking war firsthand.

“They will park wherever they can squeeze a car in, including someone’s front yard,” Norgauer said.

She has her take on how to fix the Folsom parking chaos.

“A shuttle service will prevent people from parking all over the street. If there is a shuttle to the parking garage, I think people would use it more.”

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