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Officials: 25 pinched in Rengstorff Park cleanup

Original post made on Mar 19, 2009

Police arrested 25 people in Rengstorff Park for gambling and drinking last year, city officials say, in efforts to rid the park of gang members and others who have been causing trouble for regular park users.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm

That is some good news. Anything the city can do to run the gang bangers and taggers out of the parks and out of town is a benefit to all of us.

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Posted by Nic
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Did the ever catch whoever it was who was doing all the pinching? Was it because they weren't wearing green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day?

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Posted by Lori
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm

That park gets trashed because the people who go there have no respect and throw their garbage all over the place. Why should we have to pay extra for people to clean up other people's garbage. If you learned to respect your community and taught your kids to throw trash in trash cans, maybe your park wouldn't be getting "dirtier". The people at Cuesta and Eagle Park know how to use a trash bin....LEARN HOW TO PICK UP YOUR OWN GARBAGE!!!
Also, the comment about coming to a park and getting to know who is and who isn't in a gang is just ridiculous. Even if the city brought more events to that park, people would not go because they don't want to be involved with the type of people that go there...the ones who play their boom boxes so all you have to listen is THEIR music, the ones who sit around sneering at other people, the ones throwing their garbage all over the place, the ones who look like they just got out of prison, etc., etc. You can keep your park and the rest of us respectable citizens will keep ours.

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Posted by MV
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2009 at 8:54 am

Castro park needs some cleaning up as well...

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Agreed. maybe this park is lost. Best way to avoid crime is to avoid where it breeds. Too bad police won't just flat out say "stay out of bad areas" rather than the ridiculous "stay aware of your surroundings" and "keep packages in your trunk, out of view"

The gun store in Mt View can barely keep anything in stock. People are tired of waiting for hand wringing city councils to get things done.

However----kudos to Mt View PD for keeping the city enjoyable. The aggressive and obnoxious panhandlers in Palo Alto and Menlo Park make me glad I have a downtown I can visit without being annoyed and accosted.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Funny comment, nic

pinched in or pitched in?

v. pinched, pinch·ing, pinch·es

v. tr.

To squeeze between the thumb and a finger, the jaws of a tool, or other edges.
To squeeze or bind (a part of the body) in a way that causes discomfort or pain: These shoes pinch my toes.
To nip, wither, or shrivel: buds that were pinched by the frost; a face that was pinched with grief.
To straiten: "A year and a half of the blockade has pinched Germany" (William L. Shirer).
Slang To take (money or property) unlawfully. See Synonyms at steal.
Slang To take into custody; arrest.
To move (something) with a pinch bar.
Nautical To sail (a boat) so close into the wind that its sails shiver and its speed is reduced.
v. intr.

To press, squeeze, or bind painfully: This collar pinches.
To be miserly.
Nautical To drag an oar at the end of a stroke.
The act or an instance of pinching.
An amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger: a pinch of salt.
A painful, difficult, or straitened circumstance: felt the pinch of the recession.
An emergency situation: This coat will do in a pinch.
A narrowing of a mineral deposit, as in a mine.
Informal A theft.
Slang An arrest by a law enforcement officer.
adj. Baseball
Relating to pinch-hitting or pinch runners: a pinch single; a pinch steal of third base.

[Middle English pinchen, from Old North French *pinchier, variant of Old French pincier, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *pînctiâre.]

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