Dear Sidney – 10/26/2023

Oct 25, 2023 | Dear Sidney

Here it is October and it feels like summer again. Wildflowers have found their way along the roadways, a beautiful sight. My neighborhood, too, is bursting with baby daisies. What I’m upset about is the fact that beginning in September, my street has become a used car lot.

Cattycorner to my place (one car in my driveway here) what for years was a part-timer’s small cabin, is now a full-time rental. How can a two-bedroom/one-bathroom home house eight people and four cars? Directly across the street is a mom with three grown kids and a new husband, which equals five used cars in the driveway and lining the street.

I realize I’m sounding pretty persnickety, but hell’s bells: I’m living in a forest with evergreens, blue jays and squirrels, not the Market Night parking lot at Lake Gregory.

Oh, did I mention the motorcycle next door that starts up at 7 a.m.? Honestly, I’m secretly wishing for a repeat of eight-foot snow berms come this winter so I won’t have to look at the parking lot any longer. (And Mr. Easy Rider always moves off the mountain at the smell of the first snowflake.)

Other than telling me to pull the shades and mind my own business, any suggestions to cure the aesthetically upsetting street view will be greatly appreciated.


Super Fussy in Crestline


Dear Super Fussy,


Our mountain is an eclectic mix of neighbors. To be sure, Crestline is a very special place on this earth. Keeping your eyes above ground level, our mountain flora, fauna and evergreen trees display various shades of greens and blues. The seasons change and we are graced with orange and gold. The trouble comes when your gaze hits the pavement, especially this month when Lake Drive is being worked over and improved.

I checked the San Bernardino County Code Enforcement public nuisance list and “having too many used cars in your driveway or on the road adjacent to your property” is not listed. I understand from your letter that the cars in question are being driven in and out by various people, so the autos are not in violation of being abandoned or inoperable.  Sneak on over and check that the registrations are paid up and current. You can tattle on any plates that are not in compliance.

Call the Code Enforcement complaint line to find out if distorting your view of the forest is a violation. You can do this anonymously at (909) 384-7272.

Hey, it’s gonna be fun to watch when those cars are buried under eight feet of snow behind a 10-foot berm and there’s no place left to throw all that glistening white stuff.




Send your questions for Sidney to [email protected] or by snail mail to Dear Sidney, The Alpine Mountaineer, P.O. Box 4572, Crestline, CA 92325.

This advice is intended for entertainment purposes only. No animals were harmed in the writing of this column.



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