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Old 10-26-2013, 12:38 AM
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Don't expect to see teens standing on corners waving signs at motorists encouraging them to participate in a school car wash any time soon in San Jose.

While car washes have become a favorite tool for school clubs, teams, cheerleaders and classes to raise funds for trips, uniforms or supplies, the city of San Jose is now saying stop.

Lincoln High School cheerleaders scheduled an Oct. 20 car wash in the Hoover Middle School parking lot along Naglee Avenue to raise money to attend a national competition in April.


On Oct. 17, emails went out to neighborhood elists inviting area residents to "please bring your car(s)."

On Oct. 18, a second email went out to the elists reading, "We had a visit from the city of San Jose Environmental Services Department who said that the car washes at Hoover are in violation of water discharge laws, therefore we had to cancel this and all future car washes."

Jennie Loft, acting communications manager for San Jose's Environmental Services Department, said the city had indeed stepped in.

"Anything that is not storm water or rain water is considered a pollutant," Loft said.


"If it goes into a storm drain, that pollutant will harm wildlife and habitats in the creeks. Water goes directly from the storm drains into our creeks."

Asked if the city came out in response to complaints, Loft wrote in a follow-up email, "The City of San Jose responded to two complaints, one about a month ago and one last week, re: the Lincoln High School Car wash events held at Hoover Middle School.

"Our staff responds to complaints to ensure that pollutants do not go directly into our storm sewer system since it flows into local creeks, and the SF Bay and Delta.
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The country belongs to bureaucrats who allow us to live here under carefully constructed rules.
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The over reaction by some greenie types is amazing to watch. Wonder how many worry about their wash water from their washing machine?
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The over reaction by some greenie types is amazing to watch. Wonder how many worry about their wash water from their washing machine?
In my experience, effectively none. It always to them someone else's washing machine that's the issue, or the "diabolical corporation" that forced or deceived them into using their washing machine that's the issue.
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