Trolley parked in front yard amuses some, upsets others

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SANTEE, Calif. -- A Santee family’s front yard is at the center of a neighborhood controversy because of what's parked on it.

“Some have come in for a tour,” said Susie Parks as she showed FOX 5 the vintage trolley car parked on her front lawn.  She and her family recently bought from a collector.

“We just bought it this last weekend,” said Parks.

They hope to refurbish it and turn it into a mobile coffee shop.

Some neighbors are amused by the massive lawn ornament, but others say it is an eyesore.

“Pissed, I was pissed," said neighbor Mary Grant. "The city sent me a nasty letter about some stupid little [expletive] bushes on the other side of my fence and threatened me. And now they can have that in their front yard? No!”

Grant and other neighbors think the trolley is also a traffic hazard, blocking the view for those driving around the curve.

“I called the city and complained,” said Grant.

Santee city officials told FOX 5 they are looking into the issue but weren’t sure if the trolley is a violation since it is parked on private property. Either way, Parks says the trolley won’t be here very long.

“We’ll have it on display at the Santee Fair this Saturday,” she said.

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