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Fw: "Christian Lee" United Dentists and Palo Alto Business Community need City Council help

From: domainremoved <Neilson>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:17:57 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Menlo Park Councilpersons,
I am respectfully forwarding this email because Dr. Lee's quandary extends far beyond Palo Alto's borders.  If Menlo Park and Palo Alto City Councils dont realize the need to sit down publicly and address issues far greater than Dr. Lee's, then we all move into the future with unnecessary risks. Neilson Buchanan155 Bryant StreetPalo Alto, CA  94301 650 329-0484650 537-9611 cellcnsbuchanan_at_(domainremoved)

     
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 From: Neilson Buchanan <cnsbuchanan_at_(domainremoved)
 To: City Council <city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Bill Johnson <bjohnson_at_(domainremoved)
 Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:06 AM
 Subject: "Christian Lee" United Dentists and Palo Alto Business Community need City Council help
   
Please read Dr.  Lee's email below.  Dr. Lee sets perfect context for the Peninsula's collapsing transportation systems.  
Christian Lee's email is the moment I have been waiting for.  Residents in Palo Alto understand the quandary but Dr. Lee must think he is unique.  He is just one of hundreds of businesspersons hitting the parking and commute wall.  Dr. Lee and the entire business community  must accept responsibility for their own transportation problems.  
The Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan states that Palo Alto promotes commerce but not at the expense of residential neighborhoods. 
I invite Dr. Lee to attend Mayor Scharf's State of the City Address Feb 8 and learn how Greg Scharf will balance the issues.
Finally... after years of avoidance Mayor Greg Scharf and his new City Council have reluctantly and finally confronted reality.  
DECADES ON UNLIMITED COMMERCIAL PARKING IN PALO ALTO'S RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS IS OVER.  LIMITED COMMERCIAL PERMIT PARKING IS ESTABLISHED CITY POLICY.  
Kudos to the dentists...they forced failed city policy into focus by realizing that they do not have unlimited access to residential neighborhood parking. United Dentists' attention must focus first on their fellow business persons and landlords who have failed them.  Do they realize City Councils have persistently approved development with inadequate on site parking?   

City Council and Mayor Scharf are now accountable to the dentists.
How much more parking within residential neighborhoods would Palo Alto's dentists want?  Dr Lee and United Dentists do not understand the math.  Nor do they realize that they are competing with other business for finite parking capacity.
All nine members of the Palo Alto City Council must face their policy failures on Feb 13.
#1 Palo Alto TMA is a dead man walking with no city funding.  TMA is the primary solution to mitigate traffic and parking constraints.
#2 Council imposed Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is vaporware without the TMA... Any other solution is pure BS.  Stanford University and Stanford Research Park understand the right stuff.  Palo Alto's TMA does not have to invent anything.  Just slowly adopt best practices at Stanford and SRP.
#3 Palo Alto City Council is to be commended for approving neighborhood parking permit programs:  College Terrace, Downtown North, Crescent Park, Newell Bridge, Downtown South, Professorville, Mayfield and Evergreen Park.  This is the stimulus for investment in TMA and transportation systems for the horseless carriage.









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| Christian K. Lee DDS MS |
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| Palo Alto, CA 94301  |
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| Dear Families,
I am emailing a request for your help in ensuring that Palo Alto dentists and other small healthcare offices can continue to provide our great services to you.
SITUATION:The City of Palo Alto has implemented a Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program whereby people who commute to work in Palo Alto purchase a parking permit near their workplace.  It currently involves the Downtown Area but is gradually encompassing other areas.
Like many other dentists in the area, I purchase parking permits for my staff and I to park on the streets.  The parking spaces behind my office are thus made available for patients.   
Dentists have served Palo Alto and used street parking for over 60 years without causing problems for residents. We have actually decreased in number in Palo Alto over time, so we are not a contributor to the growing parking problem.  
PROBLEM:The City plans to decrease the number of parking permits sold by 10% every year.  The math tells us eventually there will be no street parking for my staff and I.  Many members of my staff must drive for over 1 hour to help me serve you.  Most need to pick up their kids from daycare right after work, so alternative means of transportation are not feasible.  

It is difficult to recruit quality staff members to work here.  Telling staff that they cannot drive to work will cause severe attrition of the dental staff pool and force practices to either eliminate onsite patient parking, or move out of Palo Alto altogether. 
This is not just affecting my practice, but likely your general dentist, orthodontist, and other local doctors who take care of your family.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1.  Please click the following link to Change.org and sign the petition for an amendment to the RPP that allows dentists and other small healthcare providers to continue purchasing parking permits for their staff.

https://www.change.org/p/palo-alto-city-councilmen-urgent-help-keep-your-palo-alto-dentists-and-health-professionals?recruiter=53447640&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink



2.  At City Hall on Monday February 13, there will be a City Council Meeting to vote on the issue.  If you can personally be there or even speak to the Council, that will have a huge impact on the Council decision.  The council meeting starts at 6pm but it is not known what time the parking issue will be discussed.  It is possible to watch the meeting on Facebook then go to the Council Chambers when the issue gets started if staying for the whole session is difficult for you.
I don't like to impose on you these types of requests, as simply your trust and patronage is already such a treasure to me.  Nonetheless, I do consider this issue to be a threat to dental services in Palo Alto, including my own practice.  Thanks in advance for your help!
Warm regards,Dr Chris Lee and the Youngteeth Team |

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