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Menlo Park Overnight parking code

From: domainremoved <Ean>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:49:49 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Menlo Park City Council,
Let me start by stating I completely support the municipal code that prohibits overnight parking from 2AM to 5AM (11.24.050). I feel that many of the advantages published on "Overnight Residential Parking" web page (https://www.menlopark.org/571/Overnight-Residential-Parking) are valid. I appreciate the one warning given to cars whose owners are not aware of the code.

However, I don't think the implementation of the code gives due consideration to certain situations when residents or guests leave cars on the street overnight that are subsequently ticketed. Sometimes cars are left due to being forgotten. It's a horrible feeling waking up in the morning and finding an expensive ticket on your windshield. What are you to do when you have a single drink and don't have a temporary pass but don't want a ticket. Drive into the driveway or risk the ticket? What if the car doesn't start? There are a number of situations when this is an issue.
Some of these situations can be helped by allowing us to call the police station per the code:
    A resident or visitor may be granted permission to park between the hours of two (2) a.m. and five (5) a.m. in any residential zoning district in front of     his/her own residence or the residence he/she is visiting by calling the police department by one (1) a.m., on the night he/she wishes to park.
(http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/menlopark/). However, the police currently do not provide a way for to contact them to get a permit.


I propose two solutions:
1. Ask the police to provide a phone number to get temporary permits.
2. Have the police delete the license plate in the warning database every quarter. This would allow us to have one "forgetful" every 3 months.

There are other reasons for modifying the permit code but I think these solutions would help.
Thank you for your consideration.
Ean Warren402 Laurel AveMenlo Park
Received on Tue Jul 10 2018 - 13:51:04 PDT

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