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Recent Parking Interaction

From: domainremoved <Chelsea>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 16:45:47 -0700

Hello Menlo Park City Council,

I am writing you to inform you about a very upsetting interaction I had
regarding parking enforcement.

I live in an apartment on Roble Ave. I have a parking permit to park on
the street. I left my car parked on the street for less than a week while
I have been on vacation. Today, the person who lives in the apartment
below me informed me a police officer came by to give me a ticket and that
my car would get towed today at 5:30 pm.

I would really appreciate it if the city would consider giving residents
one week's notice before closing off areas of the street to parking, except
of course due to an emergency, in which case I would expect that no tickets
or fines would be issued. If I have been given a week's notice, I wouldn't
have parked there. No problem.

As well, I am very confused that I am learning about this through my
neighbor. Thankfully she was able to have my car moved, and keep it from
being impounded. But the police office has my phone number attached to my
license because I bought a parking permit. Why was I not called?

Third, when I purchased my parking permit, I wish I had been warned that
things like this can happen. Or that I was given some maximum time that I
should expect to be able to park my car in the street with no worry. If I
had realized this was a possibility, I would have left my car in someone's
garage or left it at work. Something like that.

Listen, I don't make a lot of money. I cannot afford to buy a house in
Menlo Park and have my own driveway. As such, I am not the kind of person
who can just afford to deal with a ticket and getting impounded. This has
a real impact on my life. But I still live here, and you are my council
people. I need you to look out for me. I will always obey the law and
park my car where I am supposed to. If a sign comes up that tells me to
park somewhere else, I'll do that. But I need to know ahead of time.

I think what I am saying is fair. What do you think?

Thank you,
Chelsea Liekhus-Schmaltz
831 Roble AVE, apt 3,
Menlo Park, CA 94205
Received on Tue Aug 28 2018 - 16:45:10 PDT

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