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From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:34:56 +0000 (UTC)

Honorable Mayor and Council Members,

I've been told that you have issued over a MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000) in downtown parking tickets during the past five years. Is that correct?  If so, that is over $200,000 a year!
I also understand that Menlo Park issues more parking tickets than REDWOOD CITY, even though Redwood City population is three times larger with considerably more traffic.  Why is it necessary for so many downtown parking tickets to be issued in Menlo Park? Are an excess of parking tickets being written helping or hurting downtown merchants survive?
Many DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS complain that their businesses are hanging on with a thread?  If instead, even half the downtown parking ticket fines went to them, think how much it may add to their vibrancy, ability to provide jobs and pay sales tax. Instead, the money is being redirected to the town's coffers.
WHAT MIGHT HELP?  I don't know, but some have suggested several ideas, such as the following:
1)  Provide a long overdue parking GARAGE, much like nearly every other city has in the Bay Area,
2)  Provide better SIGNAGE on the various time limits, vs. the minimal amount to meet State laws,
3)  The reputation of having an AGGRESSIVE and Active Parking Program could be addressed with the potential use of a grace period of say 10 minutes, vs. the current policy of being only 1 second over the time limit.
4)  Provide additional parking MACHINES to purchase additional time to all eight parking places, and repair the few that you have that seem to frequently be broken, such as in Parking Plaza #1 behind Union Bank.
5)  Consider giving the ELDERLY a break with a lower cost year round parking permit, as one ages, it is more difficult to walk around.
6)  BEST PRACTICES in other communities could be discussed and considered in Menlo Park.
Over the years, how many customers has Menlo Park lost to nearby shopping areas that offer parking with NO time limits, such as Town and Country Village or Stanford Shopping Center?
There is also the concern about the amount of GREEN HOUSE GASES that are wasted as a result of having to move your car every two to three hours, the amount of wasted gas, the wear and tear on one's car, the wasted time away from one's office or store and other potential negative effects of constantly moving one's vehicle two, three or four times a day.

Frankly, year's past when you offered RELAXED PARKING in December with NO time limits in the eight parking plazas, during one of the busiest times of the year, seemed to work well. Thus, it prompts the question, does all these parking tickets help - or hinder?
Received on Tue Feb 19 2019 - 16:31:06 PST

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