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Downtown parking remains a big issue

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Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:05:08 +0000

Dear City Council,

My name is Chris Andrews and I'm a resident of Menlo Park (the Willows) and I recently moved my office with Northwestern Mutual from downtown Menlo Park to Redwood Shores.

I want to let you know my thoughts about the parking situation in downtown Menlo Park because I think it's hurting local business and driving both businesses and customers away from the downtown area.

As context, I was constantly frustrated by the parking situation while our business was located downtown. Clients would come to our office for an hour-long meeting and return to their cars 70-75 minutes later...only to find a $45 ticket waiting for them. There are 2 hour spots in the parking lots, but much of the time those spots are full, so that leaves only the 1-hour street parking.

Today was a perfect example of why I'm glad I moved my business to Redwood Shores. I met a client for lunch at Refuge in downtown Menlo Park, and parked my car 12:28pm on the street. It was an hour-long lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and I returned to my care at 1:45pm and (sure enough) had the $45 ticket waiting for me.

I admit this was my fault.

But that said, I find the majority of 1-hour parking spots downtown to be incredibly unfriendly to business!!

I'll pay my ticket, but next time I'm offering to treat my client to lunch in Palo Alto or Redwood City.

I know this is a common theme that you all have the privilege to deal with, but this shouldn't be hard. Having a blanket 2-hour spot rule in the downtown area would allow people to park freely and enjoy the downtown area (i.e. support local business) with a reasonable timeframe to return to their vehicles. Even 90-minutes would be a step in the right direction.

Nothing meaningful in business or in shopping happens in a 1-hour timeframe. I encourage you all to consider this change.

Thanks for your consideration.


Chris Andrews, CFP(r), CLU, CLTC

Managing Director
Wealth Management Advisor
Northwestern Mutual
203 Redwood Shores Parkway, Suite 460
Redwood City, CA 94065
Office (650) 264-4902
Fax (650) 232-0256
Cell (650) 248-3189
License # 0F69867


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Received on Thu Apr 24 2014 - 15:03:46 PDT

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