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RE: DOWNTOWN PARKING AS AN AGENDA ITEM

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:36:49 -0700

Jim,

The presentation/Study Session that was held in April of this year was intended as an update on the changes enacted to the downtown parking system. During the presentation our consultant discussed comparisons between Menlo Park's parking system and those of some of our neighboring municipalities. I have attached a copy of the presentation for your reference, however a few key points that our consultant mentioned are as follows; Menlo Park's parking system is in line with San Mateo and Burlingame's current systems however San Mateo, Redwood City, Burlingame and Mountain View are all looking to change their systems to include paid parking systems with some of those jurisdictions proposing significant cost increase for parking in their downtowns. Also, the City of Los Altos is reviewing their current parking enforcement program and they may increase enforcement activities.

Additionally, Staff provided an update on a number of the improvements that are being implemented to improve the use of the current parking system. Those improvements include the following;

* Implementation of a mobile payment system for the metered parking lots (includes a $0.35 per use transaction fee if users choose this options for payment) - We are in the process of activating this system now.

* We have begun restriping all of the downtown parking plazas and some of the on-street areas to improve visibility of the parking spaces.

* A run of the downtown parking maps have been printed and we are in the process of distributing them to residents and businesses.

* We have developed a simplified versus of the downtown parking map and placed it on a large road sign which will be installed at the entrance to every parking plaza in the coming weeks.

* Staff has installed additional double sided 1-hour parking signage throughout the existing 1-hour zones in downtown to improve visibility of the signage and remove any confusion of the time restrictions.

Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744

From: JimLewis_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 4:28 PM
To: _CCIN
Subject: DOWNTOWN PARKING AS AN AGENDA ITEM

Honorable Mayor and Council Members,

Earlier this year the City Council held a STUDY SESSION on the topic of Downtown Parking. The consultants report had several suggested ACTION ITEMS, along with some RECOMMENDATIONS from council members to city staff.

As a result, are there plans to place this important topic on the City Council AGENDA as a regular business item?

My sense is, the

1) GENERAL PUBLIC would like to see some changes.

2) Some members of the CITY COUNCIL would like to see some changes.

3) The MENLO PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE are likely to want to see come changes.

4) LOCAL BUSINESSES would certainly like to see an increase in business activity.

5) EMPLOYEES no doubt have some strong opinions on this topic.

6) Most importantly, CUSTOMERS, that is, paying customers, would like to see some changes.

One only needs to look at the success of business and customer satisfaction in Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, San Carlos and other cities, as the whole idea of parking rules are to encourage economic activity which in turn results in JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

One citizen TODAY received a parking ticket after only 1 hour and 10 minutes, in a two hour zone. Aggressive enforcement serves the needs of no one at all. White line parking is at an all time high, with over 800 tickets per year issued in year 2012 and 2013.

We can kick the can down the road and let next year's council deal with this issue, or is this an issue that THIS YEAR'S CITY COUNCIL can deal with in the foreseeable future? Thank you for your time and courtesy.


Received on Thu Jul 10 2014 - 13:33:47 PDT

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