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RE: Low Lying Fruit re Downtown Parking Improvements

From: Nagaya, Nicole H <"Nagaya,>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:36:15 -0700

Hi Mr. Lewis,

Thank you for your feedback on parking options in downtown Menlo Park. Please find responses to your individual questions below.


1) Place the topic of downtown parking restrictions on the agenda, so that ideas presented by the Chamber of Commerce, and others can be considered. Last April's Study Session presented recommendations. Perhaps some should be implemented.
As described in during the April 29, 2014 City Council Study Session, to continue to evolve the program to meet community needs, additional modifications are being implemented now to improve the use of the current system:

· Implementation of a mobile payment system for the metered parking lots (includes a $0.35 per use transaction fee if users choose this option for payment). This will allow a customer the ability to pay for additional time using a cell phone, tablet, or laptop without interrupting an appointment, meeting, lunch or a shopping trip. 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.



2) Reduce the aggressive parking enforcement, or at least the perception of it.
We will continue to fairly enforce parking regulations to help our businesses and residents.


3) Start obeying the law by filling out parking tickets correctly, per California Vehicle Code (VC #40202). For more information, ask former Superior Court Judge Quinton Kopp for assistance. If you don't follow the law, how to do you expect citizens to?
Our parking citations contain all information that is required by the law. Thank you for the inquiry.


4) Survey merchants and others for ideas, suggestions and programs. Many merchants are located in other cities and can share with you what works, and what doesn't work.
Through the process of the Downtown Parking Study, extensive feedback from local business owners and other stakeholders was gathered through a series of 3 workshops conducted in 2009-2010. Additionally, a survey was distributed to over 700 downtown business owners asking about current parking behaviors and needs of their employees and customers. Feedback gathered in this Study informed the modifications made to Downtown parking in 2011. We are happy to continue to take feedback for additional ideas and suggestions to continually improve the program. Feel free to send suggestions to me directly, or at transportation_at_(domainremoved)


Nicole H. Nagaya, P.E.
Interim Transportation Manager
City of Menlo Park
P: 650.330.6781
e: nhnagaya_at_(domainremoved)


-------- Original message --------
From: Jim Lewis
Date:07/24/2014 12:44 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: _CCIN
Subject: Low Lying Fruit re Downtown Parking Improvements

Honorable Mayor and Council Members:

While I admire Peter Carpenter's comments about thinking outside the box, including the innovative idea of underground parking structures, what is desperately needed now, are low lying fruit type projects that can be implemented in the foreseeable future.
Foot traffic on Santa Cruz Avenue and adjacent side streets need improvement, not only during the day, but in the early evening as well. Just look around at your neighboring cities to recognize the potential, such as in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos to the south and Redwood City, San Carlos and Burlingame to the north.

What can be done now; consider the following:

1) Place the topic of downtown parking restrictions on the agenda, so that ideas presented by the Chamber of Commerce, and others can be considered. Last April's Study Session presented recommendations. Perhaps some should be implemented.

2) Reduce the aggressive parking enforcement, or at least the perception of it.

3) Start obeying the law by filling out parking tickets correctly, per California Vehicle Code (VC #40202). For more information, ask former Superior Court Judge Quinton Kopp for assistance. If you don't follow the law, how to do you expect citizens to?

4) Survey merchants and others for ideas, suggestions and programs. Many merchants are located in other cities and can share with you what works, and what doesn't work.

While many appreciate what you are doing to bring business to the downtown area, such as with the Exotic Car Shows, Evening Movie Night, Fremont Park Summer Concert Series, and so on, that fact remains, much more can and needs to be done. I'm tired of hearing prospects comments for vacant stores that Menlo Park simply does not have enough customers. We need to do all we can to foster business, help others thrive and be a part of the solution.

The Almanac Town Square Column has a topic about Downtown Parking. It has been viewed over 1,500 times with over 70 comments. The dialogue has been relatively civil with comments that you may find worthwhile reading. Thank you for your time and interest.
Received on Fri Aug 01 2014 - 15:32:55 PDT

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