Aggressive Parking Plan Moves Forward to City Council Meeting Jan 15, 2013 at 7:15pm ………….. EPOA to hold Community Meeting Sat Jan 12th at 10:00am at Ralph Hawley School)

COPY OF MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

The EPOA is holding a community meeting on the Parking Implementation “Plan” SATURDAY, January 12, 2013 at 10:00am or 11:00am at the Ralph Hawley School, 1275 61st Street, Emeryville

From 10:00am to 11:00am we will show the below video presentation when the Council accepted the specific details of the Wilbur Smith Parking Plan on September 7, 2010. Approved, but NOT Implemented..

At 11:15am Council Member Jennifer West will explain to the community why Emeryville should eliminate free street parking. Following her presentation we will have open community dialogue, keeping the discussion focused on how this Parking Plan will impact affected parties, until approximately 12:25pm when the EPOA will make a FIVE minute closing statement to end the meeting at 12:30pm.

John Gooding, Oversight Board Member
IN EMERYVILLE……?

At the transportation Committee meeting on December 11, 2012, held at the Fire Station, about 30 people attended. Although about 28 particpants seemed to disagree with the Parking Plan. the Committee decided to move the first steps of the Parking Implementation “Plan” to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:15pm. The EPOA urges you to watch the below video to fully understand the goals of the overall Plan, and how it will be carried out. Please attend the community meeting on January 12th to express your concerns. We will have feedback cards to obtain public opinion.

Emeryvillle has no existing parking meters (except at Bay Street which are privately controlled) All the existing parking controls, and enforcement, were implemented by specific rerquest of residents or business owners. The proposed implementation of new timed parking zones, including the details of Parking Plan have NOT been reviewed or requested by the commuinity. Instead these parking controls are being imposed, without asking the community, as a first step to eliminate free public parking in Emeryville. This is a major change in public policy with economic consequences, which have not been properly considered. The lack of proper notification to affected raises questions the need for a city wide parking implementation Plan. It is a form of raising taxes without public approval.

PLEASE WATCH THE BELOW PRESENTATION OF THE PARKIING PLAN TO THE CITY COUNCIL

ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS

1. Parking Management Plan

2. Parking Plan Appendix

3. Council Member Mayor West Statement about Parking Management Plan

4. Letter to Oppose – 1

The City Council adopted a Parking Implementation Plan, on September 7, 2010   to reduce the number of autos in the City. It is a form of “sin  tax.”   The Council should not adopt any new tax without public approval.

The proposed new timed zones in the North Hollis Area will simply force employees of Emeryville businesses, and others who park for more than TWO HOURS to park in the residential areas. It will likley necessitate issuance of new residential parking permits. Why are we going to make it more expensive and less convenient for employees and others to work here, unless it is necessary?   Only a limited number of permits will be issued. If you have two cars it’s a problem. If you have guests who stay for more than TWO HOURS it’s a problem. If employees are forced to use transit, they may not want to work here.?   Aggressive parking enforcement includes parking fines which are not commensurate with the violations. Are creating unnecessary problems the community is not asking for.

A car is an essential element, especially for those in business, families with small children, and seniors. The City has allowed a major owner of new buildings  in the North Hollis area, create adverse impacts to the surrounding areas, and has failed to take any steps to encourage said owner to use approved parking for its intended purpose.

Council Member Jennifer West says “free parking is a magnet for cars.” It is important to let the City Council know what this means to you. You can’t be upset with a council member unless you tell them how you feel about it?  “emphasis added”  Having the opportunity to hear all sides of the argument makes a stronger community. We encourage all points of view on the subject.

EPOA comments – The City has a “bad habit” of new taxation without proper advance notice. If you read the history of how and why the EPOA was created you will see our most important goal is the change that practice.

1- Free parking is a form of economic subsidy for residents, guests, business people, and their employees.

2- This Parking Plan imposes solutions for problems which may not exist.

3- No steps are being taken to better utilize available off street parking.

4- Despite the fact Emery Go Round is free (paid for by business owners) the cost of taking BART is higher than paying for gas. Using transit costs Emeryville employees more money, and longer travel time, to come to work. It is less convenient, less safe, more difficult to carry anything you may need, and not a practical solution for many.

5-  Residents will be expected to pay for permit parking. Only a limited number of permits are issued. Many residents live in commercial areas where parking permits may not be available. Today the permit is $20, tomorrow $50.?

6- If you have two cars you will not get two permits. If you switch to a different car, for any reason, you will have to notify the City. This takes time and money.  Permit parking does not include “guest parking,” even if empty spaces are available.

The auto industry, maintains a strong lobby in Washington DC to insure automobile use will remain as the primary mode of transportation in America. It is a by-product of human greed and corporate political dominance common in our society. (please see the documentary under useful videos “Taken for a Ride.”)  Unless the federal government decides to invest substantial money to improve our transit infrastructure there will not be a viable alternative to using a car.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A LIVELY COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON JANUARY 12TH

Comments

Aggressive Parking Plan Moves Forward to City Council Meeting Jan 15, 2013 at 7:15pm ………….. EPOA to hold Community Meeting Sat Jan 12th at 10:00am at Ralph Hawley School) — 4 Comments

  1. I’m a little confused by your statement. You say “It begins with new timed zones everywhere, residential permits, until we graduate to pay stations across the city.” But when I look at the plan and addendum it talks of changes only north of 55th street. This is not everywhere. Am I missing something?

  2. The Parking Implementation Plan encompasses the whole City. It begins with a short timed parking areas north of 55th Street, as you say. No parking implementation plan should begin without community input. Perhaps the real issue is the integrity of the public process. The City held a public meeting on a Tuesday morning at 9:00am. A time which is not conducive to obtaining adequate public input. The vast majority of impacted businesses their employees, and residents, are working at that time.

    We are very concerned about the impact these timed parking controls will have as well as the overall Parking Plan. In order to determiine the impact of the Plan we are creating an opportunity the City should have created. We want to show you the video of this plan, so you can see exactly what was presented to the City Council at the time of adoption. This is why we are beginning this meeting with the video presentation. This will help everyone better understand the issue, it will show what could happen if the City made a good faith effort to involve the community in the decision making process as it should be. We seek to restore integrity to the public process, and have created a local ballot measure to foster greater public involvement. Thanks for your feedback

  3. When I first moved to Emeryville I was able to come and go as I pleased without worrying about parking. I could pull right up to my front door to unload groceries and such with no problem. A few months ago the physical therapist business moved in down the block, they immediately took over a formerly public lot and posted signs in huge aggressive red letters stating “No public parking”. To make the situation worse, their employees don’t even use the lot, and instead take up all the street parking in front of my building all day long. While their lot sits half empty all day.

    If I could pay for a residential parking permit for my street and help prevent all these awful employees from taking up all the space, I am all for it. I support any plan that lets me park in front of my home again.

  4. When a new business comes to town, theey have to apply for a business license. Each City Department reviews the application to evaluate the potential impact of the new business. As part of that process, someone from the City needs to look at the location, and indicate to the business owner the need to use approved off street parking for the purpose it was provided. That process could also include notification to the surrounding area, there will be a new business at said location. This could provide neighbors with the contact information for the owners. If a problem does exist the neighbors would have a way to let the business owner know they are causing a problem. It is incumbent on the new business owner to cooperate to inssure a good relationship exists to insure compatability with neighbors. They have rto be made aware this City cares about the neighborhood, and if they don’t cooperate the City will take action. Having a residential parking permit does not guarantee you will have a parking space. Only a limited number of permits are issued. If you have two cars, you may only get one permit. If there are 50 residential units in the area, and only 30 parking spaces, you may not get a permit, and if that happens you would not be allowed to park in front of your house at any time. If you had an accident and had a rent a car you would not be able to park in front of your house, or if you had a guest they could not park there. Each situation deserves individual attention. Emeryville is small enough to allow that to happen. That is what we are suggesting is the best first step. We are not saying regulating parking is unnecessary, but we are saying the city government should be responsive to the needs, and should not impose regulation without notifying the affected parties as the first step. The city has the task of trying to balance everyone’s interest, and before regulations are adopted, the first step should be education and cooperation. You can’t say the employees are awful, unless someone tells them they are doing something wrong. You should communicate the problem to the City transportation committee, so they can look at the situation. Then the City would contact the business owner, and invite them to the meeting to make them aware of the problem, and based on the situation, decide whether or not permit parking is the appropriate solution. Issuing a residential peermit costs money to enforce. You could end up more angry if you pay for a permit and then don’t have a place to park. All of these situations require close monitoring, which the city has a poor record of doing. Have you looked at the Parking Implementation Plan to see what it recomends for your area…? You might find it recomends two hour parking which may not suit your individual need.