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.
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
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