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Low Lying Fruit re Downtown Parking Improvements

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:44:33 -0400

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 Thu Jul 24 2014 - 12:41:13 PDT

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