Palo Alto casts wide net in search of parking solutions Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Nov 1, 2012 at 10:32 am
Faced with constant complaints about a dearth of parking spots on downtown streets, Palo Alto officials are weighing a wide range of dramatic solutions, from building new garages and introducing valet parking at existing ones to installing more electric-vehicle charging stations and beefing up the parking requirements for new developments.
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Since the time this letter was sent, the Arrillaga project has been revealed, making the problem even larger.
It's very hard to believe that the current parking structure management--which is effectively the planning department and the City Manager, with nominal oversight by the City Council are up to this job--since none of these people can be held accountable for their decisions.
Wonder if any of the people running for City Council have thought through the issues, and been providing clear visions of what the City needs to do--once they are elected/re-elected to the Council.
It's also kind of amusing that we are paying the City Manager and his immediate staff around $2M in salary and benefits--and all they can do is contract out for "studies" which they then generally follow. What's the point of paying these huge salaries when all these folks do is sign contracts, and follow what these unaccountable consultants tell them to do. Come to think of it, maybe it's not so amusing after all.
Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm
"What's the point of paying these huge salaries when all these folks do is sign contracts, and follow what these unaccountable consultants tell them to do."
It's the same story as in the private banking sector. Palo Alto pays huge salaries because the neighbors do. If it didn't, the city staff will take jobs elsewhere, and there would be nobody to sign Palo Alto's consulting contracts.
Posted by the_punnisher, a resident of Mountain View, on Nov 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm the_punnisher is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
An answer that works in other areas might be the answer here.
Just offer a 99 year lease ( or shorter ) to parking structure management companies. Paying for city parking is a new revenue stream that other cities have. Let THEM build the parking structures!
It appears that many city governments have this " We have to spend TAXPAYER MONEY for a consultant " mantra instead of DOING THEIR JOBS and researching a problem and presenting solutions that work in other cities.
People can be intellectuals and not have a lick of common sense. Is that the real problem in the SFBA?
Posted by KJ, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm
These don't sound like bold proposals. Talk to Sausalito, LA, and Indianapolis about the flexible-rate, space-tracking and reservation systems they are trying out. There is real-life experience now with smart parking solutions and they should be considered, especially for a new garage. And especially if it's true that paid-up places often stand empty in the garages we have now.
Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm
We used to have an electric scooter, and it cost about five dollars an hour to charge it, or about twenty-five dollars a day. What must an electric car cost, as they require eight hours to charge? Getting you electric car charged for free is lke getting your gas engine car filled up for free, isn't it?