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News - January 22, 2010

Parking-permit program a success, residents say

College Terrace streets open up as nonresidents seek to avoid fines

by Sue Dremann

A long-awaited parking-permit program in College Terrace is finally relieving residential woes, according to residents.

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Posted by College Terrace watcher
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

College Terrace does not care about the problems that Evergreen Park now has--it is all about College Terrace and their selfish needs. They get what ever they want from the city and to hell with the other residents of Palo Alto.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Completely agree that it's been like night and day. Kudos to Shahla Yazdy, the city transportation engineer overseeing the program, for being so responsive.

It's really hard to imagine that people who used to park in College Terrace are now parking in Evergreen Park (are people actually willing to walk cross El Camino Real for that purpose?), but maybe I'm wrong.

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Posted by CTresident
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

Not all residents of College Terrace are happy - it's been a success only for those people living near Facebook and Stanford. For the rest it's an added cost and burden for something that was never a problem. Clearly it hasn't been a success when they had to raise the cost of a permit to $40 + $25 for guest passes this year. Seems like a massive failure to me. For some residents on my block the cost is over $200! And the few blocks not on the program have seen little or no increase in parked cars. Seems like there was some fear-mongering going on by residents in parking-limited areas. Wonder when the city will wise up to this...

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Evergreen Park also experiences the employees of the businesses along El Camino parking in their neighborhood. I know at least one business, dentist Dr. Mulcahey, tells his employees they can not use the parking lot designated for their building, that they must park in the neighborhood instead. Its seems like a business should be expected to have enough parking for its employees and customers when they build their building.

Seems like much of Palo Alto could use a parking permit system.

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Posted by A Barlas- CT Resident
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Yes, the cost went up to $45 a permit and $25 for guest permits. My guest took off with my permit so after signing an affidavit and paying another $25 I was able to replace my guest permit. I was told that "if i lose it again, it is just too bad".
Unfortunately our block attempted to opt-out with more then a majority of signatures but an unhappy neighbor pointed out that an ordinance cannot be just undone and another round of 'official' postcards went out, with signatures and deadlines required. So I am told, this time there was no majority opposing the permits. Hmmmm, last time I walked up and down my street and chatted with folks, I only found a couple of folks that were ok with the permit program. And most of them parked in their driveways, so they had no need for the permit anyway. For the past 20 years I and many of my neighbors have parked in front of our homes with no problem. I feel this permit parking is a disaster and a waste of time and money. Surely there is more important uses for $100,000!

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