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News - August 9, 2013

Around Town

CRESCENT PARKING ... When it comes to parking shortages, every unhappy Palo Alto neighborhood is unhappy in its own way, to borrow from Tolstoy. In Professorville, residents have for years been up in arms about downtown employees, whose cars take over residential blocks during business hours. In Crescent Park, residents are more concerned about night-time parking, and the main culprit isn't the business community but the East Palo Alto residents across the Newell Road bridge. This week, they may get some relief. The council is scheduled to consider on Monday a proposal to ban overnight parking at certain sections of Crescent Park, including a few blocks of Edgewood Drive where the problem is particularly conspicuous. The new law would ban parking on selected streets between 2 and 5 a.m. but allow residents on these blocks to purchase permits to park their cars at night. The council was preparing to approve this limited ban on Aug. 5 as part of its "consent calendar" (where items get approved in bulk and without discussion), but staff requested that the item get a fuller vetting during the Aug. 12 meeting. Opinions about the proposed one-year ban vary block by block. Those closest to the East Palo Alto border have been overwhelmingly supportive. Those slightly further away have been against it, arguing that the new rule would simply push the problem over to their streets. Ben Davenport, who lives on Hamilton Avenue with his wife and 8-month-old son, is in the latter camp. His mother-in-law and father-in-law, who take care of the child, would no longer be able to park in the house in the ban is adopted, he said. "It seems like we're attacking the problem of excessive nonresident parking with a 30 pound sledge hammer, because that's the only tool the city has given us," Davenport told the council on Aug. 5. "The hammer analogy is all too apt because the game we are in fact playing is Whac-a-Mole."

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