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Contractor errs, sells too many parking permits

Original post made on Sep 8, 2017

The city of Palo Alto sold too many employee parking permits in five of its 10 parking zones that have approved quotas following what staff called an error in "inputting data."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:52 AM

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12 people like this
Posted by Cynic
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 7:34 am

There are plenty of available parking places in Zone 1 during the day. These arbitrary caps are much too low.


And why do the uber-rich property owners here get free parking? They should pay the same as everyone else.


19 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2017 at 7:46 am

I am not in the least surprised that they made errors. The whole thing is too complicated. I wonder how many new members of staff were employed to sort this out and even then the rules get so complicated that nobody can understand any of it.


22 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

Parking permits should be free. The fact that they're *selling* them means that it's more about government employees getting paid than implementing an actual *solution*.
This wasn't a mistake! It's people making money off of regulations. It's blatant fraud being committed by our government. How can they good citizens of Palo Alto not see this?

"Preferential Parking" is a hoax designed to generate revenue from overpriced permits and predatory parking tickets.


24 people like this
Posted by Stew Pid
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

How about we give all the City staff involved a bonus and double their pension?


33 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

Good work Citizen Guislin!!!


11 people like this
Posted by Cash Cow
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

Another error in the city's favor. Go back 3 spaces and pay all the contractors and all the employees more. $$$


22 people like this
Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Annette is a registered user.

Does the mistake maker have any connection to PAUSD?

Palo Alto's favorite journalists sure have been busy disclosing pricey foibles lately. Surely by this point more and more people are wondering how so much can go so wrong in a city that prides itself on itself so very much.


22 people like this
Posted by anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:21 pm

I am sure we can hire a consultant to resolve the complexity of problem..


23 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Let's not forget the 4.5 months extra PA Utilities charged us all $25 for a drought that had officially ended and then lowered the drought surcharge to $9 when people complained netting another $180,000 (20K households) on top of the $2,250,000 for the original 4.5 months.

$2,430,000 + $6,000,000 for PAUSD plus the parking.... pretty soon it adds up to real money.

By the way, why are the RR crossing guards still there? I thought the city was replacing them with cameras and had already awarded a contract.


3 people like this
Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Resident,

It is the employees that are paying for permits. There is no way they should be allowed to park for free. Where have you been the last 5 years? Maybe you should move from Midtown to Downtown. Then you would change your tune.


41 people like this
Posted by Fed up
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Perhaps it's time to fire all the policymaking employees (city manager and assistants, city attorney, etc.) for incompetence, thereby rescinding any pensions they might have received if they could actually do the job for which they were hired. We could then replace all of them with two chimpanzees, who might actually do a better job.


25 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm

WE (City of Palo Alto and PAUSD) seem to be wallowing in discombobulation lately. We have TWO assistant city managers who presumably have some experience and a series of departments with managers. So why is this so difficult? There are standard programs that track data for any one topic so why isn't a standard program being used to keep a status on whatever requires a status?
It is so disheartening in this day and age when there are so many computer tools and we still end up with gross errors. Who are the people that are hired to perform these simple office tasks? A contractor - a contractor is required to cover their errors on their nickel - not ours. If they made a mistake then they have to correct it out of their profit. It is called a penalty.


15 people like this
Posted by And more
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm

The city is doing TWO surveys to find out what we think of city services. I guess they cant read what people write to the council, and speakers at city meetings.

The questionnaire about opinions of Code Enforcement is so hard to read and so restrictive, it's a scandal. Clearly they don't really want to know.


20 people like this
Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 8, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Annette is a registered user.

Seriously, if there's insufficient oversight on something as ordinary as a parking program, it's mind-boggling (and scary) to think what might happen with a truly complicated program. Grade crossings, for instance.

After the hijacked CC meeting on January 30, someone posted the following advice: WAKE UP PALO ALTO.


2 people like this
Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Question: As a neighbor who has had builders work on his house for more than 14 years, is it allowed for this neighbor to purchase multiple resident (green) permits for his builders?

Because if the above is possible, and it appears as such, then the numbers are even more skewed.




17 people like this
Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:33 pm

Novelera is a registered user.

I'm wondering why issuing parking permits was even delegated to a "contractor". This expense is now added to all the funds the city spends on "consultants" because our highly paid employees can't do the work themselves.


13 people like this
Posted by Really
a resident of University South
on Sep 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

They decided to not revoke the oversold permits because the expiration is so soon. Really? They expire at the end of march 2018.

There were no complaints over the summer as so many people are on vacation. I've noticed since school started the parking is getting bad again. Especially in the area of Channing house where it seems ALL of their employees take up our parking.


14 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 8, 2017 at 9:51 pm

"This expense is now added to all the funds the city spends on "consultants" because our highly paid employees can't do the work themselves."

They are too highly paid to do any work at all. As any management consultant can tell you, it is a misapplication of resources if employees being paid executive-level salaries are doing useful work.


5 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Sep 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

I was wondering why there is no parking in Zone 5.


5 people like this
Posted by @Really
a resident of University South
on Sep 9, 2017 at 11:03 am

The article states that the employee permits expire Sept. 30th.


8 people like this
Posted by Nancy
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

I've noticed an increase of cars/no parking available in the 300 block of Webster.


5 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Oct 6, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Do we know, for sure, whether the "contractor" didn't oversell post-9/30 permits?


3 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Anyone know how to get the post Sept. 30th numbers?


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