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Parking spaces for sale?

Original post made by Just Wondering, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2007

I was just wondering if it's legal to charge $7 for a parking space in front of a restaurant when the streets and sidewalks are the property of the municipality for which I pay taxes. There are two restaurants on Emerson Street which charge for parking and one on Lytton (you all know which ones they are), and keep spaces in front of their restaurant for "valet" parking. Is this legal? Can they stop me from parking on a city street? Give me your thoughts. Isn't it time that the city visited this issue?

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Posted by Julia Chilledout
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 24, 2007 at 10:44 pm

$7.00 to park my car, as a prelude to a $150-200 dinner? What's the problem? I would imagine the restaurants pay the city a fee for the privilege. Come to think of it, they must pay a fee, or every restaurant in town would do the same.

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Posted by trudy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 25, 2007 at 6:12 am

Why not call the police department and ask if it's legal? If it's legal, they better be paying the city a tidy fee.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2007 at 9:55 am

Palo Alto Municipal Code Chapter 10.45 governs valet parking. Legal so long as the restaurants have the necessary permits and have paid the appropriate fees.

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Posted by Just Wondering
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2007 at 4:48 pm

Not everybody goes to downtown for a $150-200 dinner. Sometimes we go for the movies (the Aquarius is down the street, sometimes for gelato, sometimes just to stroll). Doesn't it strike you as illegal to have to pay to park in the street?

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Posted by Parker
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 26, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Many of the downtown restaurants use the CalTrain parking lot, or they (illegally) use parking places at local businesses. The office at the corner of Lytton and High has just a few parking spots, but they're always full at night when the building is empty.

The people who PAY for that building would like to use their own parking spaces in the evening -- but have to call a tow truck in order to do so. It's annoying.

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