By taking parking spaces away. Sounds about as legit as any other government project.
Work began this week on a project that’s designed to improve traffic flow and safety in the city’s biggest and one of its most used parking lots. The reorientation will reduce spaces from 479 to 462
I bet someone at Victorian Corner is responsible, they seem to have a lock on all day parking. Or the number one objective of AutoChalk is collecting all the locations and license plates of every car.
The issue, administrative manager Jocelyn Francis said, is that the system isn’t properly alerting parking enforcement officers when a vehicle has been in a timed space too long and is in violation — which is the purpose of the parking technology.
While Francis said that the city is working with the company to improve the accuracy of the equipment, it’s decided to withhold a final payment of $11,800 for the machines until the system “consistently meets our standards.” The system was supposed to replace the chalk method, but P.G. parking officers are still marking tires.
Newcomer to P.G. thinks shoppers will park far from town to spend money, therefore LET store merchants take up all the 2 hour spaces all day.
I have lived in Pacific Grove for 18 years. In that period of time I have observed our parking meter police ticketing vehicles belonging to our local PG merchants and their employees. These people must interrupt whatever they are doing every two or three hours to move their cars from one spot to another. This is usually a few feet from where they were. How foolish is this?
Mark C. Klein, Pacific Grove
Mark C. Klein needs TWO parking spaces for his Cadillac.
Mark C. Klein of Pacific Grove stands next to his 1975 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Klein bought the car from an estate in Illinois. It had 3,900 original miles on it.
Smarter resident sets it straight.
The last time I worked in any city including Pacific Grove I was told that downtown parking was for customers and employees had to park elsewhere and walk to work. In Pacific Grove you can park on off streets and Pine Avenue with no time restrictions. Mr. Klein’s way of thinking is let’s make customers drive around looking for parking while businesses stay empty — no wonder Pacific Grove is losing money.
Gary L. Page, Monterey
Doesn’t park in the handicapped spot that’s good. But it’s not good to park in the red on the corner and partially block the crosswalk too.
Why not wait until later when P.G. is deserted?
They say parking lots are not useful. Sorry fishermen and pleasure boaters, you’ll need to hike over to Franklin street to get your parked truck & trailer.
And Festival Space? There’s this huge plaza right next to the Customs house. Is it too not “useful”?
The purpose of the plan is to guide improvements of Monterey’s waterfront. The plan’s draft, according to the city’s principal planner Elizabeth Caraker, emphasizes more usable space and makes it easier for pedestrians to navigate the area. It includes regulations for both the Fisherman’s Wharf and municipal wharf businesses and makes parking changes. It has been embraced by the Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Historic Preservation commissions.
“Overall, participants said they wanted more useable space where the parking lots are,” said Caraker. “So the re-design would serve to include more temporary event or festival space. There would be better circulation for pedestrians and bicycles and better access to parking in the downtown garages when the waterfronts are full.”
But that doesn’t affect the Victorian Corner Crew On Fountain that park all day with no enforced limits
The city’s 3-hour pilot parking program, dubbed “park
once,” was designed to give patrons the ability to dine at
restaurants and “still have time to stroll along our sidewalks and make a second purchase.” But city officials found that visitors didn’t park as long as they expected.
Three-hour parking will continue on all other downtown streets and the municipal lots at Fandango restaurant, the rear of Lighthouse Cinemas and on 15th Street to encourage storeowners and their workers to park in city lots. Though the city had proposed modifying downtown parking limit signs to say “For Customers Only” to discourage shopkeepers from parking in front of their stores, Brodeur said that didn’t happen. “Our consulting traffic engineer and city attorney told us we could not place such language on a regulatory sign because we cannot enforce it,” he said.
Noon on Saturday I come across an unattended commercial vehicle parked in the disabled parking place. Look around and see none of P.G.’s finest so I take a few pictures and consider call them or at least the 831-747-7085 number and reporting them. Then head off to go to the bank.
The driver shows up and shouted at me asking if I had some concern and after a debate on what the definition of parking is I go into the bank. Driver of said Central Coast Juicery truck moved it to a legal parking spot and goes to the same bank as I, where he continues to deny any wrongdoing. Give it up Mark, you ended up on Facebook in addition to LighthouseAvenue.com.
What? Tear out all the parking and marina improvements to remake a beach that is likely to become a transient plaza for sea lions?
The waterfront plan, which has been put together during the past four years, is intended to transform Monterey’s shoreline between San Carlos Beach and Monterey Bay Park into a “spectacular gateway” for the city.
But many in the wharf business community say the proposal — which would eliminate hundreds of parking spaces in lots nearest the harbor by the city’s two wharves in favor of grass, walkways and a plaza — is anything but spectacular.
At a city Planning Commission meeting May 13, the battle over the future of waterfront parking under the proposed plan came to a head.
Wharf business owners and hospitality industry officials predicted the changes would drive away customers and cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in parking fees generated by the wharf lots.
Makes it hard for others to turn the corner.