Monday Crash # 1

Four Runner into the Victorian Corner. Probably couldn’t find a parking place what with VC workers’ cars taking up all the parking spaces.

Occurring just after 3 p.m., the first crash involved a 70-year-old woman who accelerated when reversing out of a parking spot on Lighthouse Avenue before crashing into Alliotti’s Victorian Corner restaurant. The driver approached 40 miles per hour, hitting a stop sign and a parked vehicle along the way.

The woman’s Toyota 4Runner came to rest inside the restaurant and injured owner Mary Alliotti, who was taken to a hospital with undetermined injuries, Pacific Grove police said Tuesday. The driver of the parked car was also hospitalized with unknown injuries, police said.

Monday Crash # 1

Downtown Parking To Be Extended To Two Hours

As businesses try to do anything to get people to spend money in town. Or timing parked cars is not the number one objective of AutoChalk, more like some kind of tracking system to read and log every license plate it sees.

The City of Pacific Grove is responding to numerous complaints that 90 minute parking downtown isn’t enough time to enjoy some lunch, browse the shops, or go to the beach without getting a $35 ticket.

A new pilot program will change the downtown’s 90 minute parking to 2 hour parking from Nov. 7-Jan. 15.

Shoot, I wanna know how to get an all-day parking space like the Victorian Corner workers get.
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Downtown Parking To Be Extended To Two Hours

May Is Crosswalk Awareness Month In P.G.

The City Council will consider the approval of a Resolution naming the month of May 2008 as “Pedestrian Safety Month” as part of the Pacific Grove Police Department’s ongoing efforts to promote pedestrian safety throughout the City.
Reference: Police Chief Engles
Recommended Action: Adopt the Resolution

Sometimes hard to see people crossing the street downtown, but please do try and look.

Even harder to see the pedestrians (or the pedestrians see cars) at Fountain & Lighthouse when delivery trucks block the crosswalk because someone that drives a gold Chevy pickup (presumably an employee of Victorian Corner) uses the “Loading Zone” as a personal all-day parking place.

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All the time . .

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May Is Crosswalk Awareness Month In P.G.

TripAdvisor Rates PG’s Top 25 Restaurants

TripAdvisor’s restaurant popularity ranks restaurants based on evaluations in guide books, articles and user opinions. The things people write are often amazing.

First Awakenings
Restaurant popularity: #1
entertaining bird population on the outside patio (unless you choose to use the squirt bottles)

Red House Cafe
Restaurant popularity: #2
Been here a few times… wait’s always long

Peppers Mexicali Cafe
Restaurant popularity: #3
that’s how they modify Mexican food for the gringos? And I never found the host particularly friendly.

Joe Rombi’s La MIA Cucina
Restaurant popularity: #4
We especially like the rice ball appetizers

Thai Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #5
The ambiance could be more authentic but we go there for the food.

Passionfish
Restaurant popularity: #6
Well, I guess the chef just loved it and so he figured we all must love it as well?

Tillie Gort’s
Restaurant popularity: #7
customers seem to be locals. There isn’t anything fancy about their food

Petra Restaurant
Restaurant popularity: #8
They bill themselves as serving mediterranean dishes, but I think of them as Greek.

Fifi’s Cafe & Bakery
Restaurant popularity: #9
Given the wealth of excellent restaurants in the area, I hope that the evening staff finds a way to make its patrons feel more welcome.

Taste Cafe & Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #10
parking can be tight, but there’s plenty of space across the street in the Safeway parking lot.

Fishwife at Asilomar Beach
Restaurant popularity: #11
served our entrees before we received our appetizer and our daughter received her entree 5-8 minutes after we did.

Fandango Restaurant
Restaurant popularity: #12
We immediately sensed a snootiness about them: They did not acknowledge our presence for quite awhile and then they finally gave us the worst seat in the house!

Savoirfare
Restaurant popularity: #13

Vitos
Restaurant popularity: #14
Wonderful staff – all related

Aliotti’s Victorian Corner
Restaurant popularity: #15
We were walking through charming downtown Pacific Grove, and entered one restaurant, where we were promptly ignored for 10 minutes–while other tables were greeted with cheers!

Zocalo
Restaurant popularity: #16
much more authentic than the silly, over-rated poseur place, Peppers

Central Avenue Bakery
Restaurant popularity: #17
vegan chocolate, pastries, cheese made from coconut milk.

Archie’s American Diner
Restaurant popularity: #18
my fish-n-chips were overcooked. But that didn’t bother me as much as the flies.

Toasties Cafe
Restaurant popularity: #19
after I “got rid of” the crab cakes I started to recover.. I told her that I wasn’t trying to accuse her of anything but I just didn’t want anybody else to get hurt- especially a child. She was extremely defensive and didn’t listen.

Grove Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #20
If you don’t like alcohol, you might still like the food.

Cellar Door Chop Shoppe
Restaurant popularity: #21
Hand embroidered flavors, really.

Melange
Restaurant popularity: #22
beet & goat cheese salad,

Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant
Restaurant popularity: #23
They serve huge burritos with the best tasting beans I’ve had in a long time

Favaloro’s Big Night Bistro
Restaurant popularity: #24
owner came running out of the kitchen shouting that the certificates were fake. I heard the owner say to his wife as I was leaving that “he might have made a mistake”… still, no apology, and I would never recommend the place to anyone.

Lattitudes at Lover’s Point
Restaurant popularity: #25
The food is just ordinary but carries extraordinary prices. You’d be better off going to KFC and carrying a bucket of chicken to the park across the street (Lover’s Point) to take in the view.

TripAdvisor Rates PG’s Top 25 Restaurants

Parking Time Limits Lowered – Bulletin Opposes

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The City Council unanimously rejected installation of parking meters on Central Avenue; but not before laying the groundwork for what may be future problems including more budget challenges.

As an alternative to the lost meter revenue, Councilperson Scott Miller suggested changing the parking sign time limit from two hours to ninety minutes, saying “our parking enforcement guy made a killing down there. He would write 64 tickets a day and many of them from there” (Scott Miller was speaking as to the time he was Chief of Police). Wasn’t the two hour limit for parking on Central Avenue imposed to allow ample time for people to have a meal and do some leisurely shopping without fear of citation?

That was the intention of the two hour limits – however it looks like businesses take up a majority of two hour spots, leaving a precious few for those “leisurely shoppers”

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Parking Time Limits Lowered – Bulletin Opposes

Parking Meters On Hold In P.G?

At the July 18 city council meeting many people spoke opposing putting parking meters at Lovers Point or Central/Eardley Avenues. A merchant pointed out that the current 2 hour parking spaces are not checked by the parking enforcement officers and that rolling the spaces back to 90 minutes and adding more enforcement would be better to turn over parking and increase ticket revenue. Great idea . . though many of the downtown merchants that take up spaces all day will need to be more active to avoid tickets.

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The Parking Meters May Multiply

The idea is controversial in a town that prides itself on being “America’s Last Hometown.”

Those opposed to adding parking meters downtown, at Lovers Point and along parts of Central Avenue said it will take away from the city’s charm. “I don’t want it in the downtown area. It would lose all its ambiance,” store owner Dee Moore said.Others said they worry shoppers won’t want to pay for parking in front of downtown shops.

 

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The so called ambiance was lost long ago, chopped up, sold, painted over and resold. It was replaced by by phony charm that requires sandwich board signs to direct you to the merchandise you just cannot live without. Bah! Anything worth spending money on should stand on it’s own.

For one, the meters may increase the the number of spaces available as cheap merchants quit parking their cars all day long in prime spacesVictorian Corner Ho
Though I think we would need 3000 meters to make $6,000,000. There’s reportedly 100 meters by the ATC that bring in $1,800 per year per meter.

The Parking Meters May Multiply

Business Group Requests Unlimited Parking

Minutes of the Traffic Commission – November 14, 2006

One of the concerns was that employees would take advantage of the no enforcement policy and park their vehicles in front of the establishments where they are employed.
Commission encourages the BID group to . . come back to us next July or August with a plan to implement the extended parking for shoppers and indicate they are going to control employee parking.

Nothing new here – there appears to be little or no enforcement of the 2 hour limits already. Numerous commercial vehicles and personal cars from store owners and workers park all day with no need to move.

Hazaras parks it’s van around Lighthouse and Forest all day.

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Victorian Corner workers take up so many parking places and the loading zone all day . . .

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That delivery trucks cannot even use the “loading zone” set aside for the purpose and spill over to red zones and crosswalks

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Parking Meters On The Avenue?

Controversial article – it started when a letter from the editor in the Hear-Old ranted about the police not enforcing parking at businesses on Lighthouse Avenue. Though that writer was incorrect about the police involvement (Nob Hill and Longs Drugs parking lots are private property – enforcement is up to the property owners), it brought to my attention that parking limits were not being enforced or being selectively enforced in PG. It appeared that businesses owners and their employees were taking up a large amount of parking spaces on the Avenue and side streets where time limited parking is posted. It’s not hard to see – many of the cars have the store names on them, they can be seen every day, often in the same parking spaces.

Here’s the Favaloro’s GMC truck right in front of the (now out of business) restaurant.Parking Favaloro Truck

Later the same truck, now minus it’s door signs is always seen on Grand just below Lighthouse:
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And again with the Favaloros Mitsubishi that is always downtown:Parking Favaloro Truck 3

In December they hid it over behind the closed down theater. Would they choose to park in any of the 24 hour spots in the lot? No, it’s in a 2 hour spot.

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The Favaloros must also have this Suburban.\

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This Mitsubishi once sported signs on it’s doors for Cafe Ariana. Since the first posting, the signs have been removed.

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In the same block is the Victorian Corner. The streets are full of cars from that business too. This Chevy truck is always parked on Fountain:

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Also seen is the Victorian Corner Tahoe:

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And the Victorian Corner Jag:

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In the next block is the Oh Flowers van:

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They have since closed and move to a lower rent area. Still the same? Yep, still the same.

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Also we have the Bratty Real Estate office. It’s workers take the 20 minute spots with a pickup truck:

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and a Mustang:

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Grand Avenue Art Works – did they champion to have the curb in front of their place painted yellow so people might see them? If that’s not enough, they borrow a tactic from Cafe Ariana – magnet signs on the car doors making a parked rolling billboard.Parking Grand Ave Art Works

Hazaras Magic Carpets has a van that is sometimes in the diagonals:

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Or over on Forest where they go outside and smoke:
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Chili Great Chili parks it’s van in the center – outside the defined parking spaces, making it hard for emergency vehicles to navigate the narrow street.

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Then the Chili Great Chili pickup is in the 20 minute zone:

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Just south of Harzara is St Vinnies. City Councilman Ron Schenk works there. Parks his Jeep in front during campaign time, better advertising.

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Also on the campaign trail is Susan Goldbeck. She cannot find the energy to carry her political paraphernalia back to her car, so she double parks. Blocking the handicap spot.Goldbeck Double Park

The post office is also a place the cops could rake in the tickets. This BMW driver can afford to park in the red zone:

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So can the Cadillac owner that takes up two half-spaces:

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The point made is that it appears that parking enforcement is lax. If we don’t want meters to feed all day, get the parking patrol out and write some tickets.

Parking Meters On The Avenue?

Business Slow? Blame The Streetlights

Two damaged Victorian-era streetlights in Pacific Grove have residents and business owners worried about safety and possible loss of business.

Former Mayor Jeanne Byrne said some on the City Council ran for office on the issue of fixing city facilities, including streetlights.

“We are losing businesses downtown, and having things like this doesn’t encourage new businesses to invest,” said Byrne, chairwoman of the downtown business improvement district.

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The light in front of the gas station-turned produce stand is not of Victorian heritage, it’s a 1995 version that replaced the nice tall 60s streetlights (that REALLY lit the street). One point is the driver that broke it is liable. Other point is that the property where it’s in front of really does not need 4 wide driveways – it’s not a gas station anymore. PG can eliminate 3 of them. (that would give Victorian Corner and Favaloros owners/employees more all day parking spaces!!)

At least shorten the driveway and get the post away from traffic

Streetlight Less Driveway

Or move it up to the corner with the bench, bus shelter, trash can & sickly tree.

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Business Slow? Blame The Streetlights