I was at tonight's City Council meeting where they were discussing moving the Farmer's Market on the Sundays when the 49ers play their home games, but towards the end of the discussion, the conversation turned to the parking issues and Council member Kasperzak proposed setting a 4 to 5 hour time limit for parking in Old Mountain View on Game days.
This means that if you are a resident in Old Mountain View, and you are out of town, or want to bike, walk or take public transportation to go see a movie on a Game day, or simply sleep in late, you will likely find a ticket on your vehicle!
Other Council Members suggested that residents be allowed to have free permits or placards that residents could place on their vehicles as well as other possible solutions to avoid being penalized, but Council Member Kasperzak rejected the ideas and said that people could just park in their driveways. Well many Old Mountain View residents do not have driveways to park in or have multiple vehicles because they have children or larger families, so have to park at least one vehicle on the street.
Council Member Kasperzak has long been trying to find a way to make residents pay for parking it appears that he has finally found a mechanism to implement it. He also mentioned finding a way to implement utilizing the controversial license plate readers to enforce parking.
When the public notices were mailed out to the residents describing this topic, license plate readers and time restricted parking in residential areas were not mentioned.
The Council has asked the staff to draw up the new ordinance including the new restrictions for parking in Old Mountain View before the next Council Meeting so that they can implement the changes during the next meeting before they go on their summer hiatus.
If you want to weigh in on this issue you will need to email the Council by June 30th or sign the petition that I have created. I will be at the EPC Meeting at City Hall tomorrow, June 18th. You should also be sure to show up at the City Council meeting on July 1st to make sure that your voice is heard.
With many residents already struggling to make rent and to pay for food, the last thing that we need is to have to pay to park in front of our own homes!
Candidate, Mountain View City Council
Resident of Old Mountain View
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Old Mountain View Residents Will Soon Have to Pay to Park in Front of Their Own Homes!!!
Original post made by Jim Neal, Old Mountain View, on Jun 17, 2014