At a Feb. 15 Council Transportation Committee hearing, officials reviewed a petition from about two dozen households near Church and Oak streets in the city's downtown area.
Those residents had sent a petition to the city asking for a new two- or three-hour time limit on cars parked on the street. Under the program, nearby residents would be able to purchase parking permits for their own vehicles.
The city sent out postcard questionnaires to the nearby homes to measure support for the plan, but fewer than half of the residents took the time to fill it out and send it back. For that reason, officials with the city's Public Works Department reported that they had to reject the request.
So far, the Church Street neighborhood is the only area that has petitioned the city for the new parking restrictions. After much discussion, the City Council launched the new parking program last October, and city staff members anticipated that neighborhoods would jump at the opportunity.
"We were expecting at least two or three petitions right out of the starting gate," said Ashok Aggarwal, Mountain View traffic engineer. "It's difficult to say why we didn't get more of a response."
Mountain View's residential parking permit program was started just a few months ago as a way to restrict street parking in designated neighborhoods and provide nearby residents with parking permits.
Similarly, the city tested out a parking permit program in 2014 as a way to prevent football fans heading to Levi's Stadium from leaving their vehicles in downtown Mountain View. City officials later scaled back the permit program after revealing they had received only a fraction of the participation they were expecting.
County board of education hires new superintendent
The Santa Clara County Board of Education announced last week the appointment of Dr. Mary Ann Dewan as the county's new superintendent of schools.
Dewan joined the county Office of Education in October of 2013 as chief schools officer, and later served as deputy superintendent.
She served as interim superintendent from March to July of 2014, and again since Nov. 15 of last year. Her new appointment begins immediately, county officials said.
Dewan has more than 27 years of experience in education and is recognized for her expertise and experience in early learning, special education, education reform, and change leadership, county officials said.
"Dr. Dewan has proven her ability to lead effectively both recently and during her tenure with the county office," Board of Education President Rosemary Kamei said in a statement.
Dewan earned a doctorate degree in educational administration from Indiana State University, a master's degree in educational administration and elementary education from Butler University, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Marian University.
—Bay City News Service
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