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Many Old Mountain View Residents Still Without Permits

Original post made by Jim Neal, Old Mountain View, on Aug 5, 2014

As of today, August 5th, many residents (including myself) still have not received the permits that allow them to leave their vehicles parked on the street during events at Levi's stadium, even though the first event took place on Saturday.

Many of my neighbors spoke to me about their concerns over what would happen if they did not have the permits before the event and I told them that the City informed me that only warning citations would be issued. However, many of my neighbors decided that they did not even want to take the chance of getting warning citations and decided to either park their cars in other neighborhoods, or drive somewhere outside of Old Mountain View for the day.

When I walked around Old Mountain View on Saturday, it looked like a ghost town. There were hardly any cars on the street at all. It will be very interesting to see what the next event day is like, and to see if the rest of us receive our permits by then. However, it would have been much more interesting if Council had followed staff's advice to wait and see what the impacts (if any) were to traffic and parking and then coming up with a plan, rather than fast tracking it and having it turn into the fiasco it has become.

Staff has done the best job they can to implement the changes, but they were not given the resources or the time necessary. There was absolutely no need for Council to rush this through and now the residents of Old Mountain View are the ones who have to deal with the problems the Council created. I hope that in the future, the Council will choose to wait to get information before they make significant changes.

Jim Neal
Candidate, Mountain View City Council
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Posted by OK then
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

So just to summarize. Nothing happened.

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Posted by The sky didn't fall?
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

How completely unsurprising.

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Jim Neal is a registered user.

As far as I can tell, there weren't even any warnings written. If the city wants to continue to ignore this ordinance that they insisted had to be done immediately, I'm all for it! This just proves that there was no need to rush and that Council could have taken the time to follow staff's advice.

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Posted by MV Mama
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm

There haven't even put the no parking signs up on every street yet. And the signs are only one per block, and can very easily be missed by an unsuspecting out of towner. This is looking more and more like a money grab (parking ticket revenue) from the city.