So, Mayor Sanders wants to have parking meters "in certain areas" charging until 11 PM. Of course it will increase City revenues, so they say. What about all those who just decide it isn't worth it to visit Downtown? Are the revenue estimates based on current parking trends? Did anyone consider the very real possibility that this type of insular (dictionary: insular; characteristic of an isolated people; especially : being, having, or reflecting a narrow provincial viewpoint) thinking could easily become counter productive? Last night I was in the Gaslamp area & asked only a few people about the parking. 3 out of 7 said they just would not come downtown. It is already very expensive to 'visit' this area and added charges would not be welcome. Out of the 7 people I spoke with, 2 were here for a convention. 1 recently had her "meal benefits" taken away. The other said the company he works for will not be attending conventions. They both thought San Diego was a very expensive place to visit. One opined that the era of unlimited expense accounts will soon be going the way of the Dodo bird.

There are plenty of residents who park on the street & wait until 6 PM to do so. Now what? Where is the money to pay for this? I do not have any expendable cash to feed a parking meter for an additional 5 hours/day. And, what will the new meters cost? I am pretty sure someone did a study as this City has a tendency to over study everything. Did anyone actually do a cost/benefit analysis? Did anyone consider the potential of a decrease in the number of people parking downtown?

One idea for increasing revenues could be handing out citations to those crazy "Critical Mass" bicyclists. They run lights, go the wrong way on one way streets, zig-zag around vehicles, etc. They are also loudly offensive. On the last Friday of the month, have police stopping the cyclists instead of the cars.

The Indigo Hotel is a lovely place with a beautiful lobby & you should check out the view from the 9th floor terrace. They had a coupon in the Community magazine (2 for 1) in the Phi Bar & Bistro (a small or unpretentious restaurant). It is basically a bar with a very limited menu (appetizers). I ordered a glass of wine which was served via a small carafe & a very small "Manhattan" type glass (maybe 3-4 oz.) At $4 Happy Hour prices it was still offensively 'cheap'. My friend ordered a beer and that is probably the way to go. I heard a patron at the bar ask the bartender to put some liquor in his drink. This trend stinks. Booze is a huge profit center and only serves to make customers unhappy when it is "rationed". It is a great setting & service was good. We were advised that they will have a restaurant menu 'sometime soon'. If you are looking for dinner, look elsewhere.

I am particularly fond of the wonderfully eclectic Z Gallerie. My friend and I were in there last night. We noticed so many things were really marked down in price, which is unusual. But we had our wander and on the way out saw one of those "application for alcohol" signs in the window. We went right back into the store and learned that if the permits are approved, the Z Gallerie will cease to exist and the Gaslamp will gain another restaurant. All this could happen in 30 days. What a huge loss to our City. Stay tuned.

My new neighbors have increased their population again. They are now on both sides of 8th, Broadway to Market. There is much more police activity, noise, trash, human waste, yet NOTHING is being accomplished by the 'powers that be'. Studies are underway. The thing that bothers me is that this issue of hemelessness has been around for a long time and San Diego politics just keep shoving it around. There is no real plan & no evidence of this being a priority.

HEY CITY COUNCIL, WAKE UP. THIS IS A PRIORITY. IT CONTINUES TO GROW AND IS GREATLY IMPACTING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR CURRENT RESIDENTS.

The above paragraph will accomplish the same nothing it has before.

There is a meeting next week and I urge all who can to please attend. "The City Council's meeting on the Emergency Homeless Shelter is scheduled for Oct 13th at 2:00pm at City Council Chambers."

So long

Comments

Ponzi Oct. 9, 2009 @ 10:03 a.m.

If they were going to use that new parking meter money to improve the sidewalks and fill some potholes, I’d be all for it. But the fact is they are basically taking the money to fill a budget gap which is mostly caused by an under funded and bloated pension plan.

In Manhattan you can park a car at most meters for .25 cents for 20 minutes; .75 an hour. Of course Manhattan isn’t as car-centric as California cities.

I have no doubt the parking meter hours expansion and increased costs will result in:

More money for the city in meter change and parking fines. Less money for merchants and restaurants. More money for Ace Parking lots as they become more attractive vs. street parking Less money paid on food, less on tips and less visits to restaurants and clubs in general More people walking into random establishments looking to make change for the meters. Less traffic congestion as more people will carpool, trolley it or just not go. More parking tickets. More unpaid parking tickets More abused and/or fraudulent disabled placards. More DUI‘s, as partiers will leave the area earlier after drinking (and those who have left their cars overnight after a night of drinking will now just drive the car home). There might even be some unintended consequences like new party buses that schedule drop off and pick ups, a wider use of pedi-cabs, and hotels getting booked by people who will have 6 to 10 people crash in one room after partying.

The property value of downtown condominiums will take a hit because it now will cost an extra $200 plus a month to park you car near where you live. Not all people who live downtown park on the street, but many do and this option for a planned or unplanned guest of having a free parking space is now gone. Plus you have to get up and feed the meter until 11 pm. That interrupts any social activity you are doing and creates a new stressor in your life.

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auntsandiegospeaks Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:03 p.m.

PistolPete, I gave up my car about 8 years ago. I discovered that walking, taking the bus and/or trolley saved me a heck of a lot of money. It is very hard to get Californians to give up their cars! Thanks for reading

Ponzi, your points are valid. One issue I disagree with is wider use of pedi-cabs. I happen to live in a pedi-cab area & I have come to dislike them. I had hoped to see them banned!! The boomboxes, the horns, the "races", even their pricing & especially poor driving, are problems for me!

If the parking meter plan goes the way of the Mayor's plan, I think it will end up as a losing proposition with a ripple effect on downtown businesses. Thanks for reading

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