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June 17, 2014

Should have known by the way you parked your car

Filed under: Alameda, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

You know I’m a big fan of market rated pricing.   I get how it turns over parking spaces in order to discourage folks that are in for the long haul from parking in prime parking spaces.  I even get why the City is looking into parking rates and trying to achieve the 85% or less parking occupancy.  What I don’t understand is why we are going to change, on Park Street, from the kiosk model to the standalone meter models even if they are the “smart meters.”   I mean, I thought the whole point of eliminating the old school quarter version of the parking meters was to visually “clean up” the main drag of Park Street and now they’re going back to the standalone meters in less than two years?

Now don’t get me wrong, I like smart meters, they’re pretty convenient to add money to your meter remotely if you’ve underestimated how much you need to put into a meter to begin with, but I’m pretty sure that smart meters existed two years ago when the kiosks were put up on Park Street, so I guess I’m unclear as to why we didn’t make the decision back then to go with these superior parking meters as opposed to the kiosks.  If the pilot is successful then the City has to re-install the parking meter poles that they ripped out to make way for the kiosks only to put them back to install the smart meters, it all seems so very shortsighted.

Anyway there are some comments here that was a result of some community meeting, a special tip of the hat to this comment:

I feel safe driving except when pedestrian wear dark clothes

and this “consensus” item:

Drivers do not feel safe driving at night (pedestrians in dark clothing)

If a driver in a steel box doesn’t feel “safe” imagine how that dark attired pedestrian must feel…

Special shout out to John P. who will be installed as the newest member of the Historic Advisory Board which means that that HAB is now a must view community meeting.  Although I heard the last one which is not yet uploaded to the City’s website is quite the doozy as well.  Congratulation John P. for treading where few dare to go and volunteering for yet another City board after doing your duty on the Planning Board years ago.



  1. Because the kiosks suck and they make my customers angry! I would be so happy to get meters regardless of their being smart or stupid.

    Comment by Barbara M — June 17, 2014 @ 8:16 am

  2. As long as the decision is financially responsible, I’m fine with switching meters again. The issue is that we need more parking spaces. Many businesses on Park Street are hurting because parking is so difficult. We circle a few times and simply drive over to Fruitvale Center for a pizza or sandwich, or we eat at Quizno instead of Subway.

    Comment by William — June 17, 2014 @ 9:33 am

  3. The kiosks were positioned as a pilot project, not a permanent installation. With that said, I feel the same as Barbara M. And the kiosks are between Central and San Jose , correct ? This new scheme is for between Central and Lincoln , so they can live in harmony (right) and confuse the hell out of shoppers . We may also find shoppers choosing to park (and therefore shop ) were parking is most user friendly, and shunning the blocks where my business and Barbara’s are located. That will be fun. . .

    Comment by Not A Alamedan — June 17, 2014 @ 9:36 am

  4. Now if only Jack Richard would also “volunteer” for the HAB, their meetings would be must-see entertainment, indeed. Alas, many volunteer, but few are chosen. Right now, with the present administration, only Liberal Geniuses need apply.

    Comment by vigi — June 17, 2014 @ 10:02 am

  5. Vigi, are you calling me a “Liberal Genius”. Thank you so much.

    Comment by John P. (liberal genius) — June 17, 2014 @ 10:22 am

  6. Stuff yourself John P. you’re the only one in existence.

    Comment by Jack — June 17, 2014 @ 11:56 am

  7. Residents and businesses expressed a strong preference for the “smart” meters over kiosks as they are more conveniently located, and location is especially important for families with children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The “smart” meter trial is being recommended based on input from the public and local business associations, who considered the asthetic value of meters versus kiosks. If the “smart” meter trial is successful, City staff will develop a recommendation on the City’s remaining meters, and what to do with the kiosks on a few blocks of Park Street. And, again, the public will have a chance to weigh in on that recommendation.

    Comment by Liam Garland — June 17, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

  8. William, your comment makes little sense. You’d rather spend another 10 minutes driving back across the bridge for more convenient parking in Fruitvale, rather than simply finding a spot one additional block away from Park St and walking 2 minutes? Never have I had difficulty parking 1 extra block away from Park St., even during the peak evening hours.

    Comment by Aaron Thies — June 17, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

  9. If comment 2. is any indication, that plan to handle traffic at Alameda Point by “encouraging” people to walk and ride bikes may be overly optimistic. If parking is too big a hassle, many people just won’t go there unless they have to. Try as we might, some of us just won’t ever be Danish.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 17, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

  10. I have a clear recollection of a near by restaurant Employee cursing at the meter maid for the one of you she was the older lady with glasses and grey air , she was always a sport giving everyone a break .
    Because the driver was very insulting, screaming, insulting , demeaning and border line threatening , I double parked my vehicle and give the driver the choice either be respectful or I will have to call the Police and get Her arrested , She quiet down and argued the citation ……. Speaking of which if we were to remove Employee using Customers parking space , Time for them to start using public transportation and or parking , yes they will have to pay like everyone else some pay parking fees at bart then pay for the fare it is insulting to the Customers .
    Park street Businesses would be doing a lot better , speaking of the kiosk , it has been in used in every European nation for over 25 years , advantage , less staff same income .

    Comment by joel Rambaud — June 17, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

  11. I have to smile at # 2 , and when you go back to your car assuming it is still there , or without a smashed window , you might pray making turn in parking lot facing someone without a driver license or insurance , good luck calling Oakland PD they do not answer these calls .

    Comment by joel Rambaud — June 17, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

  12. Joel, do know why Europeans don’t wear shorts? Because Americans wear them. Joel, do you know why river city doesn’t like parking meter kiosks?

    Comment by Jack — June 17, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

  13. 4. Vigi, not true about legions of people volunteering but only liberals being selected. I was impressed with myself when I got on HAB until I realized only one other person applied for contractor’s slot. When I left that guy was appointed. He has since passed away( of boredom?). The position has been vacant for months. Thanks to John P. for stepping up. Should be less demanding than 10 years on the planning board.

    Comment by MI — June 18, 2014 @ 7:53 am

  14. 4. Seriously? Just about anyone with a keen desire to serve on one of the City’s boards has a great shot at being selected. There are routinely vacancies up for grabs. At the Parks Commission meeting, it was announced that not one but two slots were opening up. It’s a lot of work. You are subject to public scrutiny and abuse. Unless it’s a hot topic, the room is often empty except for the board members. The public tends to wait until after decisions are made to get involved and then the “input” is often less than constructive. You also have to be able to listen to what are sometimes impractical, irrelevant, or just plain crazy statements from the public without rolling your eyes or laughing outright. That said, how about a little respect for the members of these boards? You might not agree with everything they do, but their service is a labor of love for Alameda and they get very little credit. Thank you for taking the Historic Advisory Board on John P. And remember: avoid the word “heritage” at all costs. Good luck!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 18, 2014 @ 9:22 am

  15. 14. Hmmm…Thanks for the lecture, Denise….vigi applied for the HAB in the 1990s…Ralph put her on the Planning Board.

    Comment by vigi — June 18, 2014 @ 10:52 am

  16. Thank goodness he didn’t reappoint her (Vigi) , I had to sit next to her during my first term. Liberals and wing nuts don’t do well together. Denise you are correct anyone with a true desire to serve usually can. Mark you have been there done that, it is a very thankless job. I look forward to anyone who feels the urge to take a shot or say good job to do just that.

    Comment by John P. (liberal genius) — June 18, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

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