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May 19, 2020

Sharing spaces

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Tonight, in COVID-19 related agenda items, the City Council will be making a determination on the operator for a Day Center and Safe Parking site for unsheltered Alamedans at Alameda Point.   From the staff report:

The goal of the Safe Parking Program is to provide individuals experiencing homelessness, who are living in their cars and vans, a place to legally park their vehicles in a safe, secure, sanitary and welcoming environment. Overnight parking hours for the Safe Parking Program lot are Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Individuals wishing to park their car or van in the Safe Parking Program lot will be required to adhere to a code of conduct. The On-Site Code of Conduct and Expectations – Safe Parking Program Agreement, to be signed by participating individuals, is attached as Exhibit 1.

The goal of the Day Center is to provide a safe, sanitary, secure and welcoming place for homeless individuals to relax, get information, connect to services, and be supported by staff and peers. The Day Center may offer meals, showers, laundry, computers, phones charging, Wi-Fi, and access to health care and social services. It is anticipated that the Day Center will be open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s not clear if the City is anticipating that the same population will be using the Day Center and Safe Parking site but if they are there’s a weird gap from 5:00 – 7:00 PM where overlapping users will be forced to leave the site and just hang out somewhere else for two hours.  I don’t know if that’s by design or a mistake.

This is the general location if anyone is interested, it’s not clear if the safe parking site is that bigger lot near West Midway or the parking  lot that is tagged as AFD Training Center.


Also in COVID-19 related items, the business districts are proactively requesting some creative ways to allow for social distancing in the districts by, get this, reducing car travel lanes.  It’s pretty exciting to see business associations asking for this when, previously, any suggestion about slowing down car traffic or removing on street parking would be opposed as business killers.  From the staff report:

  •  Customer Pick-Up and Loading Zones. Strategically and quickly deploy additional pick-up/loading zones along the corridor in place of metered parking spaces as needed to accommodate specific business needs.
  • District-wide Encroachment Permits. Approve a “district wide” encroachment permit for the use of City sidewalks and parking lanes for commercial purposes subject to special conditions to ensure public safety and social distancing. (This avoids the need for each business to apply separately and pay the necessary fees for an individual encroachment permit.)
  • District-wide Use Permit. Approve a “district wide” use permit to allow businesses to use any on-site (private) parking areas required by City ordinance for non-parking purposes, such as outdoor seating, customer waiting areas, product display, etc. (This avoids the need for businesses to individually apply, pay for, and wait for an individual, business specific use permit.)
  • Lane Reconfiguration. Reduce the existing four travel lanes on Park Street and Webster Street if supported by WABA from four lanes to two lanes in the core area of Park Street. At this time, on Park Street staff is considering a “core area” of two to three blocks between Lincoln and San Jose. The two inside lanes would be used for automobile traffic, and the two outer lanes would be repurposed for parking, loading, and bus turnouts.
  • Sidewalk Space Expansion. Relocate the existing curbside parking spaces to the repurposed former outer travel lane and use the former curbside parking lane for expanded space for pedestrians, commercial businesses operations, such as customer waiting areas, outdoor seating, etc. These areas can be made ADA-accessible through temporary ramps or raised platforms, as needed.
  • Side Streets. If desired by the business district, close a side street. For DABA, Alameda Avenue might be closed to traffic from Park Street to Oak Street.

And the best part, staff is suggesting that the reconfiguration last beyond the shelter-in-place until it starts dramatically increasing congestion.  So hopefully forever changes?



  1. “Forever Changes” is a fantastic record.

    Comment by dave — May 19, 2020 @ 6:37 am

  2. What could go wrong? 40,000 cars use the Park Street bridge every day would be forced onto side streets and backed up into Oakland. Ironically, if a politician proposed to “reduce access to Alameda from Oakland” he/she would be shouted down by SJW’s for being “racist.” And let’s face it, the environmentally correct goal of forcing people out of their cars and into public transit is not going to work post Covid-19.

    And what about safety concerns? The city of Paradise, which was destroyed in a forest fire, narrowed its Main Street from 4 lanes to two. When the fire came, people trying to escape were trapped in their cars and died.

    This “idea” really needs more thought.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — May 19, 2020 @ 7:26 am

    • NowYouKnow – In case you have not been outside or actually visited Park or Webster Streets in 3 months, the traffic volumes on both streets are *dramatically* lower now than the ones you cite. The times have changed and so has traffic.

      Comment by Jon Spangler (not a pseudonym) — May 19, 2020 @ 9:07 am

  3. if you read the article , the fire and police turned all lanes into one way to help get people out of town. but the fire was moving so fast no amount of streets or highway could have gotten the town cleared out safely. so please go back to your fox news watching and leave us alone. are you ever not negative??

    Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — May 19, 2020 @ 8:41 am

  4. I think it is a great idea to slow down and even reduce lanes on a few blocks of Park Street.
    We need to make sure our streets are safe for biking and walking, as well as cars. The belief that the car rules all is strange, and I think outdated.

    As temporary changes are made for this extraordinary time, I hope we start a major rethinking of what we really need for a healthy and strong City.

    Comment by Ron Mooney — May 19, 2020 @ 9:55 am

  5. Cool. That puts the homeless encampment across the street from two children’s pre-schools; one with a nice, large alluring unused gravel lot. I’m sure that won’t present a problem for that particular school and faculty. Certainly, there was no other site the council could find at the pitifully small former naval base.

    Which is the point, I suppose. What better way to indoctrinate children than to force “progressive” misery onto them early.

    Comment by Imani Johnson — May 19, 2020 @ 4:47 pm

    • I don’t think the children are gonna be looking over the six foot fence trying to figure out who is living in those trailers. also if I was a parent and my child asked me that question, I would explain it to them. or do you think we should somehow just get rid of those damn homeless altogether.

      Comment by trumpisaracist — May 19, 2020 @ 5:24 pm

    • How about go to some other site that’s filled with nasty conservative people then? Go away.

      Comment by john doe — May 20, 2020 @ 2:22 pm

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