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Candidates to Face Downtown Garage Plan
by Rick Longinotti
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 10:12 AM
At 7pm, Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Louden Nelson Center, the candidates for Santa Cruz City Council will be asked to support alternatives to building a 5-story garage at the site of the Farmers Market. Alternatives include bus passes for downtown employees, and cash/credit for employees using alternative transportation. Candidates will also be asked their vision on a rail trail and other sustainable transportation measures. A photo survey of parking garages over Labor Day weekend indicates that the City's formula for determining parking demand is inaccurate.
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A photo survey of city parking garages over the busy Labor Day weekend indicates that the city staff estimate of a "parking deficit" is inaccurate. The city staff estimate parking need by using the formula that every 400 square feet of restaurant, retail, office or theater space requires one parking place. This formula is the rationale for building a 5-story garage at the site of the Farmers Market. But on the busiest weekend of the summer, People Power found plenty of space in the 3 multi-story garages.

The City has a blueprint for a greener alternative to building the $42 million garage. It is contained in the Master Transportation Study (MTS) that the City commissioned, but has not yet implemented. The MTS recommends "Parking Demand Management" measures that would shift permit parking to the big garages, thereby freeing up parking for customers. The MTS recommends "parking cash-out" for downtown employees who use alternative transportation to commute to work. That can take the form of cash, bus passes, and credit at bike stores. Since employee permit and all-day parking occupy 60% of city-operated parking spaces downtown, only a fraction of the downtown workforce would need to use alternative commute modes in order to free up the 484 spaces that a new garage would provide.

Candidates for City Council will be asked to take a stand on the garage at a forum on Wednesday, Sept 3 at Louden Nelson Center, 7pm. They will also be asked questions regarding the potential of the rail corridor, King St. bikeway, Bus Rapid Transit, and more.
§Labor Day Wknd Locust Garage 5pm Sat
by Rick Longinotti
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 10:12 AM
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§Labor Day Wknd Soquel Garage 7:30pm
by Rick Longinotti
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 10:12 AM
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Not a good Reply, RobertBenTuesday Sep 16th, 2008 4:01 PM
What about the lots south of Soquel?Wrong set of photos.Tuesday Sep 9th, 2008 8:41 AM
Helping till it hurts.Good ol RobertFriday Sep 5th, 2008 5:18 PM
Apologies to Craig and Thanks to SciRobert NorseFriday Sep 5th, 2008 2:57 PM
"posting people's personal information was not to be tolerated"HEY FUCKING ROBERTFriday Sep 5th, 2008 10:14 AM
Third Attempt to Post Previously Censored City Council Candidate ContactsRobert NorseFriday Sep 5th, 2008 9:58 AM
Ryan Coonerty is "conflicted" on proposed 5-story parking garageBecky JohnsonThursday Sep 4th, 2008 8:21 AM
Bus passes? Dude, pleaseKeep it realMonday Sep 1st, 2008 11:44 AM
FOUL!!!BenSaturday Aug 30th, 2008 5:55 PM
Well gee thanksJ. Craig CanadaSaturday Aug 30th, 2008 4:11 PM
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