NOT ENCHANTED WITH CHANNING ... As neighbors of Channing House in downtown Palo Alto have discovered, construction projects and parking problems sometimes go hand in hand. Some residents who live near the retirement community, which is building a new health care center, have contacted the city, upset by the amount of construction traffic and parking of construction vehicles along residential streets. Linda Clerkson, the city's spokesperson, acknowledged the neighborhood has experienced frustrations, but she said a number of strategies have helped ease parking woes. Since August 2010, Channing House has employed valet parking service to maximize the use of its on-site parking lot by filling all parking spaces and stacking cars between aisles. The city issued 20 parking permits to the construction company for the Cowper/Webster garage. Work on the garage over the last few months, however, might have temporarily exacerbated the parking situation, she said, but that work was completed last week. City staff and Channing House continue to investigate additional solutions. Channing House construction should be completed by the end of June, she said.
TRAFFIC SLOWDOWN ... The City of Palo Alto has installed two speed meters to slow traffic on Middlefield Road south of Oregon Expressway, largely because of the efforts of Midtown neighborhood resident Geri McGilvray. She lobbied for the meters, which remind motorists when they are speeding by flashing the miles per hour the car is traveling.