Program for disabled parking moves ahead
Original post made on Oct 10, 2013
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on Oct 10, 2013 at 1:34 am
Alcheck's comments are insensitive and offensive. That he is willing to publicly express such disregard for residents with permanent disabilities is reason alone for the Council to dismiss him from the Planning Commission. This is not acceptable behavior of a public official representing Palo Alto.
"The "irony" of the commission talking about this policy while Downtown North residents are counting parked cars to get a better grip on the parking problem in their congested neighborhood is "offensive," Alcheck said."
I would venture to guess that the permanently disabled residents with no parking at their homes would be happy to walk in the shoes of Downtown North residents and walk the block or two, if able.
on Oct 10, 2013 at 8:11 am
This just illustrates the enormous damage which City policies have done
and how difficult it is to even deal with it. We should not be in this mess. Wreckless City policies have ruined this City.
Beneath the physical destruction,ugliness,congestion is the social and human toll in terms of affecting peoples lives, their stress levels in
confronting and coping with the impacts to their neighborhoods and their
own residences. People had certain expectations about their City government
and the City pulled the rug out from under them. It's like the Federal
government threatening default. Here "default" happened.
on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:01 am
This may be a viable solution for legitimately handicapped people without garages or driveways, however it will open the door to abuse. This idea was put into place many years ago on Park Blvd. near El Camino Real (without a fee attached). The woman owner of the home called the city twice daily and badgered them until she got a handicapped spot designation in front of her house, which had a lengthy driveway and a one car garage, neither of which was used for a vehicle. She parked her vehicle in front of the house and just let it sit there.
She was seen daily walking her dog through the neighborhood and along El Camino Real showing no obvious signs of disability. When she passed away, the city promptly removed the handicap sign and and painted over the blue curb.
There needs to be some verification process to prevent the abuse of the program.