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Parking Petition 2

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This is not the same as our first parking petition. Most of the things that our first petition requested still remain undone.

With this petition, we ask the City of Long Beach to require MORE THOROUGH, SOLUTION-ORIENTED EVALUATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS from the parking study for Alamitos Beach and Downtown.

This “solution-oriented” parking study concludes that there is no parking issue downtown and that no evaluation is needed after 6 pm and that no evaluation is needed to park the incoming residential and business density. It recommends little more than the city was already willing to do even though there are other viable solutions. For that reason, we ask that our city leaders require a plan that doesn’t leave future parking planning to those who have steadfastly refused for many years to do it.

What we know tells us that the recommendations in this study will only be marginally and temporarily successful because too much is missing. This study relies entirely on parking management to solve parking issues without 4 key needs to accomplish that:

1. Parking Management – A city this size needs a full time, specifically-trained parking manager to implement programs and resolve issues. This study leaves it to individual areas to fund and hire one.

2. Parking Plan – It should include new city-run programs to resolve existing parking issues and prevent evolving issues.

3. Parking for new developments – an evaluation of how much is needed and a plan to park the new residents, businesses, and employees.

4. Funding Plan - especially to reserve new parking revenues for future improvements.

For more information about these items and our summary of the parking study, go here.

LB TAPS is a citizens’ parking group that has been working to get the city to resolve our parking issues.

We, the undersigned, urge all Long Beach City officials to require the parking study to include the 4 essentials listed above and to include all options for solutions with a likelihood of success. Please take the first step by setting an agenda item for a study session on parking so that the Planning Commission and City Council can hear about data and potential solution options that are missing from this study and staff report.

I am a Long Beach resident or property owner or business owner.

Respectfully, the Undersigned,

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