SCRM Parking Regulation
As firm believers in the principle that “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” we are deeply concerned that the motivations behind the decision to enact parking enforcement and fees at SCRM are solely monetary in nature. We are concerned that the parking regulations due to be enacted represent an unnecessary attempt to control the non-existent problem of crowding in the SCRM parking lots. In fact, it should be noted that the lots at SCRM have never been filled to capacity. To be clear, we do not oppose access restrictions to keep the SCRM lots from becoming a free-parking destination for UCSD or Salk workers and students who currently use it as such, but that could be accomplished thanks to the fingerprint readers at the entrance to the lots. We are resolved that the collaboratory nature of the building will be scarred by the impediments of parking regulation. We suggest that administrative staff model the rules and regulations regarding parking enforcement after the other research institutes on the La Jolla mesa such as Salk, Sanford Burnham and Scripps which, though they house UCSD employees, do not charge employees for parking. We implore the powers that be to re-think their decision to charge SCRM staff, students and employees $1000/year to come to work.