Parking Restrictions Infringe on Local Businesses
A SIMPLE PARKING RESTRICTION WILL STIMULATE LOCAL ECONOMY! (See Empty Street Video Under Links) New Parking regulations at Lincoln/Kensignton and Lincoln/Strand made these streets "Permit-Only" parking, creating a HARDSHIP on The Sofa Company's customers and employees. The restrictions need to be changed to "2 Hr Parking." Aside from limited metered parking spots, customers must now walk multiple blocks to The Sofa Company and other local businesses. On Mondays and Tuesdays, during street cleaning, it can take up to 30 minutes to find parking spots. -HANDICAPPED customers avoid coming into the store entirely in some cases, and call us to complain. Even customers without disabilities complain about inadequate parking in this area. -Even before the permit parking enforcement, there were plenty of open spaces on the street for our employees, customers, and the local residents. Now, the streets are virtually EMPTY, and our business has been compromised. MOST RESIDENTS ON THESE STREETS HAVE GARAGES/CARPORTS and do not need street parking. In a time of such economic pain, something as simple as parking should not be infringing on a business like ours that does so much to stimulate the local economy. We make our furniture in Los Angeles county, hire Los Angeles county workers, and donate to local charities. We're doing our part for the community, and ask that the City of Santa Monica to take responsibility for its local businesses by changing this parking restriction to "2hr Parking."