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Shopping downer: a parking ticket

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From page A6 | December 04, 2013 | 3 Comments

The city of Davis was promoting shopping at small businesses on Saturday, which helps our community instead of going to the big-box stores. Perhaps the city should rethink about giving out parking tickets for those of us who were shopping that day. I would have preferred not to spend $43 for a parking ticket; no wonder people don’t like to shop or eat in downtown.

A friend from Dixon came to lunch one day and was parked for two hours and five minutes and got a ticket; she will never eat downtown again. Parking at all the malls in town and restaurants on the outskirts are a much better choice with no time limits.

It might be a good idea to rethink the image of downtown, and if they decide to making parking for an hour only, it will be a dead downtown. I’ve lived here since 1969 and consider this a wonderful place to live and the schools are great, but you’re not making it easy to shop!

Kay Resler
Davis

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  • hiphiphourraDecember 04, 2013 - 11:17 am

    I agree this is a real problem in Davis. Shortly after the City changed the rules for needing an Amtrak pass to park in the station parking lot I got a ticket for parking there while taking the train (I was unaware of the change). I appealed providing my train ticket as proof I was parked there because I was on the train that day - believing the purpose of the new rule was to support train vs. car travel not about ticketing per se. My appeal was rejected. The city official cared more about the rule than the principle (only train commuters should use that lot) behind the rule. I was as sad about their thinking than the ticket.

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  • Alan MillerDecember 04, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Ironically, the first reading of the Downtown Parking Task Force report was at last night's Council meeting. Among considerations was paid parking, or increased fines. Jennifer Anderson of Davis ACE was one of the few speaking against paid parking. A feature not considered but brought up by Krovoza was the idea that a first ticket was free (a warning with no fee). Not on the table at the moment. Concerns over abuse. I would like to see a tiered fine system. Within fifteen minutes small fine, half hour would be a small-ish fine, increasing at one hour and huge for two hours over. This government curtain drop of ZERO at 1:59 and $43 at 2:01 defies common sense.

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  • Noreen MazelisDecember 04, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Why doesn't this cheapskate City have FREE PARKING for the holiday season?

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