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new parking in downtown campbell will cost $3 an hour


there’s more parking in downtown campbell. it’s just not free.the public pay-for-parking lot, orchard city parking, on campbell avenue near central avenue, opened late last year, according to its operator jeremy blanchard. in late november, the lot had opened for a temporary free phase.parking costs $3 per hour, with a daily maximum of $30. cars can park at any hour of day or night.“if people have been drinking downtown, they don’t have to worry about their car,” blanchard said. “they can leave it overnight. the lot is lit and has cameras.”there are 22 spots, one of them an ada-accessible parking space.“it was a parking lot before, so we decided, ‘why not bring that back?'” blanchard said. “it’s for convenience. you can drive around to look for a spot or pay a fee for a spot where you don’






new parking in downtown campbell will cost $3 an hour


there’s more parking in downtown campbell. it’s just not free.the public pay-for-parking lot, orchard city parking, located at 345 e. campbell and 39 n. central avenues, opened late last year, according to its operator jeremy blanchard, with a soft opening on dec. 1. in late november, the lot opened for a temporary free phase.parking costs $3 per hour, with a daily maximum set at $30. cars can park 24 hours.“if people have been drinking downtown, they don’t have to worry about their car,” blanchard said. “they can leave it overnight. the lot is lit and has cameras.”there are a total of 22 spots, which includes one ada-accessible parking space.“it was a parking lot before, so we decided, ‘why not bring that back?’” blanchard said. “it’s for convenience. you can drive around to look for a sp






have a hard time parking in downtown olympia? it could be easier soon.


olympia plans to provide bus passes to some downtown employees, conversion of coin-only parking meters, a “shared-parking” pilot for evening events and the hiring of a parking supervisor to oversee the process.parking in downtown olympia soon could be easier to find as the city takes steps to free up spaces downtown.the city is embarking on the first phase of a strategy that will include providing bus passes to some downtown employees, conversion of coin-only parking meters, a “shared-parking” pilot for evening events and the hiring of a parking supervisor to oversee the process.this first phase, approved by the city council on tuesday, would gather the low-hanging fruit of downtown parking, said karen kennerson, of the community planning and development department. future phases would req






chicago drivers pay more for on-street parking than any other city: study


the average driver spends about 56 hours per year in downtown chicago looking for parking, and pays more for a metered spot than in other major cities in the country, according to a new study.almost 10 years after the controversial deal to privatize chicago's parking meters, parking for two hours in the downtown area is $13, according to the study released on wednesday by kirkland, wash.-based data company inrix. san francisco comes in second at $12, while the cost in pricey new york city is just $7.chicago ranked third most expensive in the nation for the cost of off-street parking, in garages or lots, at an average of $22 for two hours within a mile of the city center, after new york at $33 and boston at $26."when parking fines, congestion and the difficulty of finding parking are added






chicago drivers pay more for on-street parking than any other city: study


the average driver spends about 56 hours per year in downtown chicago looking for parking, and pays more for a metered spot than in other major cities in the country, according to a new study.almost 10 years after the controversial deal to privatize chicago's parking meters, parking for two hours in the downtown area is $13, according to the study released on wednesday by kirkland, wash.n-based data company inrix. san francisco comes in second at $12, while the cost in pricey new york city is just $7.chicago ranked third most expensive in the nation for the cost of off-street parking, in garages or lots, at an average of $22 for two hours within a mile of the city center, after new york at $33 and boston at $26."when parking fines, congestion and the difficulty of finding parking are added






palo alto council oks new downtown parking garage


a public parking garage will be built at the corner of hamilton avenue and waverley street in downtown palo alto, the city council decided tuesday.the council’s unanimous vote means downtown shoppers and workers will get a garage with 339 spaces. the 375 hamilton ave. garage site currently is city-owned lot d, with 86 parking spaces.the project reflects the city’s approach in recent years to tackling parking shortages and traffic congestion in the commercial core by trying to get people to rely less on cars. the city also aims to add parking where appropriate and better manage existing parking.vice mayor liz kniss moved for approval, saying the garage will add a “pretty substantial supply” of parking spaces.downtown workers have felt the impact of the parking shortage, especially since 201






for an extra $100,000 per year, city of olympia will run downtown ambassador pro


olympia’s city government will operate the downtown ambassador program itself and do away with the downtown welcome center, the city council decided tuesday night.the change will cost the city more money — about $100,000.both the olympia downtown association and the nonprofit sidewalk had submitted proposals to operate the downtown ambassadors, the downtown welcome center and the clean team after the city decided earlier this year to end its contract with the capitol recovery center, which had been hired in 2012 to operate the fledgling program.a city-run downtown ambassador program will cost $466,830 per year without a welcome center. the cost breakdown is as follows:• two ambassador program aides: $21 per hour, 40 hours a week, plus benefits, each costing the city $60,368 per year.• one






campbell city council approves three-story building in downtown


the campbell city council voted 3-2 to deny a resident’s appeal that sought to thwart the expansion of a downtown property near—and literally above—opa’s, mo’s and willard hicks.the project will see the construction of a three-story building behind the restaurants, which will house a commercial tenant on the first floor and office space on the two floors above. a portion of the office space will extend over top of willard hicks and will include an outdoor patio. the expansion will be 10,819 square feet in total.the project was appealed by resident susan blake after a feb. 28 planning commission hearing. blake argued that the architectural design, height and request for a parking exemption were inconsistent with the downtown master plan, which guides development in the area. blake said the






sycamore collected $14,500 in unpaid parking tickets in 2017


sycamore, ill. (ap) — the northern illinois city of sycamore has collected $14,500 in unpaid parking tickets since february.some of the meters downtown only cost a penny and a ticket can cost as little as $1 at first. however, if tickets remain unpaid for months, they can quickly grow to much more. the (dekalb) daily chronicle reports that some individuals owe up to $1,400 in fines to the city. the newspaper cites records.sycamore police chief jim winters says some people have allowed tickets to go unpaid for years. he says people either ignore or forget to pay the tickets.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.if someone has more than 10 unpaid parking tickets officials can suspend a person’s driver’s license.officials say sycamore police write up to 25 citations a day






oak park to end downtown valet parking in january


with new parking garages opening and construction in some areas slowing down, the village of oak park is ready to end its downtown valet parking service.the service debuted in 2016 after two village-owned parking lots were closed to make way for the 20-story emerson development. with the valet contract with sp+ due to expire in january, village staff had recommended an extension of the program by six months.during the nov. 27 village board meeting, however, trustees expressed concerns over the program's costs and gave consensus not to renew the contract."the cost is about $206,000 a year," trustee deno andrews said. "we park 12 cars a day. that means the subsidy for every parked car is $42. i also think it's an equity issue. no other business district has valet. i don't think it's fair the






oak park considers increasing fees for parking meters, garages


motorists using oak park parking garages or village parking meters could be asked to pay a little more as soon as next year.during the oct. 23 finance committee meeting, village trustees floated the idea of charging drivers to use village-owned parking garages for sunday use, and either reducing or eliminating the amount of free parking time available in the garages.currently, the village does not charge drivers who park inside village-owned garages on sundays.garages are also free to park in for the first 90 minutes of use, but that could be reduced to one hour or eliminated entirely, officials said. in may 2016, trustees voted to increase free garage time from one hour to 90 minutes to alleviate parking concerns around various downtown oak park construction projects."i feel pretty strong






new app lets drivers reserve parking spots in downtown st. paul


anybody heading downtown for a sporting event, theatrical performance or simply enjoy a night on the town invariably asks the question: where do i park?the city of st. paul on friday launched a new web app to provide an easy answer to that question."it's all the information you need in one stop," said project manager mary gleich-matthews.to search for a parking place, users can enter a venue's address or its name in a search box. after hitting the "find parking" button, an interactive map pops up displaying nearby parking ramps and meters. click on the ramp or metered space of choice and information about rates, hours and contact information comes up. users can set the distance on how far they want to walk to see more choices.in a cool feature, the app allows users to reserve a parking spo






new app lets drivers reserve parking spots in downtown st. paul


anybody heading downtown for a sporting event, theatrical performance or simply enjoy a night on the town invariably asks the question: where do i park?the city of st. paul on friday launched a new web app to provide an easy answer to that question."it's all the information you need in one stop," said project manager mary gleich-matthews.to search for a parking place, users can enter a venue's address or its name in a search box. after hitting the "find parking" button, an interactive map pops up displaying nearby parking ramps and meters. click on the ramp or metered space of choice and information about rates, hours and contact information comes up. users can set the distance on how far they want to walk to see more choices.in a cool feature, the app allows users to reserve a parking spo






cedarhurst doubles weekday parking field meter rates


meter rates in cedarhurst parking fields have doubled during weekdays, village officials said.the parking field rates now match street parking meter costs, village administrator salvatore evola said. the new rates, which took effect june 26, are 25 cents for the first 40 minutes and 25 cents for each additional half-hour. the parking fields still are free on weekends, though drivers must pay the street meters on saturdays and sundays. most popularpreviously, parking field spaces cost 25 cents for an hour. the new rate is really 25 cents per half-hour, but a 10-minute grace period for the first payment makes it effectively 40 minutes, mayor benjamin weinstock said.“you pay for 30 but you really get 40,” weinstock said. “we don’t think it’s going to bankrupt anybody.”parking fields are expen






campbell looking for ways to lure and retain retail in downtown


the campbell city council wants more retail destinations in the downtown core.at a study session on feb. 7 the council directed city staff to look into how campbell could help attract and retain non-restaurant businesses and keep them from closing or relocating to different cities. city staff will research and gather information about some retail-boosting tactics like installing electronic signs to direct visitors to parking areas and allowing different types of businesses within the downtown area.food establishments make up the majority of the city’s downtown strip, with pockets of boutiques and service businesses such as salons and spas, according to city staff. in 2015, three downtown retail businesses closed. european cobblery, a business that specialized in shoe repair and retail, clo






where to park downtown during super bowl week? commuters should plan now


downtown minneapolis has more than 65,000 parking spots, normally enough to accommodate most of the workers who drive to their job.that might not be the case during super bowl week, even for those who have contract parking, says jon wertjes, director of traffic and parking services for the city of minneapolis.private lots and ramps may lease out space for super bowl events, meaning fewer number of stalls will be available during the 10-day super bowl period starting jan. 26 to feb. 4.  super bowl lii will be played at u.s. bank stadium, home of the minnesota vikings."now's the time to plan your alternatives," wertjes said at a news conference to unveil "know before you go," the super bowl committee's metro area transportation plan. "ask questions now so you can plan your alternatives to ch






new app lets drivers reserve st. paul parking spots


anybody heading downtown for a sporting event, theatrical performance or simply enjoy a night on the town invariably asks the question: where do i park?the city of st. paul on friday launched a new web app to provide an easy answer to that question."it's all the information you need in one stop," said project manager mary gleich-matthews.to search for a parking place, users can enter a venue's address or its name in a search box. after hitting the "find parking" button, an interactive map pops up displaying nearby parking ramps and meters. click on the ramp or metered space of choice and information about rates, hours and contact information comes up. users can set the distance on how far they want to walk to see more choices.in a cool feature, the app allows users to reserve a parking spo






downtown san jose parking spots are disappearing – the mercury news


q as more high-rise buildings are being built in downtown san jose, more street-level parking lots are disappearing. i saw a building plan, and all of the street parking lots except the one across from the california theater have been sold, and high-rise buildings are planned.there is not enough parking at the existing city-owned lots as it is and very few private garages for the public to use. where do they expect people to park? and don’t say “use public transit” because my wife does not feel safe taking transit in the evenings after a concert.claude mcdonaldsan josea yep, you are right. many surface parking lots in downtown san josé are giving way to high-rise homes in the city’s effort to reduce the number of miles driven by residents by 40 percent by 2040. the hope is that a more vibr






new parking ramps could return to minneapolis, in disguise


minneapolis is poised to allow more public parking ramps in downtown and the north loop — as long as no one can see them.a change nearing approval at city hall would lift an 11-year-old ban on above-ground, stand-alone ramps in the downtown area. but the rules would also require new ramps across the city to be largely shrouded from view by apartments and other pedestrian-friendly structures.city officials believe the move could also spur the redevelopment of some remaining surface parking lots, whose owners are interested in continuing a public parking operation in a new development."in some places like the north loop, for example, a lot of people think the city is not doing enough to help them with the real or perceived parking problem," said city planning manager jason wittenberg. "so on






california avenue neighborhoods get permit parking


a new palo alto permit parking program coming to neighborhoods around the california avenue business district has some residents smiling and some dental workers wincing.residents of evergreen park and mayfield successfully lobbied the city council this year to establish a residential preferential parking district in the area north and south of the city’s “second downtown.”starting april 1, the city plans to enforce a two-hour free parking rule between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. during these hours, only vehicles with valid permits could park longer in the district, which is bounded by park boulevard, the caltrain rail corridor, oregon expressway, page mill road and el ino real.residents, such as tommy derrick, petitioned the city for a program similar to the one established downtown. the city counci






judge larry campbell's death prompts discrimination suit


larry campbell was a kansas native who prized classic films, older model oldsmobiles and the machinery of the law.  at 73, he took a daily one-hour bus trip — two hours round-trip — from santa cruz to san jose to do his job as an administrative law judge.“he loved his job,’’ said his widow, bonnie d. campbell.  “he felt he was helping people.  he didn’t know what he’d do with himself if he stopped working.  he would miss it so much.’’campbell’s endurance, however, could not mask a heart condition. he took the bus because his doctors had told him not to drive long distances. they had warned him to avoid stress.stress, unfortunately, was what larry campbell faced in early september, 2015.  his bosses at the california unemployment insurance appeals board had told him that he would have to dr






actress maia campbell rejects ll cool j's offer of help


atlanta — former actress maia campbell has rejected an offer of help from her one-time sitcom co-star ll cool j.the actor and rapper asked his social media followers for help finding campbell after a disturbing video surfaced that appears to show campbell asking a man at an atlanta gas station for drugs.it's not clear if ll cool j got in touch with campbell, but she declined his offer in a new video , saying, "i don't need help, i just need a benefit concert for mental health." campbell says she's doing "good" and describes herself as a "real serious person."ll cool j responded on twitter , "you can't help someone who doesn't want your help."ll cool j starred alongside campbell in the 1990s sitcom "in the house."






actress maia campbell rejects ll cool j’s offer of help


atlanta (ap) — former actress maia campbell has rejected an offer of help from her one-time sitcom co-star ll cool j.the actor and rapper asked his social media followers for help finding campbell after a disturbing video surfaced that appears to show campbell asking a man at an atlanta gas station for drugs.it’s not clear if ll cool j got in touch with campbell, but she declined his offer in a new video , saying, “i don’t need help, i just need a benefit concert for mental health.” campbell says she’s doing “good” and describes herself as a “real serious person.”ll cool j responded on twitter , “you can’t help someone who doesn’t want your help.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.ll cool j starred alongside campbell in the 1990s sitcom “in the house.”






new app helps st. paul parkers find the perfect spot


anybody driving in downtown st. paul invariably asks the question: where do i park?the city of st. paul on friday launched a new web tool and downloadable app to provide an easy answer.“it’s all the information you need in one stop,” said project manager mary gleich-matthews.to find a parking place, users can enter a venue’s address or its name in a search box. after hitting the “find parking” button, an interactive map pops up displaying nearby parking ramps and meters. click on the ramp or metered space of choice and information about rates, hours and contact information comes up. users can set the distance on how far they want to walk to see more choices.the tool also allows users to reserve a parking spot in advance and get directions. from the web, users can also download the city’s p






critics say downtown development hampered by parking requirements


though menlo park officials approved denser development along the caltrain corridor five years ago, it hasn’t happened yet.that’s the consensus of critics who want to see the city move faster to make downtown more vibrant.they say measures in the el camino real/downtown specific plan approved in 2012, such as building as many as two parking structures and reducing parking requirements for developers by up to half, haven’t been implemented or even seriously discussed before the city council. the plan area includes all parcels along el camino real within city limits.bob mcgrew, a member of imagine menlo’s steering committee, said property owners in the roughly 10-block area in the downtown core along santa cruz avenue aren’t rebuilding their properties largely because parking requirements ar






are parking rules stifling menlo park's downtown growth?


though menlo park officials approved denser development along the caltrain corridor five years ago, it hasn’t happened yet.that’s the consensus of critics who want to see the city move faster to make downtown more vibrant.they say measures in the el camino real/downtown specific plan approved in 2012, such as building as many as two parking structures and reducing parking requirements for developers by up to half, haven’t been implemented or even seriously discussed before the city council. the plan area includes all parcels along el camino real within city limits.bob mcgrew, a member of imagine menlo’s steering committee, said property owners in the roughly 10-block area in the downtown core along santa cruz avenue aren’t rebuilding their properties largely because parking requirements ar






central oregon town backs off on downtown parking tickets


bend, ore. (ap) — officials in the central oregon town of bend say they’ll refund money to drivers fined for parking vehicles deemed too long for downtown angled parking spaces.the bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/2zomwkk) in a story on friday that city officials are temporarily suspending enforcement of a policy intended to prevent parked vehicles from blocking travel lanes.the city stepped up enforcement in july, issuing hundreds of warnings and 27 tickets costing $50.city manager eric king says the four people who paid their tickets will get refunds.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weekswall and bond streets are two-lane, one-way streets with diagonal parking on both sides. the parking spaces are 19.5 feet (6 meters) long.downtown business owners complained the tickets






chicago archdiocese opens first cremation garden in a cemetery


facing a grave cancer diagnosis, cameron campbell takes solace in knowing his loved ones will heed his wishes to be cremated after he dies.campbell, 70, views his preference as more respectful of the environment and more cost-conscious, but his experience in helping his mother plan his father's...facing a grave cancer diagnosis, cameron campbell takes solace in knowing his loved ones will heed his wishes to be cremated after he dies.campbell, 70, views his preference as more respectful of the environment and more cost-conscious, but his experience in helping his mother plan his father's... (kate thayer)






sunnyvale to charge for 4 commuter parking lots


four city-owned lots near the caltrain station in downtown sunnyvale will convert from free to paid parking on weekdays, beginning july 1.the lots are located at the mathilda avenue southbound off-ramp, the parking lot at the south mathilda avenue overpass, the evelyn avenue lot on the north side of evelyne avenue between charles and florence streets, and under the north mathilda avenue overpass.a flat fee will be required between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. all of the money collected will go toward maintaining the parking lots, which usually see heavy use from caltrain commuters, according to craig mobeck, assistant director of pubilc works.“right now those four lots support caltrain, and the city doesn’t get any funding to help operate and maintain them. we are going to use those funds to offset t






fort wayne to get new parking meters, higher hourly rates


fort wayne, ind. (ap) — people soon will be able to pay for parking on fort wayne streets using credit cards and mobile devices. the journal gazette reports the city council voted 8-1 to approve a nearly $800,000 contract to replace the city’s coin-only meters with machines that accept the new forms of payment.city clerk lana keesling says parking rates will need to increase to cover the cost of cellular data to connect to the meters to the city’s network as well as credit card transaction fees.there’s no exact date for when the new meters will be in place or when the increase will occur. keesling says an upcoming parking study will help determine the new rate.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.parking is currently 50 cents per hour. it could reach up to $1.25 hourly






new parking ramps could return to minneapolis, in disguise


minneapolis is poised to allow more public parking ramps in downtown and the north loop — as long as no one can see them.a change nearing approval at city hall would lift an 11-year-old ban on above-ground, stand-alone ramps in the downtown area. but the rules would also require new ramps across the city to be largely shrouded from view by apartments and other pedestrian-friendly structures.city officials believe it could also spur the redevelopment of some remaining surface parking lots, whose owners are reluctant to sell without converting their business into a multi-story ramp.“in some places like the north loop, for example, a lot of people think the city is not doing enough to help them with the real or perceived parking problem,” said city planning manager jason wittenberg. “so one w






parker has enacted two-hours limits on mainstreet parking as it examines demand


for the last three weeks, ryley davis has been walking up and down mainstreet in downtown parker putting educational brochures under windshield wipers. the topic: the town’s just-adopted two-hour limits on parking along mainstreet between parker road and pace center drive, as well as on stretches of victorian drive, pikes peak drive and pikes peak court within a few blocks of mainstreet.before long, those flyers will turn into tickets, as davis and other parker neighborhood services officers begin enforcing the restrictions, in place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. mondays through fridays. “there is probably not a drop-dead date,” said cmdr. doreen jokerst, who leads the neighborhood services team. “our goal was to do a six-week education enforcement just to get out and talk to people. we’ve been ab






big data takes a big leap in kansas city with smart sensor info on parking and t


traffic and parking data is available visually in kansas city. image: teena maddox/techrepublic finding a parking spot and navigating through rush hour traffic is easier in downtown kansas city now that the city is providing a real-time visualization of the data collected by various iot sensors.the missouri city now has a site that allows anyone to go online to access a map that shows a range of data from available parking spots and traffic flow, as well as pedestrian hotspots and even where streetcars are located on a 2.2-mile stretch in downtown. this data, which is on a platform operated by xaqt, will soon be migrated to the city's open data catalog and the city will use big data to drive decisions to save money through more efficient repairs and maintenance of streets, water lines and






campbell resident proposes farmer statue in campbell park


a new face could soon be on its way to campbell.a statue titled “reach,” depicting a farmer picking a piece of fruit, is making its way through city committees and commissions on its way approval. at a march 1 meeting, the city’s parks and recreation commission commented on the proposed statue and where it could be placed.in 2015 campbell resident michael krisman and his neighbor peter sokol proposed that an orchard farmer statue be placed at the northeast entrance of campbell park, at the intersection of gilman and campbell avenues.“the purpose of the statue is to recognize campbell’s agrarian past, promote civic pride while educating residents and visitors about the city’s heritage,” said al bito, the city’s deputy city manager.at a feb. 9 meeting, the civic improvement commission also g






why denver shouldn't force developers to provide parking


denver post filethe denver city council last week scaled back its parking exemption for new housing, requiring all developments to have some on-site parking.re: “denver residents catch a break on parking exemption overhaul,” may 11 editorial.the editorial board continues to cite flawed and discredited arguments about parking in its support for parking minimums. abundance of parking creates more traffic than a lack of parking. furthermore, the cost to provide parking, up to $20,000 per structured space, is passed on to residents.we don’t need self-driving cars before we can start addressing the problem. we need to stop subsidizing/forcing developers to build wasted space for parked cars.aaron schultz,broomfieldsubmit a letter to the editor via this form or check out our guidelines for how t






vta route changes could adversely impact seniors, low-income riders


san jose residents who rely on public transit to get around could find their commutes taking much longer in some cases if proposed changes to the santa clara valley transportation authority’s current bus lines are approved.willow glen resident deborah cunningham told the resident she’s concerned about how a proposal to discontinue the 82 line will affect her and other residents, especially those who are elderly, disabled or low-income. the 82 line runs from downtown san jose through willow glen along alma, minnesota and pine avenues to the westgate shopping center in campbell.cunningham has taken the 82 bus regularly since she was first disabled by an injury 14 years ago. she relies on it to get to a standing weekly appointment at her physical therapist’s office less than four miles away i






fight in south africa parliament during zuma address


punches have been thrown in south africa's parliament as radical mps tried to disrupt the state of the nation address by president jacob zuma.members of the radical economic freedom fighters' party (eff), all dressed in red, scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the chamber.mr zuma had twice got to his feet but was shouted down by eff mps.previous addresses by mr zuma have been marred by protests and brawls as mps demanded his resignation.south africa zuma: violence at state of nation address