Sunday, June 23, 2013

Click and Clack on Parking Etiquette (212)


(Sacramento Bee, 6-15-13)
This last week the Sacramento Bee ran a Click and Clack column (aka Car Talk with Tom and Ray Magliozzi) it titled “No Right to Claim Spot on Street.” In view of recent activities in the Old North, I thought ON residents might find it of interest and quite humorous.



Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Safety and Parking Advisory Commission’s (SPAC) Responses to Parking Proposals for the Old North in 2004 and 2013 (211)


As everyone knows, at its meeting on Thursday, June 13, SPAC Commissioners voted unanimously not to to approve Staff’s proposed revised Old North parking district.

Commissioners were united in believing that the proposal needs much clarification and greater neighborhood support. They were also critical of a number of specific features.

As a matter of historical context, I thought it might be helpful to look at the minutes of the meeting at which this same Commission considered the 2004 Old North parking proposal. They are reproduced here.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Three Changes That Would Improve the Proposed N Parking District (210)


This post is the text of a letter I have sent to the City of Davis Safety and Parking Advisory Commission regarding three changes that would improve the revised Old North N parking district.

June 11, 2013

Commission Members
Safety and Parking Advisory Commission
City of Davis

Dear Commission Members:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Changes in the Old North Parking District To Be Reviewed By City Parking Commission This Thursday at 5 PM (209)


A package of significant changes in Old North parking rules will be reviewed by the Safety and Parking Advisory Commission this Thursday at 5PM, details on the blue inset.

The portion of the first page of the Staff report listing some of the more important of these changes is reproduced to the right.

The agenda of the meeting and a copy of the 29 page staff report can be downloaded here:


Sunday, June 2, 2013

The September, 2004 Scramble to Develop N District Parking Support (208)

# 4 (Redacted)
The recent postal service delivery of an Old North parking survey questionnaire from City planner Brian Abbanat reminded me of the first such survey.

Like the current survey, that one arrived on a holiday weekend, only that time it was Labor Day weekend of 2004.

City officials had not told ONDNA activists when the mailing would occur, so the timing was an unpleasant surprise coming at an awkward moment because many residents were out of town.

Undaunted and led by Bruce Winterhalder, the then ONDNA president, a list of every Old North residence was organized and canvas sheets drawn up. A street-to-street, door-to-door canvas crew consisting of some nine people was recruited.