Dear Mr. Stevens,
Thank you for your very sympathetic response. I think you’re right that we agree on most things regarding this issue. If, as you suggest – and independently of the apron issue – we were to pursue permit parking (which works well in, for example, West Hollywood), my one question is this. Is every resident, whether owner or renter, granted the same number of permits (say, two or three per household), and, if so, given the staggering number of students in the neighborhood, do we end up with a similar situation as now, with an impossibly inadequate number of street spaces? Or do we suspect that many of those parking on Strathmore are, in fact, students attending classes (although the difficulty of finding spaces at night would suggest otherwise)? Of course, I don’t expect you to know the answers to these questions, but I put them out there as ones we might raise. Thanks again.
Dear Mr Salatino,
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Maybe there is not so much divergence in our opinions aferall.
As I tried to emphasize, but perhaps still ineffectively communicated, we/I have never had an issue with cars that park on the apron in a way that does not interfere with the sidewalk (indeed, as I indicated before I like it having cars sticking out in the street to slow traffic). Somehow I don't think Mike Dukakis is bothered by this either --- but that is not the important issue. The real issue is related to the blockage of sidewalks. If the city just bans apron parking because it can not adjudicate whether or not the sidewalk is blocked then this I think is legitimate grounds for complaint. Indeed our neighbor has a mini which parks on the apron without hanging out over parallel-parked cars or the sidewalk.
I think the concerns and emotions this raises presents a great opportunity to address the extent to which the neighborhood is used as a drive through and parking lot for UCLA and I would hate to see us miss the chance. I this respect I would like to encourage you and your neighbors to think about permit parking, regardless of how the apron issue is resolved. I am particularly fond of the permit parking because I believe it would reduce traffic (now many people circle looking for parking) and because it would be a way for all of us to more readily arrange places for visitors to park.
On Dec 11, 2006, at 3:29 PM, Salatino, Kevin wrote: