Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Oakland Council Punts on Parking Changes

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

The Oakland City Council early today postponed a decision on parking meter hours after failing to cobble together enough votes to rollback hours from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m.. According to the Trib, only four members of the eight-person council voted for the parking meter hours change - Pat Kernighan, Jane Brunner, Jean Quan, and Larry Reid - leaving the council one vote shy of what was needed. Councilmembers Desley Brooks, Nancy Nadel, and Rebecca Kaplan all abstained, after voicing concerns that the rollback would cost the city more than $1 million in revenues. Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente was absent.

The council's vote came at about 12:30 a.m., after hours of testimony from Oakland merchants and consumers, who strongly criticized the council's June 30 decision to extend meter hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and to raise meter rates and parking ticket fines. After the council's vote, Grand Lake Theater owner Allen Michaan vowed to launch a council recall effort, according to Bay City News Service.

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