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As a neighbor, I researched this issue myself after attempting to rent a truck from this location. Owing to U-Hauls loss of their permit, I have adapted to moving via other means. For my vote as a consumer and a neighbor living without the convenience of this U-Haul location, no love is lost. U-Haul had a good business going here. They have chosen to defer the costs associated with 1) doing what they need to do to comply with the terms of their use permit at this location or 2) moving to a new location with a larger parking lot that would meet the demands of the business they run and come with a conditional use permit that suits their use.
They city has repeatedly made it clear what the conditions were to maintain a use permit in this location. U-Haul has not made any business decisions to meet the conditions. U-Blew It
The U-Haul exceeded the use permit limit of the number of parked vehicles on-site and used street parking when there were not enough on-site parking spots for the rental vehicles. A wise business move would have been to greet this extra business with a solution.
U-Haul would pretend to wants to do business in Berkeley. It is not too much to ask that U-Haul observe the context of this facility and respond to the conditions of business in this location. They are not in business to serve the community. They are in business to make money by offering a service to this market, a relatively dense residential and commercial area.
As for unfair treatment, this U-Haul might be more similar to a car-sharing program if they kept to the conditions of their use permit and maintained a parking spot in their lot for each vehicle they rented. ZipCar and City CarShare have a dedicated space for every single one of their cars. Parking spots per vehicle is more or less what the original use permit addresses.
This body of litigations is an example of disregard for the city, the neighbors and the customer. The pleading poor-U-Haul-San Pablo poster presented to pedestrians, neighbors, and customers is disingenuous. Spare the air and move away, U-Haul.
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