W. Covina delays vote on parking

first_imgCOVINA – The City Council delayed action Tuesday on extending the time limit for cars parked downtown. There are 286 blue parking spots where people can park for three hours, and 242 white parking spots where people can park for two hours. However, most of one 76-spot parking lot is closed because of the construction of a new parking structure, and the rest has been leased by the Covina Arts Center to house their contractor’s vehicles for the past few years. A plan to extend time at the two-hour lots to three hours was drafted by the city’s Parking Commission. City businessman complained that the current three-hour parking spots are often full with permit holders who can use them all day, and those that are not full are poorly located for customers. Mayor John King said he would like the council to consider another proposal by Johnson, which was not on the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting: making municipal parking free during the holiday season. “We can’t take action on that idea tonight, but I really like it,” said King. The plan will be considered at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Jeffrey Johnson, who sits on the commission and owns a downtown business, said at Tuesday’s meeting that the parking situation is hurting city commerce. “It is currently impossible to park, eat and shop without getting a ticket,” he said. But staff recommended that the proposal should be studied further, citing revenue concerns if downtown employees who work six-hour shifts decided to drop their permits and use three-hour spots, switching midway through their shifts. The city makes about $34,000 annually from permits, according to Public Works Director Steve Henley. Staff also said the cost of replacing the two-hour limit signs with three-hour limit signs could be prohibitive. Other options include street parking. But the longest anyone can park in the area is two hours, and most spots are one hour or less, Henley said. last_img

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