Capitola considers raising parking me...

Capitola considers raising parking meter rates

There are 21 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Feb 10, 2009, titled Capitola considers raising parking meter rates. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Residents will have the opportunity to give their input Wednesday night on higher parking meter rates in Capitola Village and along Cliff Drive.

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h20 stealer

Salinas, CA

#1 Feb 10, 2009
why raise the rates so you can give the money away to a favored developer???? you will make this money off the sweat of the locals who come (or used to) to the village for dinner or a drink. no more at 2 dollars an hour. man this is a greddy bend us over council if I ever saw one. I hope you get recalled all of you dopes!
Class Struggle

Reseda, CA

#3 Feb 10, 2009
Do they really want to raise parking so that the businesses collect less revenue and sales taxes.

The problem is costs that are too high not that revenues are too low - although by raising parking fees they will likely lower other revenues.
OMG

Pittsburg, CA

#4 Feb 10, 2009
what, rates havent been raised since 2002??? that is 6 yrs-hmmm and people have the audacity to complain? they should be very appreciative that is has been this long. dont they complainers realize our whole economy is in a crisis and towns, cities, and states have to do what they must? get real and get educated.
SV-SC

Pittsburg, CA

#5 Feb 10, 2009
More reason not to go to Capitola to spend any discretionary income.
Only Fair

Firebaugh, CA

#6 Feb 10, 2009
I understand the city needs money, but this will hurt local businesses. A lot of people don't want to go downtown Santa Cruz due to the parking tickets (bums also). There has to be another way! Maybe all the people on the city council should bypass a salary. I think any city official should be a volunteer otherwise corruptness ensues.
Wayne

Daly City, CA

#7 Feb 10, 2009
Oh to get money to give too developers.
Why not raise it to ten dollars, because all you want is money. City manager paid highest salary in state. Teachers lowest paying county in state.

Million of city dollars wasting at Rispin.
Dave

San Jose, CA

#8 Feb 10, 2009
more cash for the early retirements ? what a joke ...
Randy

Fremont, CA

#9 Feb 10, 2009
Instead of raising rates how about they find a way to get a few more parking spots down there. They can increase revenue as well as help the businesses get more customers into their places of businesses. I have just left because I have found it too hard to find a parking and eaten somewhere outside of capitola.
Nixon

San Francisco, CA

#10 Feb 10, 2009
Fire the PD Chief and City Manager, hire 1st alarm and do not replace the mis-manager as he threw Capitola in the tank, what a savings! Only thing worse than anarchy is corrupt selfish dictators. With a name like RICH HILL...

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#11 Feb 10, 2009
I like the idea of creating more parking spaces. As it is, I seldom visit downtown Capitola due to the parking issue and now I see even less reason. There certainly are alternatives.
Shopper

United States

#12 Feb 10, 2009
Mental Note - Don't shop anywhere in Capitola anymore.
I hate Capitola

Watsonville, CA

#13 Feb 10, 2009
Shopper wrote:
Mental Note - Don't shop anywhere in Capitola anymore.
Neither do I or go to the restaurants. Raising rates equals less visitors and definitely no locals. Thanks everyone for the posts today.
RobtA

Watsonville, CA

#14 Feb 10, 2009
Whether or not Capitola has raised rates since 2002 is immaterial. The only thing that matters is whether or not raising rates now (or at any time) will be offset by reduced visits. Workers, who have less choice, will pay more; but I imagine that some of them will lose their jobs anyway. Shoppers and non-shopping visitors do have a choice.

Often, we hear the argument that "we haven't raised our fees (or our prices, or our wages) for several years." So what?
Big Wave Dave

San Francisco, CA

#15 Feb 10, 2009
I used to love going to both downtown Santa Cruz and Capitola to spend my discretionary income, (Restaurants,jewelry stores,coffee shops and pizzerias)but geez-louise, the parking nazis would ruin my day every time. Nothing like spending a bunch of money supporting the local economy then get back to your truck five minutes late and see a ticket being written up. Almost every time, it's something. Too bad. Just thinking about all the great restaurants makes me want to take my family out for dinner tonight. But it won't be in either of those two places.
Straight facts

San Francisco, CA

#16 Feb 10, 2009
Wayne wrote:
Oh to get money to give too developers.
Why not raise it to ten dollars, because all you want is money. City manager paid highest salary in state. Teachers lowest paying county in state.
Million of city dollars wasting at Rispin.
Let's correct your misinformation:

Parking meter revenues do not go to developers. It goes in the general fund. Only redevelopment money can be used to promote development.

The city manager (although not very talented) is far from being the highest paid city manager in the state.

County teachers are not the lowest paid in the state. Lower than most of the bay area but not the state.

Redevelopment money will not be paid to the rispin developers unless it's actually built.

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#17 Feb 11, 2009
Straight facts wrote:
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Let's correct your misinformation:
Parking meter revenues do not go to developers. It goes in the general fund. Only redevelopment money can be used to promote development.
The city manager (although not very talented) is far from being the highest paid city manager in the state.
County teachers are not the lowest paid in the state. Lower than most of the bay area but not the state.
Redevelopment money will not be paid to the rispin developers unless it's actually built.
Are you saying that it won't happen anymore? Cause in the recent past according to Mr Hanna that's exactly what happened. The general fund and redevelopment monies were co-mingled which is a bit illegal.
longtimelocal

San Francisco, CA

#18 Feb 11, 2009
Carl Bendix wrote:
<quoted text>Are you saying that it won't happen anymore? Cause in the recent past according to Mr Hanna that's exactly what happened. The general fund and redevelopment monies were co-mingled which is a bit illegal.
Hanna has maintained that since Steve Burrell was city manager. Time and again audits have shown that's not the case but Hanna persists with his charges. He keeps throwing stuff hoping it sticks. While he may have done some good for the city, he's done more damage. He is solely responsible for causing City manager Steve Burrell to quit, city manager Susan Westman to quit, city manager Dan Pincetich to quit, police chief Don Braunton to quit, city attorney Rich Manning to quit, council member Margaret Fabrizio to resign, and bond attorney Bob Haight to not work with the city anymore. They all left because of personal attacks by Hanna and his abrasive nature. Hanna ran out creative people that were innovative and productive and we ended up with Rich Hill - that says it all.

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#19 Feb 11, 2009
longtimelocal wrote:
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Hanna has maintained that since Steve Burrell was city manager. Time and again audits have shown that's not the case but Hanna persists with his charges. He keeps throwing stuff hoping it sticks. While he may have done some good for the city, he's done more damage. He is solely responsible for causing City manager Steve Burrell to quit, city manager Susan Westman to quit, city manager Dan Pincetich to quit, police chief Don Braunton to quit, city attorney Rich Manning to quit, council member Margaret Fabrizio to resign, and bond attorney Bob Haight to not work with the city anymore. They all left because of personal attacks by Hanna and his abrasive nature. Hanna ran out creative people that were innovative and productive and we ended up with Rich Hill - that says it all.
Hanna bailed too and for the same reasons the rest of the staff left-fiduciary liability. Margaret Fabrizio came on board as an interim and begged Hanna to help straighten out the books. He agreed to do so on a part time basis only. Fabrezio's heart wasn't really in running the city, especially under the circumstances she was left with. I understand that Burrell left the country for points south and Pincetich, that fathead, left for Crescent city.
I only know what I read in the Sentinel, and what acquaintances have shared. Acquaintances of the above mentioned individuals.
longtimelocal

San Francisco, CA

#20 Feb 11, 2009
Carl Bendix wrote:
<quoted text>Hanna bailed too and for the same reasons the rest of the staff left-fiduciary liability. Margaret Fabrizio came on board as an interim and begged Hanna to help straighten out the books. He agreed to do so on a part time basis only. Fabrezio's heart wasn't really in running the city, especially under the circumstances she was left with. I understand that Burrell left the country for points south and Pincetich, that fathead, left for Crescent city.
I only know what I read in the Sentinel, and what acquaintances have shared. Acquaintances of the above mentioned individuals.
You've got your facts more than a little screwed up - Fabrizio was not an interim anything - she was in her second term as an elected council member and just couldn't deal with the negative environment Hanna had created at city hall so she resigned midterm. Fabrizio hated Hanna. Hanna didn't agree with Fabrizio to do anything - He ran against Judy Tedesco for city treasurer and won narrowly. The treasurer had limited fiscal duties by city ordinance but he saw himself as the self appointed fiscal czar. He accused just about every city official of illegal acts, all shown to be unfounded by the Grand Jury. He left after two terms because he moved out of the city (thank god). Burrell left to become city manager of Hermosa Beach because he grew weary of Hanna's personal attacks, as did Westman (Hanna's sister-in-law) and Pincetich.

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#21 Feb 11, 2009
longtimelocal wrote:
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You've got your facts more than a little screwed up - Fabrizio was not an interim anything - she was in her second term as an elected council member and just couldn't deal with the negative environment Hanna had created at city hall so she resigned midterm. Fabrizio hated Hanna. Hanna didn't agree with Fabrizio to do anything - He ran against Judy Tedesco for city treasurer and won narrowly. The treasurer had limited fiscal duties by city ordinance but he saw himself as the self appointed fiscal czar. He accused just about every city official of illegal acts, all shown to be unfounded by the Grand Jury. He left after two terms because he moved out of the city (thank god). Burrell left to become city manager of Hermosa Beach because he grew weary of Hanna's personal attacks, as did Westman (Hanna's sister-in-law) and Pincetich.
As always there are many facets to the ways of government. The truth is in there somewhere.

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