The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure all of our members and local businesses are aware of assembly bill #2586. In 2013 Assemblyman Gatto from Los Angeles first authored what was coined the Parking Bill of Rights. With the bill set to sunset in 2017 Assemblyman Gatto has authored an extension of the bill with some areas of concern for cities great and small throughout California.
One of the most concerning amendments to the bill is the proposal to stop the use of metered spaces or loading zones to facilitate valet parking. While at first glance adding a handful of spaces back into the mix sounds like a great idea this has some disastrous side effects. If a valet utilizes three spaces for drop off and pick-up, they can park many multiples of cars in private contracted lots. This takes three spaces and potentially opens it up to hundreds of otherwise unavailable spaces. Without those spaces many will be forced to circle and create additional congestion, while others may simply give up and lead to a loss of revenue for local businesses.
A second concern to consider is the amendment to disallow cities from hiring private companies to monitor and cite parking violators. Governments across the country are seeking opportunities to reduce their long term pension vulnerabilities and daily operating costs. Tying the hands of local governments will either lead to escalating costs or lessening of services over time. There are a myriad of services cities contract out to reduce the costs on their residents and deliver a quality product including but not limited to: trash, street sweeping, and maintenance.
Assembly Bill 2586 does have positives in it including demand based pricing and protecting people from receiving a ticket at a broken meter. However, as the bill stands today, there are too many questions to support such measures. With the City of Manhattan Beach, the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the California League of Cities among the many opposing this bill we encourage you to take a deeper look for yourself. Take the time to let Assemblyman David Hadley, your local representative, and Assemblyman Gatto, the author of AB 2586, your thoughts on the matter.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee will be meeting Wednesday May 25th at 4PM. We encourage you to take the time to get involved and learn more about the bills and officials shaping the state and city we love so much.