Next moves planned in Oakland parking battle

September 23, 2009 11:39:39 AM PDT
Oakland business owners are deciding what to do next, now that the city council failed to get rid of a new set of unpopular parking regulations. Those businessmen and women packed an emotional council meeting Tuesday night that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

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Some business owners are putting a petition together to recall every single city councilmember who is not willing to undo the parking restrictions that they believe are destroying commerce in Oakland.

The city has increased parking meter rates, parking fine rates and hours of enforcement.

Some business owners claim it is costing them their livelihood.

"I've already gotten 10 emails this morning from people urging to move forward with the recall. Last night, I presented the council with 10,000 signatures of Oakland citizens who pledged to recall them and remove them from office if they don't fix this. Last night, they chose not to listen to the people of Oakland. I see no other choice at this time," said Grand Lake Theater owner Allen Michaan.

The city council did vote to address the issue again in two weeks. The businesses claim they are losing 30 percent of their business. One idea is to study each district in Oakland to find which ones are hurt the most and adjust parking meter rates accordingly.

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