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State Uninterested in Public Parking at Caltrans

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2008, at 06:00PM
Caltrans Building Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The city hopes that as Downtown develops, more people will drive into the neighborhood to check it out. It's looking to find them more places to park once they get here.

Back in November Councilwoman Jan Perry and Councilman Tom LaBonge passed a motion instructing DOT to contact the state and gauge its interest in opening some of the Caltrans Building's 1,142 spaces for public parking in the evening and on the weekends. In a response presented by DOT before the Transportation committee, the state offered a limited number of spaces for special events, but cited security concerns in ruling out any public parking.

The ever-quotable LaBonge wasn't satisfied. "I heard the Governor says there's a fiscal crisis. I wonder if there's any money to be made here." He instructed DOT to re-open the issue, offering to make phone calls himself if needed.

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