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Should Free Sunday Parking Return?

Two years after a major shift in how parking is regulated downtown, the City Council plans to re-evaluate its decision to charge for parking on Sundays.

When it comes to enforcing its parking meters on Sundays, should City Hall return to 2010?

That's the question that the Mill Valley City Council will take up over the next few months. Some councilmembers have called for making Sunday parking free, just as it was before the of its parking program: raising meter rates, expanding parking meter enforcement to include weekends and establishing a , whereby 94941 residents can pay for a sticker that allows a driver to park in a metered spot for two hours without feeding the meter.

The council has a number of factors to consider, including the sentiments of downtown business owners, that of local residents and the city's own revenue from meters and parking tickets given its stated goal of having a parking program that pays for itself.

So what do you think? Would free parking on Sundays make a difference to you? Has the RSVP program changed the debate?

Vote in our poll below and tell us why in the Comments.

Scott July 04, 2012 at 01:41 PM
It would be extraordinary if, just once, our elected officials didn't make decisions in a vacuum and considered the entire problem. In this case they have a budget problem to which always the response is to raise taxes. Never is there a consideration of managing the expense side. Or would they consider posing the problem as a trade-off such as "we can either raise rates or cut service." It's always "we have a revenue shortfall and have no option but to raise rates." They even compartmentalize this by calling a shortfall in the "parking enforcement budget." The solution is to raise rates? How about cutting enforcement? Who'd really complain? How absurd is it to charge for parking so you can enforce parking meters? Even local politicians are drunk on their power to tax. Parking isn't a jobs program. Nor is it an economic stimulus. (I know, businesses want turnover but that assumes so many would park and camp out, not to mention they'd also appreciate customers who weren't running out of their stores to avoid tickets.)
Citizen July 04, 2012 at 02:32 PM
As the Chordettes sang, NEVER ON SUNDAY".
Jordan Koch July 06, 2012 at 08:17 PM
It's SUNDAY, give the meter maids the day off.
J. Wickham July 08, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Sunday parking was tied into the RSVP program which is now available to frequent visitors from Marin and is offered at a very affordable price. If business owners and city staff aren't concern about "parking turnover" and the revenue stream RSVP takes away from meter fee's, then return to free parking on Sundays and eliminate RSVP. On a side note, a recommendation that never was put into place was designating under utilized meter locations to 3 hour parking - This would help with church, movies, long lunches, etc. PS: In the 1960's meters were free downtown because none of the businesses were open! Everyone had Sunday off.
Beads of Marin July 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I like the idea of 3 hour meters for the noted reasons, but I also see a problem with that. Mill Valley is a destination for many people who are not here to shop or eat or visit local businesses, but to take a nice long bike ride in the area. By offering a 3 hour spot these visitors would take up valuable spots, but the local businesses would actually be hurt. I wish there was a way to designate a parking area for the bikers who would feel better about parking in the area and maybe hang around after their ride, and allowing businesses to have the turnover they need to conduct business. How about opening some of the school lots or other lots that are not in use during the weekend and taking the stress off of the streets?

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