Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 7:12 pm in Night Owl.
There was a lot of posturing involved in this anger-fest over parking laws in Oakland. I think the recent hikes were the straw that broke the camel’s back. Figures like 300 to 400 percent increases in the past few years were brandished during the meeting at the Grand Lake Theater, whose owner Allen Michaan instigated the event. He blamed years of bad business on parking policies. But he has blamed other things in the past. No doubt the merchants are being affected. But I don’t think Michaan’s proposal for a business shut-down next Thursday is such a great idea if parking is already hurting business. But he said he has several hundred signatures on a petition to recall City Councilmembers. They’re going to have to offer better responses than maybe people will take more public transit or let’s see how things go to calm things down. I just wnat to know how much it’s going to cost the city to pay the meter maids to work until 8 p.m. How is that saving money?