Frustrated by City Hall's insistence on paid parking expansions despite massive popular resistance, friends of downtown and concerned Davisites have filed a citizen's initiative to go on the March 2020 ballot. The proponents of record are Daniel Urazandi and Robert Milbrodt although many people have been involved in drafting the initiative. To become involved yourself come to a campaign organizing meeting at Steve's Pizza 6PM on Thurs June 20.
Public notice from the proponents:
Why an initiative?
Because the city has been slowly eroding parking spaces and eliminating all free parking without regard to the harm this does to downtown, we can't trust them to do anything other than more of the same. Asking and informing hasn't worked, so we are going to tell them what downtown wants and needs, namely more parking spaces and no parking meters.
What does it do?
Our Freedom To Park Ordinance will ban paid parking in every public space. The only exception is that should the city build a new parking structure to increase supply, they could charge for spaces in that structure. It also sets a baseline and increases the number of parking spaces downtown-- we get around 120 more auto spaces and around 250 more bicycle parking spaces within a year (numbers are estimates as the city has repeatedly refused to confirm the exact numbers of spaces downtown). Our slogan: Free Parking, More Spaces.
Where are those spaces coming from?
The city removed over 100 spaces thus creating the parking shortage. We are just making them put them back. Now by law they will have to do what they should have done in the first place with any scarce and valuable public commodity--maximize it through efficiency, protect it going forward, and neither waste or tax it.
Will it pass?
If it gets on the ballot it should be a sure thing. How many people are going to vote for parking meters or say no to free parking? But to get it on the ballot we need over 4,000 signatures and the means to gather them. So come to our ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING 6/20 6PM AT STEVE'S PIZZA where we will answer questions and design the campaign that will solve the parking problem and end the threat of parking meters once and for all.
The text of the initiative as designed by our team and legal counsel and filed with the city clerk on 6/17 follows:
NOTICE OF INTENT TO CIRCULATE INITIATIVE PETITION
Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear hereon that they intend to circulate an Initiative Petition within the City of Davis for the purpose to amend the Municipal Code to establish a limited FREE PARKING ZONE to PROHIBIT PARKING METERS and other Pay by Space Machines and Devices, and to Increase Free Automobile and Bicycle Parking in the Downtown Area as defined.
A statement of the reasons of the proposed action as contemplated in the petition is as follows:
In keeping with Davis' character, people should be able to park temporarily for shopping, eating, entertainment, to attend Farmer's Market, or just to enjoy being in town without being charged a tax or fee. However, City Hall has eroded free parking spaces and is using the resultant parking shortage to continuously expand paid parking in the downtown area. The city obviously intends to make all downtown parking paid piecemeal and may continue its expansion of parking meters into residential neighborhoods in the process. This ordinance prevents such malignant growth and protects all of Davis from paid parking. It also increases the number of public parking spaces downtown for both autos and bicycles. Paid public parking will only be allowed in new parking structures to be constructed outside the free parking zone in the event that the city needs the revenue to further expand parking supply.
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF DAVIS DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. This ordinance may be referred to as the Freedom to Park Ordinance.
Section 2. Article 22.08 of Chapter 22 of the Davis Municipal Code is amended by adding the following provisions:
22.08.452. No Parking Meter, or any other Pay for Parking Space machine or device, shall be installed or operated on any public street, or within any public parking lot or public parking structure within the City of Davis, excepting public parking structures constructed and operated outside of the defined limits of the Downtown Area.
22.08.455. The City of Davis shall provide and maintain in the Downtown Area no fewer than 1888 automobile parking spaces and no fewer than 1888 bicycle parking spaces within one year of the adoption of this ordinance. Bicycle parking shall not occupy spaces that could be used as auto parking. Spaces reserved for the disabled and privately owned spaces shall not be included in these counts.
22.08.451. The Downtown Area shall be defined as the area bounded by and including Fifth Street to the North; First Street to the South; B Street to the West; the Railroad Tracks to the East, and all publicly owned and controlled lots accessed from that area.
Section 3. Article 22.08.450 is amended to delete and repeal the following language: "The following parking lot is hereby designated as a parking meter zone: City Parking Lot located at 221 F Street, also known as the "E Street Plaza Parking Lot." .
Section 4. The provisions of this ordinance are severable. If any portion of this ordinance is declared by a court to be invalid, such declaration shall not affect any other portion of this ordinance.