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Bill says “parking space first” before buying and registering a car – Manila Bulletin

We don’t need to ask if a commuter, driver or pedestrian has seen a line of vehicles parked along the streets, occupying sidewalks and even outside lanes, most often in residential areas.

Such a spectacle is no longer out of the ordinary. They are part of the landscape of a barangay, a residential village, close to high-rise condominiums, or even commercial areas where traders live in their shops.

Parked vehicles took up space on the road. And with all other motorists now navigating minor streets with blind obedience to mobile apps, parked vehicles have become an obstacle to the smooth flow of traffic.

For the third time since 2016, another bill seeking a solution to the problem of parking vehicles on public roads was tabled last month. Representative Lord Allan Velasco introduced House Bill No. 31, entitled “No Garage, No Registration Act”.

The bill proposes to require a car buyer to show proof of a parking space – a garage or rented space – as a “prerequisite to purchasing a motor vehicle and registering with of the Bureau of Land Transport”.

Proof of parking requirement will be for anyone “with a residence or business address in metropolitan areas such as, but not limited to, Metro Manila, Angeles, Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan , Davao, Iloilo, Naga and Olongapo, who intends to purchase a motor vehicle.

Two bills with the same intent were also introduced in 2016 and 2019. Senator Joel Villanueva introduced SB No. 1165 in September 2016, the “No Garage, No Car Act of 2016”. Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian filed SB No. 368 in July 2019, the “Proof of Parking Space Act.”

Social media has been abuzz with reactions to the recently tabled bill. Many said it was time for such a bill to become law, while many voiced the reason people stretch their budgets to buy a vehicle – an inefficient public transport system.

So, parking space is hardly an issue when most people decide to buy a vehicle. But this bill, if it becomes law, will make people take a closer look at where they park their new car. The bill recommends stiff penalties to the car owner and LTO employee if the evidence of parking space presented turns out to be a false document. According to the bill, “the owner of a motor vehicle shall be suspended from registering a motor vehicle in his name for three years” with a fine of ₱50,000.

Meanwhile, the LTO employee who authorized the registration of the motor vehicle without the necessary document and “with knowledge of the falsity of the statements” will be suspended from duty for three months without pay.

Concerned citizens will also be involved in keeping the streets clear. The bill directs them to report the presence of vehicles parked on the streets to the LGU, LTO or the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

This bill – if it becomes law – can play an important role in solving the traffic problem in metropolitan cities. He can finally clear the streets of parked vehicles.

But we hope that by then the streets will also be free of auto repair shops, vulcanizing shops, fruit vendors and tricycle drivers who use sidewalks as their business address.

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Mum slams childless drivers who use parent-child parking spaces at Lidl – but not everyone agrees

THE mum-of-one has slammed shoppers who park in parent and child spaces when they don’t have kids – but not everyone agrees she’s right .

The anonymous driver was left so livid after being unable to find a space in a Lidl car park in Worcestershire that she took to social media to express her fury.

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The mum from Droitwich, Worcestershire asked if local Lidl car park drivers should park in the parent and child spacesCredit: google maps

Posting to the Spotted Droitwich Facebook group, the mother asked if drivers could only park in the spaces if they had a child on board.

She added: “I highly doubt the same ignorant people would park in a disabled space, but can’t you see why people think it’s perfectly okay to do that without even pretending to have a kid?

“I couldn’t park there today with my newborn son, which wasn’t the end of the world, but the point is to be able to open the door wide enough to get a baby or child out of the car seat .

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“A little change of personal laziness that would make a huge difference to the parents/grandparents of Droitwich!

Despite the reasonable question, his comments sparked a huge debate as locals rushed to share their thoughts on his grievance, the Bromsgrove Advertiser reported.

One user replied: “It infuriates me too, especially when I see parents with troubled children.

“And then you get lazy parking there because they’re too lazy to walk a few extra steps in the parking lot.”

And a second agreed, adding: ‘The worst thing is when a parent with a child uses the parent and child car park….And the child is around 13!’

But one user felt no shame in ruffling a few feathers, commenting: “I like to park in the parent and child spaces of my big Range Rover as I have more room to open the door to get out.

“I usually drive it alone, but if I have passengers I will use 2 spaces and park in the middle.”

Another shopper was also more than happy to reveal he was responsible, commenting: ‘I always park in these spaces when I take my dad shopping. I’m 57, he’s 78.’

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And another joked, “Good job, there’s always plenty of space at the other end of the parking lot! A little walk never hurt anyone.”

A sixth pointed out that some drivers who use the spaces may use them because no disabled spaces are available and others may have disabilities that are not visible.

Parent and child spaces explained

What are the rules?

Using one of these bays without children in the car is not illegal as they are usually found on private land.

But private companies can fine you if you abuse it.

Car parks are required to clearly display their rules for the use of parent and child spaces, as well as the potential penalty if you break them.

Some places will require you to get children out of the car with you to be eligible, while others state that children must use a booster seat if you wish to park in one.

You should always read the rules for each car park before leaving your motor in one of these spaces to avoid being hit with a fine.

Each store has its own rules, but most have an age limit of 12 years old.

But in some car parks, places are only reserved for parents with babies and toddlers.

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Tesla allows paid charging at Destination Chargers, but there’s a catch

Tesla allows chargeable charging on Destination Chargers, which have generally been free until now, but there’s a catch: you need to have at least six Wall Connectors to be able to set prices at your Destination Charger location.

The automaker operates two different charging networks. While Tesla’s Supercharger network is made up of DC fast charging stations for long-distance driving, the destination charging network is made up of Level 2 chargers, specifically the Tesla Wall Connector, which is primarily installed in restaurants and hotels. to recharge once Tesla owners arrive at their destination. , hence the name.

In 2020, Electrek reported that Tesla has upgraded destination chargers with Gen 3 wall connectors, and the automaker has told owners it will allow chargeable charging with this next-gen charger.

For the most part, Tesla’s Destination Charging locations have been free, with some locations only requiring you to be a customer of the company where it is located – for example, if you are using the Destination Charger of a hotel, some locations require you to be staying at the hotel.

The cost of electricity from the chargers would be covered by the company.

But with this new Wi-Fi-connected Wall Connector, Tesla said it would allow businesses to charge for usage with the seamless experience that Tesla’s charging networks are known for.

Tesla has now updated its commercial registration form for Wall Connectors to include provision for paid charging, but the automaker has confirmed that it will only allow property managers with six Wall Connectors or more to enable the feature:

Tesla Business Services can be enabled on Tesla Gen3 Wall Connectors that are connected to Wi-Fi or cellular and have signed a service agreement with Tesla. A minimum of six units must be installed to be considered for this service.

This will eliminate many locations, especially hotels, which make up a large portion of the destination charging network, as most locations only have two to four Tesla Wall Connectors.

But it could also encourage some locations to add more chargers, as they will now be able to charge customers for the service and recoup their electricity costs, which most EV owners won’t mind paying.

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This new program could encourage some property managers to make better use of certain parking spaces and turn them into small charging stations.

While fast-charging slots, like superchargers, are more convenient for fast charging, there are plenty of use cases for wall connectors, which can add about 44 miles of range per hour of charging.

If you have a walkable downtown parking lot, you could add six or more Wall Connectors to your parking lot, and Tesla owners traveling around town planning to spend a few hours there could park and charge while exploring.

For some this might be a better solution than a Supercharger, which you’ll need to get back to within an hour to move your car as it will be fully charged and you don’t want to take up space if you’re not charging it .

Now that these property managers can charge for the service and it’s fully automated in the Tesla app, it’s a more attractive solution because they can recoup the cost of deploying chargers and electricity while attracting homeowners. Tesla in their businesses.

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A second public point could be designated in Cedar Falls for electric vehicle charging | New Policies

CEDAR FALLS — Officials have seen increased use of the public electric vehicle charger on West Second Street since it was installed in late 2019.

According to a memo from City Clerk Jacque Danielsen, that observation will be factored into a policy decision before City Council when it meets Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Community Center, 528 Main Street.






An electric vehicle charging station with a dedicated parking spot was installed in late 2019 on Second Street in downtown Cedar Falls.


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Under a pilot program passed in 2019, a single space had been designated for charging in the city center just north of City Hall, although the unit had two charging cables, Danielsen said. .

Danielsen described how signs were posted indicating its use only for charging, and “other vehicle warnings” were given in “space surveillance”.

She also noted that the second “cable was pulled to other parking areas and even pulled onto the sidewalk, creating potential hazards.”

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“As usage continues to increase, CFU and City staff believe that the designation of a second charging space is necessary to safely accommodate additional vehicles wishing to use both charging spaces at this time. place,” she wrote.


Evansdale Police Chief voices concerns over hiring and staffing issues for his department

If “we lose one more officer, which is very likely,” Police Chief Mike Dean said Evansdale would not be able to handle 24/7 duty.

In the first of three readings, a proposed ordinance outlining “enforcement of proper use of spaces” in light of city staff now recommends that a second parking space, adjacent to the first, be designated for billing.

The new proposal would prohibit anyone from stopping or parking a vehicle at these locations except for the purpose of using one of the electrical cords.

Anyone found in violation of the order would be subject to a $10 fine.


The ball is in Waterloo’s court right now, according to officials involved in the effort.

If not paid within 30 days of the date of the notice of violation, the fine will increase to $15.

In other matters, the board will consider approving:

  • A $2.69 million construction contract with Reinbeck-based Peterson Contractors, the sole bidder for the project to remove a bridge on Olive Street and expand the adjacent Pettersen Plaza on College Street. This would be done by extending the culvert to Olive Street. The engineer’s estimate was $2.2 million.
  • Plans for a sidewalk assessment project, aimed at replacing deficient sidewalks and then charging the cost of replacement to the owners of the adjacent property. The estimated construction cost is $40,591.
  • A contract with Ritland+Kuiper Landscape Architects of Waterloo for up to $35,100 in design consultancy work for the Seerley Park improvement project.
  • A site plan for a new 3,666 square foot Veridian Credit Union branch at 1000 Brandilynn Blvd.
  • Revisions to its public meeting procedures.
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San Francisco man is ticketed for parking in the red zone after the sidewalk was repainted while his car was parked

SAN FRANCISCO– A San Francisco man is fighting a parking ticket in a red zone after the sidewalk was painted red while his car was parked there.

Desiree and Jeff Jolly have lived in the city for decades and know the challenges of finding a parking space in their neighborhood of Russian Hill.

But there is a space at the corner of Larkin and Union streets that has always been their favorite spot.

“Well yeah, every time it’s open I’ve parked here for 25 years,” Jeff said.

But what happened to the pair a week ago was a first.

“We got out and were walking from the store, and I noticed the ticket on my car,” Desiree said. On closer inspection, on the windshield of her Honda sedan was a $180 fine for parking in a red zone – one that Desiree and Jeff said was not there when she pulled over. is parked days ago…or years ago.

“If it was justified, I don’t have a problem with it, but it seems unfair to me,” she said.

“The red stripe is there, where it wasn’t before, and they had the nerve to go around my tire,” she described, pointing out a small spot the city paint shop missed. when they avoided painting the Honda’s tire.

It’s a funny detail for Jeff who is a painter by trade.

“I saw that and I even have painter friends who say it was a bad job. They missed a spot,” he laughed.

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ABC7 News, our sister station in San Francisco, spoke with Erica Kato, spokesperson for SFMTA, who confirms the ticket is for a red zone violation. But in an interesting twist, it’s not for the newly painted red stripe. Violation is for parking in an old washout.

SFMTA provided a photo of the faded red zone parking spot to illustrate that the red zone previously existed. Although the sidewalk in the image has red dots, they are very faint.

This image provided by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) shows a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

This image provided by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) shows a faded red parking area at the corner of Union and Larkin streets.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA)

SFMTA also provided ABC7 News with the service request to repaint the tape and an image showing how worn the red paint was.

ABC7 News examined this same location using street view imagery from Google Maps, and in several clear photos from 2016 and 2021, the red paint on the sidewalk appears to have faded completely, so the sidewalk looks completely gray.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking space at the corner of Union and Larkin streets in 2016 and 2021.

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Because the couple disputed the ticket, SFMTA tells ABC7 News it’s up to the citation clerk to determine what happens next. It could be applied or rejected. This is a process that can take up to 60 days.

“I’m going through chemotherapy right now so it’s like I was worried about other things and now I have to worry about this,” Desiree said.

Jeff and Desiree said that after all the challenges of city life lately, including another vehicle-related drama where Jeff had a catalytic converter stolen, this might be their last straw.

“We want to leave because of everything that’s going on in the city,” Jeff said.

They plan to say “hello” to moving to France in the future.

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New bike parking corrals could help thwart rampant bike theft

Wellington City Council has proposed 11 new locations for bicycle parking in the city centre, like these on the corner of Lambton Quay and Waring Taylor St, but instead located in a parking space rather than on the pavement.

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Wellington City Council has proposed 11 new locations for bicycle parking in the city centre, like these on the corner of Lambton Quay and Waring Taylor St, but instead located in a parking space rather than on the pavement.

More bike corrals and electric vehicle chargers are on maps across the city as Wellington City Council proposes 46 traffic changes.

Five EV-only parks, fitted with chargers, are set to be installed at ASB Arena Kilbirnie, Khandallah (Nairnville), Karori and Kilbirnie and Otari-Wilton’s Bush Leisure Centers – with time limits of 120 minutes each.

Thirteen bus stops are moved slightly, one added at Churton Park and one removed at Karori.

Eleven parking lots around the city are set to be converted into bicycle parking corrals – on Abel Smith, Stout, Tory, College, at the corner of Ghuznee and Victoria streets, Boulcott, Victoria, Johnson, Waring Taylor and Pipitea, and The Terrace – and a new proposed escooter parking lot for the station.

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The changes are open for public submissions until 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, and the board will vote on the changes on September 7.

Wellington City Council street transformation manager Paul Barker said he was considering a few options, including a set of six “sheffield brackets” – large metal staples with a lower crossbar – similar to those already in place in the city.

Cycle parking, called 'Sheffield stalls' on the corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon St, Wellington.

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Cycle parking, called ‘Sheffield stalls’ on the corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon St, Wellington.

“What we’ve heard from the community is to stop providing parking on the trail,” Barker said. “[With bike stands] we can get 12 people to use this space, rather than just one car.

They could also remove a few stalls and mark off a space for parking scooters, he said.

Larger bike sheds, such as on Gray St, which could hold 30 bikes each, were being considered for other locations before the end of the year.

Companies affected by the removal of parking lots have been consulted, he said.

Bicycle theft is reaching worrying levels in the city centre. An official inquiry showed there were 1,435 complaints of theft between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2022, along with 58 police proceedings, 45 bikes recovered and 10 returned to their owners.

There were 74 reported robberies in May alone for central Wellington, but no successful prosecutions that month.

Cycle Action Network project manager Patrick Morgan said a lack of secure parking meant people were locking their bikes for unsecured things.

“Good to see public space reallocated to bike and scooter parking, rather than getting in the way of people on sidewalks,” he said.

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Flashback Saturday: Auckland Transport’s parking nonsense

This article by Heidi was originally published in July 2019.

AT created a storm that never needed to exist.

Ten years ago, the people of Auckland understood the law. You couldn’t park a car on a curb or trail, and the vehicle crossings were for crossing the trail, not places to park. If you’ve been parked there for longer than a minute or three, you’d be ready to apologize.

Now, cars litter the public domain. Pedestrian malls, public plazas, sidewalks, shoulders, driveways, park edges, blocked service lanes… you name it, if drivers can physically maneuver a car into position, they will.

How did we get into this antisocial and dangerous mess?

AT was created in 2010. Now, except in the city center, any control is only carried out for parking on the tarmacked parts of the sidewalk or the passage of vehicles, and only in response to a complaint. As it has become more evident, anti-social parking has increasingly become a problem.

I don’t know if they ever issued tickets for cars parked on the edges, but Auckland council did. So people asked the question: “Why don’t you enforce the rules against parking on the edge?”

AT referred to a legal issue, while declining to provide specifics, and pointed to the supposed need for further law change or additional signage everywhere.

Other councils did not need this change to act. So when the NZTA consulted about a change, many people rightly considered it unnecessary.

You see, the problem here is not the law. For typical urban streets, the law is pretty clear:

  • The road is the whole of the space accessible to the public.
  • The carriageway is the part of the road intended for the circulation of cars.
  • The sidewalk is a place mainly designed and used by pedestrians. Where there is a curb, the sidewalk includes the curb. The sidewalk is there to prevent traffic from driving over parts of the road that are not designed to support the weight of vehicles. Trail vehicle crossings are part of the trail.

My research is summarized here: Definition of the path and the road margin

Under current law, on a typical Auckland street, a grass berm or shoulder held back by a curb is simply an unpaved part of the footpath.

The rules regarding parking can be found in the road user rule. Rule 6.14 covers curb parking – you cannot park on the curb. Rule 6.2 covers parking on the road and states that you should park off the roadway if possible. In urban areas with curbs, this applies to parking spaces and signposted parking lots. Otherwise, you park on the road. Rule 6.2 does not override rule 6.14 and allows a driver to take over an unpaved portion of the trail.

AT could apply Rule 6.14 to ticket cars parked off the roadway on any part of the trail, paved or unpaved. This includes shoulders and vehicle crossings.

We don’t know what legal advice AT received because they won’t publish it. This advice is either wrong, or based on instruction so limited that he missed the most crucial points, or AT misinterprets it.

Whether or not RUR 6.14 can be enforced directly, the road authority (in Auckland, AT) has broad power to make its own regulations to manage the roads under its control (subject to signage requirements). Christchurch set the example: they clarified that RUR 6.2(1) does not apply to Chistchurch – this clarification has no signage requirement.

AT should have fixed this problem years ago. Instead, they let a once clear situation become murky and now politicized.

Auckland Council had wanted this fixed for years but were misled by the fact that it was a problem with legislation. Instead, it’s a cultural bias toward motorists versus pedestrians and an aversion to law enforcement.

Auckland Transport admits it can issue tickets for cars parked on the paved part of the pathways and in vehicle crossings. They simply choose not to do so most of the time, and only in response to a complaint. Another change in the law would have simply provided them with another law to ignore.

I have been in correspondence with Auckland Transport for almost a year about this. Until last week, I was still hoping they would see reason and take action without me having to blog about it. However, they did not respond on Friday as promised. After yet another disinformation media article on Saturday, I feel compelled to respond.

The required change is not in the legislation. It is within Auckland Transport.

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I refuse to give the main parking spot to my pregnant colleague – if she is too lazy to get up early and grab it, I will

A MAN has taken to Reddit to complain after being criticized for refusing to give up the main parking spot to his pregnant colleague.

He posted on the site Am I The Asshole? forum to explain the situation, revealing that they work at a company that has a parking lot with a few “prime locations near the door”.

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The woman had spoken to people in the office and left a note for the man asking him to consider giving her the main parking spaceCredit: Getty
He insisted that it was

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He insisted it was ‘first come, first served’ as to who got the main parking spotCredit: Getty

“Most of them are reserved for managers etc, but one is unreserved and operates on a first-come, first-served basis,” he wrote.

He added that he parks there most of the time because of an “old knee injury” – so “the closer the better and it’s convenient”.

“It’s obviously the place everyone wants, so I always make sure to try and get in a bit early so I can catch it,” he continued.

The situation hadn’t been a problem until his pregnant co-worker started complaining “about the congestion in the parking lot that forces her to park some distance from the door.”

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“She basically asked people if they could give her that space,” he added.

“She never asked me directly but left a note on my desk a few days ago asking the same thing.”

The next day, the man is still parked there, which prompts him to come and ask him if he has seen his ticket.

“I told him yes but unfortunately if the place is free, I will take it,” he explained.

“Like I get it and I’m not going to fight about it, but if she wanted to, she should just wake up early. She tried to argue a bit but ended up leaving.”

Following their conversation, she “filed an off-the-record complaint with the boss”, who told her about it but clarified that he didn’t want to get involved.

“I got some obvious glares and mutterings from a few colleagues about this,” he concluded, before asking “Am I the asshole?”

The majority of comments on the post were on the man’s side, with one person writing, “You’re not the asshole.

“It’s a free seat. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. She wants it? So come early enough to get it.

“His bump doesn’t prioritize him.”

“If HR wants to create a parking spot for pregnant women, they can – and they exist!” another added.

But someone else replied: “I totally agree, but empathy can also be taken into account.

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“It’s not always fun being pregnant, and I’d be mad at my husband if he acted like that, so would an old person, etc.

“It’s just a good thing to do and it can make someone’s day easier.”

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East Cork cycle path ‘will kill our businesses’, says nursery and food shop

The owner of an East Cork village’s only grocery store is asking the County Council to make changes to the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route, saying the development has halved parking spaces for customers , which caused the store to lose customers.

Next door, the owner of the village crèche, where 68 children attend each day, is also worried about the impact of the cycle path on her business, as she does not know how parents will be able to drop off and pick up their children in completely safe.

Kerri O’Neill, fourth-generation owner of Fitzpatrick Grocery Store in Glounthaune, has amassed more than 1,000 signatures calling on Cork County Council to change the width of the cycle lane outside the store. She says the store lost €60,000 in turnover last month due to parking difficulties in the car park, which is on a section of road that has been owned by the municipality for 80 years.

“We are asking the council to pinch off the section of the cycle lane at the front of the store by one metre, to allow customers to breathe, which makes it safer.

“There have been four incidents in the car park over the past month as people struggle to get in and out. It becomes a real deterrent for customers, and we have seen a huge drop in our business since construction began,” she added.

Kerri and her siblings grew up in an apartment above the old Fitzpatrick grocery store, when the Junction bar was next door. In 2018, the O’Neills applied for planning permission to hit the bar and expand the store with 18 parking spaces out front. At that time, the cycle path was planned, but no definitive plan had been drawn up.

Kerri O’Neill, fourth-generation owner of Fitzpatrick Grocery Store in Glounthaune, has amassed more than 1,000 signatures calling on Cork County Council to change the width of the cycle lane outside the store.

Kerri said that after two years of construction which saw her borrow 2.5 million euros to finance the expansion, leaving her 18,500 euros in monthly repayments, plans for the cycle path were released, which allocated 12 parking spaces at the store, with four additional spaces across the road.

“In January of this year they came back and said that after measuring the area correctly we were only going to have nine spaces up front. Since then I’ve been locked in an exhausting battle to bring in some small changes to increase our parking and ensure the future of this business.

“I don’t understand why the council is doing this to a local business which employs 77 people and is the only supermarket in a rapidly growing village,” she said.

When council workers arrived to begin construction this year, Kerri used vans to barricade the area with the help of local contractors, and only agreed to move after the council agreed to 12 spaces.

“To great evils, great means.
This has put me under tremendous financial stress and every day I deal with customers who are worried that they won’t be able to find parking. Even now the parking lot is too tight and changes need to be made.

“There are a lot of families moving here and it’s unrealistic to think they’re all going to cycle to the store,” Kerri said.

Irene Heredia is the owner of Generation Education, the nursery next door to Fitzpatrick. force motorcyclists to slow down.

“It’s something that is even looked at by the inspectors when we show them around the site, it’s so important that the children can be dropped off at school safely and if the parking outside disappears, that will have a very negative impact for us. There isn’t really an alternative in the neighborhood and in the colder months it is very convenient to have easy parking outside the school. This affects also negatively parents who find our location very convenient to get to work.

“At the end of the day, I think we’ll also see a drop in enrollment if parking goes away,” she added.

Irene says she hopes “something can be done” to welcome community businesses.

Glounthaune has just over 1,400 inhabitants

Glounthaune is a small village with a population of just over 1,400, but thanks to the village’s excellent rail connectivity, it is set to become a town within the next five years with several strategic housing developments in the pipeline.

A section of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route.
A section of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route.

Local Councilor Anthony Barry said the cycle path will be a fantastic amenity for the local community which has been the subject of an extensive public consultation process, but the Fitzpatrick car park argument highlights the need for increase the facilities to cater to the growing community.

“The cycleway will have a hugely positive impact on the communities it will connect and it is planned to extend to Youghal, we have seen how successful the Dungarvan greenway has been and that It’s great to see these kinds of changes taking place in Cork, but when you make big changes you’re always going to upset some people.

“I’ve been to Fitzpatrick’s a couple of times in the last week, and I’ve found it manageable. Now it’s still an outdoor building site, so I think people will find it easier once the work is done. This cycle path did not come out of nowhere, and I think the parking lot will be safer than the layout that existed before, because it had no structure, “said Mr Barry.

The councilor said he was, however, concerned about the rate at which community facilities are expanding in the area, as this does not match the increase in population.

“There is a larger problem here. The village has a pub, shop, community center operates from the national school. The development plan of the commune indeed provided an area for the development of new facilities, but An Bord Pleanala (ABP) has just given the green light for this area to become another strategic housing development (SHD).

“There are plans for a new nursery in the Harper’s Creek development, but even then I don’t see how we will have enough child care and medical facilities to meet the needs of everyone in the immediate locality. Yes Carrigtwohill is a few miles further but it is already difficult to see a GP here,” he added.

Glounthaune Sustainability Committee Chair Carol Harpur said that over the past seven years the number of homes in the village has increased from 506 to 824, and that the ABP’s recent decision to allow the Ballynaroon Lands SHD to be built 112 residential units will by no means be the last major development in the area this year.

Darragh Taaffe, a partner at Keane Mahony Smith auctioneers and estate agents, was the sales agent who oversaw the purchase of 38 homes in the Lackenroe development. He said the homes sold without being officially advertised on the open market.

“We have been hit by an avalanche of requests. The houses sold very quickly and everyone had moved in last September,” he said.

“From our point of view, the cycle path will make Glounthaune even more attractive for young families. It’s the kind of amenities you’d put on a brochure next to the train station and local restaurant; it improves people’s quality of life,” added Mr. Taaffe.

Plans for a further 289 units on land adjacent to the original Lackenroe housing estate, submitted by another developer, were pulled down by the ABP in April this year after the council said the locality lacked the necessary road network to support development.

Cohalan Downing manager Susan Tyrell, who oversaw the sale of 170 homes in the Harper’s Creek SHD, said buyers can’t speak highly enough of the bike path as an amenity.

“50 families have moved in as construction is only halfway through, and many people have told me they get to work via the cycle path and then the train that takes them to Penrose Docks , or wherever they work in the city,” she said.

Increased passing trade

The section of the cycle path that has been completed connects Ftizpatrick’s grocery store and The Elm Tree bar and restaurant. Managing Director Eoin O’ Connor says it has increased the passing trade and increased the number of families coming in for a bite to eat.

“We have to commend the council for the job they have done with this section of the cycle path, it is beautifully done and decorated with flowers.

“We have noticed 100% that it attracts a different type of clientele, as young families are walking along the cycle path and then calling us, it has really made a difference,” he added.

Cork County Council issued a statement apologizing for ‘any inconvenience’ caused by the ongoing construction work, adding that they are ‘confident that when completed this much-loved cycleway will have significant value in the future. from an economic, social and environmental point of view”.

The council said it had obtained planning permission for the pedestrian and cycle route and engaged with stakeholders along it, from Bury’s Bridge to Carrigtwohill, ‘including Fitzpatrick’s Shop’ .

“Engagement continued throughout the detailed design and construction stages and continues,” they added.

The intercity cycle route will link Dunkettle to Midleton when completed and then to Youghal via the Midleton Youghal Greenway. Planning permission for the remaining 2.6km of the road to Midleton has yet to be obtained.

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One More Club gets second OK from Park Rapids Planning Commission – Park Rapids Enterprise

On July 11, the Park Rapids Planning Commission considered a new application by Gregory Parsons for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate a bar at 1012 Birch St.

Parsons, who currently operates One More Club at 1400 1st St. E., previously applied for a CUP to move the bar to the same address with seating for 42 patrons.

According to city planner Ben Oleson, Parsons’ initial CUP application was denied by city council on May 24, when Parsons failed to produce the planned stormwater management plan.

At that time the planning commission had recommended on condition that the bar had a parking space for two, which would have required additional parking at the rear of the building.

Parsons and Oleson told the planning commission that because of the increased impermeable cover for the additional parking, Parsons should have provided a system to prevent stormwater from running off his property. However, they explained, Minnesota Power did not respond when asked if it would allow the system below its overhead power lines and within a few feet.

The CUP’s initial request also agreed to limit the bar’s opening hours to between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Parsons’ new request offered to accommodate up to 22 customers and extend hours to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Commission members noted that fewer seats would mean Parsons would need to work overtime to earn money, but without additional parking spaces he would not need to provide a stormwater management plan.

They also noted that the seating capacity at the bar is not the same as its occupancy limit, which remains at 42 according to the state fire marshal. Oleson agreed that people could stand at the bar, as it will have the same space despite the reduced seating capacity.

Commission Chairman Robb Swanson expressed concern that customer parking is overflowing onto the street, where parking is illegal. He informed Parsons that he should watch this carefully.

Before opening a public hearing on the matter, Swanson reminded a dozen affected residents that neighborhood opinion is not a legal basis for a decision whether to grant a CUP, and any decision not based on City code criteria may be subject to legal challenge.

Among the comments of local residents:

  • Steven Peloquin said, “This company doesn’t belong here.” He argued that the bar should limit its operation when other businesses in the neighborhood are open. Peloquin urged the commission not to allow anything to be built behind the property.
  • William Fitch has ridiculed the idea that limiting seating will prevent more customers and their vehicles from coming to the bar. He urged the commission to continue the hearing until all conditions are met. “Last time was a fiasco,” he said. However, Swanson noted that Parsons cannot carry out any work on the site until a permit is approved, although it may be required to submit a plan to meet the conditions. Meanwhile, Parsons complained he “wasted $1,500” on a storm drain plan he couldn’t use without Minnesota Energy’s approval.
  • Lovette Smith expressed concern about late weekend hours and increased intoxication and traffic in the neighborhood. She also asked about noise controls. Council member Liz Stone said the city’s noise ordinance goes into effect at 10 p.m.
  • Jessica Mjelde described the neighborhood as “tangletown” with winding streets and no streetlights. She envisioned issues with drivers encountering children walking and biking on the street.

Commission member Scott Hocking pointed out that the concern about vehicles and foot traffic on the neighborhood’s narrow, poorly lit streets applies at all times, not just because of the proposed bar.

“If you park a vehicle on that street, everyone has to drive around,” he said. “It is not designed to have off-street parking.”

“If we allow 11 parking spaces, it’s not really up to us to worry about how Mr. Parsons screens customers and where they park,” Stone said. “That will become his problem.”

Parsons reminded the commission that there was a municipal parking lot nearby, near Hatch Avenue.

Based on the Detroit Lakes experience, Swanson said food and drink establishments in residential neighborhoods can work.

Commission members followed Oleson’s recommended conditions, including limiting hours between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. every weekday.

Swanson and Stone sympathized with Parsons’ request to extend Friday and Saturday hours to 1 a.m. Johnson was ambivalent, but said he couldn’t justify opposing the extended hours. Hocking and commissioner Nancy Newman agreed.

“We can’t sit here and make a decision just because we don’t like something,” Stone explained.

“You have to put some facts behind it,” agreed Hocking. “Right now there is no fact not to support it on Friday and Saturday until 1am”

Swanson suggested other ordinances, such as the noise ordinance, would keep neighborhood issues in check. Board members agreed to revise the condition at Parsons’ request.

Regarding a condition that Parsons submit a parking plan before council action, Oleson asked if Parsons’ 11-space plan, based on a sketch by city engineer Jon Olson, would be sufficient. This plan calls for staff to park in the building’s garage, potentially blocked by customers.

Stone said she personally checked that the site had 11 parking spaces, including a handicapped space, and said it was up to Parsons to decide whether he wanted customers to block access to his garage.

The condition also required “traffic aisles” for loading and unloading and the flow of traffic. Oleson said he believed the loading and unloading would take place outside office hours.

“The food truck and the drink vehicles are going to appear when they show up,” Swanson said, “and it’s going to happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. This truck is probably going to park in the road while it’s unloading, and that’s is something for us to consider. Without that rear parking lot and driveway, there is no room for that truck.

Stone suggested placing the loading-unloading area at the west end of the building and adding a condition that nothing happens at the rear. She said there would be room for a truck to stop without encroaching on the property line setback.

Oleson suggested leaving the state as is and waiting for a scale drawing to show the parking area and the unloading area. He said he wouldn’t have to be prepped by an engineer.

Regarding the condition limiting the space open to customers to 2,000 square feet, Oleson said that would actually require a variance and suggested changing it to 1,600 square feet, which meets the ordinance’s requirements. The members of the Commission agreed.

They also discussed a condition requiring a six-foot fence, which Oleson said was a holdover when a rear parking area was planned. Swanson said if he was a neighbor he would want a fence as a buffer.

Noting that a five-foot fence is already there, Stone suggested lowering the height requirement, adding that if the fence is on neighbors’ property, Parsons must also install a fence.

In another condition related to parking, Stone suggested deleting a reference to “approved street parking” since no parking is permitted on Birch Street. Oleson said the intention was to allow parking in appropriate areas, including Birch Street if it is widened to allow on-street parking.

However, Oleson suggested adding “in striped and paved parking spaces” to the on-site parking clause, to prevent customers from parking on grass.

Stone also noted that customers could park in the nearby town lot. Oleson suggested adding “or other public parking spaces.”

Turning to findings of fact, panel members concurred with staff findings supporting CUP’s approval with the amended terms.

Stone moved a motion to recommend City Council’s approval of the CUP with those terms, and the motion passed with Hocking abstaining and no dissents.

City Administrator Angel Weasner said council would likely act on the CUP’s request at its July 26 meeting.

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District Unveils New Livermore High School Gymnasium | New

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District recently hosted an open house for the community to view and tour Livermore High School’s brand new gymnasium, which was built as part of the Measure Bond Facility Improvement Projects J approved by voters, district officials said in a statement. .

The campus open house on June 25 “was a great success and the community really enjoyed the opportunity to see this beautiful new space,” according to district spokesperson Sarah DeGroat.

The gymnasium is a two-story building totaling 49,000 square feet and includes a main gymnasium with mezzanine bleachers, a training gymnasium, a wrestling room, a dance studio, a weight room, a training classroom, education, team rooms, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, a kitchen and a patio. and ticket office.

All that remains to be completed is the aquatic facilities, which will include a 12-lane swimming pool, diving boards and a water polo field. District officials said the completion of this phase is scheduled for summer 2023.

Contractors opened the gymnasium in the summer of 2020. Construction was handled by the District Bond Department in partnership with Roebbelen Contracting, Inc. and Kitchell Construction.

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Permits filed for 215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx

215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a six-story apartment building at 215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx. Located between Heath Avenue and Kingsbridge Terrace, the land is close to Kingsbridge Road tube station, served by train 4. Paul Durgaj of Durgaj Properties Corp is listed as the owner behind the applications.

The proposed 64-foot-tall development will produce 14,795 square feet designated for residential space. The building will have 23 residences, most likely rentals based on an average area of ​​643 square feet. The masonry structure will also include a cellar, a 30-foot-long backyard and 12 open parking spaces.

Node Architecture Engineering Consulting PC is listed as the official architect.

Demolition permits were filed in July 2020 for the three-story building on the site. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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City of Columbus is phasing out parking meters for kiosks


Obsolete meters have been replaced by electronic stations that allow drivers to pay from anywhere and simplify parking control.

If you’ve recently tried to park on the street in Columbus, you might have wondered where the meters went. In May, city crews swept the city, removing more than 3,000 parking meters.

Many meters, says Robert Ferrin, assistant manager of Columbus parking services, were becoming obsolete. The computers inside the decade-old devices were hooked up to the cloud via 2G technology, which is being phased out by most carriers. Instead of replacing the meters, the city decided to install 145 multi-space terminals. (A few newer meters will remain in service.)

Due to the popularity of the Park Cbus app, Ferrin says, “People are now much more comfortable using their license plate as an ID to pay. So we wanted to reinforce that with a pay-per-plate parking kiosk. »

When drivers identify their car by plate number when parking or purchasing a residential parking permit, the city can use cameras mounted on enforcement vehicles to ensure compliance and issue tickets.

Stations are programmable remotely, so city staff can modify time limits or rate changes from anywhere, and drivers can pay for parking or add time to their parking spot at any time. from the app or any kiosk in town, as long as they remember their license plate. and the area where the car is parked.

The terminals allow drivers to pay for their parking in different ways: by tapping or inserting a credit card or by using a watch or a payment app. There are also SMS and call payment options and signage with QR codes that will take drivers to a website for guest payment. Kiosks also accept nickels, dimes and quarters.

Ferrin says on-street parking revenue, hitting $7 or $8 million a year before 2020, plummeted 85% during the pandemic, but is gradually returning to health. He does not expect the new parking system to affect this, although it will reduce maintenance costs.

And he will be happy to see the meters disappear from the scene. “We believe this leads to a cleaner, more attractive streetscape.”

Operate the counters

Robert Ferrin, Columbus’ parking representative, said the city will send most decommissioned meters to the junkyard, but keep a few for the community. Monthly Columbus contacted a few community members to see if they could use an old parking meter. (Interested? Email [email protected]; supply is limited.) Rebecca Rhinehart, the Bexley Town Schools Theater Director, responded quickly.

“I would totally use an old counter in plays,” she wrote. Such a realistic prop, she says, “just by itself can indicate where a scene is taking place: we instantly understand that we are on a street”. She used a fire hydrant in several rooms.

Rhinehart has also offered, just for fun, some other ideas for using old meters. Here are a few:

  • Spray gold paint and use it as a trophy for some sort of City of Columbus award
  • A beautiful and practical dead time corner decoration
  • Put it in your driveway and make money with your family and friends
  • Use it to remind you to get up from the computer once in a while – maximum one hour parking

This story is from the July issue of Monthly Columbus.

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In an effort to increase housing options, Spokane City Council relaxes rules for secondary suites

In the name of increasing citywide housing options, Spokane lawmakers recently instituted code changes to add more flexibility to the city’s rules on secondary suites.

A secondary suite is an attached or detached structure that serves as an additional living unit on a property with its own facilities, such as a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Legislation passed by the City Council last week removed some ADU restrictions, including requiring a landlord to occupy at least one of the dwellings on a particular site. Owner occupancy is still required at sites with ADU if there is a short-term rental, which – by city code – is rental to overnight guests for less than 30 days.

The new ordinance also increases the maximum size of insulated ADUs from 600 to 975 square feet or 75% of the size of the house (whichever is larger), removes the minimum lot size requirement, eases parking requirements and allows ADUs on properties with any main structure, such as a duplex or triplex.

“Creating more housing units, even in the form of ADUs, will only help,” Councilman Michael Cathcart said last week.

Relaxing ADU regulations was one of the priorities set out in the city’s housing action plan passed by council last year as well as in the housing emergency declared by Mayor Nadine Woodward.

The changes passed by City Council last week were widely recommended by the Spokane Plan Commission.

The removal of the minimum lot size requirement was done to encourage owners of smaller properties to pursue ADUs, deputy planner Amanda Beck told city council last week. The minimum lot size was previously 5,000 square feet.

With the parking change, the rule was relaxed to no longer require an off-street parking spot for studio or one-bedroom ADUs.

In addition to the increase in square footage allowed, the roof height allowance for ADUs has also increased from 17 to 25 feet.

“The logic behind that would be an office hull plan for an ADU, just a typical one you can find online, you should be able to fit a two bedroom/two bath with a full kitchen that size,” Beck said. . size increases.

Dropping the owner occupancy requirement was a talking point for council, as councilor Lori Kinnear pushed to require owners of properties with ADU to live on-site for three years.

“I still believe that we should have owner occupancy because it is a mechanism by which we can perhaps guarantee to some degree that there will not be … people from outside the state that will come in and buy, convert and move people,” Kinnear said.

The owner-occupancy requirement has been a roadblock for the city’s ADUs, council chairman Breean Beggs said. Councilman Zack Zappone said he plans to draft a resolution requiring annual reports on the city’s ADUs to help determine if the code changes are working.

“Frankly, units in our city are already being used for Airbnbs,” Councilman Jonathan Bingle said. “So for us to do more units, even if that translates to more Airbnbs, that also translates to more rentals or ownership opportunities or things like that throughout the community.”

Councilor Betsy Wilkerson added: ‘I don’t know how we could legislate people’s lives for three years.

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ROTHENBURGER: Council proves absurdity of parking policy and code of conduct

Why? Because, said Mayor Ken Christian, Councilor. Dieter Dudy and others, it’s fine that it’s imperfect. If it is not good, it can be changed later. It’s the good intention that counts.

While Singh and Walsh challenged clause after clause in the proposed code, leader Natalie Garbay’s response to most of their questions was that the wording came from a provincial task force model or from other cities. Not exactly an explanation.

So the Code passed as presented, almost unscathed. Not so with Singh’s parking proposal. Reducing parking needs would help both affordable housing and the fight against climate change, according to Singh.

This time, however, Christian, Dudy and others supported sending it to committee because it is vague and needs further discussion. According to Dudy, there was too much “ambiguity” in Singh’s motion. Christian noted that the idea has not had much traction in the community and is not a priority.

Singh’s motion does indeed require further discussion, and I suspect that Singh and the rest of the board will walk away from it entirely as public opposition grows.

But the Code of Conduct also needed closer scrutiny because it is very poorly drafted and in some ways too restrictive. However, according to the majority, it should be adopted now.

Sometimes politics is just plain nonsense.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the armchair mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired editor. He is a regular contributor to the CFJC, publishes the opinion website ArmchairMayor.ca and is a director of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Council. He can be reached at [email protected]

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece reflects the views of its author and does not necessarily represent the views of CFJC Today or Pattison Media.

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Anker is looking to add outdoor restaurants along Front Street

Will the proposed outdoor seating at Anker in Greenport encroach on public sidewalk space?

Members of the Greenport Village Planning Board are seeking to answer that question before approving the Front Street restaurant’s application.

Christoph Mueller, owner of Anker, Alpina and Green Hill Kitchen, submitted a request to add outdoor seating outside the Anker building on a concrete patio under an existing canopy.

According to architect Ryan Sidor, calculations determined that there was enough room for five seats in front of the restaurant and current plans show that these seats are split between two tables.

“They had just redone the front of the restaurant and I think they had temporary seating there for [COVID-19] and it was something that attracted them and drew people into the restaurant,” Mr. Sidor explained.

In 2020 and 2021, Greenport Village officials and members of the Business Improvement District collaborated on “parklets,” a pandemic-era dining plan that allowed restaurants to expand outdoor seating. According to the BID, the structures occupied a total of 51 parking spaces in 2020 and 55 in 2021.

Earlier this year, the village council voted against their return, citing mainly safety and traffic concerns. Many business owners felt the parklets made the village more walkable and served as an economic lifeline to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Planning Board member Patricia Hammes noted that the plans only showed two chairs at each table. “It’s hard to see where there’s a place to put a third chair on one of those tables that wouldn’t encroach on the sidewalk,” Ms. Hammes said.

Board member Lily Dougherty-Johnson said the setup would likely mean employees would have to stand on the sidewalk to serve people. “It’s a bustling area,” she says.

Mr. Sidor explained that the size of the tables could be changed to address these concerns and also noted that there will be no outside speakers in this space and there are currently no plans to extend the awning. “These are just placeholder tables,” he said.

Planners also expressed concern about the proposed seating’s proximity to existing accessible sidewalk ramps and its impact on access to the front door. “There must be sufficient clearance at the top of each handicap ramp as a landing zone,” said village planning consultant Laura Feitner Calarco. “Without dimensions in this area, it is even difficult to analyze whether this could be a potential problem or not,” she added.

Planning Commission Chairman Walter Foote suggested that the claimants submit amended plans to address these concerns before a hearing can take place.

He said the most important thing for them to clarify is whether the fifth seat will “spread” onto the public sidewalk. “You might have to do a little more homework to confirm that’s the case,” he said.

Applicants have two weeks to submit amended site plans before the next Planning Board meeting and interim hearing on July 28.

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Police Blotter 06-20 to 06-26

06/20/22

Circulation accident

Patrol responded to Buck Road for an accident report involving two vehicles. Unit #1 reports being stopped at Briarwood Drive and Buck Road, attempting to turn right onto Buck Road, when it was struck in the rear bumper and driver’s side of the vehicle by Unit # 2. Both vehicles were towed and no injuries were reported.

Suspicious people

Patrol responded to Ironworks Circle for a Suspicious Persons Report. The Complainant states that what appeared to be five young men were seen on surveillance cameras in the early hours of the morning showing up at the Complainant’s door. The cameras were able to capture the minors arriving in a vehicle and leaving in the same vehicle. The Complainant is trying to obtain additional surveillance video.

Animal complaint

Patrol responded to Grace Drive for an animal complaint report. The Complainant reports that his neighbour’s cat entered his yard, where a melee ensued with the Complainant’s dogs and cat. The neighbor followed the cat into the yard and managed to get the cat away from the dogs. The cat was taken to the emergency vet, where it was pronounced dead. The neighbor went to emergency care for a bite received while trying to break up the melee. The Complainant’s dog received a laceration and required veterinary care. The cat was found to be non-compliant with its rabies vaccination and the complainant was informed of the necessary quarantine required.


06/21/22

Animal complaint

Patrol responded to Glen Meadow Road for a report of an injured animal. The plaintiff reports that a small fawn appears to be injured while passing between their yard and their neighbour’s yard. The patrol advised to leave the fawn alone as its mother will return.

Wellness check

Patrol responded to Almshouse and Hatboro Roads for a report of two minors riding scooters on the roadway. The patrol encountered the miners, one whose scooter had died. The patrol conducted a courtesy ride to their home and spoke with a relative.

Circulation accident

The patrol responded to a parking lot on the 2n/a Street Pike for an accident report. Unit #1 states that as they pulled into a parking spot, they hit the bumper of the car to their right. Minor damage was reported to both vehicles and no injuries were reported.

dog bite

Patrol responded to Temperance Lane for a dog bite report. The complainant indicates that while they were working, a dog came down the aisle and bit their calves. There was a small puncture wound. The owner states that the dog was accidentally let out of the residence. The dog’s owner has been informed of the quarantine requirements for the dog.


6-22-22

Wellness check

Patrol replied 2n/a Street Pike for reporting an unidentified male sleeping in a vehicle. Patrol found subject who indicated he was just resting his eyes. Subject was found to be operating with a suspended license and no proof of valid insurance. The vehicle was towed.

Circulation accident

Patrol responded to Almshouse Road for a two vehicle accident report. Unit #1 was turning left on Almshouse Road when they collided with Unit #2 which was traveling on Almshouse Road. Minor injuries were reported and the #1 unit was towed off the scene.

Fire

Patrol responded to Hals Drive for a home fire report. On the spot, a thick smoke escaped from the house. The patrol confirmed that the occupants of the house had left the house. Northampton Fire Company, was able to extinguish the fire. Detectives work with the township fire marshal.


06/23/22

Circulation accident

Patrol responded to Newtown Richboro Road for an accident report involving two vehicles. Unit #2 was traveling on Newtown Richboro Road when a deer entered the highway, Unit #2 came to a stop and did not hit the deer, but was hit from behind by the unit #1 which did not stop. Unit #1 was towed off the scene and no injuries were reported.

Hit and run

Patrol responded to the Richboro Wawa for a hit-and-run report. Complainant, Unit #2, states that while at the gas pumps, Unit #1 backed into Unit #2 scraping the passenger side rear bumper and left the premises. The Complainant was able to obtain the license plate. The patrol responded to the location of No. 1 Unit which indicates that they did not realize that they had hit anything and that their vehicle had suffered no damage.


06/24/22

Arrest warrant

While on patrol, officers saw a person known to them to have an outstanding warrant from Bucks County adult probation. A review of the files showed that the warrant was still outstanding. Officers took the subject into custody, had him processed, and transported him to the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office.

motor vehicle theft

Patrol responded to Manor Drive for a stolen vehicle report. The complainant reports that his vehicle was covered with a tarp and that it was impossible to drive it. He was last seen on 6/23/22 when the Complainant returned to the property today the vehicle was missing. Officers are checking nearby surveillance cameras for additional information.


06/25/22

Disturbance

Patrol responded to Newtown Richboro Road for a report of a broken windshield hit by a golf ball. The complainant stated that he was able to obtain the golfer’s name and telephone number. The golfer thought the ball had veered left and embedded itself in the woods, but agreed to pay for the damage.

dog bite

Patrol responded to Shelley Road for a dog bite report. Upon arrival, officers encountered the Complainant who had been bitten in the face. The Tri Hampton rescue team was on scene. The dog’s owner states that the dog suddenly stood up and bit the complainant as he was throwing food scraps. The dog’s owner was unable to provide a current rabies vaccine or Bucks County dog ​​license. The owner has been informed of the quarantine requirements.


06/26/22

Animal complaint

Patrol responded to Ronald Drive for a coyote attack report. The complainant states that a coyote attacked his Yorkshire terrier. The coyote was last seen running towards East Rambler and Christopher Drive. The dog has over $5,000 in vet bills for the attack.


During this tour, Patrol responded to 24 alarm calls; 12 911 calls dropped; 24 medical calls; 9 national calls; 17 reservations and 54 traffic monitoring details.

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What happens as a new mall takes shape in a bustling village

A multimillion-dollar mall expansion is taking shape in a Sunshine Coast village.

JThree new buildings have risen from the ground at the Forest Glen Village Centre, which is set to become a vibrant hub for surrounding communities and travelers using the Bruce Highway.

The village will be located at 354-370, chemin de Mons and, essentially, will extend over the old village center of the city.

With three planned development stages, it is expected to become a vibrant heart for the surrounding community, as well as serving nearby schools and businesses and passing vehicular traffic.

Phase 1 of the 6.6 ha site will offer more than 2,500 m² of retail space, including an IGA supermarket, as well as 2,500 m² of healthcare services in a unique green space.

Expected tenants include a craft brewery, day spa, florist, newsagent and post office.

It will have large parking spaces, against a backdrop of lush forest and with many green areas.

Michael White, Barry Lehmann and Tony Riddle on the construction site.

The center will offer residents greater connectivity and better access to nature, thanks to its network of user-friendly cycle and pedestrian paths.

Queensland construction company Tomkins Commercial won the construction contract in November, creating nearly 100 local jobs during the construction phase.

Construction manager Barry Lehmann said Tomkins always seeks to use local contractors on its projects when possible.

“Supporting local contractors and suppliers is an important Tomkins policy and we estimate that approximately 85% of the contractor companies employed for the Forest Glen Village Center expansion will be based locally on the Sunshine Coast,” he said. declared.

Artist’s impression of the mall. The first stage of the project is expected to be completed later this year.

In addition to the jobs that the construction phase of the project will create, materials will also come from local sources, including more than 2,700 m3 of concrete, 150 tonnes of reinforcement and 135 tonnes of structural steel.

“It’s exciting to see the three buildings of the expansion take shape, with all the precast panels now erected and shored up, and the aluminum frames in place.

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“Mechanical and electrical works are nearly complete in all three buildings and we are about to start structural works for the second level of building three with the suspended slab now complete.

“With the help of our local contractors, we are looking forward to the November/December 2022 completion date, as long as the weather on the Sunshine Coast continues to be good.”

Since the rental space was made public, Forest Glen Village Center chairman Tony Riddle said several businesses have secured their storefront in the new neighborhood.

An impression of the village, which should include a grocery store, health services and other outlets.

“We know the demand for local retail space is at an absolute premium and we are confident that all rental locations will be filled by project completion,” he said.

“The Sunshine Coast Council has predicted that an additional 85,000 people will call the area home over the next decade, so we know how important it is for the local community to have these additional services in the area.

“With parking for over 200 spaces, it’s the most convenient shopping destination and we’re proud to create a space that will be a one-stop-shop for families and businesses.”

See more at Forest Glen Village Centre. Businesses wishing to register their interest in rental space at the Village can email [email protected]

An impression of the center, which has plenty of parking spaces.

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UB and Elected Officials Praise New Engineering Building – UBNow: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

On Friday, members of the UB community gathered with elected officials to thank Governor Kathy Hochul for her support of a new building that will house the continued growth of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The governor, who was unable to attend the event, announced earlier this year that the state would commit $68 million for the planned $102 million facility. UB will raise the remaining $34 million.

Over the past 10 years, undergraduate enrollment in engineering school has increased by 60% and graduate enrollment has increased by 110%. Last fall, the school enrolled a record 7,401 students.

To meet this growing demand – and to further cement UB’s place among the nation’s leading public research universities – UB plans to construct a five-story building in the Furnas parking lot adjacent to Lee Loop.

“A new engineering building has long been one of my top priorities because it will have a transformative impact not only on our academic community, but also on the many communities we serve,” said President Satish K. Tripathi. .

“By virtue of the technologies developed there – which will create growth and vitality in business and industry – and the students trained there – who will contribute their expertise to the highly skilled workforce – the economic benefits will extend to the region, the state and far beyond. continued Tripathi. “We are extremely grateful to Governor Hochul and our Western New York delegation for their unwavering commitment to UB’s mission of excellence.”

State Senator Tim Kennedy commended Hochul’s commitment to UB, including his designation of UB and Stony Brook University as flagships of the SUNY system.

“This state commitment is a reflection of the confidence we have in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the unparalleled education it provides to students seeking careers. opportunities in STEM industries,” Kennedy said. “With this funding, we’re not just investing in Buffalo’s student experience, but in our larger workforce and in sustainable, innovative, and research-driven careers.”

UB and Kennedy leaders recognized Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who was unable to attend, and other lawmakers in attendance, including State Senator Edward Rath III and Assemblywoman Karen McMahon, in whose districts UB resides, as well as Assemblywoman Monica Wallace.

The building will help UB increase and diversify the state’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workforce and drive innovation and economic development in artificial intelligence, quantum science, advanced materials and other fields.

The building will feature an “engineering community” that will include collaborative spaces for student clubs, as well as a creative space, student support services, and programs that support the creation of startups and other entrepreneurial activities.

“Everything in the new building will be designed to enhance the student experience,” said Dean of Engineering Kemper Lewis. “It will be a central gathering point where all students will be welcomed and supported in a space that will encourage them to pursue their intellectual curiosity and tackle the great challenges we face as a society.”

The $68 million state funding is part of a broader investment by Hochul and state lawmakers in the SUNY system, which includes a $255 million increase in operating assistance and more. $660 million in additional capital for SUNY.

At UB, such investments will help the university achieve its ambition of being among the top 25 public research universities in the country.

Imani Muhammad-Graham, who earned her BS in computer science at UB last month and is enrolled in the master’s program in electrical engineering, also spoke at the event.

Of the new building, he said, “Different people, from different backgrounds, with different expertise, will be encouraged to collaborate, fostering a community focused on making a positive difference, a difference that embraces diversity and collaboration as a means to innovate and transform.”

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multi-storey parking unit works in Palayam re-tendered | Thiruvananthapuram News

Thiruvananthapuram: Two years after the multi-level car park project in Palayam was awarded to a private company by Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL), the project has now been re-tendered.
Initially, the facility was designed to accommodate 270 two-wheelers and 568 cars. The revised tender conditions propose 220 two-wheelers and 300 cars. The cost of the project has also been revised from Rs 27.9 crore to Rs 27 crore.
The construction of an Electromechanical Multi-Level Car Park (MLCP) at Block A, Palayam has been awarded to Affordable Robotics and Automation Ltd at a cost of Rs 30.21 crore in October 2020. The contractor had completed two test piles and load tests. Later, a request was filed with SCTL to provide price escalation. SCTL did not accept this request because the contract did not include a price increase clause. SCTL then issued a notice to the contractor who approached the High Court to appoint the CEO as arbitrator for the price hike. The high court had ordered SCTL to go ahead with the revocation of the bank guarantee. The bank guarantee was withheld and 5% of the cost was handed over to the company that originally bagged the project, SCTL sources said.
The board meeting held in March decided to revoke the bank guarantee and restart the work, citing that the contractor was unwilling to continue the work without raising the price. SCTL had considered the option of giving the contractor an additional six months to complete the project. However, the council was in favor of a new tender.
Major infrastructure projects under the smart city project in the city had either slowed down or temporarily halted due to soaring cement and steel prices. Private companies that took over projects involving civilian components had communicated to SCTL regarding revised estimates.
MLCP Palayam’s proposal contains a dedicated two-wheeler parking space for approximately 220 spaces and an automated multi-level mechanized parking system to accommodate a minimum of 300 cars. The proposal also contains ancillary facilities such as toilets, electrical facilities including DG backup and firefighting systems with sump tank and electric vehicle charging stations.
The project should be completed within 15 months. This means that the design, government authority statutory approvals and handover must be completed within this time frame.
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Pressed Cafe in Newton damaged by SUV – NBC Boston

An SUV slammed into a busy restaurant in Newton, Mass., on Monday afternoon, sending glass flying through the area where people typically pick up food orders, employees work at cash registers and near where people eat on the outdoor patio.

Newton Police and Fire Brigade responded shortly after 3pm and found a black BMW inside the popular Pressed Cafe on Needham Street. A mother in her 50s was driving with her teenage daughter in the front passenger seat and two of the girl’s friends in the back, Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apothker said.

The mother and daughter, whose names have not been released, were taken to a local hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries, Apothker said. The teenagers seated in the back were picked up by family members.

Video from the scene showed several firefighters standing by the SUV stuck halfway inside the building, with large glass windows visibly shattered all around and several chairs being used to block off the area with yellow duct tape.

A Pressed Cafe manager told NBC10 Boston that there were about 50 people inside the restaurant when the crash happened, and footage from inside shows how the SUV nearly hit those employees and customers. The outside was also packed.

Photos: SUV slams into a coffee rush in Newton

“God was watching over a lot of people today,” Apothker said. “There is one person we saw in an inside video who just missed getting hit. It’s usually a busy area. I’ve been there myself a few times and I’m standing exactly same place, so it hits home a bit, but today there were a lot of lucky people who could have been hurt but weren’t.”

Newton police are still investigating what caused the driver to run over in the storefront, but multiple witnesses who spoke with NBC10 Boston on Monday said it appeared a woman pressed the gas instead brakes as she pulled into a parking space.

A woman who stood in front of one of the first registers as she ordered food told NBC10 Boston that she was about five feet from the crash.

“We were commanding and we heard a very loud, scary, sudden crash. And it was unreal to see the vision of this vehicle just kind of slamming, so we just ran the other way,” Carolyn Siegal said. .

“We were ordering from people who were a few meters away, so it was really, really lucky that no one was standing in this space where people often stand. They can stand there waiting for their food and coffee . I’m just grateful that everyone is safe because it was close,” she added. “I noticed there were kids in the car, so it was quite alarming. But you couldn’t figure it out. It’s just one of those things. You can’t figure it out.”

Siegal and his son Jake said they were shaken after a very close call.

“It was just very shocking, shocking. And we’re shaken. It’s really crazy…we weren’t far off,” she said. “If we had received our orders and were waiting for them, we probably would have waited there, so thankfully that didn’t happen.”

“I was just standing there… I heard her, I heard someone hitting the accelerator instead of braking, and they flew right into the building. All I hear is is a big bang,” said Mike Beshara, who was standing on the cafe terrace at the time of the crash. “No one was hurt luckily. There are usually people picking up their orders there, and no one was hurt.”

Beshara said the woman driving also had passengers in her car and he was grateful no one was injured.

“I saw them carrying her, I think she had her daughter in there or something. They took her out right away. She looked like she was really scared, you know,” said he said. “All I hear is a big bang. I’m glad no one was hurt inside. I could have stayed there.”

Joanne Krupp can’t believe what she witnessed and is shocked that no one was hurt.

“We’re sitting here and all of a sudden we heard a loud noise. And we turned around, and we saw this BMW SUV through the window, and we thought, oh my god, how did that happen? Could it have happened? It was amazing. And it turns out the lady put her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake. But it’s amazing when you look at it and see that the vehicle is in mid -way inside the Pressed Cafe,” Krupp said.

“The Pressed Cafe is a very popular place in Newton. What’s really amazing is that the Newton Fire Department came to the rescue so quickly and no one was hurt. And the roof of his car had a window, and it was open, and none of the glass came in. I mean, they were very lucky,” Krupp added. “Things happen, that’s what I think. It could happen to anyone. It’s a bit scary because you could have been sitting on the other side, inside the Pressed Cafe , and the car passes, and it’s over. Internal bleeding.”

Suzanne Wallace, a nurse practitioner who was in the parking lot at the time of the crash with her daughter, said she was right next to the SUV that crashed into the cafe.

“We were in the car right next to them, we were leaving Chipotle. They were stopping. It looked like they were about to get out of the car, and I don’t know exactly what happened, it looks like she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, i don’t know i kinda looked up and heard it, i saw it, i heard it before i saw it to be honest because I was getting ready to leave,” Wallace said. “And so we jumped in quickly and I was like, oh, I should move my car. So she jumped up and made sure someone called 911. I moved my car, then I went to m to make sure they were okay, me and another nurse practitioner who was here, until the police and fire department arrived.”

Wallace said there were several people inside the SUV and although they looked fine physically, they were definitely shaken.

“There were four people in the vehicle, she was an adult, the other three looked like teenagers, everyone seemed fine. She was pretty shaken up. But physically they didn’t seem pinned down. Our biggest concern and why I have the towel in my hand is because their sunroof was open and glass was still falling out of the windows, so the other nurse practitioner and I tried to help cover that up. okay, but a little upset obviously,” Wallace said.

“I don’t want to put words in their mouths, but they seemed, I can only imagine, a little embarrassed, scared, fearful. They couldn’t get out of the car, like they couldn’t move it “, Wallace added.

Wallace says his instinct was to help, and fire and EMS showed up and were able to get the woman out.

Wallace and his daughter Abbey are relieved that everyone seems to be fine.

“It was loud and it was fast, but I’m just glad they’re all okay,” Wallace’s daughter Abbey said. “Very lucky.”

“I think there were people who were just inside, I think the employees were standing there, so they were pretty shaken up too,” Wallace said.

Apothker said this type of call is “very difficult” for first responders.

“It may bring back memories of other accidents that have happened in the city, but thank God no one was seriously injured in this accident today,” he explained.

The SUV was towed away from the building later Monday, and the crash is still under investigation.

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‘Replace York Castle car park or lose business support’ – council warned

YORK businesses could withdraw support for a key town center regeneration project if replacement parking is not found, an industry leader has said.

Andrew Lowson, executive director of York BID (business improvement district), said the rhetoric around replacing space that should be lost at Castle Car Park had “dramatically changed”, leaving the business world “confused”.

Councilors voted on Thursday to postpone a decision on whether or not to build a multi-storey car park on St George’s Field until the summer of 2023.

The council has always promised to replace the spaces that will be lost next to Clifford’s Tower, with plans to turn the wider area into “a world-class public space”.

But Deputy Head of Council Cllr Andy D’Agorne said the scheme is ‘dead in the water’ as it is ‘not acceptable in terms of cost-benefit’.

Mr Lowson said: ‘As you read the background music you will understand why the major businesses in the city have told me they have no assurances that this multi-storey car park will go ahead and that will change part of their support for the Castle Gateway project. .”

Failure to provide an alternative parking solution for Castle Car Park would result in a loss of 327 spaces, according to a council report.

Parking capacity has shrunk in other parts of the city, while spaces in out-of-town business parks continue to expand, Lowson said.

He added: “Businesses in York are not asking for increased parking capacity, but rather adequate and good quality facilities that are easy for consumers to locate.

“If this executive isn’t going to commit to the multi-storey car park very quickly, he needs to show the business community what the alternative is.”

Mr Lowson called on the council to invest in car park occupancy meters and post real-time results on their website to “help all stakeholders better understand usage levels” and for the BID and the board are setting up a working group to take a closer look at the issue.

But Chris Copeland, a Labor Party member and opponent of a new car park, told councillors: “Our town is not just a shopping centre. Other stakeholders also need to be fired – heritage, tourism, conservation… and the disability lobby needs to be listened to.

Cllr D’Agorne, who reiterated his opposition to a new car park, said delaying a decision would allow further consultation with businesses and residents.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive member for finance and performance, said no decision had been made on the multi-storey ground at St George, but added: ‘We have made clear our commitment to replace the places of parking that would be lost with the closure of Château Parking.”

He added: ‘The reality is that the private motor vehicle remains the preferred – and necessary – mode of transport for many, and not just blue badge holders.

Place council chief executive Neil Ferris reminded councilors that ultimately it would be a political decision to make as there would be “no magic set of data that gives a clear view”.

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urban planning for healthy communities – Yukon News

City Map or Building Healthy Communities

Although we don’t live in the city, we love Whitehorse, but the pressures already felt in the overcrowded city without enough private sector staff are becoming painful to watch and experience. We hear the unease expressed every day.

Just a few objective thoughts.

Communities of healthy cooperative contributors are emerging globally, why not here before it’s too late. Let’s not turn our city into a little black hole for the needy.

Why not stop residential development on municipal lands, conserve the space we have for parking, recreation, parks and view downtown as a beautiful resort destination and stop forcing greater residential density. It’s not communal. The balance currently seems correct. Higher density will not be healthy.

Considering the outer perimeter of the city. Keep it green and safe from forest fires. Then develop smaller areas, like Wolf Creek, etc., very healthy communities with pride.

Allowing private businesses and tourism to thrive downtown, which means parking spaces. If there are not enough parking spaces, 2 per res. minimum unit, do not allow more units. Be practical and add value. Yes, values ​​will increase in the city, but we can have affordable rural communities nearby, lifestyles will improve for everyone.

Create outlying city parking lots for all government employees staying longer than one hour on the city’s regular bus service.

Reduce downtown traffic to shoppers, restaurants, tourists and increase business revenue.

We need businesses to thrive, we cannot base our Yukon economy on government jobs and locate them downtown on Yukon’s most valuable space.

The retail business development must provide adequate parking for its staff or use the shuttle service. Remove parking meters, they are counterproductive to a pleasant experience in the city and encourage longer-term users. Why not park, stay, shop, dine, attend events without parking, your biggest challenge.

Develop outside the city but with more privacy and space for families, lots of one to two acres minimum. Yukon has space, offers land at 25% residential value.

$500,000. $150,000/relative land value. Land development costs can be amortized longer to create greater accessibility.

Our goals should be a much higher quality of life and affordability.

Look for any signs of help needed. Service level workers cannot afford to live in the Yukon and it is not getting better. This is a serious issue that needs priority status.

Whitehorse is homeless-focused and subsidized without an overall strategy to engage occupiers in the economy. Why subsidize housing in the city, why not build that housing on more affordable space, and ask applicants to select how they will contribute to upkeep and maintenance as one of the criteria?.

We need cooperative community development projects. We already have some good examples. We nurture a society without self-esteem or initiative to be part of an economically contributing society. Very sad unhealthy scenario leading to mental illness.

Just a few thoughts. We all have to take some responsibility and teach our children how to survive and support themselves.

Stop saying, we can’t. We can.

Sue Greetham

Letters to the Editor

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Church pastors recall shooting at nearby Duncanville Fieldhouse – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Although no children were injured after a gunman opened fire inside a Duncanville facility where summer camps were taking place on Monday, the fear still lingers.

The Duncanville Fieldhouse near Highway 67 is a few feet from the Crossroads of Life Church. It is common for the two facilities to share a parking space in this corner.

Associate Pastor Calvin Funchess said he arrived at the church and noticed police and several other cars.

“At first I thought they were having an event because we’re very used to it,” Funchess said.

Funchess and pastor Jorge Guerrero quickly realized it was an active call of fire as some 250 children attended camp inside. Guerrero drove to an area where family members were waiting.

“They want to reach their children and take them over,” Guerrero said. “I have three daughters and they’re all in school and we’ve had these conversations.”

Senior Pastor Greg White said the church has been around since the 1980s and has built relationships within the community.

“Any church, any pastor is going to be very worried,” White said. “But it’s right here next to us.”

As they assessed the needs that day and offered their support, White says the solidarity and partnership will continue.

“We want them to understand that there are people around them who love them and care about them,” he said.

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Reviews | My guide dog can protect me from a lot of things, but not guns

Stephen Kuusisto, essayist and poet, holds an academic chair at Syracuse University. His books include the memoirs “Have a Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey.”

The #1 question I get from strangers who interview me is, “If you’re attacked, will your dog defend you?”

I am a guide dog user, to use the terminology. I travel everywhere in the company of a professionally trained guide dog. It can prevent me from being hit by cars and prevent me from falling down the stairs. She can guide me around sidewalk detours and take evasive action when a child on a skateboard veers towards us.

During her training, she was introduced to sudden, frightening noises – her trainers fired an Olympic starter gun to simulate the sound of a car backfiring. She can do almost anything to keep us safe as a team.

I was thinking about this recently when I first walked into a supermarket after the horrific Buffalo shooting. As I approached the store, I heard two men arguing in the parking lot. They were madly angry. Their rage was radiant. I could smell it in the air. It was the first time in over 30 years of traveling with guide dogs that I felt a dark terror in a public space.

In general, people regard blindness as a terrible state of vulnerability. People imagine that without sight they couldn’t walk the streets or do anything in public.

None of this is true. But the impression still hovers. In turn, I am often told that my very movements in public are an example of bravery. That’s not true either. Blind trips are deliberate and safe, even in sometimes extraordinary circumstances.

There is no doubt that guide dogs are remarkable, especially under pressure. But I repeat: they cannot protect us from public violence.

No one is immune to rabies. But here I will risk sentimentality: the ease of movement in the civic square depends on the existence of a welcoming and even loving society. This is true for everyone. We must operate with the firm belief that the world will receive us – not as a tribute, not as an inspiration, but simply because we believe in circulating love.

The American social contract says that we all have the right to live free from harm, that the job of government is to secure our common liberty. While we keep talking about the second amendment to the Constitution, no one talks about the preamble. It comes before the amendments. It says:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, to secure internal tranquility, to provide for the common defense, to promote the general welfare, and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

If our nation has lost the ability or the will to promote general well-being and ensure internal tranquility, then we have lost public space.

My dog ​​can’t protect me from bullets. Unlike the World Trade Center, in a street, in a square, at any point in our public journeys, there is no stairwell she can take me to if gunshots ring out.

I have to imagine my destination in advance wherever I go. I refuse to believe that a place called general wellness is out of reach.

For those strict builders: the preamble came first.

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Confusion over outdoor dining emerges as temporary permit expiration looms

As temporary permits for outdoor business operations approach their July 13 expiration date, there is confusion in La Jolla about the next steps to continue doing business on public property.

The temporary permits, called TOBO, were established by the City of San Diego as an emergency measure during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow businesses to use parking spaces on city streets. and other outdoor public spaces to help them continue to operate and limit the spread of the coronavirus. The popularity and success of such installations led the city to initiate a “Spaces as Places” ordinance to transition temporary to permanent spaces.

City Council approved the Spaces as Places program in October, and the city began accepting permit applications in January. Spaces as Places is intended for food and beverage establishments only.

Businesses with temporary outdoor operations permits have until Wednesday, July 13 – when those permits will expire – to comply with the new regulations and obtain a Spaces as Places permit.

However, in coastal areas such as La Jolla, spaces and places cannot go into effect until they have been reviewed and certified by the California Coastal Commission, as the ordinance requires modification of local coastal programs. , which serve as planning documents for coastal communities. This exam has not yet been scheduled. The next committee meeting is scheduled for July 13-15.

Earlier this week, Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, said the city is not yet accepting applications for spaces as locations for businesses in the Coastal Zone as the city waits. Coastal Commission review.

But LaCava field rep Steve Hadley told the Jolla Village Merchants Association meeting on June 8 that he has been going door-to-door throughout La Jolla to help businesses comply with order before the July 13 deadline. He said he distributed a May 20 letter from Chris Larson of the city’s Department of Developmental Services outlining the Spaces as Places permit application protocols.

“We made sure that anyone on a sidewalk or in a parking space was warned and not suddenly caught off guard,” Hadley said.

La Jolla Village Merchants Association meets June 8 at the La Jolla/Riford Library.

(Elisabeth Frausto)

Latrell Crenshaw, a small business support specialist with the city’s economic development department, said the city is encouraging coastal area businesses to apply for the Spaces as Places permit even while awaiting advice from the Coast Commission.

“From what the Coast Commission is saying, we want to make sure companies are still in this process so that if something happens sooner rather than later, they don’t let their TOBO permits expire,” Crenshaw said.

On June 10, LaCava acknowledged the confusion as city employees tried to ensure that businesses across the city complied with requests for spaces as places. But he stuck to his comments earlier this week that the city suggests that coastal businesses with outdoor operations apply for a right-of-way permit rather than a Spaces as Places permit.

“We want you to continue operating in the Coastal Zone until we fix this because from July 13 your trespassing on the street will be considered illegal,” LaCava said.

Filing for the right-of-way permit “will put these businesses in a comfortable holding area until we get that resolution through the Coastal Commission,” he added.

LaCava also said his office “advocates for [restaurants’] name to try to minimize what this right of way permit costs them to apply for and the documentation they need as part of the application.

“I don’t want them spending a lot of time and money on something that could go away,” he said, noting that regulations could change after the Coast Commission approves spaces as premises.

Spaces as Places has stricter requirements for outdoor structures than TOBOs, including fees and several design and safety rules. Larson’s May 20 letter says some ongoing temporary operations may not be eligible for a Spaces as Places permit and may require “substantial investment and the assistance of a licensed engineer to comply” with the new requirements.

La Jolla Coasts

At the La Jolla Shores Association meeting on June 8, board member Phil Wise, who launched The Shores outdoor dining program in July 2020 to close a block of Avenida de la Playa for restaurant use, said the costs of a new permit would be particularly significant. at The Shores, as the program involves a road closure.

A new permit would not allow outdoor dining to operate as is, Wise said, as it would require the street to be open to traffic, and the extent to which tables and chairs can be placed in the street would be reduced. .

“We also need to get an encroachment maintenance removal agreement, and to get that you need an engineering report, which costs $30,000 or more, plus architectural fees” , Wise said. “All in all, it’s almost six figures to do that. What is more distressing is that if we do this, we have no assurance that it will go ahead, as it is subject to the approval of the Coastal Commission.

LJSA voted unanimously to send a letter to the Coastal Commission recommending that The Shores outdoor dining program become permanent.

Shores resident Tricia Riha opposed the idea. “I’m glad everyone came back and thrived during this terrible time with the pandemic, but… there’s plenty of seating even though [restaurants] don’t have the sidewalk,” she says.

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At the La Jolla City Council meeting on June 9, administrators voted to send a letter to the city council and city attorney requesting a one-year TOBO extension for all affected local businesses in the Coastal Zone.

In introducing the motion, Administrator Chuck Merriman, who is also a board member of the La Jolla Shores Business Association, said “we are all looking for alternative ways to continue our business activities.”

He added that the expiry of TOBOs does not make sense given that the pandemic continues. He noted that the number of coronavirus cases is higher now than it was a year ago.

“It seems strange to me that we now want to eliminate something that helped us during COVID and COVID continues to climb in the region,” Merriman said.

The motion passed 12-4, with opponents opposing it without comment.

But LaCava said on June 10 that “rules and laws apparently don’t allow for another temporary extension.”

City Council approved the TOBO emergency ordinance in the summer of 2020 and granted an extension in May 2021 that allowed temporary spaces until July 13 of this year. ◆

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Graystone owner plans another complex | News, Sports, Jobs


Developer Jeff Long is planning yet another project near his Graystone Grande Palazzo seniors’ residence.

He is currently building a nine-story addition on Eighth Avenue to create 195 independent living units, as well as a parking garage.

After that, Long intends to build a five-story, $5-6 million mixed-use structure on Seventh Avenue, with commercial space on the first floor and 72 apartments above, he said. Wednesday.

Residential rentals for the 60,000-square-foot building would be at market rates, though it’s unclear if they’ll be limited to tenants 55 and older, as is the case with its Graystone properties, a he declared.

He hopes to start work on this project next spring and take a year and a half to complete, he said.

He will build on property he recently purchased from the Durbin family, according to Long and Brian Durbin.

The Durbins had planned to build a 27-unit rental complex with townhouses and duplexes on the site, which is on the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue, but COVID-related supply chain issues and the Building cost inflation drove the family back, Durbin said.

“We can’t build something that we believe won’t perform at current economic numbers,” Durbin said, referring to likely rental income versus debt service on development loans.

“We probably could have hung on to it for a few more years,” Durbin said.

But long “needed it for his growth there,” the family therefore sold the property, Durbin said.

“We don’t want to slow down growth” Durbin said. “For us to sit down and be a roadblock wouldn’t make sense.”

Long’s immediate need was parking for workers building the Grand Palazzo addition, which Long plans to call Bella Casa, according to Durbin, Long and officials at an Altoona Planning Commission meeting this week. .

La Bella Casa is being built on a large parking lot where plenty of spaces were previously available but would not be during construction, Durbin said.

When the parking lot connected to Bella Casa is completed, however, the parking situation in this area will be secure, according to Long.

For the Durbins, supply chain issues and inflation have created the “perfect storm to try to build something this size,” Durbin said.

This created an unacceptable risk, he said.

Rising fuel costs mean rising costs for virtually all materials, and supply chain delays are further compounding the problem, according to Durbin.

The supply chain situation and high material costs have led to “a struggle” for Long too, said Long.

But “I have to keep my guys busy” he said. “I can not stop.”

Jeff Long Construction employs 35 people and works only on Long’s projects.

The Mirror’s staff writer, William Kibler, is at 814-949-7038.



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NDSU Extension Service prepares to move | News, Sports, Jobs


The Ward County office of the North Dakota State University Extension Service will be moving in August.

Currently located on the first floor of the Ward County Administration Building, the Extension Service will move during the week of August 8 to the former Ward County Highways Department building at 900 13th St. SE. The move should take three to five days.

The Ward County Commission decided last year to move the office after considering options for using the old freeway building, said 4-H Youth Development Extension Worker Emily Burkett. . Due to logistics and other issues, the timeline for the move has been extended to this year, after 4-H Achievement Days in June and the State Fair in July.

Burkett said the building has already been prepared with the necessary technological facilities and kitchen equipment.

The new quarters will offer a similar amount of office space, a slightly smaller kitchen and two meeting rooms. The extension currently has access to two meeting rooms shared with other county departments.

The former highway facility includes ample parking and will provide space for outdoor activities, Burkett said.



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A border worker pushed a 74-year-old neighbor after an argument over a parking space

A 37-year-old man who assaulted his elderly neighbor after a dispute over a parking space has been fined £150 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

First offender Daniel Carroll pleaded guilty to pushing the 74-year-old over the body with both hands during the disturbances outside their home at Crudens House in the Ettrick Valley on October 8.

Fiona Hamilton, prosecuting, said the plaintiff informed Carroll that he had tested positive for COVID and should not come closer.

But the fiscal says that the accused advanced towards the retiree and pushed him with both hands on the body. She added that there were no injuries.

Defense attorney Ross Dow said the background was a neighborhood dispute with the two men living in a small hamlet in the Borders.

He explained: “A few weeks before this incident, they collapsed in a parking space.

“My client was physically prevented from going to his house. The neighbor would not move despite being asked four times.

“He has never been to court before and wants to avoid the plaintiff despite where he lives. He is keen to put that behind him and move on.”

The self-employed farm worker was fined £150 and victim surcharge of £10.

Sheriff James Hastie told Carroll: “I heard what was said on your behalf. But I have to consider the age of the complainant.

“Pushing people into a public place is unacceptable.”

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old town: 3 car parks for more than 25 mkts in the old town | News Ludhiana

Ludhiana: The markets in the old town, most of which are large, are in urgent need of parking spaces, the lack of which affects not only commuters but also traders. More than 25 markets are located next to each other, but the area has only three car parks: MC’s multi-storey car park at Mata Rani Chowk, another at Books Market maintained by zila parishad and a small car park at Pink Plaza market.
Residents complained of overcharging on two of these lots. Also, the multi-storey car park is in poor condition due to which residents avoid visiting the markets. Traders lamented that with traffic jams being the norm, their business was affected.
Tribhuvan Thapar, a resident of Naughara Mohalla, said, “We had proposed to MC officials to use the vacant space at Choti Daresi for vehicle parking as there are encroachments on this land and it is useless. for the moment. But our suggestion went unheeded. Shopkeepers, their employees and customers park their vehicles on the road and then there are the encroachments of shopkeepers, all of which lead to massive traffic jams. The only solution is to find a parking space and then impose a traffic ban on vehicles in the narrow markets. Electric rickshaws can take passengers to shops. »
Jasmeet Makkar, a trader at Ludhiana Electric Market, said, “Pink Plaza Market has a parking space. But there are many complaints of theft from the cars parked there. Due to the encroachments near the multi-storey car park, it is difficult to access it as it only has one entrance/exit. There is a parking mafia in the market and no authority is ready to solve this problem. Ultimately, merchants suffer losses because customers are not ready to enter this mess. There should be traffic and parking management in these markets.
Former Congressman Parminder Mehta said: “I complained about the poor condition of the multi-storey car parks and the mafia rule in these markets, but to no avail. There is no control over overload. Since people have no choice, they park their vehicles either on the road or on multi-storey lots. I will raise the issue again with Commissioner MC next week.
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Mining and Metals – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome to Max Q. There’s SO much news this week, so let’s get to it.

In this problem:

  • Astroforge’s asteroid mining ambitions
  • Boeing’s Starliner comes home
  • News from Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab and more

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Although we have long understood that asteroids are not simply the rubble of the universe, but potentially profitable reserves of valuable minerals, humanity has never been able to unlock this value. Startup Y Combinator Astroforge wants to succeed where other companies have failed, by becoming the first to mine an asteroid and bring the material back to Earth – and it aims to do so as early as the end of the decade. (Yes, that’s not a typo – end of the decade!)

For starters, Astroforge will conduct a technology demonstration mission sometime next year. The company has already booked a spot on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission, and it has also struck a deal with OrbAstro to manufacture the satellite. But for now, the startup remains mum on the actual details of the payload and how it will solve the myriad technical challenges that asteroid mining is so notorious for.

“Now we need to build a world-class team moving forward because this is a really tough problem to solve,” said co-founder Matt Gialich. Later in the conversation, he added, “That’s the fun part of startups, isn’t it? It’s a big risk until you do.

Welcome back, Starliner! The spacecraft landed in New Mexico on Wednesday, successfully concluding a six-day mission and the craft’s first successful test flight. As TC’s Devin Coldewey writes, even if not everything went exactly as planned, “this success could make Boeing a much-needed second supplier of commercial launch capabilities to the ISS.”

During a post-launch briefing, NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Steve Stich called the landing “picture perfect.”

The next step is a Crew Flight Test (CFT), which will carry astronauts and, for this reason, will be much larger. The date of this launch will probably not be fixed for several months.

Picture credits: Boeing/NASA/YouTube

More news from TC

  • The Diffractive Solar Sailing Project received $2 million from NASA to develop diffractive solar sails, a kind of space propulsion not dissimilar to how sails propel boats.
  • Planet, Black sky and Maxar are set to secure billions in government contracts from the National Reconnisance Office, an agency of the Department of Defense that operates intelligence satellites. “The NRO has a longstanding strategy of ‘buy what we can, build what we must,'” NRO Director Chris Scolese said in a press release.
  • Stellar Link added a new “RV” plan to provide coverage for stationary RVs in parking lots, campgrounds and RV parks. It costs $135 per month, plus the cost of hardware. SpaceX’s internet service now has over 400,000 subscribers worldwide (!!!).

…and beyond

  • Amazon‘s AWS has announced the 10 startups selected to participate in its Space Accelerator 2022. See the full list here.
  • Astroscale The UK branch has received a funding boost of around $15.9 million from OneWeb and the European Space Agency to launch its ELSA-M orbital debris remediator towards the end of 2024.
  • Reference space systems opened a facility in the UK, the latest sign that the European space industry is ready to catch up with ours here in the US.
  • Town released a 92-page report on the space industry, estimating that it will generate $1 trillion in revenue by 2040. The banking group speculated that the satellite market will continue to dominate, but growth the fastest will come from “new space applications and industries” such as space logistics and asteroid/moon extraction.
  • Firefly Aerospace will likely target a July 17 launch for its Alpha rocket from NASA’s Vandenberg Space Force Base, assuming all goes as planned with regulators, Eric Berger Reports.
  • Gamaa French space start-up, has partnered with NanoAvionics for satellite bus, integration and launch services and satellite operations, for a demonstration mission of Gama’s solar sail propulsion system.
  • Launchera rocket startup, has won a US Space Force contract worth $1.7 million to further develop its first rocket engine.
  • Lunar Outposta Colorado-based startup focused on robots and rovers for the moon, closed a $12 million funding round led by Explorer 1 Fund with participation from Promus Ventures, Space Capital, Type One Ventures and Cathexis Ventures.
  • Nasa is targeting June 6 for the second dress rehearsal attempt of the Space Launch System, the launch vehicle that will lift off for the agency’s first Artemis mission. Rewatch the press conference here.
  • open cosmosa UK-based space technology company, has launched a new platform called DataCosmos to “provide advanced tools for visualizing and working with data,” the company said in a press release.
  • Orientespace, a Chinese rocketry company, has closed a $59.9 million Series A led by HikeCapital. The company joins a growing group of startups in China looking to develop launchers.
  • relativity space is working hard to transform Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral into the site that will launch the company’s 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket by the end of this year.
  • perspective from spacea startup that wants to launch sightseeing rides on stratospheric balloons, closed a new $17 million funding round, bringing its total funding to date to more than $65 million.
  • SpaceX launched Transporter-5 on Wednesday, carrying 59 spacecraft on a booster that saw eight missions (including this one). Customers include HawkEye 360, Spire and Satellogic. The rocket also carried a demonstration mission for Nanoracks, which tests metal cutting in space. (Look for a follow-up story soon.) Rewatch the launch here.
  • stratolaunch launched its “structurally complete” test hypersonic launch vehicle, Talon-A. The vehicle will be used to validate the drop system of the Roc aircraft carrier (to which Talon-A will be attached). See photos here.
  • Ubotica Technologies raised $4.2 million in seed funding led by Atlantic Bridge with investment from Dolby Family Ventures and Seraphim Space. The Irish startup is developing an on-board processing system for satellites.
  • Varda Space industries, a startup that wants to build manufacturing facilities in space, has ordered a fourth Photon spacecraft from Rocket Lab. Photon will provide all relevant infrastructure (such as propulsion, power and attitude control) for Varda’s 120 kg manufacturing payload. It will also bring back to Earth in a re-entry capsule all the products made by Varda.

Picture of the week

I loved this picture, tweeted by Relativity Space, from the second floor of Terran 1 crossing state lines. If all goes as planned, Terran 1 will make its first orbital launch attempt by the end of this year. Picture credits: relativity space (Opens in a new window)

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My first charge of an electric vehicle

My first experience of charging an electric vehicle at public stations was an eye-opener. I had already heard, read and written about charging stations, different types of chargers and other information about charging electric vehicles. Still, there’s often a learning curve when trying something new with your own hands in the real world.

Read on to find out what I experienced when I first used electric car charging stations.

Finding Electric Vehicle Charger Locations

According to the US Department of Energy, more than 80% of electric vehicle owners charge at home. Some employers provide chargers in company parking lots. And a growing number of public charging stations are available to EV drivers when they’re on the go running errands or traveling away from home.

A few charging points are near my neighborhood in suburban Atlanta. I knew chargers in a few nearby mall parking lots. And a long time ago, I read that my electricity supplier offered public chargers at their office.

Before taking a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV for a test drive, I checked the searchable map of nearly 48,000 U.S. station locations on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website. Turns out there are more charging options near me than I knew – and there are other apps to locate them.

Level 2 free charging can be good

My first charging stop was in a mall parking lot with a grocery store and other storefronts. It offers two level 2 charging units which are free, and both were available when I pulled into a parking spot.

Level 2 chargers offer the same voltage (220 to 240 volts) as a typical residential electric clothes dryer. The chargers charge at around 6 kilowatts (kW), adding around 20 to 25 miles of range to the Bolt.

The charging cord was heavier than a gas pump hose. The connector type was the common J1772 type. I opened the Bolt’s charging port door on the left front panel and put the connector in place. It wasn’t difficult, but the cord is stiffer than a gas hose, so my first try wasn’t as smooth as wielding a gas pump nozzle. The charging station’s digital display indicated it was working, as did the car’s information display. So I went to the grocery store to buy some stuff.

My quick shopping trip took about 15 minutes. The car’s lithium-ion battery gained 5 miles of range while I shopped inside the store.

Level 3 free charging is great

2022 EV Battery State of Charge on the Chevy Bolt

My next charging session was on a Level 3 charger. These fast chargers (DC fast chargers, or DCFCs) offer between 400 volts and 900 volts and charge at 50 kW or more. Many variables affect charging speeds. Chevy claims the Bolt will gain up to 100 miles in 30 minutes. using a Level 3 DC fast charger.

This station I visited is on the property of my electricity supplier. It uses a system of solar panels arranged like flower petals to generate power for the EV charger. Visitors to the solar flower garden can charge their electric car for free.

The Bolt’s battery received 11.7kWh to reach the recommended capacity of 80%. Charging added 35 miles to range in 25 minutes of fast charging – no charge. If I had brought lunch with me, I could have enjoyed the well maintained picnic area next to the solar flowers while I waited.

Important Lessons Learned About Electric Vehicle Charging

Here are some great lessons from an experienced electric car driver at this charging station. His assumption that this was my first time charging an EV wasn’t too far off. He thought I was a newbie in charging because I was standing near the charger and fiddling with my phone to install an app.

EV Charging Apps

I had previously had the mistaken impression that EV charging apps were for regular chargers, like the customer loyalty programs used by many retailers. This is not the case. Instead, different networks maintain charging stations, similar to gas stations of the same brand.

The Nissan Leaf driver who stopped at the station shortly after I arrived said the apps were needed for payment, not to earn benefits. ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America are just a few of the leading networks in the electric vehicle charging space. These companies’ apps allow their users to wirelessly pay for the energy they receive from charging stations.

Even if there is no charge, as is the case with my electric company, apps are often required to initiate the charging session. Now I have four EV charging apps installed on my phone, which at least in theory allows me to use most charging stations in my area. The grocery station where I had my first EV charging experience was off-grid, so no app or registration was needed.

Charging do’s and don’ts

The enthusiastic EV driver of the Flower Garden Solar Charger shared a few more ideas. He informed me of charging etiquette – use common sense, be friendly, and don’t leave your car in a charging spot longer than necessary.

He also warned me to be “ICEd”. The slang term describes the situation where a car with an internal combustion engine uses the designated parking space for electric vehicle charging.

Paid fast charge

2022 Chevy Bolt to DC fast charger

I stopped at another station the next day to try paid fast charging using another network. This charging session delivered 11.1 kWh in 21 minutes, at a cost of $6.63. The added range was 23 miles. The location was convenient. Coffee, pizza, fast food, ice cream and a bookstore were available a short walk from a parking lot.

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Saskatoon council focuses on downtown parking issues – Saskatoon

Downtown Saskatoon could look very different in the years to come with the potential for a new arena and entertainment center as well as a grocery store.

However, a looming issue for both projects was raised at City Council on Tuesday: parking.

Midtown Mall is already a bustling area that is often crowded with parked cars.

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One resident, Tyrell Harder, told council he noticed people parking in the Cactus Club parking lot, because it’s free, and spending their day in the mall.

Councilor Darren Hill asked what the parking plan would be for the proposed downtown grocery store, specifically for people stopping there for pick up.

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Murray Totland, spokesperson for Arbutus Properties, said the store will have spaces specifically for the store, which is expected to be a Pitchfork Market + Kitchen.

“This service lot located just outside the proposed store location would obviously be the most convenient, we will have dedicated stalls for curbside pickup,” Totland said.

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The council also decided on the criteria for the new downtown arena.

They described land space, transportation access, and proximity to other complementary businesses such as hotels and parking lots.

The new arena is expected to hold 15,000 spaces, and administrative staff noted that a new parking lot will need to be built regardless of the location chosen.

The Council is moving forward with both plans.

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They voted to give Arbutus Properties a tax abatement for the site, if they built a grocery store there.

They are also scheduled to unveil possible sites for the new arena as soon as possible.

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The S&L department store in Sioux Falls was badly damaged by fire in 1948

On November 23, 1939, the S&L Company opened its department store at 129 N. Phillips. The store was part of a chain that began in South Dakota and grew rapidly, establishing stores in six Midwestern states.

The S&L Company got its start in Elkton, South Dakota in 1921. It was a company that founders Samuel F. Salkin and Joseph L. Linoff associated with and was named for. Both were immigrants from Russia who ended up in Sioux City. Sam worked at the Baron department store there and took evening classes to improve his English. He felt that the best way to learn the language was to fully immerse yourself in it in a small community.

Salkin and Linoff decided to look for a new business in a small town and discovered that a store had listed for sale in Elkton, east of Brookings near the Minnesota border. When they arrived to investigate, they found the shopping district of Elkton packed with people. There were carriages and horses all along the street carrying eager shoppers. The two agreed that day to buy the store. The next day the streets were empty and they discovered that the fervor of the day before was due to the celebration of Ascension Day. They got to work and were successful enough to require a move to a larger building in Elkton four months later.

In 1928, four S&L stores were opened in Minneapolis and the company’s headquarters moved there. Later expansion plans focused on smaller communities, as stores were opened in Brookings, Watertown, Flandreau, Pipestone, Minnesota, and Slayton, Minnesota, before the move was made to Sioux Falls.

The new store was announced on November 7, 1939, as workers worked to renovate the Van Eps block, formerly occupied by JCPenney. It would be the company’s 29th store.

S&L was keen to promote the local labor used not only to renovate the space, but also to staff the store. There were a few managers and department heads from out of town, but the majority of staff were recruited locally and trained quickly to handle the upcoming holiday season.

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S&L Company added to the bustling downtown shopping district that already included JC Penney, Fantle’s, Montgomery Ward and Shriver’s, but it held firm. There was, however, a major setback in 1948.

On November 16 at around 6:10 p.m., 20 minutes after assistant manager Otto Wangsness had been locked up for the day, the cashier at the Granada theater across the street noticed that the window of the S&L store had exploded on the street. . The fire department was called immediately. When building manager James Waul heard the sirens, he headed to the basement and turned off the gas to the building’s heaters.

Next door, at the Dakota Theater, patrons were interrupted while watching “Borrowed Trouble,” the latest film in the Hopalong Cassidy series. It would be the Dakota Theater’s last feature under that name. Central firefighters rushed to gather all their equipment, including a new aerial water tower truck. The company worked for three hours to extinguish the fire. The loss was estimated at $250,000. Unfortunately, the store had just received a huge amount of stock in anticipation of the holiday season.

On December 2, it was announced that the S&L would open a temporary store in Eighth and Fairfax. The first big sale offered great deals on smoke-damaged merchandise. The store would operate from this location until June 24, 1949, when the Van Eps building was ready to reopen. The building had to be completely reworked, as parts of the ceiling had collapsed. There was a ceremony to commemorate the reopening attended by Sam Salkin and Joe Linoff.

On November 7, 1950, Joe Linoff died of a heart attack he had suffered two weeks earlier. He leaves behind his wife and four children. S&L stores continued to thrive despite the loss.

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By 1954, S&L had stores in 42 locations. The company acquired 16 women’s specialty stores, called Stevensons, which will retain their names. This brought the total number of stores owned by S&L Co. to 58.

On July 29, 1968, the Sioux Falls store applied for a cease-of-business sales permit. The Van Eps building was slated for demolition the following year, a victim of urban renewal. Buyers visited the city center less and less each year.

In 1969 the Van Eps block, parts of which had existed since 1886, was demolished, with the rest of the block to follow shortly. The Wells Fargo parking ramp, which currently occupies the space, offers little history or architectural interest.

S&L Company continued under the direction of Morrey Salkin, Samuel’s son. The company grew to around 400 stores of various types in the 1980s before disbanding in 1990. Morrey died two years later.

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Rohtak artists seek space to perform as outdoor theater used as parking lot: The Tribune India


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Sunit Dhawan

Rohtak, May 20

Although an open-air theater is located in the heart of Rohtak town, local theater artists and art lovers are compelled to stage plays in a chaupal and a hall of the Indian Medical Association ( IMA) despite the constraints.

The open-air theatre, which was built in 1960 and subsequently renovated twice, is used as office space and parking by the local municipal authorities.

Artists lament that the exorbitant fees and security charges set for the use of the open-air theater are the biggest impediment to organizing plays and other cultural events.

“Artists used to stage plays at the open-air theatre, Pt Shri Ram Rangshala with the help of local authorities until 2013. However, the ‘rangshala’ gradually got busy managing the government offices and park vehicles like cranes, JCBs and bicycle-rickshaws etc,” points out Vishv Deepak Trikha, a well-known theater artist from Rohtak.

He states that due to the tariff barrier, the artists held theater performances and plays at different other locations instead of the open-air theater, which was built and well-equipped for the purpose. The artists lament that the premises of the “rangshala” have been made available for a private hospital, a land grievance centre, housing for government contractor workers and parking, going to against the purpose for which it was created.

The Municipal Co-Commissioner, Mahesh Kumar, assured the artists that he would look into the matter and make efforts to get the staging of plays at the ‘rangshala’ resumed.

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Chelsea Piers squeeze play in battle to reclaim road space for cyclists, pedestrians and joggers

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | They put pressure on Chelsea Piers to reclaim public space.

Community Board 4 and the Hudson River Park Advisory Council are both using the opportunity of the sports complex lease renewal as leverage to fight for more turf for pedestrians and cyclists – and less for movie trailers, as well as cars and taxis for revelers – in front of the waterfront destination site. In short, Chelsea Piers should not be ‘locked down’ to its current configuration, in terms of the outer carriageway, they argue.

Groups like Transportation Alternatives and the publication Streetsblog, among others, strongly support this effort.

The Hudson River Park Trust board could make a call on the issues – both the lease and the use of road space – when it meets this Thursday, May 19.

As anyone who has driven past Chelsea Piers knows, there is certainly plenty of empty road space ahead. The complex, in fact, has three lanes full of asphalt on the outside. In stark contrast, however, the Hudson River Bike Path is here at one of its narrowest points, making it difficult, if not dangerous, for cyclists to try to pass runners and cyclists over slow on the way. Meanwhile, the pedestrian sidewalk directly opposite Chelsea Piers could also be widened and made more usable.

Chelsea Piers is currently looking for a longer term lease. However, its operators do not want to give up the outdoor road space that the complex currently controls.

In a letter to CB 4, Chelsea Piers wrote: “As we have explained Chelsea Piers is a very busy complex and it is simply not possible for us to eliminate an access route at this time without seriously damage our existing businesses.”

Additionally, Chelsea Piers plans to spruce up its waterfront walkway on the west side of the complex, which it says will alleviate concerns about the east walkway.

“We continue to firmly believe that the significant investment we have promised to create a more inviting waterfront pathway will, in itself, significantly improve the functioning of the east facade by redirecting pedestrians west as the preferred route,” Chelsea replied. Piers. .

The resort has, however, left the door open to reassessing the pavement situation at a later date and – assuming such a day comes – letting CB 4 be involved in the process of redesigning the space and “improving public access”. This would of course depend first on “a change in traffic conditions” at the dock, the operators noted.

Chelsea Piers produced a transport study by AECOM to support her argument that she cannot cede any space at this time.

However, Hudson River Park Advisory Council member Tom Fox, in particular, was skeptical of AECOM’s findings and so independently commissioned another company, BFJ, to do their own analysis of the report.

Fox is also the former president of the Hudson River Park Conservancy, the predecessor of the current Hudson River Park Trust, and is therefore familiar with the original plans for Chelsea Piers from the 1990s. He says Chelsea Piers altered the plans in such a way that the space that should have been dedicated to film and television production, among other things, was given over to the country house (gym and soccer fields) and the bowling alley.

In a presentation to the park’s advisory board, Fox said: “As you may know, I was involved in the initial lease negotiations for Chelsea Piers, and in 1996 Chelsea Piers received consideration from the Department of Transportation of the state and Governor Pataki to construct three of the vehicular lanes on the east side of the building to facilitate access to and from the Chelsea piers.

“It was do not complies with the final environmental impact statement [F.E.I.S.] for Chelsea Piers or Route 9A [West Side Highway] and the significantly reduced cycling and pedestrian improvements planned for this area.

Fox cited a 1996 Chelsea-Clinton News article describing “community shock and opposition to the taking [of road space].”

“The extra lane for car traffic was not needed then and it still isn’t needed,” Fox said.

A large space dedicated to parking inside Chelsea Piers, like these parking lifts, is instead, in some cases, used to store construction materials and materials, as shown above. (CFB)

According to the veteran waterfront activist, the BFJ study “confirms that the observations and requests of the Advisory Board and CB 4 for lane removal are valid”.

Fox added that “a review of the original EIS documents and Chelsea Piers promotional brochures indicated that a number of new uses have been added to the Chelsea Piers complex – the pitch and the bowling alley – and some supporting uses at film and television production slated for the headboards migrated to support the trucks frequently parked on the frontage road.

In fact, although not mentioned in the AECOM study, Fox said parking occupancy at the Chelsea Piers headquarters has been reduced from the originally planned 355 spaces to less than 300. some of the parking spaces are used for operational maintenance equipment. , such as bathroom trailers, a scissor lift, forklifts and a Zamboni.

On top of that, Fox noted disapprovingly, “A number of parking spaces on the height [parking] the racks at Pier 59 are occupied with building materials, indicating that parking supply exceeds demand. Additionally, “significant numbers” of small trucks, buses and vans (30 feet in length or less)” were observed parked on the frontage road, for extended periods of time, while there were parking spaces available. on the docks,” Fox said.

The park defender added that the Chelsea Piers ’emergency access’ argument doesn’t hold water either, since the longest fire trucks at 42ft wouldn’t be able to navigate the piers anyway due to obstacles.

According to Fox, “BFJ expressed surprise that a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study to analyze strategies and actions that reduce traffic and parking loads at the Chelsea Piers complex has not been implemented. work.”

Fox further recommended that since congestion pricing is planned for Manhattan south of 60th Street, which may well impact traffic volume at Chelsea Piers, now is the time, in fact, to do a CT study.

According to BFJ, there are two preferred alternatives for redesigning the frontage road outside Chelsea Piers. The first is to reduce the three lanes to two two and center them in space, which would allow for a widening of the current sidewalk in front of Chelsea Piers and a widening of the cycle path. The second option is to move the remaining two lanes to the west, which would allow for the addition of another 11 feet on the east side of the frontage road for a pedestrian path and possibly a widening of the bike path.

“In conclusion,” said Fox, “the argument that the frontage road at Chelsea Piers should be three lanes wide is not supported by the facts, and a two-lane frontage road, together with a modified car park management and TV/film support functions, will meet the traffic and parking needs of Chelsea Piers.

As for the Chelsea Piers lease, the complex is targeting a “non-banking standard” duration of 25 to 30 years.

According to Chelsea Piers, “the longer lease term is necessary to support the long-term capital debt which underpinned the initial development of Chelsea Piers and enabled significant and ongoing reinvestment in pier buildings, facilities and services. 12,000 piles that make up the pier foundation – $80 million in pile repair work [has been done] over the past 10 years. This requires periodic capital debt refinancing which is only possible with a longer lease term.

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Radcliffe Metrolink car park extension is cornerstone of congestion relief

GREATER Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the addition of additional parking spaces at Radcliffe Metrolink station, saying it is a cornerstone in providing a ‘truly integrated public transport system’ “.

The Metrolink Park and Ride facility in Radcliffe reopened on Monday after the completion of construction work which added 111 more parking spaces.

The works saw the installation of a new car park on the existing site, increasing the number of spaces from 369 to 480 in total, allowing more people to access the Metrolink network and use public transport to part of their journey.

Mr Burnham said: “Park & ​​Ride schemes like this are essential to furthering the Greater Manchester Bee Network’s vision of providing a truly integrated public transport system, making travel in our city-region more easier, more accessible and affordable.

“This latest project means that we have now created nearly 600 new Park & ​​Ride spaces at three different tram stops across the city-region over the past 18 months, in addition to thousands of Park & ​​Ride spaces. Ride already available on the Metrolink network.

“By allowing people to get out of their vehicles and use public transport – even if only for part of their journey – we can help reduce traffic congestion and reduce harmful emissions that harm our air quality.

Delivered ahead of the estimated completion date, the works at Radcliffe – which also includes a new electric vehicle (EV) charging point – mark the completion of the wider Metrolink Park & Ride, which also saw the construction of a new bridge providing an additional 123 spaces at Whitefield and the 360-space Park & ​​Ride site at Parkway on the Trafford Park line.

There are also plans to build a brand new Park & ​​Ride site at Walkden station later this year with over 100 parking spaces, four motorbike spaces, electric vehicle charging and bike storage.

Chris Barnes, Projects Group Manager at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed the Metrolink Park & ​​Ride expansion, increasing parking capacity at Radcliffe and Whitefield.

“Before the pandemic, the car parks at both sites were at capacity at 8 a.m., so the additional spaces will allow even more people to travel sustainably on the 99-stop Metrolink network and all the many locations that he serves.

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Ten killed in mass shooting at Jefferson Avenue supermarket; officials call the attack a ‘hate crime’ | Local News

This is a developing breaking news situation. Check back for updates.

Ten people were killed and three others were injured – two seriously – outside and inside a Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue on Saturday afternoon in what law enforcement officials described as a racially motivated hate crime.

“It’s like stepping into a horror movie, but it’s all real. It’s like Armageddon,” the police official said at the scene. “It’s so overwhelming.”

Of the 13 victims, 11 were black. Police and prosecutors said the shooting was racially motivated.

“It was,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, “directly, a racially motivated hate crime.”

Four Tops employees were among those killed, including a recently retired Buffalo police officer who worked security at the store. The Buffalo News is withholding the retired officer’s identity because it could not be determined whether his family had been notified.

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The shooter, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, Broome County, was arraigned Saturday night before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah on charges of first-degree murder.

The shooter was dressed in a bulletproof vest and armed with a high-powered rifle, police sources said.

No less than five bodies were found in the parking lot, said the police chief on site.

“Bullets and blood are everywhere,” the source said.

Shonnell Harris, operations manager at Tops, said he heard gunshots and ran frantically through the store, falling several times before exiting out the back. She saw the shooter, whom she described as a white man in camouflage. “He looked like he was in the army.” Harris thought he heard 70 gunshots.

The shooter had a camera and police are investigating whether he was broadcast live from the scene, the official said.

The shooter was taken into custody and placed in a police vehicle at the scene, according to both sources.

The shooter was dressed in a bulletproof vest and wore a military-grade helmet on his head.

It is unclear whether he offered a reason for the massacre.

Video posted to Twitter showed two Buffalo police officers with a man who appears to be in custody just outside the Tops store. The man is a white male in camouflage pants, with what appears to be a mask over his mouth. The News was unable to confirm that the person in custody in the video was the shooter.

Immediately after the shooting, Braedyn Kaphart and Shayne Hill said they came almost face to face with the shooter as they turned their Equinox into a parking space in the Tops parking lot.

Kaphart described him as a man in his late teens or early twenties with dirty blond hair.

“He was standing there in his military gear with his gun to his chin looking like he was going to blow his head off,” Kaphart said. “We weren’t sure what was going on. As he continued to do this, he fell to his knees, always looking like he was ready to shoot himself.”

Kaphart said she then looked away.

“I turned my head and backed off as the police told us to get back in our cars,” she said.

When Kaphart looked back, she said it looked like officers had accosted and apprehended the man. They saw him being put in a police vehicle and taken away.

She shuddered to think of what might have happened if they had arrived at Tops a little earlier.

“A few more minutes and, God forbid, I don’t even want to think about what would have happened,” Kaphart said.

Inside the supermarket, several other victims were found, the two sources said, and some of the deceased appeared to be hiding near the cash register lines.






Police respond to the mass shooting at Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.


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Adding to the horror, one of the sources said, family members arrived after news of the shooting spread through the community.

Others at the scene began streaming the shooting on Facebook Live.

Will G., a frozen dairy worker at Tops on Jefferson, said he entered the cooler to store milk about three minutes before the shooting. “I just heard gunshots. Gunshots and gunshots,” he said. “It looked like things were falling apart.”

The worker hid in the cooler and other people joined him, he said. “I hid. I just hid. I wasn’t going to leave this room.”

Harris described Tops’ lively scene. “It was full. It’s the weekend, so it was packed.”

“It’s like a dream, but I know it’s not a dream,” said Harris, Tops’ chief operating officer. GYC Ministries pastor Tim Newkirk, with his arm around his sister Harris, said, “It’s something you hear about but never experience.”

“You see it on TV, I never thought I would be one of them,” Harris said. Harris, whose daughter Denise also works at the Tops, was found safe behind the supermarket. “I just grabbed her, hugged her.”

Barbara Massey was frantically looking for her sister Katherine outside the Tops. She said her sister was out shopping at the time of the shooting and the two were unable to get in touch despite multiple phone calls and inquiries to police. Massey’s brother had dropped Katherine off for some routine groceries.

“She was supposed to be waiting outside the store for her brother to pick her up again,” Massey said.

Katherine Crofton, a retired firefighter and doctor, witnessed the shooting from her porch on Riley Street. She said she was playing with her dog and smoking a cigarette when she heard a gunshot.

“I didn’t see him at first, I turned around and saw him shooting this woman,” Crofton said. “She had just walked into the store. And then he shot another woman. She was putting groceries in her car. I got off because I didn’t know if he was going to shoot me.”

Crofton also saw rescuers arrive.

“The guy came out of the store, the cops were yelling at him, and he just stood there. He stood there. It was like he wanted them to shoot him,” Crofton said. The shooter began to remove his gear, Crofton continued, when another police cruiser pulled up, officers got out and jumped on the shooter.

Veronica Hemphill-Nichols said she was heading to the Tops for a loaf of bread and saw two bodies in the parking lot.

“When I saw these bodies, I just broke down. I’m angry and trying to shut myself down,” she said.

Hemphill-Nichols also said he saw people rushing out of the store and saw a woman frantically asking, “Where’s my daughter?”

Johnnie Emmons was inside her house, about five doors down from the Tops in Landon Street, when she said she heard bursts of gunfire. First came a flurry of about 20 rounds, then, after a brief pause, about 20 more rounds.

A large police presence closed off the area north of Jefferson Avenue to Northampton Street. Tops Markets is at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street, about two blocks north of Jefferson and Northampton.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz tweeted at 2:49 p.m. that he was aware of an “active multiple-shot event” that occurred at Tops Markets at 1275 Jefferson Ave. He urged the public to avoid the area.

Ben Tsujimoto can be reached at [email protected], (716) 849-6927 or on Twitter at @Tsuj10.

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Concerns over sports complexes highlight Berlin planning commission meeting

BERLIN — Concerns over county plans for a sports complex dominated a meeting of the Berlin Planning Commission this week. Berlin residents and commission members have expressed concerns about the impact a sports complex next to Stephen Decatur High School would have on the city. In the presence of two county commissioners and an Ocean City councilman, several…

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AdventHealth seeks approval for new cancer center

MERRIAM, Kan. – A local healthcare provider is looking to revamp their parking lot to make way for a new cancer treatment center.

The Merriam Planning Commission has unanimously approved a preliminary development plan for AdventHealth to build a new cancer center at its Shawnee Mission campus.

The blue star indicates the location of the proposed cancer center

To make space for the new treatment center, AdventHealth intends to demolish the existing two-story parking lot located on the north side of W. 74th Street, west of the existing Shawnee Mission Heart and Vascular Center.

Construction of the three-story, 70,995 square foot building will require the hospital to remove approximately 546 parking spaces. The applicant proposes to construct a new 229-space parking lot north of the new cancer center to help meet parking needs.

The preliminary development plan will be presented to Merriam Town Council later this month for final review. When construction is complete, the new building will replace the current AdventHealth Cancer Center located at 9301 W. 74th St., Suite 100.

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Ranking of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix 2022

Enthusiasm for F1 within the Japanese automaker therefore remains high and it continues to tout its relationships with Red Bull and Alpha Tauri. That’s why he invited us to attend the Miami F1 GP as one of his guests, and with the race now over, it’s time to hand in our marks for an event the sport and its fans have been waiting for. impatiently.

The climate

It’s unfair to credit or blame race organizers for the weather, but speaking of “hot”, the 2022 Miami F1 Grand Prix was scorching. The ambient temperature hovered in the low to mid-90s all weekend, with the humidity index exceeding 50%. A brief, light rain shower an hour before the start of the race teased participants with potential relief, but more precipitation never arrived.

On the other hand, a torrential downpour is also not ideal for comfort. We would have liked to see a lot more misters and blown air fans on the pitch to keep spectators cool, and we’ve heard reports of a lack of water in some toilets and water points. From what we’ve seen overall, though, there doesn’t seem to be a widespread challenge when it comes to securing lots of cold drinks.

Hard Rock Stadium and Miami International Autodrome

Talk about an impressive site to see, especially for the first outing of the F1 Miami GP.

Built on the grounds of the Miami Dolphin’s Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami International Autodrome complex delivered an almost entirely temporary site that looked very much like a permanent racing facility. Much of it is normally used as parking, but you’d never know that if you hadn’t noticed the parking lines painted on some of the asphalt you walked on as you explored the terrain. It was an example of how modern racing promoters, architects and engineers can create an FIA Grade 1 racing circuit virtually from scratch. It was a middle finger in history and the infamous Caesar’s Palace car park Grand Prix held in Las Vegas in the early 80s, widely regarded as one of the most abysmal F1 circuits in all the time.

There were 11 separate grandstands and the number of team and sponsor supported hospitality areas (accessible if you got your hands on the proper tickets) was staggering. The latter, however, are prohibitively expensive for average and even above-average people, with costs per ticket running into the thousands. Even “regular” grandstand tickets were expensive, with the cheapest costing $640. Pro tip: “Campus Pass” general admission tickets — $300 for Friday practice and up to $500 for the race, or $1,200 for all three days — might be some of the best tickets to general admission to all professional sports. There are many open and accessible vantage points around the circuit from which we would have been very happy to watch the whole race. Views from the spiraling pedestrian ramps at Hard Rock Stadium were excellent.

Our biggest complaint about the overall experience is that the Miami Autodrome staff, while universally and exceptionally courteous and friendly, simply hadn’t received enough training prior to the event on the location of the various locations in the facility, and the maps displayed around the terrain were sometimes only useful up to a point.

At an event like this, you’d just like to ask someone wearing a staff shirt how you can best reach your destination, but too often we’ve been answered with questioning looks and “Hmmm, I don’t am not sure.” In a moment of unintended comedy on Friday, it took us 45 minutes to circle around and ask at least half a dozen employees, “Where’s the media center?” before finding one who knew where the correct entrance to the paddock was.

The crowd

call it him Drive to survive effect, complemented by the fact that F1 is in the midst of its most competitive and engaging era in decades: the crowd of around 85,000 at the Miami GP was as excited and enthusiastic as any crowd we have ever seen in a car race. If any doubts remained about F1’s popularity – and virtually overnight – in the US, they disintegrated and more.

This mass of humanity applauded and roars for the smallest of reasons, from cars just rolling out of the pit lane to drivers crossing on Friday and Saturday practice. A car that dives into the pits? Roar. The same car coming out of its pit after a routine stop? Roar. A driver who slightly applies his brakes in a bend? Roar. Red Bull’s Mexican driver and local favorite Sergio “Checo” Perez gains some time over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in the final laps of the race? Roarcombined with chants of “Olé, Olé, Olé, Checo, Checo!”

It was obvious that many fans are new to the sport and still have a long way to go before they understand the darker and somewhat complex nuances of F1. But if that level of enthusiasm for GP racing and the corresponding willingness to shell out big bucks for the privilege of attending existed in this country back when Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the United States Grand Prix , the Brickyard would not have lost its place on the F1 Calendar after the 2007 race.

Meanwhile, in terms of celebrity spotting, sports and pop culture fans have been wowed by a massive list including names like Michael Jordan (who earlier in the week had dinner with impressed Alpha Tauri pilot Pierre Gasly, leaving Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda to jokingly lament that he wasn’t invited), Tom Brady, Dwayne Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union, Serena and Venus Williams, David Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, George Lucas, Bad Bunny, Karlie Kloss, Michael Strahan, Ashton Kutcher, and more.

The track and the race

Heading into the weekend, the 3.36-mile, 19-turn circuit was expected to have the potential to deliver an exciting race. But the 2022 Miami F1 Grand Prix was a mixed bag.

After the first practice sessions, several drivers complained about a lack of off-line grip, in particular McLaren’s Lando Norris and Perez, the latter saying he felt the surface was wet when he got on. ventured off the ideal racing line where the cars had deposited rubber. Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver George Russell called the track “garbage” in places in comments ahead of Sunday’s race. Norris and seven-time Mercedes champion Lewis Hamilton have also complained of unexpected bumps, exacerbated by the “porpoising” effect inherent in this year’s F1 cars. As a result, they predicted that the situation would be bad for pilots running and passing each other, despite having three DRS zones.

The 57-lap race started with Leclerc’s Ferrari on pole ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz in second and Verstappen in third. But Verstappen rounded Sainz on the outside of Turn 1 (so much for zero grip), and during the early stages it looked like it might stay that way for quite a while. Instead, Verstappen chased the leading Ferrari, passing Leclerc on lap nine. There were a few more overtakes and a few knocks in midfield, but overall and as one F1 insider texted us halfway through the race, “It’s a snoozefest.”

That all changed on lap 40, when a collision between Gasly and Norris tore Norris’ McLaren apart and ripped off one of its tyres, knocking out the safety car. The race resumed with 10 laps to go, Verstappen moving ahead of Leclerc, Sainz and Perez, with the second-placed Red Bull now retaining the fresh tire advantage after a pit stop. The Mexican at one point used his Honda power to race the Ferrari, pulling his car on the inside into Turn 1, but he locked up his right front tire and ran wide, ending his challenge .

For a few more laps Leclerc stayed in Verstappen’s DRS range, threatening that a potential attack could occur and giving the final laps some tension. In the end, however, he backed off, giving Verstappen his third victory and his second in a row in a young season that still has 18 races to go. Thanks to scoring an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race, Verstappen reduced his gap to Leclerc to 19 points, 104-85. If it hadn’t been for the safety car period , however, the race seemed likely to deliver little drama for much of its remoteness.

Final Thoughts

The 2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix was an absolute success overall: off track, on track and, key to its long-term prospects, financially. The handful of things that need improvement should be relatively easy fixes for an organizational leadership team that has plenty of experience when it comes to curating high-profile shows and creating positive fan experiences. Improving the track somewhat might prove more difficult, but the race was certainly not eviland some drivers felt that the tedious chicane that includes turns 14 and 15 should perhaps be removed to potentially improve the show.

We agree with this suggestion. But no matter if it happens and after tasting the Miami GP, we are already looking forward to returning for the 2023 edition.

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Miami’s F1 chicane looks like racing around the B&Q parking lot in a go-kart

While Hamilton escaped all major drama on a day when a number of other drivers ran into trouble around the new F1 venue, he was far from impressed with the sequence of corners heading into the long final straight .

The elevated chicane at Turn 14/15, which runs under a toll road, was designed to generate errors that expose drivers to a potential challenge from behind on the subsequent descent to the final corner.

However, the ultra-compact nature of the complex, with pilots having to attack the curbs at reduced speeds, did not impress the seven-time champion.

“The track is quite nice to drive except for the chicane,” Hamilton said. “It’s so tight.

“It reminds me of being in a B&Q parking lot when I was six/seven, in a kart, between cars.

“It’s a corner where maybe in the future they can remove that one and it will improve the track.”

Hamilton also said he wasn’t too happy with how bumpy the track was on the first day of racing.

“It’s kind of crazy when you think people in our time should be able to make a flat road relatively easy,” he said.

“There were big, big, big bumps and so many places where the track joined somewhere else. So I don’t know if they will be able to rectify that overnight and make it better.

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

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But not all the drivers were so put off by the circuit, with Kevin Magnussen saying he really enjoyed the challenge of the chicane.

“That’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s not as thrilling as the high-speed corners, but it’s very blind and it’s like going over a ridge with big curbs and big low-speed direction changes.

“It’s quite unique, I would say, so cool that way. But it’s obviously very slow.

One of the main issues on the opening day of action, which sparked a number of incidents, was the dirty track surface. This meant that if the riders veered away from the racing line, they were almost guaranteed to spin.

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez feared that if the situation did not improve it would not bode well for the race.

“I’m extremely disappointed that there’s no offline grip,” he said. “It’s a shame, because I think the race will be bad because of that.

“As soon as you try to disconnect, there’s no outlet. It is done. It feels very gritty offline. So the race will be tough.”

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Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas, however, liked the challenges of the layout, as he predicted a thrilling race on Sunday.

“It’s not an easy track, that’s for sure,” he told Motorsport.com. “Certainly when the track is green it can happen more easily. But once you’re slightly disconnected, if you lose the rear you can’t catch it anymore.

“That technical section of turns 12 to 15 is not easy to do properly, but I think they did a good job on the overtaking opportunities.

“I think we’re going to see some good racing here with the long straights and with them starting with a slow speed corner, that means you can follow closely.”

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Next month you will need a reservation to park at Lake Buntzen

BC Hydro is rolling out a pilot project it hopes will help reduce traffic chaos around a popular park it operates in the Tri-Cities area.

According to the plan, visitors to Lake Buntzen will need a reservation to access the park’s parking lot starting June 27 and running through the end of Labor Day weekend.

Reservations will be free and can be secured through the BC Hydro website.

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“Buntzen Lake is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the Lower Mainland, and we hope this will help ease the ongoing traffic congestion, which has been a problem not only for parking, but also for the neighboring community of Anmore for several years,” BC Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson said.

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“On a nice, hot summer day, there can be traffic jams for several miles from vehicles looking to park either in the parking lot or in the nearby community, so we really try to mitigate that.”


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Paid seasonal parking at two Metro Vancouver parks – March 6, 2021

Depending on the plan, people will be able to book a morning or afternoon reservation. Park staff will be available once the pilot is in place, and anyone without a reservation will be turned away, Donaldson said.

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“Reservations are tied to individual vehicle license plates,” he added. “We ask people to respect the time they spend at Buntzen.”

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According to BC Hydro, nearly 116,000 people used a vehicle to access the lake last July, up from about 83,000 the same month in 2019.

The lake is a hotspot for recreation, especially in the hot summer months, but with only 600 parking spaces, the parking lot often fills up by 7am on weekends.

The nearby Belcarra Regional Park, which is operated by Metro Vancouver, has faced similar issues.

The issue has prompted complaints from neighboring municipalities about long lines of idling vehicles and people illegally double parking in the community.

Metro Vancouver is introducing paid parking to Belcarra in its own attempt to solve the problem.


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Reaction from park users to the reservation plan has been mixed.

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“Might be nice to know you have a confirmed reservation, you can just pack all your stuff and come here and know you have a spot,” Alysia Medina told Global News.

“It’s always a gamble, you come here with all your stuff and you don’t know what your day is going to be like. Been here several times and had to turn around and go home.

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Chris Eastwood told Global News he thought the plan was a “bad idea”, despite the summer crowds.

Eastwood pointed to the province’s camping reservation system, which he said was “painful” to use.

“There seem to be a lot of bugs with the websites that the government publishes,” he said.

Donaldson said people planning to use the park should secure their reservation the day before they visit. Anyone who changes their plans should log in and cancel their reservation so someone else can have the space, he added.

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Smart parking market | Fundamental Dynamics and Full Assessment to 2027 – Queen Anne and Mangolia News

the global smart parking market the size should go from $24,329.6 million in 2020 for $95,059.9 million by 2027, at a CAGR of 25.5% from 2021 to 2027. The growth of the global smart parking market is primarily driven by increasing demand for energy due to increase in population. Furthermore, the increase in the need for sustainable energy resources has been observed around the world, coupled with favorable government regulations. These regulations focus on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and help control environmental pollution. This, in turn, promotes the demand for renewable energy sources such as solar power and is the key factor that fuels the demand for smart parking energy. Additionally, reduction in carbon footprint and rising demand for low-cost power generation is expected to propel the growth of the smart parking market.

In addition, this technology is designed to solve the permanent parking problem that affects the ecosystem. The technology includes low-cost sensors, real-time data interference, and smart mobile apps that allow users to monitor available and unavailable parking spaces. The possibility of properly managing the parking of the vehicle with the use of smartphones and the development of infrastructures to support such mobility lead to a reduction in the time spent by the user looking for a free parking space. Additionally, some solutions facilitate services, such as online payments, parking time notifications, and even car search features for massive parking lots.

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An increase in parking issues across the globe, growth in demand for Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies and high adoption rate in several vehicles are increasing the need for the global smart parking market. However, high cost of labor and complexity of setup along with low internet penetration in developing regions are restraining the growth of the market.

Global smart parking market dynamics

Drivers: increasing parking problems worldwide

Finding a vacant parking space during peak hours is very difficult in hospitals, hotels and shopping malls, airports, universities and exhibition and convention centers. The growth of several populations leads to problems related to residential as well as commercial parking. The problem related to this is solved by using enhanced features such as notification of free space available via SMS and live updates of space reservation using smart parking technology. This technology reduces the time spent by the user in finding the vacant parking space and automates the process of finding the optimal floor and parking space. Hence, this creates a massive demand for the smart parking market.

Constraints: high implementation cost and configuration complexity

Due to the constant advancement in technology, it is necessary to frequently update the system and required software to keep them compatible with the external environment. Moreover, the cost of all components including the sensor, RFID and fuzzy logic, as well as the assembly required in smart parking, cost the consumer more. As many components and sensors are assembled in a single dielectric plate based on compatibility, it leads to higher cost. This large system requires higher implementation costs because it must be connected to wireless devices for proper operation. Therefore, high configuration complexity coupled with higher initial implementation cost hinders large-scale adoption of smart parking market.

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Opportunities: increased investment in the construction of driverless vehicles

Many car manufacturing companies such as Tesla, Waymo, and Ford have tested the parking assist feature in the self-driving vehicle that displays a free parking space. The development of technology to handle or park the vehicle using smart phones is adopted by many countries like Canada, USA, Germany, UK and others. In addition, software vendors provide frequent updates to solve the congestion problem of smart parking technique. Continuous advancements in technology and infrastructure are expected to create lucrative growth opportunities for the smart parking market in the near future.

Report scope

The study categorizes the smart parking market based on type, technology, application, end-user, and regions.

By Type Outlook (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

By Technology Outlook (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Ultrasonic
  • RFID
  • Image sensors
  • Others

By Outlook Application (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • Security Monitoring
  • Smart payment systems
  • E-parking
  • license plate recognition

By End-User Insights (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

Outlook by Region (Revenue, 2017-2027, USD Billion)

  • North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • The Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, North Africa, Rest of MEA)

The off-street segment accounts for the largest market share of the smart parking market

By type, the market is categorized into street and off-street. Off-street has the largest market revenue share of 61.19% in 2020 and registering a CAGR of 13.15% in 2020. It is generally parking facilities like garages and lots. Off-street parking can be indoors and outdoors. Off-street parking also includes private lots, garages and driveways.

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Off-street parking solves the parking problem. Off-street parking facilitates smaller parking spaces, and the problem of parking near crowded areas is determined by providing rooftop and underground parking solutions. Furthermore, smart off-street parking is mainly propelled due to the growing demand for better parking management solutions, including proper enforcement methods, payment methods, and smart parking guidance systems. Additionally, increasing traffic congestion globally and optimization of travel time and convenience is further driving the global market. For example, in June 2019, a parking hardware and software solution provider company, TIBA Parking Systems, launched an X60 line of intelligent parking equipment for off-street parking operations. This system includes lane and payment equipment, cloud solutions for PARCS management, a mobile platform for digital operators and a cross-brand parking intelligence service. During the forecast period, Asia-Pacific and Europe are expected to witness significant CAGRs of 14.7% and 14.1%, respectively. The combined share of these two regions was 53.4% ​​in 2020 and is expected to reach 58.6% by 2027.

Asia-Pacific accounts for the highest CAGR over the forecast period in the smart parking market.

Based on region, the global smart parking market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. In 2020, Asia-Pacific was estimated to have the highest growth rate of 14.3% over the forecast period and a market revenue share of 23.0%. Asia Pacific includes China, Japan, India, Australia and Rest of Asia Pacific. The rest of Asia-Pacific includes South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and others. An increase in the demand for valet parking and an increase in the growth of parking management in places such as shopping malls, airports, commercial and residential complexes, in countries such as Japan and China are expected to fuel the demand for smart parking in Asia-Pacific.

Technological advancement, high number of vehicles and congestion in Asian countries are the major factors driving the growth of the Asia-Pacific smart parking market. Furthermore, the presence of prominent industry players is also propelling the market growth in Asia Pacific. In October 2017, a leading technology company, Huawei, began rolling out a city-level IoT utility platform in Weifang City. A total of 12 IoT applications were launched on the forum, including smart parking, smart e-government, internet of vehicles, smart building and smart lighting. During the forecast period, India and China are expected to witness considerable CAGRs of 15.6% and 14.9%, respectively. The combined share of these two segments was 36.5% in 2020 and is expected to reach 38.8% by 2027.

Main market players

The smart parking market is consolidated in nature with few players such as Amano McGann, Inc., Continental AG, Dongyang Menics Co., Ltd, IEM SA, IPS Group Inc., Klaus Multiparking Systems, Robert Bosch GmbH, Smart Parking Limited, Swarco AG and Urbiotica. A comprehensive analysis of recent developments and growth charts of various companies helps in understanding the growth strategies adopted by them and their potential effect on the market.

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Man City fans’ frustration over ‘resident parking’ plan for roads where no one lives

Plans to introduce a huge new residential parking system around the Etihad have angered Manchester City fans – who say many of the streets included are in industrial areas and business parks where no one lives . On match days, hundreds of City fans park on the roads of Briscoe Lane and Lord Street North, which are largely surrounded by commercial property or lined with green space.

But, under the council’s new proposal, those streets would be restricted with residences. Kevin Parker, secretary of the Manchester City Official Supporters Club, said: “A scheme that protects parking spaces for residents, we would understand that, but if they change the restrictions around non-residential areas, in commercial or industrial areas, for no good reason, it would seem unfair.”

Parking restrictions are already in place in many housing estates around the Etihad. But the council is considering creating a comprehensive new program for the Eastlands. This was partly prompted by the construction of the £350m Co-op Live arena, which is set to become the largest indoor venue in the UK, with a capacity of 23,500.

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During the consultation period for the arena plans, parking was one of the biggest issues raised by residents of the surrounding areas. They feared dozens more events a year would see the streets outside their homes used as free parking for visitors.

Residents of Beswick who Manchester Evening News spoke at a City game last month said the parking situation was already a ‘nightmare’ and explained how they had resorted to putting wheelie bins in the road outside their homes to keep fans out to park. Under the proposed regime, the restrictions would apply every day of the week.

Some streets would only allow permit holders to park between noon and 11 p.m., while others would limit stays to a maximum of 90 minutes during those hours. Mr Parker said parking on the ground was already difficult for many fans and he feared the new scheme would make matters worse.



Existing parking patterns are shown here in red while the proposed new pattern would cover the area circled in blue

He added: “We know that parking has been reduced in the area around the stadium due to the development of the new arena. At the start of the season we had a meeting with the club and they said the number of places parking space around the stadium has been reduced by 20%, but the number of cars wanting to park has increased by 5%.

“They’ve improved daytime parking to some extent. At one point people had seasonal parking, but they weren’t sure if it was used weekly, or if the spaces were left empty, so now it’s is on a game-by-game basis. This has improved things, but it’s still a challenge to find a parking spot.

On the Blue Moon fan forum, supporters have also raised their concerns. JazzyBlue said: “I can understand people not wanting to clog the estates and terraced streets in Ancoats, Beswick, Miles Platting but hang out in the lanes around Clayton Vale, Phillips Park almost to the Newton border Heath, etc. are not the best.”



Residents living close to the ground have resorted to placing wheelie bins on the streets on match days to prevent fans from parking outside their homes.

BandofBlues wrote: “Do they expect 50,000 fans to have to descend on Manchester City Center via various routes and methods each match day so they can all then walk to the ground or do they expect- they have everyone squeeze in a few tube carriages and one so it will have to be public transport to Manchester city center which actually travels the wrong direction for anyone coming from many parts of Manchester , followed by a 2 mile walk to the Etihad and back?”

A consultation on the plans for the parking system is now complete. A spokesperson for Manchester Council said: “A wide-ranging consultation has been carried out to ask a wide range of people their views on the Residents’ Car Park scheme. Through this consultation, the council hopes to gain insight Resident and business priorities for game day and event parking.

“Council cannot comment in further detail as the results of the consultation are still being analysed, however any comments gathered during this will be used to inform council’s future plans for this parking scheme. .”

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Burger Restaurant, Beer Garden, Latin Fusion Concept and More in Downtown Tucson

Upcoming Restaurant Concepts and Renovations Funded by Rio Nuevo Board of Directors

There is a lot of buzz in the city center and the Council Rio Nuevo is behind a good handful of them. For example, at a recent meeting, the board – unanimous on every agenda item – approved projects like a new high-rise hotel and residential complex, a new bar and restaurant on the Congress and a few other concepts.

Corbett Lane food, beer and games

First, there’s something quite exciting about the work inside the historic building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street. Developer Scott Stiteler and his team at First phase are planning to renovate the Corbett Building, naming it Corbett Alley.

Renderings of Corbett Lane (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

It will take the form of an old-fashioned burger joint, beer garden, five pickleball courts and 188 parking spaces. Just read the words “188 parking spaces” is enough to make anyone happy, isn’t it?

More than likely, you know the empty building, which is nearby EXO Roast Co., Faucet & Bottle, and other wonderful local businesses in the area. In addition, the team behind the construction aims to spruce up the area by installing better lighting, planters, etc.

TABU — a Latin fusion restaurant

Oh, but it’s happening more right through the underpass and further south.

TABU Renderings

Renderings by TABU (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

There’s a new restaurant downtown called TABOO by developers Zeus Sainz, Jesus Mario Ramirezand Paul Mendoza moves to 128 E. Congress. It is the space rediscovered leaning against the old Chicago store location and near whiskey bar Batch.

“They have developed a unique menu downtown and want to invest in the people of Tucson,” Rio Nuevo said in a statement to the Latin fusion venue.

Rooftop Dining Room at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

Finally, the Rio Nuevo Board of Directors closed the meeting by authorizing an additional change to the construction of a rooftop bar at Reilly artisan pizza and drink.

The project was announced and approved nearly a year ago, but hit a snag due to rising construction costs. However, construction is expected to begin very soon on the roof.

Reilly artisan pizza and drink

Renderings of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

For more information on upcoming Rio Nuevo Council projects and any updates on completion dates, visit rionuevo.org.

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Initiative aims to provide Purple Heart parking for veterans


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SANDPOINT — The Military Order of Idaho’s Purple Heart Department is working to launch an effort to adopt the Purple Heart parking initiative in Bonner County.

The group is also working to launch the effort in Boundary and Kootenai counties.

The MOPH is a non-profit organization that raises funds for programs and services that help Purple Heart recipients and their families. The initiative is one of those programs.

The Purple Heart Parking Initiative is a national program that is adopted county by county and is used across the United States to show honor and respect to award recipients. This program does this by partnering with local businesses to designate an unreserved parking spot, near or adjacent to handicapped parking, as Purple Heart Parking and erecting a plaque to reserve that spot for Purple Heart recipients. .

The initiative could help many Purple Heart recipients who may not qualify for disabled parking, such as combat wounded or seniors, as it will allow all Purple Heart recipients to use the parking lot. There will be no license or license plate requirements, just proving they have a Purple Heart if approached by an officer.

Being the first of its kind in northern Idaho, Dr. Dale Wilson, a MOPH judge advocate and retired Army major who served in Vietnam, undertook this project at a recent meeting.

“Such an effort will be an exceptional way to honor our wounded-in-battle veterans,” Wilson said, “and also educate local residents about their presence in our communities.”

In addition to looking for businesses willing to participate, MOPH is looking for a local Boy Scout who might consider joining the effort as a Project Eagle Scout.

“I just felt like this was the perfect opportunity for an Eagle Scout project,” Wilson said.

Only one young man will be chosen and will only have to be “enthusiastic and have the desire to do it”. The scout will develop a plan, with the help of the MOPH, to approach businesses and build relationships. Once a plan has been formed, the scout and a MOPH mentor will work to implement said plan, with the scout taking the lead position, Wilson said.

“I want [the scout] kind of taking a leading cause will be an Eagle Scout project,” Wilson said.

Local business owners and Scout leaders interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Wilson by email at [email protected] or by phone at (208) 290-1986

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Parking study commissioned as Royal Oak struggles with new system – Daily Tribune

A new parking system installed in downtown Royal Oak late last year continues to spark complaints, but city and police officials say the issues are being resolved.

The city’s Downtown Development Authority on Thursday decided to pay for a new parking study, which will take place in two phases, in part to determine whether emergency parking on Washington Avenue needs to be modified.

Retailers continue to complain that customers don’t like rear parking and it’s hurting business.

“It’s a nightmare,” said Lori London, a DDA board member and owner of Write Impressions stationery on Washington Avenue.

Amanda Khoury, owner of the Lost and Found Vintage store, started an online petition two weeks ago to eliminate the new Sentry parking system downtown. Over 1,000 people have signed it to date.

“It’s been relentless,” Khoury said of the complaints she hears from customers and other business owners. “It’s disheartening to hear… people say they don’t want to come downtown anymore.

The sloped parking lot on Washington had to be replaced with a rear sloped parking lot because the new parking meter kiosks have to read license plates from the sidewalk. Michigan motorists only have rear license plates that can only be read if drivers return.

Last year, Royal Oak contracted with Municipal Parking Services to install around 630 on-street parking meters. The company installed Sentry counters, which have cameras that read license plates and mail tickets to offenders.

Thousands of motorists received tickets that were dismissed by the court because of problems with the system or difficulties for users to understand how to use it.

City commissioners were split 4-3 when they approved MPS meters under a five-year contract last year with the Minneapolis-based company. MPS owns and operates the system, collects fines and splits the money 50-50 with the city.

Parking rates for new meters are the same, but fines for violators have increased from $10 to $20. City officials and police worked on a public education program to familiarize people with the new system and reduce payments and other issues.

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City manager Paul Brake said many of the issues that generated complaints occurred when the new system was rolled out in November 2021.

“Some improvements have been made and several updates have been made since the system has been in place,” he said.

Paul Martin, chief operating officer at MPS, told DDA officials there had been issues with a new mobile app for the parking system and at pay stations.

“We are working on ways to report pay station issues,” Martin said. “The overall system is stable.”

Figures for the first week of April show that there were 15,656 parking sessions by motorists. Of these 3,865 people obtained tickets and an additional 3,557 tickets were reviewed by the city and were never issued.

City Commissioner Brandon Kolo, who voted against the new parking contract, said many previous issues with the system have been resolved.

“My main concern is to facilitate the user (meter) experience,” he said. “We are able to hold MPS accountable and they have made changes. Even though I didn’t vote for this, I will be working night and day to make sure this works for Royal Oak.

Kolo said he was encouraged to see that 9,806 motorists who used the system in the first week of April managed to pay for their parking and received no tickets.

DDA officials were against emergency parking in Washington when first asked about it last year. However, police and other city officials have noted that it is safer for motorists to exit parking spaces first than to re-enter traffic lanes.

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The city could revert to parallel parking on Washington, but that would eliminate about 30 existing parking spots due to the extra space required, Kolo said.

“It’s getting better, but the process is not over yet,” he said of the parking meter error issues. “We are holding MPS to a tight schedule to address (unresolved) issues in the near future.”

A new feature to be added to meters is a help function, so motorists can report a problem with a meter when there is a legitimate problem and not risk a ticket, Kolo said.

On Thursday, the DDA decided to hire a consulting firm to conduct a traffic study to determine the best way to remove angled parking spots in Washington and change the two-hour time limits in metered spaces and parking lots. four-hour places in surface lots.

The study would also address whether more free time should be given to lot users to pay, and whether disabled parking in the downtown core should follow standards set by the state.

Downtown Director Daniel Hill said in a memo that the first part of the study should be done this summer, and the second part around March 2023 after the new Baker College on Lafayette Avenue is expected to open. and operational.

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Driving Fine: Driver fined for parking in highway hard shoulder

An apparent attempt to avoid parking fees proved very costly for the driver. The motorist was hit with a fine after attempting to park on the shoulder while waiting to pick up people at Manchester Airport.

The driver was most likely trying to avoid the parking fees or traffic associated with the airport.

However, their attempt was thwarted after traffic police officers spotted the unsafe and illegal parking lot.

North West Highways Police officers found the parked car on Friday and hit the driver with a Traffic Infraction Report (TOR) along with a fixed fine.

In a social media post, the force said: ‘Driver seen by ME54 pulled over on hard shoulder at Manchester Airport waiting to pick up people – TOR issued.’

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Some people responded by expressing their shock at the action while others said it was an all too common occurrence.

One user wrote: “I just don’t see the point of parking people on hard shoulders, yes I know airport parking can be expensive but I’m pretty sure it’s not not the equivalent cost of the fine unless y’all are there during the week?!”

Another commented: ‘I drive a bus around the airport and it’s ridiculous how many people park on the hard shoulder, roundabouts in road traffic cones where construction works take place on the sidewalks next to the bus station entrance need to put some cameras up and fine people.

The news comes after a taxi driver was ordered to pay £2,700 in repair costs after he smashed a Glasgow airport ticket machine which charged him £4 for parking.

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Atif Amin became furious after being told he had to pay £4 to use the drop off and pick up service.

The taxi driver insisted that his disabled parking badge gave him free entry into the NCP car park.

After being told he had to pay the fee, Amin smashed the payment machine’s display screen with a torch, causing £2,700 in damage.

Assistant Prosecutor Amber Feeney told Paisley Sheriff Court the incident happened at Glasgow Airport’s NCP car park at around 5.20am on January 4 last year.

“Amin then grabbed a torch from his vehicle and smashed the screen four times, causing it to explode.”

The court heard the aggrieved father-of-two then paid the £4 parking fee to gain access.

Ms Feeney added: ‘Police have been contacted due to damage to the machine.

“The amount of damages amounted to £2,700.

“Police viewed CCTV and took note of his registration number and when questioning the accused he said ‘The parking lot refused to lift the barrier.’

“He was not warned and charged at that time.”

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Raigmore Hospital’s parking barrier system is expected to be operational by June amid calls from MSP Edward Mountain to speed up the process saying “it is crucial this is fully introduced as soon as possible to secure the release of more spaces”

MSP Edward Mountain at Raigmore Hospital car park.

NHS Highland has denied Raigmore Hospital car park being used as a park and ride after MSP Edward Mountain criticized the health board for failing to make the barriers operational.

More than £600,000 has been spent to expand the car park and install a barrier system designed to allow patients, visitors and staff to park easily amid fears the site is being abused.

Mr Mountain said he was ‘horrified’ after a visit this week when he spent 15 minutes trying to find a space and saw other people circling the car park several times and called the council of health to act.

A spokeswoman for NHS Highland said: ‘Our monitoring of the car park has found no evidence that it is being used as a park and ride by the general public.

“Installing the barrier system will help separate parking for staff and patients, but will not increase the number of parking spaces. It will protect the spaces closest to the main entrance for patient use and hopefully improve the rotation of these spaces.

“We expect it to be fully operational by June 1.”

Earlier, Mr Mountain said: ‘It took me 15 minutes to secure the parking lot at Raigmore and I wasn’t the only one struggling. I was horrified to see people going around in circles struggling to find a place.

“It’s really not good enough. NHS Highland has informed me that the barrier system will not be operational until July 2022 – it should have been ready three years ago. Why is it taking so long?

“The barrier system will ensure controlled parking in the hospital – it is crucial that this is fully introduced as soon as possible to ensure that more spaces are freed up.

“I have been advocating for parking improvements for years and it continues to be a source of frustration for patients, staff and visitors. NHS Highland has made a lot of promises about improving this car park and now is the time to see some urgent action.

Related Story – Highland MSP Edward Mountain is ‘horrified’ by congestion in Raigmore Hospital car park after his visit earlier today and is now calling on NHS Highland to finally get the barrier system working


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The City Council appoints Petrocelli master promoter of the town square

Riverhead City Council appointed J. Petrocelli Development Associates as lead developer for the new town square last night, allowing negotiations to begin to proceed with development of the project.

The council’s decision was unanimous, and council members expressed enthusiasm for Petrocelli’s concept for the town square, an idea the town has been pursuing for more than two years. They applauded the development project presented by builder Joseph Petrocelli, who completed major construction and restoration projects in downtown Riverhead, including the Long Island Aquarium, Hyatt Place East End, Preston House and Hotel and the Howell House and East Lawn.

The proposal, which was first released publicly during Thursday’s city council business session, includes a four-story, 84-room hotel on the east side of the square with retail stores, a restaurant and a museum space on the ground floor. The proposal also includes a two-story building on the west side of the square, adjoining the Long Island Science Center building, which would have retail stores and a fire station museum on the ground floor with offices above. above; a plaza; green area and communal leisure area; an amphitheatre; a boathouse on the river and a four-storey condominium building on the riverfront, located at the west end of the municipal parking lot.

See previous story: Riverhead set to appoint Petrocelli as master developer for Town Square project

Rendering showing part of J. Petrocelli Development Associates’ proposal for the planned town square on the edge of the Peconic River. Rendered by Andrew V. Giambertone & Associates Architects, PC

The city won a $10 million grant from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in May, which the city expressed in its application that it wants to use much of to help develop the plaza as part of of a public-private partnership. The city owns all of the land where development is proposed, including the sites of three East Main Street properties the city purchased for $4.85 million last year and parking lots along the river.

Councilman Ken Rothwell, who was not present at Thursday’s business session, said yesterday the plan was “very impressive” and applauded Petrocelli for its continued investment in Riverhead.

“You have been a leader in our own economic growth for many years and I commend you, and I think you are more than qualified – you are qualified to lead this business and I know we are in good hands,” he said. said Rothwell. .

Councilor Tim Hubbard said before voting he did not understand why anyone would oppose the development.

“I come home from here after these meetings scratching my head sometimes and thinking that if someone offered to come to our beautiful city and build a children’s cancer hospital and offer free treatment, there would be someone at that microphone or someone on Zoom who would find fault with it,” Hubbard said. “And I sometimes wonder what’s going on in these people, but I give up trying to figure that out. For my life, when good projects come to our city and good things come to make our city a better place, that there is even the slightest opposition, it baffles me,” he said.

“You believed in us. You invested here when no one wanted to invest. You have proven yourself,” supervisor Yvette Aguiar said, speaking to Petrocelli, before casting her vote. “We don’t want anyone from New Jersey or Pennsylvania telling us what to do here in the East End, so I proudly join my colleagues and vote yes.”

Rothwell requested in his comments at the start of the meeting that the entire board, not just the supervisor, be allowed to participate in town square negotiations on behalf of the town, both in executive session and in processes open to the public.

“Many resolutions say ‘authorize a supervisor to execute an agreement with ABC Company’…and I want to make sure that’s not how it’s going to be, it’s going to be based on a full vote of the board of five-member administration,” Rothwell said on a call today. “I’m not going to vote to allow the supervisor to speak on my behalf about how I think the town square should be done, and that everyone is involved and we’re all part of the deals,” a- he declared.

“I sometimes think the supervisor wants to be a controlling entity and I think we as individuals need to be individually responsible for the decision-making of this project,” he added.

Although Petrocelli’s proposal was heralded by some residents at the meeting, others took issue with how the city went about choosing its master developer.

Laurel resident and former city supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said the board may have been rushed in appointing Petrocelli as lead developer just five days after the proposal was publicly presented.

“It’s really very short notice to be able to frame your questions to really take a look at this project and be able to ask questions of the board before approving it,” Jens-Smith said. “So I would ask you to delay the vote on this to have another meeting where Mr. Petrocelli can present the project to the public, they can ask their questions, get answers, and then get the project going.”

Riverhead resident John McAuliff said Petrocelli’s proposal was very different from renderings created by city consultants Urban Design Associates. He said the printout of the original designs showed a much wider space for the plaza area than the 70-foot-wide plaza in Petrocelli’s proposal and that the Long Island Science Center would be the building on the west side of the plaza. square.

“It feels very, very different. Not sure if investing the money to demolish the buildings was to provide space for a new hotel and if that is really what we want as opposed to open space along this side” , said McAuliff.

“We always knew that the proposals we would get for actual development by an enterprise developer would be somewhat different from that. It was a starting point,” community development director Dawn Thomas replied to McAuliff. “And like that – what we’re looking at today is also a starting point.”

She said UDA’s designs were preliminary and that the Long Island Science Center project depended on what would happen to the town square property “…so I think moving forward as quickly as possible, if it is possible, is not a bad decision”, mentioned Thomas.

McAuliff also asked how long the city had been in discussions with Petrocelli and whether the city had issued an RFP for the Town Square project.

Aguiar said the entire city council has been in discussion since December about the project. There was no work session discussion regarding the town square or any urban renewal project listed on the work or executive session agenda in December.

McAuliff and Jens-Smith also questioned why the city hadn’t issued a request for proposals, a longer but competitive process, to seek a developer for the town square.

“The TOD project [transit-oriented development project at the Riverhead railroad station] was done through a tender, but there was no design. The city council spent a great deal of time and energy and with the public in creating the preliminary design for the town square. The projects are therefore different in this respect. Thomas replied.

In a call today, Thomas also said there was a timing issue associated with issuing a tender, indicating that the process could take up to two years, and that funding of the DRI grant requires projects to be “as ready as possible”.

Ron Hariri, a lawyer for Aquebogue, was antagonistic in his comment at the meeting, suggesting that the board’s judgment could be influenced by the Petrocelli companies’ campaign contributions.

“Board members who have received financial, political or other contributions from this plaintiff may have their judgment tainted by these payments. And I would ask them to abstain from voting on this issue,” Hariri said.

Petrocelli companies have regularly contributed to the campaigns of political candidates in Riverhead, most often Republicans. In the last election, the Petrocelli companies gave money to every Republican candidate for city council on the ballot and to the city’s Republican committee.

Hariri also said that the process of choosing the developer of the town square should have been more transparent and prompted more public engagement.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems Market to reach USD 1610.8 Million by 2028 at a CAGR of 8.2%

BANGALORE, India, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Intelligent Transportation Systems Market is segmented by Type (Advanced Traffic Management System, Advanced Traveler Information System, ITS-enabled Transport Pricing System, Advanced Public Transport System, Commercial Vehicle Operation), by Application (Fleet Management and asset monitoring, intelligent traffic control, collision avoidance, parking management, passenger information management, ticketing management, emergency vehicle notification, automotive telematics): opportunity analysis and industry forecast, 2022-2028. It is published in Appreciate the reports under the Logistic transport Category.

The global Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market size is expected to reach $1610.8 million by 2028, $901.4 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 8.2% over the period 2022-2028.

The major factors driving the growth of intelligent transportation system are:

The ability of ITS to process and share information that can prevent potential accidents, maintain traffic flow, and reduce the negative environmental impacts of the transportation sector on society is expected to drive the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market forward.

Additionally, government initiatives for efficient traffic management, growing need to reduce traffic congestion, rapid development of smart cities, and proliferation of connected vehicles are all expected to propel the intelligent transportation systems market forward.

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TRENDS INFLUENCING THE GROWTH OF THE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MARKET

Government initiatives conducive to efficient traffic management are expected to drive the growth of the intelligent transportation system market. Governments around the world are implementing ITS to improve road safety and the operational performance of the transport system, as well as to reduce the environmental impact of transport. Important

funds are needed to implement ITS. countries like United States, dubaiand Japan invest heavily in various ITS projects. The government hopes that by deploying next-generation intelligent transport systems powered by AI, drivers will be able to plan their journeys without fear of getting stuck in traffic. These systems also reduce traffic congestion, delays and pollution.

To improve productivity, visibility and maintenance, the intelligent transportation system has enabled fleet management telematics, which shares data between vehicles and fleet managers. Maintenance can cost millions of dollars depending on the size of the fleet. Managers can repair or replace parts before they become too expensive when telematics predicts fleet maintenance needs. Improving route efficiency and freight utilization management can help managers save money. When telematics is used to provide optimized routes, ITS can also save money on fuel and reduce downtime. This is expected to propel the intelligent transportation system market forward.

To manage traffic flow, intelligent traffic solutions can detect traffic patterns and adjust the timing of traffic lights. These apps help avoid road widening and other infrastructure changes. Intelligent traffic management solutions also help drivers and first responders avoid dangerous or construction zones. These factors are expected to drive the growth of the intelligent transportation system market.

Advanced features such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication enhance the market prospects. These features provide travelers with real-time information on road conditions and construction zones, as well as seat availability and public transport timetables, thereby improving overall road safety and reducing the risk of fatalities while reducing the Travel time. The introduction of advanced technologies in the automotive sector has increased the global demand for improved automotive and transportation infrastructure. With the rise of intelligent and electric vehicles, the demand for advanced infrastructure and technology is increasing, which creates a favorable environment for the development of the intelligent transport system market.

Furthermore, the ITS market is expected to be driven by the growing demand for parking space management, especially in urban areas. For more convenient parking, parking management systems communicate the availability of parking spaces. Parking space information is sent to drivers’ smartphones via sensors embedded in the sidewalk of parking lots or above parking lots.

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INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MARKET SHARE ANALYSIS

Type-Based, Advanced traffic management systems should be the most lucrative. This is due to increasing traffic congestion on roads around the world.

Depending on the region, APAC should be the most lucrative. In countries like China, Japan, Australiaand the rest of APAC, the deployment of ITS has increased due to the growing number of megacities and population in developing countries.

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  • Cubic
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  • Flir Systems
  • Denso
  • Geotoll
  • Electric feeling
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  • Nutonomy

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  • The Global automotive telematics market size was estimated at $50.4 billion in 2018, and should reach $320.6 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 26.8% from 2019 to 2026.
  • The Global IoT Fleet Management Market the size should reach $26,410 million by 2027, $6955.7 million in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.0% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management System Market the size should reach $15,290 million by 2027, $5,581.7 million in 2020, at a CAGR of 15.5% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global smart fleet management market was rated at $38,245.6 million in 2019, and should reach $98,656.5 million by 2027, registering a CAGR of 15.8%.
  • The Global smart parking market the size should reach $13,180 million by 2028, $4779.7 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 15.3% over the period 2022-2028.
  • The Global Automatic License Plate Recognition Market the size should reach $1920.7 million by 2028, $1020.7 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 9.3% over the period 2022-2028.
  • The Global LPR camera market was rated at $381 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $682 million by the end of 2027, growing at a CAGR of 8.5% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global Smart transportation market the size should reach $131,280 million by 2027, 72740 million USD in 2020, at a CAGR of 8.3% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global parking management market the size should reach $947.4 million by 2028, $565 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 7.6% over the period 2022-2028.
  • The Global Intelligent Traffic Systems Market the size should reach 37210 million USD by 2028, $28,610 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 3.8% over the period 2022-2028.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world Electronic toll market the size is estimated at the value $5033.8 million in 2022 and should have a readjusted size of $6254.6 million by 2028 with a CAGR of 3.7% over the reporting period.
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SNP pledges to charge commuters to enter Edinburgh-wide congestion zone to reduce traffic

THE SNP will charge commuters entering Edinburgh and level workplace parking tax on some of the capital’s biggest businesses if the party wins re-election next month.

In a key local election pledge, the party wants to charge drivers who commute to enter city limits at peak times to reduce traffic and encourage more workers to enter Edinburgh by public transport commmon.

Separate plans for a workplace parking charge would see 200 businesses with more than 50 spaces being charged around £500 per year per space, with exemptions for hospitals and medical facilities – amounting to £2 per working day and per place.

Opponents have slammed the plans as a ‘double whammy for workers’ – fearing the strategy will be rolled out in some of Scotland’s other major cities such as Glasgow amid promises to cut traffic and meet targets from net zero.

In 2005 Edinburgh residents voted in a referendum to reject congestion zone plans which would have charged motorists £2 a day – with fines of up to £60 for those who failed to pay . The London Congestion Zone imposes a daily rate of £15 but does not cover the entire city.

READ MORE: SNP pledges to extend Edinburgh tram if re-elected in capital

Council leader Adam McVey pledges to roll out the policy during the council’s next term if the SNP returns to power in Edinburgh.

He told the Herald that ‘too many cars coming from the area in Edinburgh’ was a ‘brutal truth that we have to live with and address’.

He added: ‘We have come up with a very sensible measure which is a charge on people entering at peak times, with exemptions for things like hospital visits and healthcare, as we recognize that Edinburgh contains good regional facilities.

“Basically, this will not apply to any tax-paying residents of Edinburgh council. We need to make sure that residents, when they need to get around our city, can get around our city.

Funds raised from the congestion zone would be reinvested to improve public transportation systems on a regional basis, including park and ride facilities and better public and active transportation options.

Mr McVey said: ‘It would only work at peak times to try to ensure that congestion is the thing we are trying to solve and target.

“People who need to drive across town will be able to do so more easily, transport will flow more smoothly and it will make it much more attractive for people to use these public transport alternatives.”

READ MORE: SNP Government to investigate charging for car use to cut carbon emissions

The SNP government has pledged to cut car journeys by 20% by 2030 – while politicians in Edinburgh and Glasgow have pledged to create net zero cities by the same timeframe.

But Mr McVey admitted ‘we need to make it more affordable and easier’ for commuters from Fife and Lothians to use public transport to get to Edinburgh.

The Scottish Government has been criticized for plans to allow councils to introduce a workplace parking charge, which would impose a charge on parking spaces.

SNP leaders in Edinburgh are pledging to roll out the scheme to 200 companies – and hope to put measures in place to ensure the burden is not passed from employers to workers.

Mr McVey said: “The only businesses that would pay it are the top 200 businesses in the city – those are only businesses that have 50 or more parking spaces.

“We will also see, in the conditions of implementation of the policy, how to prevent companies from passing on these charges to employees.

“What we want is for companies themselves to engage in the process with their employees in a supportive way to empower their employees to make the right choices.”

He added: “We exempt things like hospitals and medical centers from it so they don’t get charged.

“Even at this rate we would still raise around £10million a year.

“It’s a huge amount of money to invest in strengthening public transport in the city and strengthening the delivery of our transport plans.”

The workplace parking charge is expected to cost around £450-£550 per year per parking space subject to the charge, or around £2 per working day.

READ MORE: Workplace parking charge plans could be approved by ministers amid business fears

Workplace parking charge schemes have been heavily criticized by industry leaders, with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce warning that ‘businesses are in disbelief that they face costs even more initial trading, just as the economy begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19.”

Scottish Tories have also spoken out against the plans and are calling for a rethink of congestion charging proposals.

Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP and Shadow Local Government Secretary Miles Briggs said: ‘The SNP’s war on motorists apparently knows no bounds. Not only do they want to hammer workers just by driving to work, they are upping the ante even further.

“A commuter tax would be a potential double whammy for workers who rely on their car to come to Edinburgh because of where they live or poor public transport connection.”

He added: “Obviously the opinions of the Greens rub off on the SNP the longer they are in coalition together.

“Only Scottish Tories can be trusted to defend motorists against such SNP plans to impose more taxes, which will only hurt working people and damage our recovery.”

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Developer offers settlement options on Oakville skyscraper project

By Gene Pereira

Published on April 13, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.

A proposal is on the table for a 245-unit development to be built on land on the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road West and East Street. IMAGES OF THE CITY OF OAKVILLE

Developers and Oakville residents are still arguing how high a proposed new residential condominium in Bronte will go.

The proposed zoning by-law amendment application for the 245-unit development, which is to be built on 0.38 hectares of land at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road. West and East St., has been appealed to the Ontario Lands Tribunal, which has not yet set a hearing date.

The initial application proposes a 15-storey mixed-use building containing 245 residential rental units and 446 square meters of commercial space at ground level. In addition, there would be 273 parking spaces on 3.5 levels of underground parking.

But local residents are encouraged to consider two options as a means of a settlement offer by the developer.

Bids are based on either a 13-story building or a 10-story building with different designs. Each option includes up to 244 units, commercial spaces on the ground floor and 268 parking spaces (one parking space per residential unit plus 24 parking spaces for retail and visitor parking).

Nevertheless, the promoter can return to the initial proposal if the court rules in his favour.

Oakville residents will be able to speak on the proposal during a videoconference hosted by the city’s planning and development board on May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a parking space in Melbourne

Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a CBD parking space as a crowd forms around them

  • Two Melbourne drivers were stuck in a parking spot for 45 minutes
  • The Mercedes Benz and Honda both attempted to claim the spot on Sunday night
  • Witnesses say the Honda ultimately won the battle after a ‘referee’ intervened

Two drivers were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking spot on a busy street that lasted 45 minutes.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets in Melbourne’s CBD.

The two drivers arrived on site simultaneously around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with each car taking half and refusing to give up the rest.

Two drivers on a busy Melbourne street were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking space that lasted 45 minutes

A Reddit user shared an image of the two pilots locked in battle as a crowd gathered on the sidewalk to watch the puzzling scene.

The man who posted the image asked other Melburnians who witnessed the ‘epic battle’ which driver ultimately managed to claim the park.

“Honda won! Me and my buddies dropped by just as it was ending. There was quite a large crowd,” one wrote.

Another broke down the time and location saying: ‘For context the battle happened around 7.30am near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale.’

“Apparently it had been going on for 15 minutes when my partner and I arrived and was continuing at 7.45am when we had to leave to get to our comedy show.”

A few respondents noted that a “referee” had to intervene when the two stubborn drivers refused to give way after half an hour.

“We watched occasionally for almost half an hour waiting for a comedy show. It was still a stalemate when we left but someone had started acting as a referee between the two riders,” one of them recalled.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets.  A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets. A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

Others chose the sides of the pilot who they believed had the right to claim the space.

“I was firmly on the side of the common man, the Honda team. Not just because they had three wheels in the park,” one wrote.

“Usually the Shujinko team wins because the corners are very tight on the other side and a faster reaction time is needed,” another observed.

A third added that the Honda should have pulled “the handbrake and gone”. Mercedes is unlikely to call the bluff.”

One of them said that if the two cars crashed, the Honda would “win by default”.

A few Melbourne residents joked that “Sunday entertainment” was better to watch than Formula 1.

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Mumbai Buzz: New variant of COVID-19 | GMLR construction to reduce green cover…and more

The disappearance of Mumbai’s green blanket worries activists and concerned citizens | Photo: Vitor Pamplona, ​​Flickr, Generic Attribution 2.0 (CC BY 2.0)

Mumbai reports first case of new variant of COVID-19

On April 6, Mumbai reported the country’s first case of the XE variant of COVID-19, a more transmissible sub-variant of Omicron. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has confirmed that a 50-year-old woman who traveled from South Africa in February was found asymptomatic with the variant.

Upon arrival on February 10, the woman tested negative, but on March 2, during a routine check-up at a suburban diagnostic center, she tested positive for COVID-19.

The XE mutant is said to be ten times more transmissible than the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron, which has until now been considered the most contagious of all coronavirus mutations.

However, according to renowned virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang, a professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore, the variant is not expected to cause more severity than previous mutations.

Source: Midday, Firstpost

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation asks traffic police to reconsider no parking zones in the city

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has asked the traffic police to reconsider the no-parking zones in the city, in a bid to address the parking crisis.

“It has been observed that there are many places in the city where residents park their vehicles, whether it is allowed or not, mainly because these places are near a market or a shopping center. The idea is to study these locations and identify the possibility of converting these areas to paid parking or parallel parking, therefore ward offices are requested to provide a report on these locations,” said the Deputy City Commissioner of the NMMC, Jaydeep Pawar.

Many no-parking zones are currently located near shopping malls. In the absence of alternative parking spaces, residents are then forced to line up vehicles in other no-parking zones, which causes more traffic jams. In most parts of Mumbai, lack of parking space is a constant problem for vehicle owners.

Source: Hindustan Times

A car in South Bombay parked by a no parking sign
Lack of Parking Space Drives Vehicle Owners to Park in No-Parking Zones, Vicious Circle Leading to More Traffic Jams | Photo: Thomas Galvez, Flickr, Attribution Generic 2.0 (CC BY 2.0)

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1,100 trees will be affected for the construction of the GMLR

For the impending construction of the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project, officials have specified that up to 115 trees will be completely cut down. In total, approximately 1,100 trees will be affected, whether felled or transplanted. Others will be affected by the proposed road widening along Mulund.

The route includes a tunnel that will rise under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. For this, more green cover could be removed.

According to activist Zora Bhathena, more than 80% of the time, transplanting destroys trees. Other activists have stepped in, saying the damage to vegetation will be irreversible.

Source: The Times of India

Mumbaikars struggle with rising household spending

Rising prices for edible oil, LPG, packaged goods and other household items have increased exponentially over the past few weeks. Additional fuel prices that have driven up daily transport prices – Uber has raised its fees by 15% – are causing stress for residents who are struggling to support themselves.

According to a resident, the average price for a bunch of beans and brinjal is now 100-120 rupees compared to the previous 60-80 rupees. Vegetable vendors say their business is affected by how customers are buying less than before. A commercial LPG cylinder has now crossed Rs 2,250, almost unaffordable for many households in the city.

Source: The Times of India

Mumbai police start seizing vehicles for driving in reverse

Despite multiple warnings and FIRs for wrong-way driving, the situation in town remains unchanged. To tackle this problem head-on, the Mumbai Police, under Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, have started seizing vehicles.

On April 6, 294 FIRs were registered against motorists. Until March 31, a total of 2,649 FIRs were registered in the city. According to police officials, at least 200 FIR per day are registered with them for wrong-way driving.

Police deliver the motorist under Sections 279 (reckless driving) and 336 (endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. “The number did not decrease even after the warning that prompted us to start impounding the vehicles,” said Raj Tilak Roushan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

Source: Hindustan Times

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Enmarket Arena car park delays linked to toxic waste

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The lack of parking and ongoing road construction around the new Enmarket Arena over the past two months has been a painful reminder of the city’s slow progress with public parking.

“Drive here, traffic. I don’t think the streets here are made for an event like this,” said Kendall Witmore, who attended John Mulaney’s comedy show in Savannah last week. “Parking was kind of a nightmare.”

For others, the road to the new arena was confusing, especially at night.

“I think we were only waiting 20 or 30 minutes to turn around to find our place. It was crazy. It was a lot,” said Jasmine Dorset, outside the arena after the show ended.

The Enmarket Arena opened its doors more than two months ago, but construction of a 2,000-space above-ground car park has been delayed because of what experts keep finding beneath the surface: products hazardous industrial chemicals known as PCBs.

The 22-acre site, once part of a scrap yard where cars were crushed, required extensive environmental testing and remediation. The testing process took the longest because it involved drilling core samples, said Bill Anderson, senior vice president of Terracon Consultants. He explained the prescribed process once PCBs are discovered.

“You know, not just 10 feet horizontally, but every foot, foot and a half, three feet, five feet, seven feet below the surface, so we can map the whole area that was affected,” he said. .

There’s enough impact at the site that the EPA and Georgia Environmental Protection Division have designated the land a brownfield, Anderson said.

PCBs are known to cause cancer if ingested for a long time.

Toxic chemicals are no surprise to city leaders who have been aware of them for years.

“I think it’s just a much bigger project than we anticipated when we got into it,” said Bret Bell, chief operating officer for the City of Savannah. “We would have done it anyway, but we would have given ourselves a new timeline to do it.”

The city and its contractors have been working closely with environment officials on an industrial waste remediation plan, Bell said, that includes grants to pay for it. Right now they are focusing on a plan for the back half of the property – a mostly wooded area.

As for the new parking lot which should open on the site starting tomorrow, the environmental rehabilitation is complete. The city has received permission to cover the industrial waste in place under the ground. A plug is an engineered barrier that protects it from leaching into groundwater.

“There will be an environmental clause that will apply to this property that would prevent future development in a residential area or prevent someone from putting a drinking water well through the contamination,” Anderson said.

The land, however, can be used for commercial development, including a parking lot, which isn’t expected to be fully completed until early fall, said City of Savannah chief operating officer Bret Bell. He oversees the development of the arena.

“I think it’s just a much bigger project than we anticipated when we got into it,” he said. “We would have done it anyway, but we would have given ourselves a new timeline to do it.”

The parking lot project launched is an approximately $9 million project funded by the City of Savannah’s parking enterprise fund, but Bell acknowledged that it may end up costing more due to the time required to do so. .

He was not ready to provide an updated estimate of the cost of parking because, he said, the city is still awaiting test results for the northern half of the lot where most of the soil contamination was found. .

“At this time, we don’t have an exact estimate until we start digging and figuring out how many truckloads of material we need to move and ship to the hazardous materials landfill,” he said. declared. “We will have that number in the next month.”

New infrastructure promoting private development

At $9 million, each parking spot in the lot is expected to cost around $4,500 to build. Estimates for building a parking lot were about $37,000 per parking space, or about $75 million, he said.

In this scenario, surface land is cheaper, but as WTOC Investigates learned, the $9 million parking lot is a temporary plan to prepare the ground for a new parking lot one day.

“We don’t want it to be a sea of ​​parking, long term,” Bell said. “Our original plans were to do a shared-structure parking lot with a private development,” Bell said.

The original plan didn’t work. In 2019, City Council led by Mayor Eddie DeLoach signed a 10-year lease with the landlord. The board amended the agreement in May 2020 to reduce annual lease payments to $525,000.

The city and landlord agreed to reduce lease payments, Bell said, after initial environmental testing in February 2020 determined industrial contamination was more extensive than initially thought.

As part of the terms of the lease, the city will also reimburse the landlord for liability insurance for the operation of public parking and any increased ad valorem taxes. These payments began a year ago.

“By doing the parking lot, which we see as a temporary solution,” Bell said. “It allows us to improve infrastructure to widen the canal to improve roads, which encourages private development.”

As an example of private development planned for the area, Bell pointed across Gwinnett Street to the land next to Interstate 16 where a 400-unit residential complex is planned.

“We want this area to develop into a dense urban thoroughfare. We want this to be an extension of downtown with retail, potentially hotels, other uses serving surrounding neighborhoods – not a big sea of ​​sidewalks here.

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How Parking Data Analytics Helps Lot and Garage Management



Analyzing parking data can provide insight into your parking program for effective policy and pricing decision making. Effective data visualization will aid in efficient parking allocation, technology deployment, and staff utilization. The ability to overlay data from all your payment and control technologies will provide insight into customer experience and behavior. Effective management of parking lots or parking garages is essential to the success of any business. The parking lot or garage must be easily accessible, well lit, maintained and safe for employees and customers. Parking data analysis is essential to ensure that all of these factors are met.

The importance of data analysis for the management of parking lots and garages

Parking data analysis can be an extremely valuable tool for parking managers. Through the analysis of parking data, decision makers can determine where and how parking facilities are used. They can then use this data to improve the efficiency of their operations, plan improvements to their infrastructure, and even predict future parking demand by tracking which spaces are in high demand and how different pricing systems will affect parking. It also helps them maintain inventory and provide better customer service.

How Parking Data Analytics Works in Lot and Garage Management

Data analysis refers to the process of converting data into information, knowledge, and knowledge. It is often used in businesses to find ways to improve operations by understanding how customers interact with systems, products, and services. Data analysis helps parking lot and garage management by analyzing how people use their parking spaces or garages. Understanding your parking diversity, usage frequency, space turnover, and length of stay trends allows for more informed decision making. Plus, integrating customer surveys, social media sentiment, and call center data with your transactional reports provides a higher level of understanding and insight into your parking data.

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Quesabirria and Hot Chicken Sandwiches: Off-Grid Food Truck Markets Return to the Peninsula | Peninsula Foodist | The peninsula foodist

By Anthony Shu

The opening night of the first Off the Grid Market in downtown Menlo Park. Photo by Michelle Le.

With the weather warming up, it’s time again to dine alfresco and line up at funky Bay Area food trucks painted with mascots like a hip-hop rooster and a fruit-loving version of Poseidon. of sea.

Off the Grid, which operates food truck markets throughout the Bay Area, is bringing back its Peninsula and South Bay markets next week. The Foster City Market will be held at Leo J. Ryan Park and the Menlo Park Market will be held at 1120 Merrill St. in the Caltrain parking lot. Both events will take place on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and begin on April 6. A store in Daly City is expected to open soon and the markets will close for the winter on October 26.

While it might seem overwhelming to navigate the crowds lined up for a Southern-style barbecue, cheese quesabirria and Singaporean satay, here are a few trucks hitting the peninsula that we’re excited to try. Keep in mind that the rotating cast includes many more restaurants than those listed below. The Foster City market will accommodate 10 trucks and the Menlo Park site will accommodate seven or eight mobile vendors each week.

In Foster City on April 6:

Dominic’s food truck
The mobile outpost of a family business with 34 years of restaurant and catering experience, Dominic’s menu features dishes you might expect to see at a wedding banquet, not in a parking lot. . While sandwiches like cheesesteaks and a grilled crab and cheese sandwich are on offer, the truck also serves more elaborate dishes, including cioppino and porcini mushroom ravioli in cream sauce.

Dump truck
Dum Truck serves Indian soul food, where chef Rupam Bhagat prepares family recipes with a twist from his Culinary Institute of America training. There are a variety of kati rolls which wrap lamb, spinach, chicken or paneer in thin parathas and biryanis which cover meat and basmati rice.

El Fuego
El Fuego mainly focuses on one thing: the bright orange tacos filled with slow-braised beef birria that have taken over the internet in recent years. Make sure you have a cup of consomé, the flavorful liquid in which beef is cooked, to dip and drink.

Hula Truck
Blending Pacific Island dishes with a Northern California twist, Hula Truck serves dishes like Da Situation, tater tots topped with adobo chicken, kalua pork, tocino or lechon. They also boast of having some of the best lumpia in the world, the crispy golden Filipino spring rolls filled here with ground pork, shrimp and water chestnuts.

Six Fifty Classics:


Ribs served with a side of macaroni and cheese cooked with paprika and other spices. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Capelo’s BBQ
This peninsula establishment has been the South Bay Area’s barbecue since 2012.

Sam’s Chowder Mobile
Avoid the long lines at the Coastside institution with Sam’s food truck serving the same lobster rolls, clam chowder and fish and chips that make its Half Moon Bay location a destination.

Sate in the Bay
Savor Singaporean specialties like charred chicken skewers and mixed dishes like a chili crab sandwich at Elly Greenfield’s food truck.

The Gopher’s Roost
Known for its sandwiches where Belgian waffles replace bread and wrap around buttermilk fried chicken, The Waffle Roost will satisfy both sweet and savory lovers.

At Menlo Park on April 6:

Chick N’Bros
Featuring thick Nashville hot chicken sandwiches spiced with chilies ranging from cayenne to sweaty Carolina Reapers, Chick N’ Bros is bold and brash. Prepare portrait mode on your phone to capture the sandwiches covered in sweet and tangy “chicken sauce” and local honey.

Miss Subi
Miss Subi offers a selection of musubi, the ubiquitous Japanese-inspired snack in Hawaii. However, the truck goes beyond the more common form of musubi, a slice of rice-wrapped spam in a sheet of seaweed, and incorporates toppings inspired by cuisines from across Asia. The KBJ Beef Musubi pairs kimchee bacon jam with a beef patty, and a har gow-inspired musubi uses chopped shrimp to mimic the dim sum dumpling.

Mozzeria
This Neapolitan pizzeria is dedicated to creating a space to experience deaf culture and increase career opportunities for deaf people. While the San Francisco restaurant closed during the pandemic, the food truck still serves a menu of classic pizzas with bubbly crusts.

President
One of the Bay Area’s best-known food trucks, The Chairman has built its reputation on moist, steamed bao filled with everything from tender pork belly to crispy tempeh and roasted carrot puree.

Off the Grid’s SFO Food Spot also hosts a food truck during lunch hours Tuesday through Friday. It is located on the departures level outside Terminal 1.

More and more Peninsula food truck pop-ups are being hosted by Moveable.

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Buyer slams Coles for ‘disrespectful’ act after carts left in disabled parking bay

Frustrated shopper slams Coles for ‘disrespectful’ act after more than 20 carts were left in disabled parking bay

  • A Coles shopper was frustrated after noticing a problem at his local store
  • The woman claims a line of carts covered a disabled parking spot
  • Images show more than 20 carts sprawling across the parking space
  • A Coles spokesperson said the issue was now resolved.

A frustrated customer has slammed Coles after noticing an ongoing ‘disrespectful’ trolley issue at her local supermarket.

The Western Australian woman shared a series of images on Coles’ Facebook page claiming that several trolleys had been left unattended in the disabled parking space.

The photos show a line of more than 20 carts stretching across the parking space reserved for people with disabilities or a condition.

Buyer Coles from Western Australia has shared a series of images online claiming several trolleys were left unattended in the disabled parking bay

“I’m so sick of not being respected by Coles staff, it’s a constant battle with management and cart handlers at Coles,” the woman wrote online.

‘I’m so sick of not being respected by Coles staff it’s a constant battle with Coles management and cart handlers,’ the woman wrote online, adding that she was shopping at the South Hedland store.

“Every time I complain the manager ‘PROMISES’ it will never happen again. What a joke. It’s been over five years and nothing has changed.

She added a scathing assumption stating: ‘Obviously Coles doesn’t care about people with disabilities.

On the woman’s Facebook profile, she is open that she lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – a disorder that affects the skin and joints, leaving the person in pain.

On Facebook, other customers were in disbelief and shared a comment about it.

“This is appalling behavior from the manager, hope the company treats them appropriately,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Bad shape indeed, don’t they have cart bays?”

A representative for Coles saw the woman’s message and said action would be taken.

“We are disappointed to hear about your experience and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused,” the comment read.

“We have now relayed this information to our Store Manager and Regional Manager to follow up with the team and remind them of our courtesy expectations. We hope you will notice an improvement in the future.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

“We are truly disappointed to hear about our valued customer’s experience. We are working hard to ensure our stores and car parks are accessible and easy to shop for,” the spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

“We have spoken to our trolley collectors in South Hedland to ensure the correct procedures are followed in the future.”

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Business owner embroiled in parking space dispute says she was ‘wrongfully arrested’

CHARLOTTE, NC – What started as a parking dispute between Noble Smoke and The Good Life At Enderly Park in West Charlotte; has now turned into a social media back and forth and arrest.

“I was terrified. I’m being bullied,” said Robbie Guzman, owner of The Good Life At Enderly Park.

“You don’t threaten people’s safety,” Megachurch pastor Penny Maxwell said in an Instagram video.

Guzman says she was wrongfully arrested Wednesday after an online exchange with Maxwell.

“I had to be handcuffed. I must have had a fingerprint. I had to sit in the farm,” Guzman said.

Guzman is accused of uttering threats. She tells me she didn’t make any threats.

“She proves what I say. His privilege allows him to do things. She got me arrested for no reason,” Guzman said.

Maxwell posted a seven-minute video as he appeared to be driving last week.

“You can yell at me because of the color of my skin and say white privilege, white privilege, you own a business sister. You own a business. So break up. Don’t blame all the men for being an angry woman,” Maxwell said in the video.

Maxwell says she stands by Jim Noble, the owner of Noble Smoke who was involved in the parking lot dispute. Maxwell says Noble sees his business and his reputation under attack.

“He goes out, and the undesirables, the ones that hang around the streets that Jim Noble loves and cares that most people in Charlotte would step over, that man loves them,” Maxwell said in the video.

Meanwhile, Guzman says she is now intimidated and receiving threats against her and her business.

“I just want to make sure I’m safe and can get back to business. and that there will be some sort of accountability for what went wrong here,” Guzman said.

Penny Maxwell was unavailable to answer questions. His assistant sent the WCCB a statement saying the pastor has no further comment now that this is a legal matter.
Guzman has a court date in September.

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Letter from Sudbury: Free parking at KED isn’t so free

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Thus, the city council has decided that parking for the Dario Zulich event center will be provided free of charge by the city. Kingsway Entertainment District parking will not be free: it will be a cost buried in tax bills. it will be paid mainly by taxpayers who do not go to KED.

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If the council wants free parking for events, they should drive downtown where the parking spaces are already built. Downtown parking has already been paid for. These spots are empty at night. They are free for the city.

KED parking spaces will remain empty 95% of the time. This means that the city promises to build expensive, low-value parking spaces to subsidize owners and fans of Wolves and potential patrons of an imaginary casino.

An additional downtown parking space would be used at least 10 times more than any space at KED. Investing downtown is good savings. The city can actually charge for downtown spaces during the day if they need to. Buying expensive parking spaces that will hardly be used on the outskirts of town is bad policy.

The board doesn’t quite lie that parking will be free at KED. He only shows again his tragic inability to understand simple economics.

david robinson

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Corner parking lot in Las Vegas, NM gets mixed reviews | Local News

Frankie Ann Vigil saw times when free parking wasn’t available at the historic Plaza in Las Vegas, NM

So when city officials instituted corner parking on part of the Plaza in January, including in front of Vigil’s business, owner Frankie AnnTiques liked the idea.

“It created more parking,” Vigil said. “We need more parking in the summer when there are a lot of tourists.”

Retired Las Vegas City Schools teacher and administrator Art Gonzales, however, said he avoided rear-angle parking and opted for nearby parallel parking and then walking.

“I don’t like having to step back,” Gonzales said while having lunch with his wife Bernice at Olivia’s, also in the Plaza, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974 for its architecturally notable buildings.

Previously, the Plaza had parallel parking on both sides of the streets. Now drivers have the option of parallel parking on the west and east sides of the Plaza or corner parking on the north and south sides.

City officials changed the layout as part of a $1.6 million project to replace outdated sewer, gas and water lines, the city’s director of utilities said. , Maria Gilvarry. The project included the repaving of historic Bridge Street, Plaza Park and side streets.

“I got a lot of positive feedback, and there were some negative feedback early on,” Gilvarry said Friday.

The city consulted a traffic engineer, who recommended rear-angle parking because it is easier than parallel parking and safer to load and unload the trunks of vehicles from the curb rather than from the street.

Mayor Louie Trujillo said he believes the rear corner parking lot added about 20 spaces around the Plaza.

“We wanted to see how we could maximize corner parking,” Trujillo said.

He also noted that it’s safer for drivers.

“For loading and unloading your vehicle, people do it between vehicles, not on the street,” Trujillo said.

Allan Affeldt, owner of the Plaza Hotel, said all downtown merchants were in favor of additional parking, but were not involved in the decision-making. The Plaza Hotel has a lot behind the building and a corner parking lot in front.

“Parking has been an issue around the Plaza,” Affeldt said. “We [merchants] had nothing to do with the back-in [parking] until it happens. Whether you are entering or returning, coming or leaving, you are going to find yourself in traffic one way or another. It’s not unique to Las Vegas.

Savannah Garcia, who works the front desk at the Plaza Hotel, said she thinks some people might refrain from parking at an angle because they “might not be good at backing up.”

“For some people who know how to back into a parking spot, it works,” Garcia said. “I think that helped a lot.”

Edward Madrid of Villanueva initially thought the new parking lot layout was a little odd. But that doesn’t stop him from using it.

“It’s just something nobody is used to doing,” Madrid said.

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Time is up? Downtown Parkersburg Parking Enforcement Remains On Hold – For Now | News, Sports, Jobs




A parking meter is displayed on Market Street in Parkersburg, where downtown parking regulations have not been enforced for two years. Some downtown businesses would like to see enforcement resume, and Mayor Tom Joyce is considering the matter. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — As businesses and activities closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Parkersburg suspended enforcement of downtown parking regulations to help businesses there.

This remains in effect two years later, but some city centers are ready to see the delays return.

“The city’s lifting of parking enforcement was beneficial for a little while as people were mostly working from home and trying to cope with all the safety precautions and changes in daily life,” said Amanda Stevens, executive director of Downtown PKB. “The downtown businesses I’ve spoken (to) are ready to resume downtown parking enforcement.”

Mayor Tom Joyce said he has reviewed the situation several times and received mixed feedback. But recently, a group of owners affiliated with Downtown PKB recommended that the city restart enforcement, at least for street parking.

“I take this recommendation into consideration,” Joyce said Thursday. “I’ll probably wait until we have a new chief of police…and we’ll decide when and/or if we’re basically going to institute that recommendation.”

A parking meter on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg keeps time Thursday, although the app hasn’t been enforced for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

People will be given adequate notice before the change takes effect, the mayor said.

The downtown economy is “still impacted by COVID more than any other geographic location or even industry,” Joyce said. Hundreds of Highmark West Virginia employees continue to work from home or in a hybrid format, while more than 90% of the 2,403 employees assigned to Parkersburg for the Federal Office of Tax Services are telecommuting.

But even without this population regularly downtown, some people say parking is hard to come by.

“If we arrive early, all these parking spaces are already full every morning”, said Walker resident Dianna Hewitt, pointing to metered and 60-minute spaces in the 700 block of Market Street. “If it’s after 8:30, it’s full.”

Hewitt, who paid to hold a spot in a parking lot before retiring from a downtown job, frequently visits the Parkersburg Art Center for crafts. She said she and others park on the grounds of the art center at Eighth and Market streets.

A 60-minute parking sign is seen on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg Thursday. Some downtown businesses would like parking enforcement to resume, and Mayor Tom Joyce is considering the matter. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Jessie Siefert, executive and educational director of the Art Center, wants law enforcement back.

“A lot of times we have older customers who just want to stop by…or a parent dropping off a child,” she says. When people can park all day in a space, “This prevents Market Street businesses from having parking immediately available in front of their businesses.”

Robert Bosworth, who works in downtown Catholic Charities West Virginia, said people who come to get food from their soup kitchen sometimes have trouble parking nearby.

“A large part of our clientele is disabled”, he said.

Other companies haven’t seen many issues with parking.

“We are fine” said Chams Ekelman, co-owner of Chams Lebanese Kitchen on Market Street. Although the lunch hour is busy, customers “Always find a place to park.”

The lack of enforcement has had a significant impact on the city’s parking fund, which has operated in deficit for the past several years, city chief financial officer Eric Jiles said during recent hearings on the municipal budget.

Parking meter revenue fell from $64,063 in fiscal year 2018 to $34,382, which included the first three and a half months of the pandemic. That number dropped to $14,298 in fiscal year 2021 as some drivers continued to power meters even when it was not needed.

Overall parking revenue, including rental of spaces on municipal lands, increased from $230,720 in fiscal year 2018 to $141,346 in fiscal year 2021.

Jiles forecast $14,000 in meter revenue and $111,750 in total for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

“It’s hard to say when the entire workforce will return, or ever return, to downtown,” he said.

The parking budget includes $140,318 for staff services but nothing for capital expenditures, according to city budget documents, which cover part of the salary of a supervisor who also works for the Municipal Court and three others workers.

These employees still collected money from meters, repainted meters, mowed dirt and performed other tasks on city buildings and grounds, Joyce said.

“They did a bit of everything” he said “The only thing they haven’t done is (write) tickets.”

Evan Bevins can be reached at [email protected]




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Woodville parking lot solution needed

Wyndham Council will seek to find a long-term solution for parents and carers at Warringa Park School that meets their parking needs.

For many years, the school’s tutors and teachers used the parking lot at Woodville Park Shopping Center for free.

Earlier this year, the mall informed the school that it would no longer support free parking and would start charging fees.

Wyndham Council received a petition signed by more than 200 residents asking for help with parking requests.

Councilor Mia Shaw said it would be a terrible outcome if struggling families had to pay for parking to get their children safely to school.

“It is frankly unacceptable for parents and guardians of children with reduced mobility and special needs to attempt to park on the street away from school,” she said.

A report at the Tuesday March 22 council meeting said council officers had carried out on-site inspections and raised the matter with the Woodville Mall Corporation.

As the car park is private property, the shopping center has no obligation to take into account requests made by the town hall.

However, a representative from Woodville indicated that he was ready to enter into a short-term lease that would allow the school to use up to 50 parking spaces.

This would be a temporary solution as Woodville is currently finalizing a bid to subdivide the parking space, according to the report.

The council said it would approach the state government to purchase nearby land to meet parking needs.

Other proposals include installing parking spaces along Willmott Drive, creating a pathway to make it easier for families to walk to school, and creating a more sure along the way.

Cr Shaw said the board would look at how it could improve the situation, but some things were beyond his control.

“It is the responsibility of the state government to provide parking for the school and they need to come to the party and buy the land to enable a long term parking solution for a school that really needs it.”

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Nightmarish neighbor, 61, jailed after attacking woman over parking space

Anthony Bert, 61, attacked the woman outside her home on March 23, four months after she kicked her door and shouted at her letterbox

Anthony Bert was jailed for 64 months at Lewes Crown Court

A nightmarish neighbor attacked a woman and left her seriously injured after an argument in a parking space.

Anthony Bert met his victim outside his former home as she temporarily parked her car in a private car park while collecting items from his gardens on the afternoon of March 23 last year.

The 61-year-old man began to threaten the 50-year-old woman, before violently assaulting her.

The attack in St Aubyns, Hove, East Sussex, left the woman with severe face and chest injuries as Bert fled.

Four months before the attack, Bert had kicked the woman’s front door and shouted threateningly and abusively into her letterbox.

Bert, of Namrik Mewsn Hove, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.







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At a subsequent hearing in the same court, a judge imprisoned him for 64 months.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: ‘Four months prior, in November 2020, Bert had been the subject of an emergency call from the same victim after he kicked his door in entered and shouted threatening and abusive language.

“In this case, Bert was contacted by officers after the victim chose not to press charges.

“Following the assault, a warrant was issued for Bert’s arrest and he was arrested at Heathrow Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Spain.”

Bert also received a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim or traveling to the St Aubyns address.

Detective Janet Summers said: “I would like to thank the victim for their support in carrying out this sentence, after what has been a vicious and sustained attack.

“Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Brighton and Hove and we are happy to have a violent offender behind bars.

“If you are the victim of a crime, please report it online, via 101 or by calling 999 in an emergency.”

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Neighbors concerned about noise from Powell River pub

Votes in favor of permanently reducing parking at Wildwood Public House to provide outdoor space were unanimous

Councilors for the Town of Powell River have approved a development permit to facilitate the permanent expansion of a licensed outdoor patio at Wildwood Public House.

At the March 17 council meeting, councilors voted to amend the city’s zoning bylaw to reduce the required number of off-street parking spaces from 22 to 15 to facilitate the patio expansion.

According to a staff report, the pub has been granted a temporary extended service area during the COVID-19 pandemic to expand the patio by an additional 30 seats. The pub has applied for a permanent structural change to the liquor license for the expanded patio space and is pursuing a relaxation of off-street parking requirements to facilitate the expansion, the staff report says.

At the meeting, Glen Hudson, who lives close to the pub, expressed concerns about its operation.

“We’ve been dealing with issues at the pub for 15 or 20 years,” Hudson said. “Noise levels have increased. I sent a letter to the board the other day. I had to call the RCMP quite often to come in at different times of the night to sort out the problem.

Hudson said he went to the Town Hall bylaws control office about the noise bylaws and asked them to tell the pub owners that there was a noise bylaw for amplified music.

“Well, they start their bands at 8 p.m. and they sometimes go on until 2 a.m.,” Hudson said.

He said the patio had big speakers and he was directly affected.

“The sound is coming right across the street, and it’s boom, boom, boom,” Hudson said. “At night, if there is a group, my wife and I put on earplugs. We are over 70 years old. I don’t think it’s a good idea to go to sleep with earplugs on because if there’s a problem you just don’t hear it.

Hudson said her driveway was blocked by pub patrons. He put on cones but they were removed, he added. There were also men and women who urinated in her yard, according to Hudson.

By-law covers noise, councilor says

Councilor Rob Southcott said the noise is definitely covered by a municipal by-law and it is true that it takes at least two complainants to get action on it.

“I would be surprised if you couldn’t find someone else to complain if that was the case,” Southcott said.

Hudson said his neighbor also complained.

Southcott said council was considering the permanent patio expansion, not noise concerns.

“The license has already been granted but it has nothing to do directly with the noise,” Southcott said. “It’s about reducing the number of parking spaces. Perhaps your concerns need to be reconsidered. I suggest that you return to the staff here to address your concerns that you are sharing with us tonight.

Councilor Maggie Hathaway said pub operators had been told the patio would be open no later than 10 p.m.

“I’m sure we could have a word with them through regulations regarding outside speakers and noise levels, and that they have to be inside by 10 p.m.,” Hathaway said. . “They are committed to this and I hope they stick to their commitment.”

Councilor George Doubt said his understanding of the recommendation presented to council is that it makes permanent the temporary arrangement that was put in place during COVID-19. He said the app does not reduce the number of parking spaces from what exists today, nor does it extend the patio to a larger area than before.

“It just makes it permanent,” Doubt said. “All neighbors within the prescribed distance have been notified by mail. I think that’s reasonable.

Doubt said he was prepared to support the recommendation. He said the noise by-law can be enforced at the pub if it is in violation, but he believes the changes to the patio will not be harmful and the pub is a valuable asset to have in the neighbourhood.

Council voted unanimously to permanently reduce parking to make way for the patio.

The board also voted in favor of a recommendation to approve the Wildwood Pub’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulatory Branch structural change application to make the temporarily expanded service area an expanded licensed terrace in permanently with an increase in capacity from 15 to 45 people. The city also chose not to provide comment.

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Could Austin airport taxis pull out of the garage?

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano

Faced with a sharp drop in ridership, Austin’s taxi industry was offered a ray of hope at the last city council meeting.

Earlier this month, the Council unanimously approved a change which will have the municipal taxi license as its operating authority, ending the taxi franchise system in place since 1950. Mayor Steve Adler was absent during the vote.

As part of the resolution – which was apparently aimed at bolstering the reporting industry – the council asked the city manager to return by May 1 with recommendations to move the taxi stand from the airport to a more convenient location. Currently, taxis and rideshares are parked after arrival pick-up across an airport parking lot.

“I can tell you, as an airport user and as someone who has also heard this concern from others, there have been times when, when I returned, I actually asked someone one to pick me up and add a car to that long line of traffic because it’s so hard to get from the airport to the taxi stand,” said Board Member Kathie Tovo, who has made the amendment to study how the airport limits taxi pick-ups.

In short, Tovo said the current location of the taxi rank could discourage people from using taxis and add to the problems of a beleaguered industry.

“It’s an on-demand service. I have to believe there are people who arrive at the airport and don’t see a taxi waiting and have to make another arrangement,” Tovo said. “I think it should be treated differently.”

His concerns were supported by Angelo Atem, with ATX Co-op Taxi. In a letter to the Council, he explained that around 30% of his airport business had disappeared “because the Airport Authority hid us under a garage out of sight of our customers”.

“We need to go back to where we were,” he wrote.

Austin Airport Chief Jacqueline Yaft explained that due to a combination of traffic congestion, limited curb space and an ever-increasing passenger population, the city chose to move taxis and carpools in 2018.

“Traffic at the time was jammed up to (freeway) 71,” she said. Since the move, she noted, traffic at the terminal has been “manageable”, despite a recent return to pre-pandemic traveler numbers, with around 25,000 passengers arriving daily. This year, 20 million passengers are expected to pass through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, nearly double what the terminal and sidewalk were designed to accommodate.

In addition, Yaft said, the airport is about to the overhaul of its baggage system, and that the construction will take up space in the arrivals area of ​​the airport in the near future. “(We) don’t really have a lot of sidewalks to accommodate the number of passengers we’re seeing,” she said.

Yaft was also concerned that it would be unfair to geographically prioritize one type of ground transportation over others, given that all pay a fee to operate at the airport and that carpools – or “transportation network companies – pay higher fees.

However, as Pro Tem Mayor Alison Alter noted, taxi drivers are being asked to provide more community service than ride-sharing operators.

Taxis are licensed by the city, which requires 6% of vehicles to be ADA compliant. Additionally, federal law does not allow taxi companies to refuse service to people who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities. Transnational corporations are authorized by the state, and although they can offer options for disabled riders, they are not obliged to.

Council member Chito Vela added that walking longer distances could also prove difficult for elderly passengers. “I don’t want to generalise, but I think a lot of older people still rely on taxis and it’s hard for them to get there.”

The airport operates a tram service on the lower level of the car park. Yaft explained that the airport also allows special taxi requests and other arrival pickups for those who need them, and receives about six or seven such requests a day.

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‘We’re afraid the building will collapse’ – Malden residents can’t access managed housing, form coalition

Photo: Sophie Paffenroth

Protesters hold a sign, courtesy of City Life, demanding rent control. In addition to unsanitary, unsanitary and undignified living conditions, residents and supporters were also protesting unaffordable rent increases and no-fault evictions.

Rhina Sorto, who has been filing complaints with Carabetta Management for months about mould, flooding and rodent infestation, was joined in a protest yesterday by other residents of Malden Towers, as well as tenant advocates showing solidarity.

Gathered in the parking lot of the Malden Towers apartment complex at 99 Florence Street, those in attendance witnessed three Malden tenant associations meeting. The event, which started at noon, was organized by the Urban life/Urban life (CLVU) non-profit housing. The non-profit organization has brought together the Malden Towers Tenant Association, the United Properties Tenant Association and the Maplewood Square Tenant Association in a coalition with one mission: dignified housing.

Sorto has a long list of grievances that started the day she moved in. She, alongside other residents, has still not received the parking space she has been paying for since day one. When she told management about it, Sorto says they demanded she pay more to get the space she was promised when signing.

Rhina Sorto (speaking) holds a folder full of medical notes and exams. She and her son both developed pneumonia due to mold and the heating system in her Malden Towers apartment. Carabetta Management has not resolved any of the issues that Sorto and other residents have been complaining about for months. (Photo: Sophie Paffenroth)

Since then, the problems have only gotten worse. There were leaks, mold, rats and cockroaches. When she and her family started using the heating system, Sorto said, “I started coughing, started having problems with my lungs, then I developed pneumonia.

In part, Sunday’s rally was inspired by the recent hospitalization of Sorto’s 12-year-old son, who also developed pneumonia. Sorto says the symptoms have improved since she went to Walmart and bought filters for the heaters. But, she says, it’s money out of her own pocket, and it should never have become a problem in the first place.

As for the mold, management did nothing but paint over it. “My mom came here to help me with my kids,” Sorto said, “and I didn’t notice there was mold, so I put her bed next to this wall and I put some pillows there, and when I moved the pillows they were black with mold.

In addition to health and mental health issues in the building, Sorto says she also lives in constant fear of a major disaster. “I’m afraid this building will collapse one day,” she said after showing viewers video of a crack in apartment 506 that stretched almost the entire length of her living room. next to.

Alessandra Candini, another resident who has lived in the complex for 10 months now, says the last tenant to live in apartment 506 “just moved…she was afraid of the building collapsing”. Candini says her former neighbor only wanted to replace the carpet but moved out last week when she saw the ubiquitous crack. Candini also says she’s seen cracks in the columns in the parking lot, and sometimes she and her neighbors feel the building shake.

There is no administration, security or anyone to turn to, according to Candini. “There are a lot of people still living here after a year, waiting for a new fridge or a new stove because theirs isn’t working.”

Not only does management take an unreasonable amount of time to respond to emails, calls and requests — even urgent ones — but when they do show up, Candini says, it’s without notice. “One day I was sleeping and the guy just walked into my apartment. It’s like they don’t care. They just do what they want. »

Proponents of these coalitions remain hopeful that change is possible with time and persistent effort. “We see a lot of success in tenant associations who fight this long-term fight,” said Gabriela Cartagena, co-director of communications for CLVU. But many of those who suffer from these conditions are low-income parents who don’t have the time or energy to invest in the ongoing fight against these battles.

One of the strengths of groups like City Life is organizing disparate efforts in a city. Cartagena says that “these tenants have had problems for decades, but it was only recently, maybe two years ago, that the Malden Towers Tenant Association started to organize when they contacted City Life Hotline”.

Alessandra Candini stands in the parking lot of the Malden Towers apartment complex. Candini, whose lease expires in two months, says if those issues aren’t resolved by then, she will have to move. (Photo: Sophie Paffenroth)

City Life launched a housing hotline in English and Spanish at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. According to Cartagena, the hotline is a direct link between people facing unaffordable rent increases, no-fault evictions or undignified conditions, and those who can help sort the legalese of contracts, providing support and connecting residents to resources.

“We stand ready to support anyone facing the threat of eviction, potentially life-threatening poor conditions, and anyone wishing to organize their building so they can fight rent increases and/or other demands such as contracts. and negotiated collective agreements,” added Cartagena. . Last year City Life helped the United Properties Tenants Association win a collective bargaining OK for families in three buildings in Malden with affordable rent increases for five years.

Although that may seem like a small step, Cartagena said that “by winning a collective agreement for one building, or by participating in a demonstration like the one today, we inspire more people to understand that they also have tenant rights and that they have the power to fight as well to ensure that they live in dignified conditions.

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Rejection of new building in downtown Pleasanton toppled, parking considered | Pleasanton News

While unanimously overturning the rejection of a new downtown residential building at its March 1 meeting, Pleasanton City Council also considered parking lifts as a way to improve the scarcity of space available downtown.

Project proponent Wassim Naguib originally proposed in August 2020 a new two-story 1,069 square foot building at 218 Ray Street adjacent to an existing office building on the property.

The planning commission, however, after two rounds of review, rejected Naguib’s application in a 3-2 vote in January on the grounds that the scheme only provided for 11 parking spaces despite Pleasanton’s municipal code ( PMC) required 12.

The commission did not accept a temporary parking space fee, preferring to keep the project parking lot on site. He also did not accept additional space provided by a parking lift in the on-site carport, believing that the lift – a mechanical system that allows two cars to be stacked on top of each other other – did not meet PMC’s requirement that a parking space be “free”.

Naguib, in his appeal, offered to open the property’s nine existing surface parking spaces to the public on weekends in addition to paying replacement costs and constructing the elevator.

“We’re not trying to make the problem worse; in fact, we are trying to solve it,” Naguib said.

While council appreciated the aesthetics of the project and acknowledged neighborhood support, some council members were reluctant to accept the lack of parking.

“I think our priority for this area should be to protect the momentum of retail,” said board member Julie Testa. “Adding an additional parking burden to our already crowded downtown core does not seem appropriate. Again, the replacement fee does not create a parking space at any time. The funds will be used one way or another, but it will not create that parking space to offset that demand that is created.

Mayor Karla Brown added that while the commercial building currently houses a quiet dental office – open only two days a week – future tenants could impose a higher parking charge, and any approvals must take this into account. She also questioned the safety of the parking lift.

However, Council Member Jack Balch saw the parking lift as an innovative solution to a growing problem.

“I think the impacts (of the parking space deficit) will be quite minimal,” he said. “And we can determine if (the elevator) is also a solution for downtown parking.”

At the March 1 meeting, the council decided to overturn the rejection on the condition that Naguib enter into an agreement with another company to secure a nearby non-residential parking space for his project, and that the shelter of car on site is not used for storage.

If Naguib is unable to secure the additional space, the project cannot be completed, but he will remain free to pursue other uses of the property.

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The day – The condominium market remains competitive

Like the balance in the residential real estate market, the condominium segment remains difficult for buyers to navigate, with so few options available. Condominiums are always in high demand, especially along the coast, which appeals to both full-time residents and second home buyers.

Market Realty LLC broker-owner Judi Caracausa said the condominium market in southeast Connecticut — especially in riverside communities like Mystic where her business is based — is “very hot, and especially for life on one level”.

“So many people want the ability to get into an elevator, push a button, and get to their house that’s on one floor. It’s the condos that are in huge demand,” he said. she stated.

Caracausa currently represents the sellers of two condos in downtown Mystic, each with their own compelling list of attributes.

Unit 302 at 3 Water Street in Mystic is for sale. This is a two bedroom condo in a building known as “The Standard”. This particular downtown unit is “in new condition, ready to move in,” according to the listing broker. It features a number of updates, including new custom closets, quartz countertops in the kitchen, and new shutters.

“At Standard there are places to store bicycles, and the owner has a covered parking space in the private garage,” Caracausa said. Additionally, this property has a shared rooftop terrace with some of the best views in Mystic around.

In less than a week, this property went “under contract”, but relief offers can still be accepted. The asking price is $899,900.

This week, the listing broker also launched the 11 unit at 15 Water Street on the market. The seller is asking for $949,000. This third floor corner unit is in The Power House building in downtown Mystic, a secure building with an elevator. The two-bedroom home features views of the Mystic River, a 14-foot private balcony, and 1,306 square feet of living space. Interiors are “light, bright and open,” Caracausa said.

“It has exquisite craftsmanship by an experienced local builder,” she said, citing the kitchen as an example. It is designed with Adura branded flooring, granite surfaces and custom cabinetry.

She also pointed to the fixtures installed by the vendors, calling them “exquisite.”

Residents of this building share a common area are along the waterfront. The owner of this unit has one parking space in the parking garage, with additional spaces available in a private parking lot. And, of course, they enjoy walking access to all that downtown Mystic has to offer: an array of restaurants and culinary shops, a favorite local bookstore, boutiques, art galleries and a busy calendar of community events. For potential buyers who enjoy sailing/boating, there are several marinas in the area, including one adjacent to this property.

Northeast Property Group estate agent Kristin Pettazzoni is representing the seller of Unit 502 at 461 Bank Street, a pet-friendly condominium in the Harbor Towers association, right in the central business district of New London.

“This condominium offers both city living and water views,” noted the listing agent. “This unit offers an open floor plan, with a spacious kitchen – featuring a granite breakfast bar, shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances – tray ceilings and a gas fireplace, and a deck with sea views. the Thames River and Long Island Sound.”

This home has two bedrooms, both with custom closets. The full bathroom is equipped with a triple vanity and a whirlpool tub.

The HOA fee, which Pettazzoni says is $296/month, covers maintenance of common areas and storage areas, gated parking, building elevators, landscaping and snow removal. Residents also enjoy an association-maintained swimming pool, rooftop terrace, theater, and fitness center, among other amenities.

The condo’s location is particularly appealing to buyers who want to enjoy a walkable community and downtown lifestyle. The Library, Town Hall, restaurants and pubs, Fiddleheads Food Co-op and The Watch Theater are all within walking distance. “[It’s] a healthy walk to the station, with access to New York, Boston, Providence and New Haven,” Pettazzoni said. “The Cross Sound Ferry operates daily, providing transportation to Long Island and its fine wineries. The Block Island Ferry runs all summer, making several trips a day to Block Island. The property is within biking distance of the E-Boat, Conn College, or Lawrence & Memorial Yale New Haven Hospital.”

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Customers are fed up with Disney’s ‘lucrative’ policies and extra fees

Although Disney World may be considered “the most magical place in the world”, it could also be the most expensive place in the world.

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When it comes to trips to Disney World, there are a ton of ways to spend your money. From pricey hotels and resorts to food, snacks and drinks around each park, visitors will find themselves shelling out Disney dollars all day.

A big point of contention when it comes to pricing has been Disney’s recent change with its parking policy at hotels and resorts. For those who don’t know, Disney didn’t charge for parking at all. Prior to 2018, parking at any of the Walt Disney World Resorts was free for all Guests, but Disney has chosen to change that. Parking costs $15 to $25 a day, a big increase from just a few years ago it was completely free.

Family seated around a table in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel
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Related: As Park Passes Disappear, Disney Announces Full Capacity Will Never Return

In a thread on Reddit, a confused Disney guest asks why parking costs more at luxury hotels. They wonder why, just because they’re staying at a nicer and more expensive resort, parking costs $10 more per day, to which the comments section provided several answers and theories.

One user simply said it was because guests had no options and Disney could charge whatever they wanted for parking. Another chimed in and added that people had no choice but to pay as they had to park their treatments somewhere, essentially locking guests into the current price structure. One user even went so far as to call it a “money grab” and one of the most “meaningful” changes Disney parks have made in recent years.

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Credit: Disney World

Related: Disney CFO Defends Park Ticket Prices, ‘Some People Have More Money Than Time’

Another user also called it a money grab, saying Disney “will charge what the market bears”, implying that as long as guests continue to visit and pay for parking, Disney will continue to charge for it. Many users said parking should just be free. Guests also had the same reaction to Disney’s new Genie+ and Lightning Lane systems.

Replacing what was once a free system, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane are both optional, paid services that can “enhance” the visitor experience, meaning easier scheduling and shorter wait times. Now, of course, the Disney community was set on fire after learning that what was a free service wouldn’t cost tens of dollars a day and the new systems remain as controversial as they were when first revealed.

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Credit: Screenshot via Disney Parks Blog

As far as parking goes, it’s unfortunate that Disney chose to make this change as it only adds an extra cost to an already expensive vacation that some say is getting too expensive. See the full breakdown of parking rates at Walt Disney World Resort below:

Registered guests:Overnight self-parking

Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel bill upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable taxes.

Standard overnight parking fees per resort category:

$15 per night:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney All-Star Music Station
  • Disney All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

$20 per night:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

$25 per night:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney Beach Club Villas
  • Disney BoardWalk Hostel
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Contemporary Disney Hotel
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney Wild Pavilion
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • The villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Free standard parking is offered to Guests staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort campgrounds. Each campground provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Valet parking
Valet parking continues to be available for guests with disabilities who may require assistance with parking. A valid disabled parking permit is required. Valet parking will be reintroduced to hotels in the coming months. Upon arrival, please check with the security host for parking options. Valet parking is $33 per night (sales tax included).

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Credit: Disney

What do you think of parking at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below.

Let Academy Travel’s team of experts help you plan your next magical vacation at the water parks of Disney World, four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and the shopping and dining district of Disney Springs!

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What’s replacing the Black Bear Pub in North Vancouver?

It’s been Lynn Valley’s watering hole for over 25 years, but the owner of the land below the Black Bear Pub is looking to redevelop it.

The North Vancouver District Planning Department now has a preliminary proposal to demolish the faux heritage building and parking lot and replace them with an average six-storey building containing 98 purpose-built rental apartments and 12,000 square feet of space. commercial on the ground floor.

The proposal includes 108 underground parking spaces for vehicles (74 for residents and 34 shared for visitors) as well as 195 bicycle parking spaces.

The land is part of Lynn Valley town centre, which is slated for mixed-use commercial/residential redevelopment as part of the district’s official community plan, although council will have to vote on a rezoning by-law for the development to go ahead. forward.

The project includes a new greenway for pedestrians and cyclists leading to the plaza outside the Lynn Valley Center mall.

The nearby Safeway site is also the subject of a preliminary development application being reviewed by district planning staff. Crombie REIT is looking to build five six- to 12-story buildings, with 479 homes, a new supermarket and 13,400 square feet of public amenity space, and 713 underground parking spaces, at 1170 East 27th St.

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My wife left nasty notes for my neighbor on a parking lot row…it’s embarrassing because I think SHE is the one in the wrong

A WOMAN started leaving nasty notes on her neighbour’s car – but her husband argued she was wrong.

The man found himself in a sticky situation after a neighbor living in the same building allegedly showed him a pile of gruesome notes his wife had left on his windscreen.

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Man’s wife allegedly left nasty notes on neighbor’s windshieldCredit: Getty

Posting on Reddit, the man from the United States explained how there had been a fight between his neighbors for the best parking spot in their block.

And the place everyone wanted was owned by a girl called Amy – who let her neighbors park there when she was away.

Due to Covid Amy had been in a different area for the majority of the year so let her neighbors park in her place.

And when the man posting the story and his wife had a baby, all the other neighbors let them park in the best spot – because it was covered and close to the exit.

However, Amy drove back into the parking lot – and the angry woman reportedly started leaving dozens of nasty notes on her windshield.

She even allegedly threatened to have the car TOWED because it was ‘disrupting a young family’s routine’ – not knowing the car was parked by the legal owner of the place.

Now the woman said she wants to fight for her right to park on the spot.

Writing on Reddit, the man claims, “My wife and I have moved into an apartment complex. Each apartment has its assigned parking spaces (1-2 spaces) and they cannot be negotiated. Our apartment has no only one seat.

“We noticed that in one of the spaces, (easiest to drive in and out of) there were 2-3 cars alternating, so my wife asked about that and daughter Amy who owned the space was an international student who freed up the space when she went to work during school holidays.

“She didn’t care who used the space as long as she got it back while she was in school.

“Because of Covid, she hadn’t been able to come back for a while, and during that time my wife had a baby.

“Fall and winter were really wet, so the neighbors kindly offered the space for my wife to park there with our newborn baby. Eventually it became my wife’s parking spot.

“So the problem is that Amy came back while we were on a long weekend and we took my wife’s car, so obviously when we came back there was a parked car, but at the time we didn’t know it was Amy.

“I told my wife to park just outside the gated lot, and the car will probably be gone tomorrow morning.”

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But the parking space was now filled with this unknown car – which clearly made his wife very angry.

He added: “About a week after that, I met Amy getting out of her car.

“Remembering what the neighbors had said, I apologized for using his space and said I would pass the message on to my wife.

“Amy asked if that was where the notes came from and saw my confused face and said, ‘I’ll show you.

“My wife had left rude notes on the windscreen wanting to have Amy’s car towed for illegal parking and she was disrupting the routine of a young family.

“Amy had no idea who wrote them. She then handed me a stack.

“I saw my wife’s handwriting and my face must have made it obvious.

“I showed the notes to my wife and she just said she had been using the space for over a year and it should be considered hers rather than a part-time resident, and had the right to fight for it.

“I disagreed as Amy legally owns it and told her to use our original space from now on I will park outside.

“My wife had this very bitter look and told me that I didn’t care for my son’s well-being and that I shouldn’t take Amy’s side.

“My wife wants me to negotiate with Amy, but I think that’s stupid because her space literally has her apartment number painted on it, it’s her space.

“I told my wife it might suck having to park the car outside in the rain, but spaces aren’t trading cards. Things have been tense ever since.”

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Truck crashes into Meijer store in Grand Haven

STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) — An Edmore woman has been convicted of embezzlement after stealing from the 90-year-old she was responsible for caring for.

A jury on Thursday found Teri Miller, 58, guilty of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $50,000 and $100,000, embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $1,000 and $20,000, use of a computer to commit a crime, three counts of using a financial transaction device without consent, and a tax filing failure tally.

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The Northfleet family are fighting to keep a disabled parking space which is being removed by Gravesham Council

A family fights to keep a disabled parking space outside their house after the town council decides to remove it because they already have a garage.

David Martin lives on a busy residential street in Northfleet with his wife Helen and son Andrew. All of them are disabled, and David says that without a parking space, they will all have difficulty accessing their homes.

David Martin talks about access to his home

Gravesham Council, which allocates the bays on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC), said as the family have a garage to the rear of their property they are not entitled to the reserved space to the front .

The Martin family have lived in Park Avenue, Northfleet, for around 20 years and have had the disabled bay for half that time, but after a council review in October they were told it should be removed.

David said: “I’m not happy with it. As I have a garage I’m not entitled to a space but you can’t easily get a car up the driveway. It’s a bit silly for me.

“My wife can’t walk on the road. If we go anywhere, I drop her outside (in front).”

He said he had trouble using the garage because of the swing needed to get in.

Helen, 75, the 76-year-old’s wife, suffers from several illnesses including kidney disease, dementia and osteoporosis, which makes it difficult for her to walk, especially over long distances.

From left to right: Helen, Andrew and David
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area.  Photo: Google Maps
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area. Photo: Google Maps

Her son Andrew, 48, also relies on the parking space when picked up for a group he is attending and for a family friend, also disabled, to use during their visit to help him with his medications.

David, who is partially paralyzed in one hand, added: “We are in pain. They don’t understand, it’s really difficult. I try to make noise and that they understand my situation.

“I’m 76. I’m limited to what I can do now. I get in the car and I can’t get up. Things aren’t like they used to be. I do odds and ends but I can’t not do what I used to.

“They don’t know the situation. Sometimes I can’t get out of the driveway.”

The garage, which by KCC criteria makes them ineligible for a bay, is at the rear of the house.

But to use it, you have to take a narrow access and return to the front door, or go through the back garden, which David says is less than ideal and often dangerous.

He said: “I fell on the steps here and damaged my hips. It hurt for weeks.

To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
David Martin says it's hard to get to the house from his garage
David Martin says it’s hard to get to the house from his garage

“You’re coming to my age and I’ve worked for what I have. This is my home and I can’t do what I used to do. I just want access to my own home. C is really a shame.”

David admits he often parks his car in his garage at night, but made the decision after the vehicle was vandalized.

Councilor John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Council whose portfolio includes parking, said: “We administer the allocation of disabled parking spaces on behalf of Kent County Council and according to criteria set out by KCC.

“We are required to perform a regular audit of disabled parking spaces in the borough, and during our most recent review, the user of this space voluntarily provided information that he regularly parks his vehicle in his own garage.

“KCC’s criteria make it clear that if you have regular access to off-road parking, you are not entitled to an on-street disabled parking space, which is the basis of our decision in this case.

“If the resident disagrees with this decision, they can appeal to Kent County Council.”

Their driveway
Their driveway
David said it's hard to get to the garage because of the alley
David said it’s hard to get to the garage because of the alley

A KCC spokesperson added: “The decision to remove disabled parking spaces is made by district and borough councils, taking advice from KCC.

“If the resident in question feels that their off-street parking is not suitable, they can appeal to KCC, who will investigate all the circumstances and consider the suitability of any off-street parking.”

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Where should Oakland build 26,000 homes? you can weigh

Oakland needs to plan for 26,000 new homes over the next eight years, and city officials want your help deciding where all of that housing should go.

Nico Nagle, an East Bay organizer with the Housing Action Coalition, has his eye on the area around the Rockridge BART station. Naomi Schiff of the Oakland Heritage Alliance wants to turn the City Hall parking lot and vacant land in Temescal into housing. James Vann of the Coalition of Advocates for Lake Merritt thinks the city should convert empty downtown storefronts into homes.

They can now share their ideas using a new interactive map that allows people to mark sites they think are suitable for new residential development – ​​and also note where they don’t want to see housing built. Officials will consider this input when drafting their state-mandated plan for new housing. The result will play a big role in shaping Oakland for years to come, as the city and state grapple with an affordable housing shortage that has sent rents skyrocketing and shut out many low-income workers. income.

Residents have until March 7 to speak.

“I think it’s been a great tool,” Nagle said. The site allows the city to collect information from residents who may pass an empty parking lot or vacant building on their way to work each day that could be turned into housing, he said.

Oakland is also in the process of updating its master plan – a plan that will guide the city’s future through 2045.

In order to ensure that everyone is doing their part to produce enough housing, the state requires each city to create a “housing component” which provides for an assigned number of new housing units every eight years. Between 2015 and 2023, Oakland was to plan for 14,765 homes. This number will nearly double over the next eight years.

Cities across the region are grappling with steep increases. The nine-county Bay Area is expected to plan for 441,176 new units by 2031, up from 187,990 in the last cycle. Many local towns fought back and appealed to the ambitious new targets, including Danville, Dublin and Los Altos. Almost all of these requests have been denied.

Other cities have accepted the goals and, like Oakland, are asking residents for input on where new housing will be located. San Jose is one of many cities holding community meetings and soliciting feedback.

These meetings are only the first step in what will be a long process to satisfy the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (commonly referred to as RHNA) requirements. Cities are required to set aside space for new housing, update their permitting rules and re-zoning in certain areas as needed to ensure homes can be built. Then it’s up to the developers to build the housing.

The state is cracking down on the process this year after many cities failed to meet their housing needs and others openly flouted state housing mandates. Cities are urged to do more work to prove that housing can actually be built in designated areas, said Mathew Reed, policy manager at [email protected] These strict and complicated state rules can make the process more difficult.

“A lot of community processes need to be integrated into how and where cities plan for growth,” Reed said. “But there are also pretty clear rules and expectations from the state that need to shape this discussion. Sometimes it’s difficult because it becomes a kind of political discussion about certain neighborhoods.

In Oakland, Nagle wants to see the city build more housing near the Rockridge BART station. Close to public transportation, it’s the perfect place to replace one- and two-story buildings with taller, denser apartments that can accommodate more people, he said.

Several other people called a Planning Commission meeting earlier this month to decide on the new housing element. Vann suggested the city consider converting downtown storefronts that had been left vacant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schiff agreed and also suggested the City Hall Garage and the vacant Pleasant Valley Avenue site.

“Please put accommodations there,” she said.

The housing shortage is hurting our residents, and the city’s new housing plan is one way to get closer to solving that problem, Nagle said.

“We’re doubling the number of houses,” he said, “because that’s what we need.”


Weigh in on new Oakland housing

To access Oakland’s interactive housing map and find out where new homes should go, visit oaklandca.gov/topics/general-plan-update.

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Here’s what not to do if you ever find your car with a parking locker


We’ve all seen cars with tickets, but there’s a special kind of kickback that happens when we spot a trunk on a car. Whoever put it there must have done a lot more than just slip a sheet of paper under your windshield wiper. We found a video that shows a group of people trying to figure out how to release a boot and the only thing that gets removed is paint from the body.

There was a time when scammers installed fake boots on cars that could be removed in moments by someone who knew what they were looking at. The trunk of the car in the video in question is quite the opposite. Not only is it attached to the wheel, but it almost seems seized up to the point that no one in the short clip seems to be able to pull it out.

There’s no way to be sure of the specifics, but it appears the video includes both the owner of the vehicle and the people responsible for removing the trunk. From what we can tell, this video begins when the owner backs out of the parking space and spins the trunk around the inside of the fender of the car. It seems the intention is not to leave but to loosen the boot which is “pressure locked” according to one band member.

Related: Study Finds Drivers Waste Billions Parking

Of course, as it spins around it damages both the side skirt and the inner fender and possibly some other gear that we can’t see. Hilariously and painfully, the person who seems to be in charge says “you’re lucky she didn’t take the whole roof off your car” alluding to the inner fender well (we think), then immediately tell the driver to go into reverse and try to spin him the other way, again, through the fender.

They then determine that the best course of action is to completely remove the wheel and tire before attempting to remove the boot itself. It would have been the right method from the start and it’s shocking from the moment we see and hear the trunk scratching in the car itself.



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Oakland Theater Project celebrates 10 years

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When the Oakland Theater Project was founded in 2012, it was known as the Ubuntu Theater Project and had around 20 members. The band’s early work revolved around a series of summer festivals, break the chains, which spanned several years and featured a dozen plays in unconventional venues – churches, parking lots and various public spaces – around the Bay Area.

A decade later, the seasonal festival has grown into a year-round production company with a new name and a permanent home in downtown Oakland, where emerging and seasoned actors and directors get a chance to do what they like: live theatre.

Managing director Colin Mandlin, who founded the company with Michael Moran and William Thomas Hodgson, fondly recalls what it was like to start the rambling but ambitious theater company, which has since grown to include around 50 members.

“It was a time when events like First Fridays were really starting to grow. There was a pretty established, integrated community of people who wanted powerful, artistic theatrical experiences, and they were willing to do that in interesting ways” , said Mandlin, “We were ready to give it our all and work tireless hours – and many unpaid hours.”

At first, the company had no permanent theatrical space, so productions took place in locations not usually considered theaters. The annual Classic Cars West show, the Oakland Aviation Museum, and Peralta Hacienda Historic Park in East Oakland have all hosted Ubuntu performances.

A performance of “Waiting for Lefty” at Classic Cars West in 2014. Credit: Oakland Theater Project

But in the spring of 2019, Oakland Theater Project moved to the Flax Building in downtown Oakland, where it operates from a converted loading dock. The space is also home to Flax Art & Design, a dance company called K*Star* Productions, and Artistic Picture Framing.

“We will always want our theatrical space to be connected to a larger artistic community. It was also a no-brainer for us to have this amazing art supply store in this community of visual artists,” he said. “Because there’s great cross-collaboration happening there.”

In 2020, the company changed its name from Ubuntu Theater Project to Oakland Theater Project, out of a desire to put a flag in the city it calls home. The change was accompanied by discussions among group members about privilege, who can use certain words and their meanings. “Ubuntu” is a Zulu word that roughly translates to “humanity”. The word can also mean “I am, because we are”.

“We talked and thought about what it means to be an American. What it means to be African American, not from an African continent,” said Mandlin, who is white. “There are all kinds of conversations about the English language and how we are an English-speaking nation because of colonization.”

Mandlin said that after having many conversations with members of the company who are black and of other races – some opposed the name change, while others welcomed the new name – he was decided that renaming the organization was the best course of action.

After a hiatus, live performances return

The 2021 season was drive-in style with a handful of in-person shows. Credit: Oakland Theater Project

Even at the height of the pandemic in 2021, the team managed to put on a successful series of drive-in shows and a handful of in-person shows.

“It was awesome. It was wild in some ways because your margins are so thin, and if you don’t predict correctly you can suffer a big loss,” he said. “We were trying to embrace a whole new way of producing, and we had no idea how much money we were going to generate.”

Mandlin and the team were grateful to be producing only live theater in a time of uncertainty.

“We were able to serve our community and tried to provide some healing during a time of extreme isolation,” he said. “We have a role to play both in creating art that says something about the times, but also a lot about healing and community-oriented interpersonal connections.”

Despite the joy that comes from these efforts, Mandlin said the pandemic has crippled local artists and arts organizations who were already struggling with rising costs for housing and commercial space. Tax revenues from hotels, which fund arts and culture programs in Oakland, plummeted after the pandemic hit in 2020.

“The Oakland Theater Project may not be the only professional theater company open year-round right now. [in Oakland] if space had been more affordable before, or if there had been more funds to invest,” he said.

As the 10th anniversary approaches, Colin and the team have decided to hold the 2022 season live inside the theater, with safeguards in place for members and patrons. Although Alameda County lifted its mask-wearing restriction on February 16, the Oakland Theater Project will continue to require masking during its shows. Proof of vaccination is also currently required by the City of Oakland.

The theater’s seating capacity is currently limited to 40 (the room at full capacity can seat 99). However, Mandlin hopes to increase the number of seats allowed as omicron’s push wanes in the coming weeks.

“2022 will still be kind of a year of transition, but we hope that in 2023, and beyond, we can have a strong body of work and opportunities for everyone in our business,” he said. added.

The 2016 “Grapes of Wrath” was held at Oakland City Church in the Dimond District. Credit: Oakland Theater Project

The 2022 season opens this Friday, February 25 with William Shakespeare Storm, directed by Michael Moran. The show will also be broadcast live. The opening night show is sold out, but a limited number of tickets are still available for this weekend’s shows. Storm will run from Thursday to Sunday until March 13.

As the Oakland Theater project grows, the team thinks about how they can deepen their roots in the city and continue to help local artists grow and thrive.

“We see such a need for ourselves as an organization,” he said. “But also for the community to have an even more established performance space.”

With a new name, a permanent home in downtown Oakland, and a commitment to being an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming organization, Mandlin expects the Oakland Theater Project to be here for years to come.

“We are attached to the city of Oakland. We want to be a staple of this community and make ourselves known as the theater in this city.

The Oakland Theater Project production of William Shakespeare Storm opens Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. and from Thursday to Sunday until March 13, $10-$521501 Martin Luther King Jr Road

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Written and wrong! Hilarious snaps reveal how passive and aggressive people go to war as notes

Written and wrong! Hilarious snaps reveal how passive and aggressive people go to war as notes

  • Daily Stuff shared when people had no choice but to leave irritated notes for strangers, neighbors or loved ones when they inconvenienced them
  • One pulled over two spots in a parking lot for someone to chalk around it
  • Another man used a sympathy card for someone in mourning to say he quit his job










Sometimes your day can be totally ruined by someone being selfish or just not thinking about their surroundings and others, and usually the best way to solve problems is to talk about it.

But some people find it the best way to get their point across in a passive aggressive note.

daily stuff collected hilarious notes that were left for people by an angry individual who couldn’t tell them what they were thinking face to face.

Imagine that you are in a parking lot and you have only one space left next to a small vehicle placed in two places, which leaves you no choice but to travel for miles elsewhere.

A man was so annoyed with a car sitting just above the two-space line that he chalked it out and wrote below: ‘Parking spot just for you’.

Or you’re at work and your colleagues sitting next to you are ruining a great TV show by constantly discussing it, but you don’t want to keep reminding them to shut up the day after the last episode.

Here, FEMAIL selects some of the best from around the world…

A man in the US was so annoyed with a car sitting just above the two-space line that he chalked it up and wrote below: ‘Parking spot just for you’

This man wasn't too happy after leaving a restaurant because the waiter gave his wife all the attention, leaving him quite upset and looking for advice on the matter.

This man wasn’t too happy after leaving a restaurant because the waiter gave his wife all the attention, leaving him quite upset and looking for advice on the matter.

Wash away the wars!  It can get really frustrating when you're the only one doing housework, but printing posters like this usually doesn't end well

Wash away the wars! It can get really frustrating when you’re the only one doing housework, but printing posters like this usually doesn’t end well

It's a way to stop!  This man in the United States took on his administrative duties to vent his frustrations by quietly writing in the description of this oven, 'MY BOSS IS A PR***'

It’s a way to stop! This man in the United States took on his administrative duties to vent his frustrations by quietly writing in the description of this oven, ‘MY BOSS IS A PR***’

Post-its are great for jotting down your thoughts before you forget - and this driver wanted to make sure the selfish person who parked far away on the American pavement doesn't forget either

Post-its are great for jotting down your thoughts before you forget – and this driver wanted to make sure the selfish person who parked far away on the American pavement doesn’t forget either

Watch this place!  Resigning from a job can be a little awkward, but this quitter kept things simple with a very straightforward resignation letter

Watch this place! Resigning from a job can be a little awkward, but this quitter kept things simple with a very straightforward resignation letter

Look at this!  Public restroom users made it clear what they thought of this sign with a passive aggressive ticking

Look at this! Public restroom users made it clear what they thought of this sign with a passive aggressive ticking

There's nothing worse than a small <a class=parking space – especially if it’s the only one left. So this Brit wanted to remind the culprit of good manners and said, ‘You must think I’m a fucking sardine'” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

There’s nothing worse than a small parking space – especially if it’s the only one left. So this Brit wanted to remind the culprit of good manners and said, ‘You must think I’m a fucking sardine’

Sympathy cards are usually kept for times of mourning for those who have lost loved ones.  But Alex decided to get creative - and used it as a way to tell his bosses he was leaving.

Sympathy cards are usually kept for times of mourning for those who have lost loved ones. But Alex decided to get creative – and used it as a way to tell his bosses he was leaving.

Part of watching a great TV show is the anticipation from episode to episode...but co-workers sitting next to you constantly chatting will ruin it entirely.  So this man took matters into his own hands by putting a note to say what he thought, without saying it

Part of watching a great TV show is the anticipation from episode to episode…but co-workers sitting next to you constantly chatting will ruin it entirely. So this man took matters into his own hands by putting a note to say what he thought, without saying it

Looks like this property complex knew this relationship was on the rocks before the couple did - so they left this note for boyfriend and girlfriend at 2am saying they're tired of them hear bickering every night

Looks like this property complex knew this relationship was on the rocks before the couple did – so they left this note for boyfriend and girlfriend at 2am saying they’re tired of them hear bickering every night

Living in an apartment means you share common spaces and objects, as does the mailbox - and there's bound to be some confusion from time to time.  But this man in the United States was not happy with his neighbor who mistook his package for a sports fan, supposed to protect a man's nether regions.

Living in an apartment means you share common spaces and objects, as does the mailbox – and there’s bound to be some confusion from time to time. But this man in the United States was not happy with his neighbor who mistook his package for a sports fan, supposed to protect a man’s nether regions.

This woman went to great lengths to get her parking spot reserved in her apartment car park but someone who also lives in the block didn't appreciate that and kept taking her spot - so she sent this kind warning in the form of a word to say never to do this again

This woman went to great lengths to get her parking spot reserved in her apartment car park but someone who also lives in the block didn’t appreciate that and kept taking her spot – so she sent this kind warning in the form of a word to say never to do this again

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Need for parking fees, congestion tax to regulate private vehicles

Bangalore parking problems. Vehicles encroaching on pedestrian lanes. Photo credit: Sandhya Bhat

This is the first of a three-part analysis of various mobility policies/plans for Bangalore which aim to regulate the use of private vehicles to reduce road traffic congestion, improve different modes of transport public and encourage their use, and to create the right infrastructure to enable and encourage the safe use of non-motorized transport, especially cycling and walking.

The COVID-induced work from home (WFH) has given Bengalurians mild relief from its ongoing traffic congestion. The past two years have seen manageable traffic around computer parks. But the situation in the CBD (Central Business District) and some other parts of the city has returned to pre-COVID chaotic levels.

The congestion will most likely get worse in the coming months as most organizations return to “working from the office”. In addition, citizens continue to prefer private transport over public transport due to Covid security concerns.

It is recognized that private vehicles (especially cars) are the main cause of traffic congestion. All major stakeholders have from time to time expressed their intention to limit the number of cars and two-wheelers to control congestion.

But experience shows that mere intentions to reduce private vehicles do not translate into real change on the ground. What is needed is the rigorous and effective implementation of a combination of incentives and disincentives to achieve the desired reduction.

Mobility experts and authorities have identified numerous measures that specifically address the problem of traffic congestion. Attempts are underway to implement some of these measures. A few have achieved some success, but we are not seeing consistent and meaningful results as the measures do not appear to have been pursued with the desired seriousness and sense of urgency.

There are bound to be constraints and limitations in implementing measures that are necessary but also somewhat unpopular. That said, it is the responsibility of the authorities to give confidence to all the stakeholders in order to find acceptable solutions.

Random parking on public roads
Parking problems in residential areas of Koramangala. Photo credit: R Chandra

Read more: “Unplanned development failed at ORR. It may also fail on peripheral device”


Here we look at two aspects, a parking policy and congestion pricing.

Parking fees

  1. Parking: This can impact both the ownership and use of private vehicles. A carefully written and well-implemented parking policy can be an effective measure.
  2. The relevant parking clauses in the approved CMP (Integral Mobility Plan) are:

4.6.i and ii. Make reserved parking a prerequisite for registering new vehicles statewide and charge a parking fee.

44.12.ii.d Parking charges must be time and demand based.

To operationalize the above, Clause 5.4.7 of the Draft Parking Policy (uploaded for public comment) states that proof of reserved parking space will be made mandatory to purchase a vehicle, when registering new vehicles or the transfer of ownership of registered vehicles.

Unfortunately, in the final parking policy document approved in February 2021, this clause was dropped.

Again, the draft parking policy spoke of a permit fee for parking in residential areas.

Parking in commercial areas, where the SWD is being implemented
Parking problems in Yelahanka. Photo credit: Tavag Ravichandra

Clause 5.4.5-d stated that the permit was to be issued for an annual residential parking fee which was to be not less than 3% of the land value of a parking area (165 square feet), provided that the Permit fees do not exceed a ceiling amount (say Rs 50,000 per year).

In the approved parking policy, the above provision has been completely diluted and the permit fees have been set as follows:

Residential parking permit (annual fee) for neighborhood level roads only:

  • Small cars: Rs 1000
  • Medium cars: Rs 3000/4000
  • MUV/SUV: Rs 5000

So, a MUV/SUV owner will pay Rs 13.88 per day to park a vehicle which costs lakhs.

Interestingly, in the Tripartite MOU signed by the Government of India, Government of Karnataka and the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation, the Parking Policy clause (12.28) reads as follows:

The GoK and/or the City Corporation would propose a parking policy in which the parking charge represents the real value of occupied land which is used to make public transport more attractive; ban on parking on arteries/peripheral roads; provision of multi-level parking centers in city centers with park-and-ride facilities, etc. »

The first anniversary of the approved parking policy was February 2, 2022, but there is no visibility on its implementation. The parking policy is an important measure to regulate private vehicles, but the political will to implement it is clearly lacking.


Read more: “Bengaluru’s proposed parking policy actually encourages private transport”


Congestion charging system

This is a very targeted measure to reduce congestion and was suggested by Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary of the Department of Urban Development, Government of India in January 2013.

The opening sentences of his letter to all Chief Secretaries of States were: “It is a well-known fact that mobility in our cities, whether large or medium-sized, is a huge challenge due to peak hour congestion which is mainly due to excessive use of private vehicles. There is an urgent need to address congestion issues to improve people’s mobility.

A request from RTI made in January 2019 to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka for “action taken” was bounced around from department to department for seven months before the information was received from the DULT.

DULT had engaged MSI Global Pte Ltd, Singapore to study the feasibility of implementing congestion pricing in Bengaluru. They submitted their report in April 2015.

The agency recommended a congestion pricing system in a two square kilometer area with 18 entry points into the CBD (Central Business District). It has been estimated that imposing congestion pricing during the morning peak period of 1000-1200 hours for vehicles entering the CBD would likely result in a 16% reduction in inbound traffic flow.

They had proposed an entry fee of Rs 150 for cars with fees for other vehicles to be fixed according to the PCU equivalent. (Example: Rs 75 for a two-wheeler which is rated .5 PCU). They had also estimated that the capital and running cost of the program will be recovered in 2.5 to 4 years.

For reasons well known to the authorities, the program has still not been implemented.

The approved Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Bengaluru also talks about congestion pricing in two chapters, namely “Private Transport Management Plan” and “Fiscal Measures”. Management plan” and “Fiscal measures”.

It may therefore be wise to refine the congestion pricing system (prepared by MSI Global), get input from citizens and implement it in a phased manner.

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Parking attendant arrested for spying for Pakistan

Jaipur: A parking attendant has been arrested at Nasirabad military camp in Rajasthan, accused of spying for Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. The defendant, identified as Mohammed Yunus, was accused of sharing sensitive information about the military camp with Pakistan. The intelligence office brought him to Jaipur after some financial dealings raised the suspicions. Yunus was paid to share the information via WhatsApp using a fake SIM card.

Yunus is a resident of Kishangarh in Ajmer district. He was working as an attendant at a parking lot near the Kishangarh bus station. The IB launched an investigation to find out what information he was sharing with Pakistan and how much money he had received from his handlers.

The IB confiscated his cell phone and laptop. During the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that he shared the movement of the army in the Nasirabad military camp. He shot videos and clicked photos of sensitive locations and shared them with his handlers in Pakistan via WhatsApp. Yunus received the money in his bank account in Pakistan. The accused has no criminal record, so the IB is trying to find out how he came into contact with the Pak spy agency and whether others are involved in this network.

First published: February 19, 2022

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Apartments will replace Donovan’s old car park by next year

BAYSIDE, QUEENS — New apartment buildings will be built in the old Donovan parking lot by next year, the landowner told Patch.

“We’ve started building and it’s going to take us about 18 months,” said Mark Boccia, the longtime owner of Bourbon Street who recently purchased a parking lot on 41st Avenue from Joseph Donovan, the founder of Donovan’s of Bayside ( a beloved restaurant that has since closed).

The plot plan was previously on hold, but Boccia told Patch that two apartment buildings would be built on the site.

“We could use them as rentals or we could resell them as condominiums, we haven’t decided yet, we will build them and then make a decision,” the owner said.

An apartment building, which will be located on 41st Avenue, adjoining an Irish restaurant on one side and a fire station on the other, will be four stories high with 15 apartments, according to plans approved by the city in December.

On the ground floor, there will be a commercial space, which Boccia will fill once the project is completed according to local demand.

“Maybe there will be interest in a restaurant, or maybe some other type of business,” he said, noting that whatever happens there, it won’t be. not an extension of Bourbon Street, which is not affiliated with the development except for its involvement. “We’re happy where we are,” Boccia said of his Bell Boulevard restaurant.

In the basement, there will be 23 valet parking spaces; 20 for buyers and three reserved for residents, plans show.

The other apartment building will be located behind the fire station and will rise three stories with just three units, according to plans approved by the city last month.

This building will have a “community facility” on the ground floor, such as a doctor’s office or daycare center, Boccia said.

There will be 13 additional valet parking spaces in the basement; 10 for residents and three for people using the still-undefined community facility, records show.

Boccia is excited to move forward with development plans. “It will be beautiful and will be a great addition to Bayside,” he said.

Related article: Bourbon Street landlord to build homes and shops on Donovan’s land

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Chandigarh cops turn a blind eye to cycle lane parking: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, February 15

Imagine having no challan for wrong parking in Chandigarh especially when the offense is committed right next to the traffic cops. Incredible!

However, the bike path in front of a hotel in Sector 35 here remained blocked by a VIP cavalcade fleet and various other vehicles, which was not noticed by UT traffic officers today.

These VIP cavalcade vehicles parked for more than two hours on the cycle path. Despite complaints from cyclists, the police did not issue a challan to offenders. Notably, the adjoining open parking space was vacant. However, the drivers still parked their cars in an inappropriate space.

“Some VIPs had to attend an event at the hotel. Instead of parking cars in designated parking lots, the cycle path was used for this purpose. The roundabout remains under CCTV surveillance, in addition to traffic officers on duty here. However, no action has been taken,” said Rakesh Kumar, a cyclist.

“The cyclist has to cross a bus stop, which is dangerous. The tracks were made to protect cyclists. However, these are used to park cars,” said fellow cyclist Om Parkash.

The penalty for wrong parking in Chandigarh is 1,000 rupees for the first offense and 2,000 rupees for subsequent offenses. If the vehicle is towed, another charge of Rs1,000 is levied. In the past, Chandigarh Traffic Police have stopped motorists under Section 184 (dangerous driving) of the Motor Vehicles Act. However, no action was taken at this particular location.

“This is not the first time that this cycle path has been used for parking vehicles. During the summers, it is a usual scene. During any VIP visit, the main car is parked inside, while the rest of the cavalcade vehicles are parked on the cycle path. Although it is a no-parking zone, the police fail to book violators,” said a passerby.

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Hanoi village goes from farming to parking

For some, it is a vocation imposed on them by the fact that part of their land has been taken away from them by the airport.

At 8 a.m. on February 10, Nguyen Van Thanh and his wife rode their motorbike for the fifth time to the airport’s T1 terminal to pick up a customer’s car and drive it to their parking lot.

“They are all regular customers, so I had to pick up their car at the terminal. Normal customers have to go to the parking lot themselves. There are still a lot of cars to come in the afternoon,” Thanh said. , 47, owner of Thanh Hung’s parking lot.

Previously, Thanh and his wife, like most people in Tan Trai Village, Phu Cuong Commune, Soc Son District, lived by growing rice and other crops. In 1995, when Noi Bai Airport built the domestic terminal T1, part of the family’s land was removed because it was located in the planned area. When the T2 international terminal was built, his family had only about 200 square meters of land left. Since the remaining area was not enough to cultivate, the husband and wife gave up farming and switched to self-employment, earning around VND5 million ($225) per month, which is not enough for a family of four.

In 2014, seeing that many customers wanted to drive from the city to the airport and needed space to park their car, some families in the village started offering parking services. Thanh discussed with his younger brother the possibility of using the garden his parents had left for them to open a parking lot.

Nguyen Van Thanh at his parking lot in Tan Trai village, Soc Son district, on February 2, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Nguyen

The two brothers raised the foundations of the land, concreted the ground and built a roof, creating space for 10 cars. Normal customers who park their car here would get free transport from the parking lot to the airport. Regular customers can pick up their car and return it to the airport.

“My brother was a taxi driver, so he is the one who drives the car for customers. I can’t drive, I stay in the parking lot. With good service, more and more cars have come here to park , and we expanded the parking lot, now it can accommodate 60 cars,” Thanh said.

Since 2018, the demand for car parking near the airport has been increasing. Many customers started calling at the same time, and the younger brother couldn’t handle them all, while Thanh, who was only used to farming, had just learned to drive.

“Now that I have a license and know how to drive well, we work together and it’s easier to manage the workload,” Thanh said.

On average, each day, Thanh, his wife and brother make about 50 trips from their home to the airport, about a kilometer away, to receive and return cars to customers. Their daily income is three times what they earned in the rice field, enough to raise their children and save some money.

Many car parks

According to a VnExpress survey, there is parking for two or three families in Tan Trai. The entire village has about 70 parking lots, with the smaller ones accommodating five to seven cars and the larger ones accommodating dozens. Most car parks have obtained licenses, put up fences, roofs, fire prevention systems and surveillance cameras. The price for parking is 60,000 VND ($2.64) per day for one car.

“Compared to 240,000 VND ($10.58) per day at the airport, it’s quite reasonable. Also, the parking lots are big enough, so cars won’t get bumped or scratched and safety is guaranteed. They also enjoy two-way transportation from the parking lot to the airport and back,” said Nguyen Hung, a customer who has parked his car in Tan Trai since 2017 every time he goes on a business trip.

As a regular customer, Hung doesn’t have to drive to the parking lot. He likes valet parking. Hung said when he first heard about this service he was quite skeptical, but he feels “really safe” now because the parking lot has cameras and just before he picks up his car, they take photos of the speedometer which also records the kilometers traveled. .

“This job looks easy but it’s as busy as babysitting,” said Nguyen Thi Binh, 51, owner of the Tuan Binh parking lot.

She said the parking lots have become a way of earning a living for most people in Tan Trai as most of the land has been acquired for the construction and expansion of the airport. Although the work is not as difficult as farming, it is time consuming.

In addition to monitoring the cars, the owners must deliver the car on time and take the customers to the airport after parking. Every time a customer calls, they have to go, day or night. Sometimes there are only one or two flights a night, but there are many nights when she has to make five or six round trips to the airport, unable to sleep.

“Last Tet, my husband and I couldn’t go anywhere because we had to work all the time,” Binh said.

Binh was a farmer and her husband Tuan was a taxi driver at the airport. In 2015, the couple opened a parking service. Since their parking lot can only accommodate five cars, she rents the land right next to the house, paying 10 million VND per month to expand her parking space.

When Binh first opened the parking lot, she began to suffer from insomnia as she was unaccustomed to the timings.

“Sometimes my meal was interrupted five times because customers kept calling,” Binh said. Then some winter nights get drizzly, windy and freezing, but she still has to go back and forth.

Currently, Binh makes a monthly profit of nearly VND20 million from the parking lot. She said the money is not that much, but it is still much more than what she got as a farmer. Now there is no land or work on the land, so the elderly couple must rely on the parking lot to live.

A car enters Tan Trai village, where there are many parking lots along the way.  Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

A car enters Tan Trai village, where there are many parking lots along the way. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

“In pre-Covid times, when the T2 international terminal was still operating normally, cars were brought to the village day and night,” says Le Bay, 71, owner of the Bao Loc car park.

Ten years ago, Bay and his wife built eight motel rooms for airport staff to rent. Each 24 square meter apartment had a rent of 1 million VND per month. By the end of 2019, the number of tenants had halved, while the demand for car parking increased, so Bay demolished the motel rooms and turned the area into a parking lot for up to 28 cars and then left his two children manage it, earning tens of millions of dong per month.

“Compared to the motel, opening a parking lot is much simpler, the investment is less, and the revenue is stable,” Bay said.

However, for two years of the pandemic, the airline industry was frozen, causing many hardships for households in the village.

“Previously, the parking lots in the village were all full, but in recent months many parking lots were empty and had to be closed. Although we slept well, there was no income, so we had to use our savings Bay said.

But as soon as flights resumed in October 2021, demand increased again and Tan Trai village returned to its new normal. On the first days of the Lunar New Year, the people of Tan Trai were once again busy getting cars in and out of parking lots.

“Please come to the domestic terminal to pick up my car right away. I’m going to be late for my flight,” a regular customer told Thanh over the phone. The couple left their lunch unfinished, took a motorbike to the airport.

Thanh reflects, “My job is like this. Every time a customer calls, I have to go. It’s inconvenient, but it helps us earn a living. when more profitable business opportunities arise, I’m on my feet, but I’m not thinking about it now.”

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Solve Parking Problems, Bangalore Towing Problems Will Go Away

Vehicle towing is a common sight in many parts of Bangalore, especially in Central Business District (CBD) areas such as Church Street, Commercial Street and other roads. Following several incidents of conflict between towing staff and motorists, the government recently announced a temporary suspension of towing until clear and simplified rules are put in place.

Citizens have complained that the city does not have a strong parking policy, leading to chaos on the streets and leaving vehicle owners to contend with law enforcement authorities. How can Bengaluru improve its parking system without inconveniencing citizens too much? Deccan Herald takes a deep dive, interacting with a cross section of Bengalureans.

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Raghvendra TS, who resides in Mathikere, welcomes the suspension. He says, “As the population grows, parking spaces are becoming a big problem in Bangalore. This is bound to create a mess. Even if we find a suitable parking spot, traffic police personnel will come to tow our vehicles, damaging them. This puts the citizen in a difficult situation as he has to run behind government offices to retrieve the vehicle.

Tony K Cherian, a resident of the BTM layout, has this to say: “I used to live quite close to Silk Board Junction, before and during the construction of the metro. I saw many local residents park their vehicles on the side of the road, and you can even see that some local residents have marked out their territory for parking.

“The metropolitan city is really lacking in several multi-level parking slots at its prime locations. The Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should also come up with strict rules after ensuring the availability of parking slots in every residential and commercial building. Palike should also think about converting the basements/available space of the bus/metro station into parking,” he adds.

Most citizens believe that the lack of a clear plan for reserving parking spaces at different locations is one of the main reasons that has led to heavy congestion in the city’s roads and public spaces.

Christ College Faculty of Arts Fellow Victor Joseph notes, “Bengaluru is lagging far behind in providing adequate parking towers to overcome the crisis. The categorical authorities have not been kind enough to allocate maximum space for parking in urban areas, especially when street shopping is a variable to consider.

Abhishek S John, a consultant psychologist, interjects: “Parking space should be maximized for common users. Every approved commercial building must have ample parking space for its customers with no hidden charges. A separate space must be reserved for the loading and unloading of goods for commercial use.

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Transport parking discussion now heads to council

The Elliot Lake Bylaws Committee discussed transit parking at a meeting Thursday, concluding that transit parking on public land is not an option

It will no longer be “ok” to park your 18-wheeler in the streets of the city.

It never really was; a practice tolerated in Elliot Lake, but not sanctioned.

Although City Hall acknowledges that owner-operators and drivers are prohibited from parking their vehicles on residential streets, there remains a local problem with people using public land for truck parking.

The issue received particular attention during a meeting of the municipal committee on Thursday afternoon.

Fast forward to next Monday evening, Elliot Lake City Council will consider the Bylaws Committee’s recommendation to notify large truck operators that a piece of former city-owned land on Oakland Boulevard is no longer the place to park their tractor-trailers.

During Thursday afternoon’s virtual meeting of the Bylaws and Planning Committee, Economic Development Manager Steve Antunes apologized for the short notice.

He explained the need to prevent the use of the land on Oakland Boulevard adjacent to the Mont Dufour ski resort as a parking area for large trucks.

“The city recently sold 22 and 33 Oakland Boulevard, the base of the ski resort road, where there is excess truck parking,” Antunes said. “They parked there to avoid a violation.”

This car park, now private, has been banned.

Chairman of the Cons. Ed Pearce said council members should share the blame for any inconvenience caused to truckers by the announcement.

The committee was told that local property owners have shown no interest in getting into the parking business.

Other city-owned land, such as the Elliot Lake Airport property and vacant parking spaces adjacent to the Centennial Arena, were also excluded as suitable parking alternatives, for various reasons.

Pearce said there had to be an alternative,

“I notice we have a lot of commercial vehicles, especially large tractor-trailers, parked on the lawns here in Elliot Lake,” Pearce said,

“I know there’s one on Hutchinson that seems to do that on a regular basis,” he added.

“So I hope and pray that our staff will make sure this doesn’t become the norm,” Coun said. Perforated.

Although she agreed that parking regulations must be enforced, Councillor. Sandy Finamore was in favor of giving truckers some slack.

“Hopefully we’ll use a little discretion for about a week until they can figure it out,” Finamore said.

“And where they’re going to park and there aren’t a lot of options.”

The big issue of truck parking will go to City Council at its next virtual meeting next Monday.

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Interior Health nearly doubles parking fees for KGH staff – Kelowna News

KGH staff parking fees increase

An internal Interior Health memo sent in late January says parking rates at Kelowna General Hospital for staff and doctors will increase next month.

Rates will almost double, starting March 4, according to a staff member.

The rates have not increased since 2019, but according to the memo, the parking rates for KGH annual and medical parking are increased from $421.12 per year to $777.48 and for outside parking rates opening hours, they are expected to drop from $224.96 per year to $415.32.

For comparison, a year of parking in the city of Kelowna’s Chapman parking lot costs $981.48.

“I guess it feels like a bit of a kick in the teeth after the past two years we’ve been through and the challenges we continue to face at the hospital,” said a disgruntled KGH employee.

The worker says he only has an after-hours parking pass and has been on the waiting list for a full pass for six years now. He says he will pay more for his parking pass and may have to continue parking elsewhere, depending on his shift.

“And I pay the highest rate (even) if I can even get a parking space at the hospital.”

The worker says he often has to pay to park for up to 10 minutes and then walk to work.

“I don’t think the hospital should be run on the backs of employees in terms of using parking revenue to fund health care,” the employee said.

Interior Health has struggled with parking issues at KGH for many years. Last year, IH scrapped plans for a new parking lot at Kelowna General Hospital in favor of buying land for nearby surface lots.

The BC Nurses Union said in 2021 that some of its members were being told they could have to wait up to nine years for a parking spot.

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Café Streets: from pandemic response to permanent program

Outdoor dining areas for La Carte de Oaxaca, Skål and Hot Cakes at the north end of Ballard Ave. Not pictured: Growlers filled with Skål. (Photo by Ray Dubicki)

The Seattle City Council is considering a bill to extend street cafe and outdoor dining permits through January 2023. The popular program sprung up during the pandemic to accommodate dining and shopping in outdoors during closings. Although Seattle has always allowed the use of sidewalks and parking spaces, high costs were a barrier. In the 18 months since the implementation of the free permit program, the number of outdoor spaces used for dining and retail has grown from 400 to nearly 700 locations.

The bill is sponsored by council member Dan Strauss (District 6), who spearheaded efforts to allow cafe streets. One of the most popular and extensive locations for outdoor dining is in its neighborhood along Ballard Avenue. The planner followed the story of Ballard’s unique pergolas that boosted the vitality of the neighborhood during the closures.

The extension of free permits gives the Seattle Department of Transportation time to complete drafting new rules allowing businesses to open or continue to use the streets for outdoor dining and retail. According to Strauss, the new rules represent “a shift from crisis response to citywide adoption and understanding that coffeehouse streets are part of the fabric of Seattle.”

The numbers confirm Strauss’ observation about the program’s popularity. At the recent meeting of the Council’s Transportation Committee, SDOT presented the results of its street retail and restaurant surveys of business owners and the community. Of the 10,000 responses received in their general survey, 90% of respondents supported sidewalk and sidewalk cafes as well as street closures for restaurants and shops. Over 80% of respondents supported food trucks and food carts.

SDOT presented the results of its survey of 10,000 respondents examining public opinion on outdoor dining and retail rules. (Credit: SDOT)

There was a drop in support for retail, with only around 60% supporting merchandise displays in sidewalks and sidewalks. It could be argued that curbside retail stores have been much rarer, with fewer well-made examples. Still, that’s well above majority support.

The move to a permanent coffee street program will begin in the spring when SDOT releases a set of legislative and regulatory changes based on these surveys and community outreach. SDOT has detailed a work program that would raise community awareness and feedback over the summer, with legislation being considered in the fall. If passed, the legislation will come into force before the end of the extension in January 2023.

In its presentation, SDOT said the overall aim of the outdoor dining legislation will be to create more permitting tools, including seasonal permits. The Department emphasizes safety and mobility with licensed structures that people can use year-round. The Department is also looking for flexibility in retail merchandise displays, potentially allowing them based on guidelines rather than permits.

While there appears to be general consensus around extending the current permits to January 2023, two issues were raised by council members who were looking forward to a permanent program. Councilor Lisa Herbold (District 1) raised concerns about accessibility for anyone using the street. She asked SDOT to consider testing the accessibility of some sites, citing an example in New York.

Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Alex Pedersen (District 4) raised a question about lost permit revenue. SDOT calculated that the lost permit revenue would be $420,000 for the 8-month extension to 2023, or an annualized cost of $630,000. This is based on the traditional calculation of permits costing between $200 and $4,000 depending on specific demand and location. This higher number corresponds to the use of a parking space, the high cost offsetting the parking revenue.

In a later conversation, Strauss expressed his understanding of the matter, but pointed out that revenues cannot be compared between parking and activating a street. “It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. Just trying to say something else costs x so it should cost x lacks nuance. The rapid increase in permitted outdoor spaces since the abolition of fees suggests that these traditional fees were indeed a barrier, especially when considered in addition to the costs of structures and furnishings to create outdoor space.

Strauss also pushes back against the idea that Seattle’s wintry weather is a drag on outdoor dining. “I was in Hattie’s Hat during the cold snap and peak of Omicron. The people I was with were more comfortable eating out. It was 37 degrees and we bundled up. The exterior was completely full and the interior completely full. Regardless of what the naysayers suggest, it was complete.

While that might sound a bit Seattle Process-ish, the extra time to develop responsive and nuanced rules is probably for the best. The area has seen the issues where a town like Edmonds moves too quickly and charges thousands of dollars in outdoor dining fees. Strauss points out: “Jurisdictions that have problems are rushing to get answers without doing the necessary analysis. Having instinctive reactions rather than taking the time to find the right answer.

A little extra time, according to Strauss, allows “SDOT to create the right size policies for businesses to operate successfully, everyone can use the sidewalk, park if needed, and those don’t have no need to compete. Extend to ensure we are applying the correct policies.


Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and on-call parent to take care of general school and neighborhood duties around Ballard. This allows him to see how city planning is working (or not) during the hours when most people are locked in their office. He is a lawyer and urban planner by training, with experience in nut soup planning, from code enforcement to university development to drafting zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly requirement.

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The Day – The building of The Day grew with the newspaper

Inch by inch, the last of the linotype machines, stripped of its small parts, rose slowly with block and hoist until it reached the fourth floor. Then it was tossed inside through a window and back up into the composing room.

With that, The Day, then in its 27th year, was ready for a milestone: the following afternoon, it would be posting for the first time from its own home. As of August 13, 1907, the house was at 47 Main St., New London, a building erected by publisher Theodore Bodenwein with an eye to the future.

This future lasted a long time, but it could not last forever. With his circumstances altered by the internet and the COVID-19 pandemic, The Day plans to leave his 115-year-old home, although he maintains his commitment to downtown New London.

But the building, much larger than at the start, has a story to tell. Its century-long metamorphosis has followed the fortunes of the newspaper, growing with it and reflecting its mission.

In the place where we cover the news, from time to time, news would reach us. The building was the target of an anarchist bomb threat. Hurricanes crippled his presses. Civil rights protesters marched past its gates.

But over the last decade of digital transformation, it gradually emptied out until there was too much space to hold onto. Now, about to go up for sale, the place is more than a building: it’s an artifact of The Day’s history.

* * *

In its first quarter century, The Day bounced around New London, occupying three sites on Bank Street and one on Main Street. Most were inadequate, but in 1893 the paper moved to a spacious new building which it shared with the Boston Furniture Co., occupying two floors and the basement.

It was The Day’s best house so far, but Bodenwein, who had bought the newspaper two years earlier, thought his business needed its own premises.

“The Bank Street surroundings including a lumber yard in the back and a furniture store beside and above us gave me shivers every time the fire alarm sounded”, he later recalled.

Adding to his concerns, the owner asked if The Day would be willing to leave if Frank Munsey, the publisher of a national magazine, decided to move his business there.

“It definitely gave me a pot,” Bodenwein wrote. “Of course, nothing ever came of it, but it gave me some restless nights.” In Munsey’s brief flirtation with New London publishing, he erected his own building, which became the Mohican Hotel.

Bodenwein began looking, and in 1904 purchased the site of a confectionery wholesaler on Main Street. Architect Dudley St. Clair Donnelly designed a “fireproof” four-story building, with arched windows and terracotta lion heads on the facade.

The first stone was laid on July 2, 1906, the day of the 25th anniversary of the first edition of the newspaper. The structure then rose between a plumbing company and a paint shop. The builders did not remove a large boulder when digging the foundation, but instead poured concrete around it. It is still there, crossing the basement like the tip of an iceberg.

The “Day Building”, whose name is carved in stone above the door, became a symbol of the newspaper’s progress, and for a time a picture of it adorned the page’s bear. editorial.

In 1911, when the newspaper launched a campaign to raise $100,000 for the Connecticut College Foundation, the building took center stage. A huge clock face, two stories high, was placed on the facade to track the progress of the campaign. In the days before the radio, crowds gathered outside during championship boxing matches to hear Associated Press updates relayed by megaphone from the third-floor newsroom.

Just seven years after moving in, the newspaper outgrew the space, which included an office rented by a dentist. The press, which printed a maximum of 16 pages, was no longer sufficient, so the company purchased a larger press to double the paper size. A new press room was the first of many expansions, a 60ft by 40ft wing facing Bradley Street, one block behind.

With the addition, on the site of a tailor’s shop, a model began. As The Day grew, his building gradually absorbed the surrounding neighborhood.

* * *

As smoke filled the first-floor business office on December 14, 1921, Bodenwein’s fear of a fire seemed to come true. But the flames were nearby and staff evacuated as firefighters put out the blaze. Bodenwein turned the close call into an opportunity and purchased the damaged building. Other purchases followed, including the BP Learned Mission house on Bradley Street, then renamed North Bank Street.

In 1927 Bodenwein decided to turn its holdings into two major expansions. First, a seven-bay traffic garage at the mission site. Then a team demolished the building where the fire had started.

This paved the way for a complex construction project: a second four-storey Day building was built next to the first, and then the two were designed into a single structure.

Architect Edward L. Scholfield designed a new facade with input from Bodenwein. Made of buff brick and limestone, it faced the two buildings and subtly followed the curve of Main Street. Above the first-floor windows, gothic letters spelled out “The New London Day”.

On May 6, 1929, The Day welcomed 1,000 visitors to the marble-lined lobby when the building opened. Linotype operators inscribed people’s names in keepsake-like slugs, Bodenwein greeted everyone in his wood-panelled second-floor office, and the press churned out copies of an eight-page “New Home” section.

“It seems,” Bodenwein reflected, “as if … we had provided space and facilities for all the growth (and) expansion likely to occur over the next quarter century.” His prediction was correct.

* * *

When Elizabeth Bodenwein Miles sank a golden shovel into the ground of North Bank Street on February 27, 1960, it had been 31 years since the last expansion, just slightly longer than her late father had expected.

“I wish he could be here now to see the beginning of a new construction that he hoped would one day be necessitated by the growth of this region and this newspaper,” said Barnard L. Colby, who will soon be appointed editor, at the inauguration of the works.

Since 1929, The Day’s circulation and staff had doubled. The planned two-story annex, which displaced H. Marcus & Co. and a few other businesses, created space for a new press, a larger typesetting room, and improved circulation facilities. The former composition room on the fourth floor has become a modern newsroom.

At the time, New London was about to launch the Winthrop Urban Renewal Project, which radically changed the city. The Day supported the effort and benefited from it. When the wrecking ball leveled nearly every building on Main Street, The Day and the New London Savings Bank were the only survivors.

The company has reached an agreement to sell the former North Bank Street police station, which it used for storage, to the city. In return, the city widened the street, where the newspaper’s loading docks were located, and provided land for further construction.

“The Day’s expansion in partnership with redevelopment has transformed North Bank Street from an area congested with shops, vacant frame buildings, bars and brothels into a cleaner but desolate service road for the newspaper “, wrote Gregory N. Stone in his book “The Day”. Paper.”

In 1968, after the city evicted the newspaper’s neighbors, the Salvation Army and Bishop Studio, The Day built an advertising wing, with a parking lot in front.

Within the white brick wall was a 400-pound stone rendering of the New London City Seal which formed part of The Day’s logo. It had been salvaged from the police station as a relic of a neighborhood that, by then, The Day had entirely survived.

* * *

In the 1980s, The Day’s fortunes soared when the full effect of Bodenwein’s will, which established trust ownership of the newspaper, took effect with the death of his last heir. With new revenue, the company added staff until each newsroom desk was shared by two people. It was again time to expand the building.

One day in 1986, employees were surprised to see a demolition notice in the front window. But the building wasn’t falling, just the traffic garage. It was replaced with a four-story addition which included a new garage, mailroom, and space for a larger press room and executive offices.

Then came a three-story, 6,000-square-foot building on Eugene O’Neill Drive to house a new press capable of printing color photos. Finally, the parking lot in front was transformed into a park named in honor of the retired Colby.

“This fine young park now bears a fine old New England name,” said publisher Reid MacCluggage at the 1992 grand opening.

That’s where things were when the internet arrived, disrupting the business models of newspapers around the world, including The Day. Broadcast and advertising revenue began to decline, and cost reductions followed. In 2011, the company turned over its printing to the Providence Journal and closed the newsroom. The newer part of the building was suddenly obsolete. Elsewhere, empty desks were increasingly common.

When the pandemic subsided, The Day became a mobile phone company overnight. For 14 months the building sat empty, and it has been only lightly occupied since.

The newspaper is now looking forward to a new chapter in a new home. It’s an unexpected turn, but one person might not have been surprised. In his will, Bodenwein anticipated this possibility, but even earlier, in 1929, it was in his mind.

Although the building then seemed poised to serve the newspaper’s needs indefinitely, Bodenwein, ever a visionary, acknowledged that sooner or later “The Day may have to move again.”

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Fury as school uses disabled parking space for bench ‘so teachers can have lunch’

A concerned woman says she first raised the issue of the blocked parking space last year with the headmaster and deputy headmaster at Christ Church C of E Primary School in Clifton, Bristol

The bench was planted in a disabled parking space

A school has been harshly criticized after a bench was placed in a disabled parking space.

The picnic bench would have been placed in the clearly marked bay of Christ Church C of E Primary School in Clifton, Bristol.

The woman who photographed the bench, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she also saw teachers having lunch there, the Bristol Post reported.

She said: ‘I took it for my personal records so I could prove how long he had been there.

“I also have a picture of all the teachers eating their lunch on it, which optically is absolutely terrible.”

The woman says she first raised the issue of the blocked parking space last year with the principal and vice-principal, and filed a formal complaint with the school on Thursday.

“You wouldn’t dream of using a wheelchair lift as a storage cupboard just because it’s not currently being used by a wheelchair user, you would leave it open at all times,” she continued. .






Christ Church C of E Primary School in Clifton

“I really don’t understand how they can justify using the berry in this way.”

The woman said she was worried about visitors coming to the school who might need to use the space.

“The message that this really sends is that the use of the school is more important than the disposition that is actively there,” she added.

According to data from Bristol Live’s School Ratings 4.4% of the school’s students have special educational needs.

The school said the bench has now been moved.

Manager Ms Clare Jones said: ‘I can say the table is not in the disabled parking space and we have plenty of parking on site for anyone who needs it.

The manager was unable to provide a more detailed response at this time as they are in “active confidential communication with a relative regarding this matter”.

After the image was shared on Twitter, many people expressed dismay at its location.

Twitter user @shevvyt said: “What lesson/message does this teach everyone in this school community? The bad.

Another user @scottiepye tweeted: “I personally think this sends a very negative message to people with disabilities.”

The school’s website states: “The Equality Act 2010 applies to our school and it is the responsibility of our board to ensure that our school meets the requirements of the equality act. legality.

“We must ensure that these adults and children with protected characteristics are not discriminated against.

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Abandoned RVs challenge Vancouver – The Columbian

Lawmakers have tried to alleviate the high price tag of Senate replacement Bill 6437, which raises funds through taxes to reimburse tow truck companies for the removal and dismantling of recreational vehicles. But under the law, Chapelle Towing only receives about $250 for disposal fees, Peters said, and the fees do not cover the cost of impounding or inspecting RVs.

Address the reason behind the problem

The Washington Supreme Court noted that people living in their own vehicles on public property are not flagrant in a 2021 ruling. The court’s consensus also stated that impounded vehicles cannot be auctioned off if owners cannot afford to pay the impound fee.

However, this calls into question how municipalities can keep streets clean while taking into account people’s financial capabilities.

Teresa Tate manages Knoll Mobile Home Park and said its nearby streets, which are normally littered with illegally parked vehicles, have been cleared since fall 2021. However, she expects the number to increase during the summer as in the past. Tate is also prepared for health challenges; garbage and belongings are scattered haphazardly around the area as people are parked along the street.

Although the vehicles appear to be abandoned, she said, they are used by homeless people. Tate, who has experienced homelessness before, said the situation was unsustainable for those seeking stable shelter.

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Divided General Assembly agrees on one thing: Gas-powered cars parked in EV slots should be ticketed

Virginia lawmakers may disagree on much in a divided General Assembly. But Democrats and Republicans defend the parking rights of electric vehicle drivers.

One of the first bills to pass both legislative houses in the 2022 session creates a new traffic offense that would fine drivers caught parking a gas-powered car or truck in a place for charging electric vehicles.

Proponents of the law, which essentially places law enforcement power behind signs designating parking spaces as reserved for electric vehicles, called it a common-sense measure that would protect the investments of homeowners installing infrastructure charging stations and drivers who buy electric vehicles. Several proponents have compared it to existing laws reserving parking spaces for people with disabilities.

“I have personally heard from electric vehicle owners in Virginia being prevented from charging at a station because a gas-powered car was parked there,” said Charles Gerena, an organizer with Richmond-based Drive Electric RVA, during testimony to the committee last week. “So it’s not an abstraction. It’s actually a real problem that will only get worse over time as more charging infrastructure is put in place and more people decide to buy electric vehicles.

Proponents said more than a dozen states have already implemented similar parking laws to prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads.

The amount of the fine is undecided. The bill passed by the Democratic-led Senate sets a fine of $100 to $250, while the version approved by the Republican-controlled House of Delegates sets a maximum fine of $50. Later in the session, lawmakers will also have to reconcile the differences between the two bills over whether gas-powered vehicles could be towed from charging points. Both versions state that the penalties would only apply if clear warning signs are posted.

The bill empowers local governments to pass an ordinance enforcing the rule, meaning any city or county that might disagree with it wouldn’t be required to start writing parking tickets at electric vehicle locations.

The bills passed in every house with bipartisan support, but three dozen Republicans voted against it. The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, passed two weeks ago in a 28-12 vote. The House version passed 73-24 on Monday.

While the proposal may seem simple, lawmakers have wrestled with the question of what to do with EV drivers who take up a charging spot even though their vehicle is fully charged. The bills don’t specify that a car must be on active charge, and several lawmakers have said it would be unfair to ticket a driver for not moving fast enough after charging.

At a Senate Transportation Committee hearing, Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, said electric vehicle drivers already have an incentive to keep spaces open because many charging stations charge small hourly fees even when cars are not charging.

“I think it’s already built in,” DeSteph said.

Sen. David Suetterlein of R-Roanoke County, who opposed the bill, said he was concerned it would create special parking privileges for wealthier Virginians who can afford electric vehicles . Low-income drivers who break the rule in a gas-powered vehicle, he said, could end up paying hundreds of dollars, while an EV driver taking the same seat without recharging wouldn’t pay as much.

“I don’t like the way he treats people,” Suetterlein said.

Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Alexandria, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said someone who parks a non-electric car in an electric charging space is “asking for a parking ticket.”

“Someone who maybe has less means who pulls over and risks a $100 fine, that’s on them,” Marsden said.

In the House, the bill’s sponsor, Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, D-Alexandria, faced questions about law enforcement’s role in policing parking rules on private property.

Of the. Tim Anderson, R-Virginia Beach, asked if the proposal could potentially be expanded to allow for the application of other types of reserved parking, such as spaces for military veterans or pregnant women. In response, Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, said asking someone to prove she was pregnant to avoid a ticket is a more invasive proposition than simply looking to see if a car parked in an EV slot is electric or not. .

“How do you identify an electric vehicle? asked Del. Dave LaRock, R-Loudoun, chairman of the House Transportation Subcommittee who first heard the bill. “Is it obvious enough?”

“I understand so, Mr. Chairman,” Bennett-Parker said. “I also imagine being connected to the charging infrastructure would also be a way to identify it.”

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State panel’s review of judge’s poor reaction to parking incident reflected mental health concern

What’s the point?

The Arkansas Commission on Judicial Discipline and Disability expressed concern and compassion over Judge Brad Karren’s poor choices last year.

Forgive us if it looks like we’ve just been hanging around, waiting for the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission so we can pounce on its findings regarding Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren.

Of course, it’s not pretty, as if we were just suffering from a conflict. We hope you’ll believe us when we say we haven’t been sitting here hiding all this time. That would indeed be frightening and inappropriate. We’ve moved on to many other topics since Karren’s April 30 tirade against a college student in a downtown Bentonville parking lot.

The good news in Karren’s formal censure board announcement of the incident was that Karren had agreed that his behavior was inappropriate and that he regretted his part in the dispute. He pledged to take steps to keep his conduct above reproach.

“Without a doubt, I accept full responsibility and public censure today,” Karren said in a statement from Mark Henry, her attorney. “I know that integrity, independence and impartiality are essential prerequisites for an effective and functioning judiciary and justice system.”

The entire episode last April captured statewide attention because this student’s father was Davy Carter, former Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives. Carter had just had dinner with his wife and son in Bentonville. After exiting the restaurant, Carter found a man berating his family members for his son’s choice of a parking space. This man turned out to be Judge Karren.

The downtown parking lot where the incident happened just after 7 p.m. Friday night is where the judge, his staff and other county employees park. A sign at the entrance said it was for Benton County employees only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Young Carter arrived for dinner with his parents and backed his truck into one of the many open spaces. Half a dozen other cars were also parked in the parking lot. What the young man apparently didn’t notice was an additional sign on the space he was occupying that read “24/7 Reserved Parking Violators Towed”.

Here’s more from our May 9 shock op-ed:

By all rights, his truck could have been towed away, had court personnel needed those spaces after 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night in downtown Bentonville.

It turns out that Karren, a circuit judge since 2012, arrived a few minutes later. Returning from an event with her plainclothes usher, Karren pulled into the available parking spot next to young Carter’s truck. They unloaded some equipment – the bailiff took his in his nearby vehicle and the judge entered his offices. Then they both walked back to the parking lot and lingered, checking the offending truck’s license plate. The couple, both with handguns in their belts, hung around for a few more minutes, until young Carter, with his mother, returned to his truck.

The judge, who carried a cane but moved about without using it, began to complain that the young man had ignored the signs. Davy Carter arrived seconds later and described events this way.

“I got out and saw a very angry man with a gun on his hip and a cane scolding my son and my wife for my son having parked in ‘his’ parking spot,” Carter said. “It was beyond scolding and, like any father or husband, immediately caught my attention.”

A bystander recorded part of the confrontation, during which the bailiff told Davy Carter that his son had to ‘respect the sign’ and a visibly agitated Karren yelled at Davy Carter, wondering how the young man could have miss it.

Perhaps the most unsettling moment was when Davy Carter began to back away from Karren, who took a few steps towards Carter and threw his cane to the ground. It’s hard to describe the judge’s action as anything other than aggressive. To bow down, some have called it. In any similar scenario, his move would easily be interpreted as an attempt to turn an argument into a physical confrontation.

At the time, we reprimanded Karren for his actions, which weighed badly on a man accused of displaying a judicial temper. A reasonable response might have been to leave a note about the improperly parked truck, especially since those spaces weren’t needed that night for court business. The judge could also have called the tow truck, as the sign indicated. Lingering in a parking lot waiting for a confrontation was not a wise choice.

This incident came to light largely through Davy Carter’s documentation, his ability to bring it to light, and the availability of video. What is particularly disturbing is to think about how this might have played out, perhaps unnoticed, if it had involved any Benton County resident, who would not have deserved such treatment any more. than Carter’s son.

Nine months later, what should we learn from the commission’s conclusions? Thank Karren for accepting that her actions were irresponsible and unbecoming of a member of the judiciary. Credit him with agreeing to the censure, mitigating the possibility of a harsher response from the commission.

And as the commission did, accept the reality that judges are not robots, immune to the stresses of life and especially those of Karren’s job. Five attorneys supporting Karren encouraged the commission to examine the challenges Karren had faced, possibly contributing to her outburst. He was truly sorry and learned from the incident, attorney Sean Keith wrote. It deals with a “seemingly endless treadmill of human misery”, suggested Doug Norwood in his defense of the judge, saying Karren is “true to his judicial oath in every respect”.

Would Karren consider those kinds of comments to convict someone in front of him in court? Maybe so, but he would also recognize them as mitigating factors, not as evidence that one should escape punishment.

According to the commission, Karren, who was elected by Benton County residents to do a tough job, agreed to take counseling following the incident. It’s a positive response that recognizes that anyone’s mental health can be compromised by the pressures of life. Again, this does not excuse the behavior, but it does recognize a reality that no one is immune and sometimes each of us needs to hear a voice beyond the one within. of our own head which can lead to bad choices.

A young man who made a minor mistake choosing where to park while joining his family for dinner on Friday night is not the right outlet for a judge’s frustrations. We hope Karren apologized straight away.

And as with the mistakes, big and small, that we’ve all made or will make, hopefully this one has provided Karren with insights that will make him a better man and a better judge.

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The City of Bayonne sets up PILOT agreements with developers

Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.

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Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.

Bayonne City Hall has issued a number of ordinances that would grant PILOT agreements to developers for new developments in the city. However, two councilors voted against their introduction, citing their length.

Under a PILOT agreement, municipalities give developers exemptions from traditional property taxes for a set period of time to encourage them to make improvements to the property or locate a project in a distressed or “deteriorated” area. Instead of property taxes, developers make an annual payment to the municipality.

The payment is usually much lower than traditional taxes and is structured so that the municipality receives more benefits than it would with regular property taxes, although the school system is usually not included. These exemptions allow the developer to save property taxes, but they allow an increase in the fair market value of the property due to a higher net operating income.

Financial agreements support redevelopment

The first ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 22nd Street Partners Urban Renewal, LLC for 25 East 22nd Street. The agreement would support the approved adaptive reuse of the former Mt. Carmel Schoolhouse into a multi-family residential building containing 31 residential apartments and 31 on-site parking spaces.

The second ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and Ave E Dev Mile High AMS Urban Renewal, LLC for 132 and 140 Avenue E. This supports the proposed 18-story Silk Lofts skyscraper with 250 residential apartments, 1,975 feet squares of commercial space and 389 mechanical parking spaces on site in addition to the use of an adjacent surface parking lot with 20 parking spaces.

Another ordinance introduced would enact a second financial agreement between the city and this redeveloper, this time for 157-163 Avenue E. This is a proposed six-story Silk Lofts building on Avenue E with 36 units , 1,530 square feet of retail space and 39 off-site parking spaces. The proposed building is part of the same application as the aforementioned 18-storey building.

Additionally, an ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 218-220 Broadway Urban Renewal, LLC for 218-220 Broadway. This agreement supports a six-story multi-family residential project containing approximately 40 units and related site improvements at the former Delta gas station.

The latest order would allow a five-year tax holiday on the assessed value of new improvements only for the new six-story, 18-unit multi-family building with a 21-unit enclosed garage at 172 Avenue F.

PILOT length is a matter of discussion

The council voted 3-2 to introduce the ordinances, with First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll and Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa voting against them and City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, the Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace neighborhood and Alderman At- The great Juan Perez voted for them.

La Pelusa first opposes the ordinances, citing the length. In 2020, the council passed an ordinance limiting PILOT agreements to 20 years. Following its adoption, the board committed to reviewing the matter in the future with the intention of possibly lowering it in 2021 to 15 years.

Although there have been periodic discussions about lowering it to 15 throughout the last year, nothing has been substantiated. In the meantime, La Pelusa has continued to defend its position on the issue, only supporting PILOT agreements of 15 years or less. And at the Jan. 19 meeting, La Pelusa reiterated that he would not vote for any PILOT deal longer than 15 years and that the board should take steps to limit financial deals to that length.

Carroll agreed with La Pelusa, objecting to the length of agreements. Meanwhile, Perez was in favor of union labor that could be used to build the redevelopments, as he and the rest of the council were not concerned about the duration of the agreements.

A discussion will surely ensue again regarding the duration of the agreements at the next council meeting when the ordinances will be put to a public hearing and vote.

City Council will then meet Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. Residents can attend virtually or in person. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org and click the link on the calendar webpage.

For updates on this story and others, visit www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at [email protected]

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81-year-old BC veteran living in a car gets help from fellow vets

What started as a question from one military vet to another sparked an outpouring of support and generosity in the community of Squamish, BC.

Resident Jeremiah White was recently shopping at Walmart when he ran into an old acquaintance – Orville Larsen.

White said he grew concerned when he asked Larsen how things were going and the 81-year-old replied “not great”.

Turns out Larsen has been living in his car in the Walmart parking lot for months.

When asked if it was difficult, he replied, “No. (It’s) mind over matter.

“I take it as it comes, I don’t complain, don’t grumble.”

The former military engineer who was posted to Chilliwack, Germany and New Brunswick and served for 11 years has since lived in Squamish for 21 years.

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But when a dispute over rent increases with his landlord led to him being evicted, Larsen really had nowhere to go.

He packed his things into trailers and moved them to another lot, but Larsen said they were stolen.

“A year and a half ago I lost all my stuff that I had accumulated over the past 50 years,” he said.

“It’s all I have left,” he added, pointing to the items in his car.

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When White heard his story, he said he knew he had to do something.

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He and his wife set up a GoFundMe for Larsen, hoping to raise a few thousand dollars and convert a van for him to live in.

But the campaign took off, raising more than $30,000 at press time.

White said the local legion participated and she contacted Veterans Affairs for help.

Along with another military veteran, Corey Smith, they now have more than enough money to help Larsen find a new living space.

“It’s hard to see an 81-year-old human being, let alone a veteran, being in this situation,” Smith said.

Larsen’s new home will be a van with a bed, stove, sink, running water, lights, solar system, storage and a local company has offered to do the electrical and heating work for the van, he added.

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But the story will not end there.

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Smith said they are now aiming for the big picture, hoping to create an organization on the model of Vans for veterans to “continue to help more people”.

Apparently, it was Larsen’s idea.

White said Larsen is so humble and wants to help others more than himself.

“He thinks his needs are met, how can he help someone else, how can he continue? »

Now that they’re aiming to incorporate this into a larger project, White said they’ve been inundated with offers to help.

“We will make a list of needs once we realize what those needs are,” he added. “We’re going to generate a list and say, ‘OK, who can step in and who can’t?’ and go from there.

“It’s incredible.”

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For Larsen, he knew he didn’t want to walk into a house and risk losing his independence.

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“That’s what I want to do when I get my truck, go hunting and fishing all summer,” he says. “Independence. Living off the land.

He told Global News he couldn’t wait for his new living space.

“Well, it’ll be better than that,” he chuckled.



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Plans for shipping container workspaces near Dunston Staiths filed with Gateshead Council

Shipping containers could be set up near a local landmark to provide work space for charity staff.

Plans have been lodged with Gateshead Council to split six containers between two sites near Dunston Staiths.

If plans are given, five containers will be installed on an area opposite Dunston Excelsior Club on Staiths Road which is currently used for parking.

The site, used by local businesses, dog walkers and people visiting Staiths and Saltmarsh Gardens, was described as an ‘informal car park’ by a design and access statement filed with the council.

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He said the parking space is not managed by the authority or a private company.

He said: ‘There is informal parking for 25 cars, but with typical parking standards applied, including designated accessible spaces. One would expect this ability to drop significantly.

Containers on this plot of land will include a two to three person office for the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, a four to five person meeting room for the charity as well as a general store or kiosk.

Another container will be used to create public restrooms with unisex cubicles, the latter being described as a “flexible, independently operated concession kiosk unit with the ability to vary use/function over time”.

Meanwhile, at the second site, on the lower deck of the staiths, a container will be delivered to be used as a visitor reception area for the Friends of the Staiths.

The statement said: ‘The proposed scheme aims to create new flexible spaces to serve as a visitor center and staff base for the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, the provision of storage and toilet facilities and l installation of a kiosk to serve as an information point directly at the main visitor gate and at the entrance to the monument.

“The container units will be modernized and upgraded off-site and then installed at the proposed location, providing instant facilities to serve the organization and the general public, without requiring a long construction period.”

The North Eastern Railway Company began construction of Dunston Staiths in 1890, with the first opening in 1893 and the second a decade later.

The 520m (1,709ft) long structure, believed to be the largest of its kind in Europe, played a crucial role in transporting millions of tonnes of North East coal from the River Tyne.

Coal arrived by rail from numerous pits around County Durham, then was loaded onto ships and transported in large quantities to London and the Continent.

Gateshead Council is expected to vote on the proposals in February.

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The new Pune airport terminal will be operational from January 2023

At least 65% of the work on the new Pune airport terminal at Lohegaon is complete. While expected to be completed by September this year, by January 2023 the building will be commissioned for operational use, according to airport officials.

As part of a major infrastructure upgrade, a parking space for 200 cars will be created on the airport premises, along with other amenities.

“The work on the new terminal is in full swing and by September this year the works will be completed. After that passenger amenities and other internal works will be undertaken, so by January next year , the building will be commissioned for operational use,” said Santosh Doke, Director of Pune Airport.

The Pune International Airport expansion works at Lohegaon are being carried out by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The expansion works which started in December 2018 include various aspects, mainly a new terminal which will be built in the existing premises of the airport.

“To solve the parking problem for passengers and relatives coming to drop off or pick up, we have currently rented land at the entrance to the airport. It has capacity for 100 cars and also parking for two-wheelers. As passenger footfall and daily flight operations are expected to increase this year, there is a need for better infrastructure and more passenger facilities from the airport,” Doke added.

Passengers are excited about the airport’s development plans. Kishore Mehta, a frequent passenger, said, “I often fly from Pune airport to various destinations for business purposes and compared to other airports in the country, it is quite small. Until the new airport is built for Pune, we need to improve the existing airport infrastructure and provide passengers with world class amenities.

“It is good that AAI is taking all necessary steps in this direction and soon flight operations will also increase from here,” he said.

Highlights of Pune Airport Development Project

*The Pune Airport expansion project includes the construction of a new terminal at 400 crore, a multi-level parking space for 120 crore and a new cargo complex at a cost of around 300 crores

*Construction of the new terminal is underway in the area of ​​40,000 square meters towards the east side of the existing terminal

*While the size of the current terminal building is 22,300 square meters, once the new terminal is built, the total size of the airport will be 64,300 square meters

*The new terminal will have five new aerobridges

*Works for a new integrated terminal worth 358.89 crore was awarded to ITD Cementation India Ltd.

*The French company ‘Egis’ has been appointed as consultant for the works of the new terminal

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