Downtown parking limit extends to three hours beginning today

Downtown association hopes it will keep shoppers, diners around for longer

In a move to encourage shoppers to stay downtown longer, the city will extend the parking limit from two to three hours beginning today.

Last month, the City Council approved the parking zone change for Main Street from the railroad tracks south to Bernal Avenue and side streets between First Street and Peters Avenue. The Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) and the city are jointly funding and installing the replacement signage.

Pleasanton's current two-hour parking limit went into effect in 1997. Changes in the city's population, traffic circulation and downtown business needs prompted the PDA to ask the City Council to revisit the regulation.

In addition to the new signage, city maintenance crews have re-painted all 108 light poles in the downtown district over the course of several weeks.

The parking limit change is the latest effort to draw more people downtown. Other recent steps have included shopkeepers extending their hours on Wednesdays, calling it Wednesday Night Live; free summertime movie showings at Delucchi Park and the recent announcement of holiday skating at Delucchi this November, hosted and operated by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2009 at 8:15 am

If you want to get shoppers to stay downtown longer, try these suggestions:
(1) Start fining the Harley and other motorcycle riders when they make excessive noise

(2) ban greedy landlords. They are ruining the neighborhood by making it extremely difficult for stores and business to make a go of it. Many of the downtown businesses sell overpriced stuff. Take the former Domus space for example. How many places could afford $20k per month? We don't want big box stores downtown but who else could afford that kind of overhead. Of course, the city can't ban greedy landlords in actuality, but we can fantasize about it, can't we?

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Posted by LN
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

I have to admit that the loud motorcycles do interrupt the relatively serene atmosphere on Main Street, especially for those of us who go there to sit outside and enjoy a peaceful and relaxing meal. I don't agree about giving motorcycle owners tickets for noise unless there is a law that they're breaking. They are coming to Main Street for the same reason we are, to enjoy the atmosphere, relax, and hopefully spend some money at the restaurants and merchants.

Regarding the "greedy landlords", I believe in a free market, and if the landlords can't fill their vacancies, they'll have to consider reducing their rents. Higher than average rent ensures that we get quality merchants on Main Street; I'd hate to see low rents and 99Cent stores in place of our higher end merchants.

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Posted by 32yr pleasanton resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Personally, the loud motorcycles don't just come to town to spend money on coffee...they come to town to parade themselves and their noisy bikes. There should be a law regarding these ambiance ruiners. If my car made that much noise I would be ticked.

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