Parking solutions offered
Re “Changes ahead for downtown parking” (Page 2A, Aug. 17): If the city is serious about taking steps to solve the downtown and midtown parking problem, there is one simple act that they could take tomorrow.
First, enforce the code that requires renters to provide off-street parking for each rental unit. Retract the many exemptions to this code that have been issued over the years.
Second, change the code to require renters to include any charges for that parking in the rent. Now, many renters offer the required parking but charge for it separately. Naturally, many of those renting choose not to pay that charge and park free on the street, defeating the intent of the code.
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Larry North, Sacramento
Don’t increase parking rates
City Hall is spinning when it refers to raising parking rates as “how to adapt their parking program to bring more order to downtown.” The real urgency here is to be able to make arena debt payments, and that means extracting money from visitors at more hours of the day and from their smartphones. Sacramento’s push to increase parking rates will likely force rate increases on many downtown employees such as myself who already pay more than a $100 a month to park for work.
As downtown parking becomes more expensive, that means less money for businesses and a disincentive for state agencies to stay downtown. Increased parking rates got lost in City Hall’s dreams of a “world class city.” What City Hall missed is that a world class city is accessible with a thriving economy – not one that’s inaccessible.
Jason Orta, Sacramento
Free parking will attract crowds
“A downtown can’t prosper if its people can’t park their cars.” That is true, and people who visit downtown and midtown to eat and explore should not be gouged to park. It’s my opinion that there should be more free parking if you want this area to be a destination. Taking a page from a tourist city like Healdsburg, free parking increases visitors, which increases sales at restaurants, bars and retail establishments. We want to encourage people to come, not erect obstacles to keep them out.
Linda Budd, Sacramento
Ignoring sexual harassment law
Re “Gap in City Council’s sex harassment training“ (Public Eye, Aug. 16): The Bee’s article misses a larger point about training. It has been unlawful to fail to provide comprehensive, interactive training for supervisory staff, including elected officials. The city violated the law.
California’s record of training has actually fallen precipitously in the past decade as most employers have ignored the law. The law requires practical training on discrimination, including sex, race, disability accommodation and all categories. However, the state’s own enforcement agency has botched the training law as documented in a 2013 Senate report.
I have trained thousands of managers and officials, and helped write the 2004 law. Its enforcement has been a scandal.
John Adkisson, Sacramento
Trump just a sideshow act
Donald Trump is an excellent example of “too much college, too little high school.”
Much has been said (mostly by him) that the turnouts that occur are a product of supporters who show up to tune in and digest his mantra. They are admirers of his no politically correct communication stance, when his “Reality Show” is populated by people who want some self-destruct entertainment or want to see what dumb thing he will say next.
His continued presence, while somewhat humorous, will fall flat in the general election courtesy of women and minority groups. No wonder the Republicans are in a tizzy. As Trump goes or flails, so goes the conservative agenda. The Donald has some minor points on political correctness which are lost in his nonapologetic stances and his self-inflated ego based on how much money he has.
Geary C. Tiffany, Auburn
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