What an absolute joke this story is...
New parking regulations passed by Oakland's City Council have some local business owners very upset.
Alan Michaan owns the Grand Lake Theatre and said the council has gone way overboard by increasing fines, having meters in effect until 8 p.m. and increasing rates.
He's urging all of the city's business owners to close next Thursday to protest the new regulations.
Parking SHOULD be expensive. It's good for the environment, public transit, and the planet. It is also good for business if people can find an open parking spot in front of business they want to shop at. Read Donald Shoup for more on this.
It's amazing how supposedly Green people "talk the talk" about improving the world, but the minute you make it a little harder to park their vehicles for cheap they "drive the drive" like reactionary conservatives.
How about ZERO parking on Grand Avenue?
The street would make a lovely pedestrian mall.
I guess all that opposition to Bush's oil war was just a pose.
Now it's "Save the Cars!"