Letter From Margie Slivinske

March 26th city council meeting, a request was made by residents of the “Hilmar Neighborhood” to change the hourly parking signs to resident-only parking. Kevin Park spoke against resident-only parking, “Good parking is the first chance a business gets to be successful. We need to start thinking about what makes sense.” Businesses should have considered this before opening in a location that provides zero parking. These businesses and city need to start thinking about eliminating this enormous burden on the residents. This is a quality of life issue, not a course in Business 101. Not one of the businesses provides even one parking space. Starbucks and another restaurant are soon to open in the same block. Would you want the residential street in front of your home to provide parking for all of these businesses? Our residential streets may be public streets; however, they are not public parking lots.