No more “Free” Parking in Rancho Mirage

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No more “Free” Parking in Rancho Mirage

I am impressed with how the city of Rancho Mirage in Southern California is handling a change in their local codes. Prior to this month, it was against the law to charge for parking in Rancho Mirage. If you owned a hotel or shopping center or theater, you had to provide free parking, period. And that included Valet Parking

Under the new rules, businesses may charge for parking, or not. It’s their choice. The city can also begin charging for parking. They didn’t promote this as a way to raise money for the city, but as a way of helping merchants lower their cost of doing business. The comment from the city council was that this was a “reverse tax.” It was a way to put money back in the pockets of the businesses. Companies who had to cough up for construction and maintenance of parking facilities can now defray their costs. And so can the city.

Residents of the very up market community near Palm Springs are exempt from paying for parking and will be issued decals.

My only issue is with the last sentence. I agree with one councilperson. He noted that there are snowbirds visiting Rancho Mirage. Who is a resident? The homeowner, the renter, or both?

My take is a bit different. If money was now being generated by parking to pay for the parking, why should the residents of the city not pay. The argument was that they paid taxes and those taxes paid for the parking (not true, in the cases of the businesses, but there you go).

Now, however, the parking is to pay for itself, so there is no reason for the citizens of the fair community to not pay their way like everyone else.

One way or the other, Shoupistas will win out. In this case its lack of money, in another it’s the community getting behind a merchants association to promote downtown business activity.

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John Van Horn

John Van Horn

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  1. The NMMC administration has presented a rather controversial parking proposal to the Standing Committee for approval. For the second week in a row Chairman Sandeep Naik stayed the proposal. We get you a peek from this report from the weekly NMMC Standing Committee meet.
    The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation presented the proposal of making its first multi level car parking facility in Navi Mumbai at Vashi. The contractor of the project M/s Ramratna Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. made a presentation on how the puzzle car parking would be to the members at the weekly Standing Committee Meet. Sensing that…….

  2. RPI (Ektavadi) extends Support to Sanjeev Naik.
    RPI’s Ektavadi party has announced its support to Thane Loksabha constituency candidate Dr Sanjeev Naik. Despite 22 candidates from the RPI contesting for the Loksabha polls from several regions, the party has extended its support to UPA candidate Dr Sanjeev Naik in Thane. RPI Ektavadi Director Gangaram Indise informed that in order to restrict the growth of religiously inspired powers and form an association, the party is supporting the UPA candidate Dr. Sanjeev Naik.
    The party is hoping that their candidate will resolve issues concerning the minority and backward classes like the implementation of atrocity law, shelter to slum dwellers residing on forest land and others.
    http://navimumbai-sanjeevjinaik.blogspot.comhttp://www.sanjeevgnaik.com/index.html

  3. THE GANESH NAIK WILL MAGIC WORK FOR HIS SON’S VICTORY IN THANE LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2009……….
    For a leader who proved his magic in the 2004 assembly elections’ record victory, today NCP Navi Mumbai Supremo Ganesh Naik is perhaps fighting one of the biggest battles of his political career. Our weekend exclusive today tries to find the answer to the question “Will the Ganesh Naik magic work for his son Dr. Sanjeev Naik’s victory in the Thane Lok Sabha Elections 2009?”

  4. South Indians, North Indians, Christians And Worker Groups support Sanjeev Naik.
    the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance candidate Dr.Sanjeev Naik is receiving tremendous support from various communities, associations and leaders from across the city.
    Keralites residing in the city held a procession from Airoli till Vashi expressing support to Naik. “I will support a candidate, who is secular-minded and work for the people. I am sure that Naik will stand up to our expectation,’ said a keralite who participated in the rally.
    Likewise, Uttar Bharatiya and Bihari associations expressed their support to the NCP leader. Various associations working among these communities like Nagrik Kalyan Sangh, Uttar Bhartiya seva Sangh, All india Indira Gandhi Vichar Manch followed suit expressing their support for Naik. Moreover, Hindu Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat, Bhimsangram and RPI (Democratic) have declared their support for Naik in a recent held meeting. These outfits have a strong following among municipal employees, hawkers, salesman, rickshaw drivers, contract workers, call centre employees, mall employees, and taxi drivers.
    http://navimumbai-sanjeevjinaik.blogspot.comhttp://www.sanjeevgnaik.com/index.html

  5. Dr.Sanjeev Naik Continued Social Work in Education and Sports in Navi Mumbai and Thane
    Another initiative undertaken by the NCP party under the leadership of Dr. Sanjeev Naik included the Navi Mumbai Krida Mahotsav 2009. Sounding excited about the tremendous response the drawing competition organized by them received in Navi Mumbai and Thane, Dr. Sanjeev Naik says that he is encouraged to do better.
    Dr. Sanjeev Naik has also been seen on various stages and platforms in Navi Mumbai to promote art, heritage and culture of natives and migrants in a city that is come to be known as Mini India. Speaking on the need to do this he says. All said and done, Dr. Sanjeev Naik’s social initiatives are pretty popular in Navi Mumbai but will it help decide the course of his fate in his favor during these parliamentary elections, we’ll soon find out.
    http://navimumbai-sanjeevjinaik.blogspot.comhttp://www.sanjeevgnaik.com/index.html

  6. NMMC Begins Pre-Monsoon work in the city.
    Many of the storm water drains in Vashi and Koperkhairane were cleaned by NMMC. The work has been started as a part of the pre monsoon work of NMMC.
    Storm water drains in various nodes of Vashi and Koperkhairane were cleaned by the civic body. Raising concerns over the problem of water logging during monsoons, the drains were cleaned by the civic body. It may be recalled that in the Standing Committee meeting of month of January 2009, Chairman Sandeep Naik too had appealed to the administration to take care of the road work to ensure that residents are not inconvenienced during monsoon.
    Looks like with the commencement of the pre-monsoon work, the administration has taken the appeal of the Chairman Sandeep Naik seriously.

  7. Environment and lab our Minister Ganesh Naik orders the rehabilitation of street vendors.
    Labour and Enviornment Minsiter Ganesh Naik has ordered the proper rehabilitation of an estimation of an estimated hawkers who have been displaced by the ongoing work of Sanpada-Palm Beach Flyover.
    Among those who have lost theirs means of livelihood were vegetable vendors and some women’s self help groups. On 10 January, they went with their grievances to labour minister Ganesh Naik immediately directed NMMC that the affected persons be provided with a suitable plot where they can continue their businesses.
    “They should be rehabilitated in the same manner as the Project Affected Persons (PAPs),” the minister told the NMMC officials present on the spot.

  8. Sandeep Naik on New Bombay plus connect 12.
    As part of our ‘Reader connect’ initiative, we have started new column wherein you can Email us all your Grievances (related to civic issues) and we shall forward the same to the chairman of the standing committee of NMMC, Sandeep Naik. He will then personally look into the matter and shall take appropriate action. We shall publish your grievance and the action taken by him, ensuring full transparency every week. Last week we got several mails from our readers and we forwarded some of them to him. HERE is the response and action taken by him.

  9. Dr.Sanjeev Naik, who became mayor of Navi Mumbai , has proved his ability to work for the welfare of the masses.
    While there has been a drastic geographical change in the erstwhile PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY due to delimitation, the width of one of the new and resultant constituencies has not changes much. That means a candidate for a single constituency, such as Thane-Belapur, will have to represent an area right from Navi Mumbai to Thane,Bhayander and Uttan, as one of the major developing areas.
    The interests of the people in this constituency are as varied as are the locations. Navi Mumbai has outgrown the initial expectations of the Government and CIDCO and has become a real city in readiness for the crown in the 21st Century.
    There should be a contact office and the smallest of the small complaints should reach the elected representative. He should understand the aspirations of the common people in his constituency and should have viable solutions to their genuine problems.

  10. Dr.Sanjeev Naik, who became mayor of Navi Mumbai , has proved his ability to work for the welfare of the masses.
    While there has been a drastic geographical change in the erstwhile PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY due to delimitation, the width of one of the new and resultant constituencies has not changes much. That means a candidate for a single constituency, such as Thane-Belapur, will have to represent an area right from Navi Mumbai to Thane,Bhayander and Uttan, as one of the major developing areas.
    The interests of the people in this constituency are as varied as are the locations. Navi Mumbai has outgrown the initial expectations of the Government and CIDCO and has become a real city in readiness for the crown in the 21st Century.
    There should be a contact office and the smallest of the small complaints should reach the elected representative. He should understand the aspirations of the common people in his constituency and should have viable solutions to their genuine problems.
    This is Irrespective of the fact that he happens to be the son of the Maharashtra Minister and NCP heavyweight Mr. Ganesh Naik.

  11. Sanjeev Naik -“five mantras”
    On April 23, Sanjeev Naik “unveiled” his “five mantras” for the constituency’s rapid development which is:
    1) Solving water crisis – by bringing the excess water from Morbe Dam to Thane in future to fulfill water requirement.
    2) Healthy living – by replicating his success in getting the Cleanest City Award for Navi Mumbai to Thane and Mira-Bhayander as well.
    3) Solving traffic problems – by starting sea transport and mono rail in the constituency which will not save time but also reduce the traffic on raod and help to develop reliable and low cost transportation in the region.
    4) Pollution Control – by installing sewerage treatment plants in the constituency and plant more trees to protect the environment.
    5) Rehabilitation of slums – through SRA similar to Mumbai’s Dharavi slum redevelopment and making the dream come true of the slum dwellers to own a house in a building.

  12. Naik trounces Chauguley
    Wins Thane seat with margin of 49,020 votes
    The celebrations begun at 9 am when NCP candidate Sanjeev Naik had a clear lead of 350 votes after the initial five rounds of counting for the Thane Parliamentary constituency held at Wagle Estate in Thane on Saturday. Giving a big blow to Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in its traditional bastion, Naik, the elder son of Maharashtra Minister Ganesh Naik, won by a clear margin of 49,020 votes becoming the first Member of Parliament from Navi Mumbai.
    While Naik grabbed 3,01,000 lakh votes, his rival Vijay Chauguley of Shiv Sena polled 2,51,980 votes. Political observers attributed the stunning success of Naik to the ‘MNS’ factor, which ate into the votes of the saffron alliance. MNS candidate Rajan Raje’s substantial count of 1,34,840 votes surprised many. Even BSP candidate Avanindra Kumar Tripathi

  13. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik had initiated the drive to provide Additional FSI Decision to be Taken Before Winter Session
    Standing up for these families and to provide them with legal houses, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik had demanded to provide additional FSI to slum and gaonthan areas. For this purpose, a survey was even conducted in Bonkande village, a report of which was sent to the Chief Minister. This had come as a ray of hope for these families with the Minister stating that the final decision of this would come prior to the state winter session.
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  14. Ganesh Naik Promises to get funds for city court building.
    Mr.Naik gave this assurance to a delegation of Navi Mumbai Advocate Bar Association led by its President H B Patil who met the minister recently with regard to the construction of the court building in the city.
    Mr Naik further added that the state finance Ministry would be requested to fund the required amount for the court building construction as a special consideration.
    http://ganeshnaik-navimumbai.blogspot.com/
    http://www.ganeshnaik.com/

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