Ventura Citizens Attempt to Stop Paid Parking


Ventura Citizens Attempt to Stop Paid Parking

Wow, and one is a Tea Party Activist, too. Sigh – The merchant quoted in this article says that paid parking is a tax. So naturally he is against another tax. “Why should people have to pay a tax to come to my store?”

OK, I get it – It cost nothing to pave, light, clean, secure, and landscape those parking lots. It costs nothing to provide wider streets, marking, enforcement, signage, and the like for on street spaces. So therefore parking should be free. Oh, please, that train has left the station.

Parking is a commodity, and it is limited. We need some way to allocate parking. We also need a way to ensure that there is turnover in areas where merchants need it. We need to protect and nurture this resource. What better way than to charge the people who use it.

If I got to a merchant’s shop on foot, or take the bus, or ride my bike, or am carried in a sedan chair, why should I pay to provide parking for the cars that are on the street in front? If we don’t charge em, someone is going to have to pay for all the things I listed above.

You know that I probably have a soft place in my heart for Tea Partiers, but this guy can’t see all the way to the end of his argument. You can’t have services without paying for them. We have proven that borrowing can’t cover the loss. We have to reduce services if we want to reduce taxes, or we have to charge for those services.

Remember the guy whose house burned down because the fire department didn’t respond because he refused to pay his fire charge? How horrified we all were. But think it through. Taxes are charges that we pay so that we can have services. We pay for Fire, Police, Libraries, Schools, and the like. Fortunately, parking is one of those fees that we can aim, like a laser beam, at the people that use the facilities. If you don’t drive, or don’t want to park, then don’t pay. Simple.

The Mayor of Ventura has the right idea. In the first couple of months, charging was bumpy, but things have calmed down and through the holiday season, he got no complaints. Stay the course, your honor, your city will thank you for it….

And all that money that is going to upgrade downtown, be sure everyone know about it, what it’s doing. Put a plaque on every tree, park bench and new light standard – “This was brought to your by the folks who paid to park in Downtown Ventura.”


John Van Horn

John Van Horn

3 Responses

  1. Why do we need to pay for our parking area? Isn’t it too much for us to pay taxes for that? Ventura citizens have the right to claim since truly parking is commodity, and it is limited. It really cost nothing to pave. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. All one would have to do to change this business owner’s mind is a concerted effort to (freely) park near his store, clogging up all available customer parking until he is forced to either flip his position or get all free-market and buy land to build his own private parking lot. Which he will have to charge people to park at, thus pricing himself out of the market.

  3. We are already paying lots of taxes, why we need to pay another tax on the parking area. It is the right of the store owner to have their own parking area for their costumer. But if the taxes that we are paying will benefit the people this will be the appropriate action that we can take to minimize the undertaking that might on the public parking area.

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