New! Update: The City Council vote on this parking study was December 11th. Our council members Jeannine Pearce and Lena Gonzolez voted to approve ending the study despite being informed that the city had refused to include a review of the downtown parking requirements and other essential information and solutions, some of which could pay for themselves.
The City had signed a settlement agreeing to include that review and info but wouldn't honor that agreement. Our attorney's letter about the City's obligation to review Downtown's requirements is here. The parking study firm KOA told us multiple times including in April 2018, "..We have been reviewing and conducting needed research regardi...
KOA's parking study of Downtown and Alamitos Beach has been finalized and will be given to the City Council at their meeting on October 23 at 5:00 pm unless we are able to postpone it. We were expecting to have more advanced notice than a mere seven days until the meeting, but here we are.
We need as many people as possible to come out to the City Council meeting and speak about the parking problems in our neighborhood. We are busy reviewing the final draft. We will give you the summary and our concerns in an update soon.
If you want more than our summary, the final draft of the parking study can be found here. We removed hundreds of pages of data, maps, and the parking survey from t...
Background: After a few years of trying to get the City of Long Beach to look at solutions to our parking issues, our lawsuits resulted in the City hiring KOA to do a solution-oriented parking study of Downtown and Alamitos Beach. We have been working together to see if we can reduce the parking problem.
The Parking Study's Draft 2 is out.
KOA and the City's team did a good job collecting the data and info for the most part. We saw some good things – yet we believe more can be done to create a successful parking program. We saw some things missing that we feel are key to the success of any parking improvements. You can see part of our summary below. Keep in mind that we also...
The Parking Study firm KOA has been busy turning all that data that they've collected into recommendations for solutions to our parking woes. While this parking study only covers Alamitos Beach and Downtown, we hope this opens the door to a change in city policies elsewhere in Long Beach.
Here is a partial list of the types of data and info that KOA has collected and analyzed:
They have physically counted all on-street and off-street parking spaces
They have collected info about the parking restrictions. They counted and measured the restricted areas.
They took parking occupancy counts at different times in the day. (What percentage of parking spaces are being used?)
Above is the most recent notice from the Downtown Residential Council (DRC) about their Transportation and Parking Forum next Monday. If you are one of the people who have asked when the next public meeting with our parking consultant Mike Kodama will happen, here is one. The DRC is the collection of downtown's residential associations. The purpose of this DRC forum is for the speakers to "provide us with updates on what they are doing and what they are planning".
Previously, the agenda included Adam Carillo (DLBA) and Tony Cruz (cycling ambassador). Michelle Mowrey will now present bike share information. Eric Widstrand (Traffic Manager) was ad...
Thank you to ABNA for hosting the meeting on February 8th and giving the community a chance to meet with KOA (the parking planners that are doing the parking study), TAPS, and Mike Kodama!
There was an impressive amount of knowledge among the audiences at these neighborhood association meetings. This participation will help get the best outcome for the solution-oriented parking study if our City staff and leaders are willing to listen!
Anthony Formoso, a representative from our City Council District 2 office, gave an update about the District in general. When people asked him questions about the Broadway corridor project, he appeared to be new to the subject and didn't know more than what was on his wr...
There is one more chance on February 8th for you to speak directly to KOA, the firm doing the parking study.
The City of Long Beach hired parking planners KOA, per our lawsuit agreement, to evaluate the parking needs / issues within both Downtown Long Beach and Alamitos Beach. This will be a solution-oriented parking study. We are asking the general public and neighborhood associations to help by filling out a brief survey. This is to give KOA (and us) a better understanding of, and data-supported look at, the parking situation within the study areas.
Please show up and bring a friend. This may be your only chance to express your parking questio...
There are two very important meetings coming up and the parking study needs your support. One on January 22nd, and the other on Feb 8th.
The City of Long Beach hired parking planners KOA, per our lawsuit agreement, to evaluate the parking needs / issues within both Downtown Long Beach and Alamitos Beach. As part of our study, we are asking the general public and neighborhood associations to help by filling out a brief survey. This is to give KOA (and us) a better understanding of, and data-supported look at, the parking situation within the study areas.
Please show up and bring a friend to fill out this survey. This may be your on...
The Appeal for 320 Alamitos development at the Nov 14th City Council Meeting was unfortunately a bust for residents’ quality of life.
More parking bites the dust.
While there were many residents who came to voice their concerns over 320, in the end, Councilwomen Jeannie Pearce and Lena Gonzalez lead the way in an approval vote for the project, as is. It needs to be noted that those who spoke out in support of this development did not include any area residents or property owners. Speakers in support included representatives of the Downtown LB Alliance (business association), Apt. Ass'n of CA Southern Cities and two Willmore City residents (one a City employee, the other a member of a City Hall Commissio...