City Council Update

BHNPC March 2013 Update

April 11, 2013

Honorable Council President Gloria,

I am writing to inform you of the activities of the Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee (BHNPC) since my last regular update on March 5, 2013.

Members of the BHNPC continued our outreach campaign to inform residents and business owners about the opportunity to contribute project ideas to be considered for inclusion in our FY 2014 budget. We also had a work station set up at the March 18 meeting of the Bankers Hill Residents Group complete with neighborhood maps, the copies of the current budget, and suggestion forms. The station was staffed by me and our operations manager. Several of our members were in the audience and ready to assist anyone who had any questions regarding the suggestion forms we distributed to attendees as they arrived at the meeting. This meeting took place atop the Inn at the Park in Bankers Hill. This was our second public meeting to seek FY 2014 budget ideas.

We gathered several more project ideas which our Operations Manager reviewed and compiled for later evaluation by the BHNPC. Again, several ideas dealing with First Avenue were forwarded to Beth Robrahn of Sandag to be included with other public comments regarding the Uptown bikeway review.

I repeat here the concerns that several people who live on or near First Avenue have that changes to Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Avenues are going to divert traffic to First Avenue. In addition, frustration has been expressed regarding the perceived indifference on the part of the City of San Diego to effecting improvements along First Avenue before or concurrently with any changes that might be made on the other avenues.

At the April 1, 2013 meeting of the BHNPC, the compiled list of proposed project ideas was reviewed and the subcommittee voted unanimously to forward them to the full board of the Uptown Community Parking District (UCPD) with the recommendation that they be included in the draft budget. At the April 8 meeting of the UCPD, the draft budget was approved and has been forwarded to the City of San Diego for review.

Also, during the April 1, 2013 meeting of the BHNPC, the subcommittee reviewed the concept of a neighborhood way finding system (MetroMinuto) along with an associated application, and voted unanimously to direct the operations manager to begin the process for seeking bids to design the project. Funds for a way finding system is included in our FY 2013 budget.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at: easytoparkbankershill@gmail.com or at: 619.550.9575.

This narrative will be posted on the Bankers Hill Residents Group website.

 

Sincerely,

Doug Scott

Chair / Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee

 

 

November 2012 – City Council Update

Honorable Councilmembers Faulconer and Gloria,

I am writing to inform you of the activities of the Bankers Hill
Neighborhood Parking Committee (BHNPC) since my last update of  October 27,
2012.

We  have  been informed by the City of San Diego that they will complete
their review of our curbside survey by December 24, 2012. Any changes
recommended as a result of  the  City’s review will be implemented
concurrently. There is now a recommendation to add diagonal parking to the
west side of Third Avenue between Fir and Grape Streets. Operations
manager, Ben Verdugo, informs us that property owners fronting the street
have signalled their support for this change.

We have submitted a request to review the frontages of the new, Sharp
Rees-Stealy clinic on the block surrounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues, and
Fir and Grape Streets.  Several loading zones and red curbs have been added
to these frontages resulting in the loss of more than ten, parking spaces.
This area of Bankers Hill has many vintage apartment buildings with no
on-site parking, and so this loss is keenly felt.

We are requesting the City to review the old Sharp Rees-Stealy block
frontages (Third and Fourth Avenues between Grape and Hawthorn Streets) to
see if more parking spaces can be identified now that the clinic has
relocated. On the Fourth Avenue frontage alone, three-spaces are being
utilized for passenger transfer and taxi stands.

Now that our budget has been approved, we will be providing Uptown Planners
with monthly status reports regarding project implementation.

Operations manager, Ben Verdugo, will be co-ordinating with the City’s
Meredith Dibden-Brown to develop a schedule for the  implementation of our
projects. We hope to have the schedule available for our January 7, 2013
meeting.

Finally, we have introduced some residents who live in the area of First
Avenue and Spruce Streets to each other. We are asking them to suggest
projects for the First Avenue corridor since future “complete street”
improvements along Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Avenues might affect traffic
along First Avenue.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: 619.550.9575,
via easytoparkbankershill@gmail.com, or visit our webpage  which we
maintain on the website for: bankershillresidents.org.

Happy Holidays!

Doug Scott / Chair
Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee