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TCC Minutes May 5, 2003

MINUTES

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2003 - - - 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS ------ CITY HALL

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT

David Bailey
J. Michael Cochran, Chairman
Brent Hardwick
Angela Lindstrom
Rosa E. Nowels
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson, Vice-Chairman

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT
STAFF PRESENT

Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Lieutenant Stanko, Police Department
Amy Inzunza, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Cochran called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept the March 3, 2003 minutes. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR OVERNIGHT PARKING ON BOTH SIDES OF POMONA AVENUE AND ORANGEFAIR AVENUE AND ITS SOUTHERLY TERMINUS.

    Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer, presented staff's report for overnight parking on both sides of Pomona Avenue and Orangefair Avenue and its easterly terminus. Staff received a petition from the Meredith Manor Homeowners Association (MMHA). The MMHA had an informal arrangement for the last 30-years with both the Orangefair Center and AMF Carter Bowl to allow residents to park on their properties overnight. Unfortunately, these businesses recently posted their parking lots for no overnight parking. This has caused a problem for the residents.

    In December 1993, City Council adopted Section 8.44.080 of the Fullerton Municipal Code, which provides for overnight parking exceptions. Section 8.44.080 states that with a majority of the property owners on both sides of the street in favor "exemptions may be granted for an area having an off-street parking deficiency. The smallest area which may be excepted is one city block, either one side or both sides". Section 8.44.080 defines a parking deficiency as "not meeting current minimum parking requirements for the same type of land use". An off-street parking deficiency is defined as less than the minimum required parking spaces for a particular land use as defined by current Fullerton Municipal Code zoning requirements. In the case of a multi-family R-3 residential zoning the minimum off-street parking requirement varies based on the number of bedrooms and/or units involved.

    The individual properties within Meredith Manor and the availability of parking as submitted by the property management company for the Meredith Manor Homeowners Association was as follows: 56-One bedroom units, 72-Two bedroom and 32-Three bedroom. Of these 160 total units there are 253 parking spaces (239 garages, 14 carports) and 35 available on-street guest parking spaces.

    It should be mentioned that the property was built as apartment property with the units being converted to condominiums in the early 70's. At the time of the conversion the garages were sold independently without equity to all. Some units purchased several garages while others purchased none, contributing to today's problems. It should also be noted that not all of the garages within the development are used for parking.

    Based on today's R-3 property requirements, there would be a need for 274 garages and 114 guest spaces. This equates to a deficiency of 21 garages/carports and approximately 79 on-street guest parking spaces. As such, it is staff's opinion that Meredith Manor is deficient in off-street parking as a result of the number of residential units involved and available parking for both residents and guests.

    Considering the data listed above and an apparent hardship that is not subjective to other forms of relief, staff recommends approval of the request.

    Commissioner Hardwick commented that the commission has seen this before and staff had reservations about approving this recommendation based on the fact that it was the homeowners association that was initiating this and not very many residents were for it. He asked staff if they thought that the 50 percent is sufficient to get its approval. Mr. Miller stated that the requirements of the code are that there be 50 percent or more signatures and there were more than 50 percent submitted. Also, the zoning code has change over the years. Mr. Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst, also mentioned that the other information that came forward was that they posted the two lots they have been using for overnight parking for "No Parking".

    Commissioner Olmsted commented that he is in favor of the request because it appears that the residents are in agreement.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Rod Lusch, President of the Homeowners Association, 1620 South Pomona Avenue #C18, stated that overnight parking has been a residents concern. In the late 1980's Meredith Manor requested overnight parking and it was denied. Increased ticketing and towing of vehicles has caused problems. The exemption would alleviate problems that Meredith Manor currently has in the alleys. Mr. Lusch asks that the commission approve the exemption. Mr. Lusch on behalf of all the residents thanked staff for their professionalism for dealing with this issue.

    Commissioner Nowels asked if safety and security was an issue in the recent change in the relationship between the Orangefair Mall and the Carter Bowling facility. Mr. Lusch stated that the bowling facility has recently contracted with Fullerton College for overflow parking. The Orangefair Mall has recently contracted with the Anaheim Memorial for overflow parking as well.

    Commissioner Bailey asked what steps the Homeowners Association has taken to reestablish the formal arrangement with the two parking areas. Mr. Lusch said that they had their management company call and they did not have any luck in securing the parking lots. Commissioner Nowels asked if any rent was offered and Mr. Lusch replied yes.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if any of the resident's cars were vandalized while parked either at Carter Bowl or the Burlington Coat Factory parking lots. Mr. Lusch replied yes.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked what the current total parking deficiency is and how much the exemption is going to solve the parking problems. Mr. Lusch stated that it is hard to calculate because under the law there is no restriction as to how many people can live in what was previously called a single dwelling.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if their CC&R's regulate the use of their carports and garages. Mr. Lusch replied no. Commissioner Bailey asked if he knows how many of the garages and carports are being used other than parking cars. Mr. Lusch replied no.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked Mr. Lusch if he was aware of the basis of Mr. Lehner's objections to the overnight parking exemption. Mr. Lusch replied no.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that the reason the commission asks how the garages are being utilized is so that they know that the parking is being utilized properly. Mr. Lusch commented that unless it is an emergency the Board does not have a right to inspect their properties.

    Marsha F., 1541 S. Pomona Avenue #A40, stated that some of the residents rent their garages to other residents so that they do not get ticketed. She said that all the garages are used for vehicles.

    Michael Ham, 1540 S. Pomona Avenue #B39, stated that he is not in favor of the overnight parking exemption. However, the exemption seems to be the only solution to the parking problem that they are having therefore he supports it. Mr. Ham stated that they have approximately 1.4 parking spaces per unit.

    Joe McGill, 1510 S. Pomona Avenue, stated that there are 160 units and the average are 2 bedrooms. Under the current City of Fullerton regulations for a 2 bedroom in a R-3 development, the zone would require 1 garage spaces and a open space for guest parking, a total of 2 1/2 spaces per 2 bedroom unit, therefore 400 spaces are required for such a development. There are 234 garage spaces in the development. The parking deficiency is 166 units. On-street parking will alleviate a portion of that deficiency.

    Virginia Kirk, 1640 S. Pomona Avenue #C37, stated that people have been parking in the back alleys and it has become a big problem. She said she does not know how to get those cars out of the alleys.

    Julie Bower, 1530 S. Pomona Avenue #B32, stated that she has lived there since 1994. Mrs. Bower stated that when they moved in they knew there was only one car garage. At that time she was able to park at Carter Bowl and walk. It is getting to be really difficult being towed away and not being able to park anywhere.

    Teodora Marin, 1600 S. Pomona Avenue #C2, mentioned that she has not seen anyone use their garages for storage but for parking.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson commented that he is not in favor for overnight parking but unfortunately supports this request because it is a problem.

    Chairman Cochran said that he looked at the area and did see a problem. He stated that the exemption will not solve the parking problem entirely but it will help. He is in favor of the exemption.

    Commissioner Nowels stated that there appears to be a problem and this exemption may help. She is in favor of the exemption.

    Commissioner Lindstrom thinks there is definitely a hardship at Meredith Manor and they want the overnight parking for a good reason. She is in favor of the exemption.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL TRAFFIC MEASURES IN THE VICINITY OF MAPLE SCHOOL.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report to install traffic measures in the vicinity of Maple School. Staff received a request from the Fullerton School District, on behalf of the Maple Elementary School PTA School Site Council. The Maple School PTA complained of excessive vehicle speeds and conflicts between vehicles and students. The Maple School PTA requested that staff consider a left-turn signal phasing at Lemon and Valencia, installation of fluorescent yellow-green school warning signs, adding a crossing guard at Valencia and Pomona, and adding stop signs at Pomona and Ash.

    As a result of their request, staff conducted numerous traffic studies; observed pedestrian and vehicle patterns; and worked with the Police Department; in an effort to improve safety in the neighborhood.

    On March 31, 2003, staff met with the School District, the Principal of Maple School, the PTA, and the Fullerton Police Department to discuss the various issues and concerns as well as any remedial action that may be available. The minimum requirements for the installation of a protected left-turn phase, as defined in the State of California Traffic Manuel and adopted by the City, were not satisfied. The fluorescent yellow-green school warning signs were installed earlier this year as requested. The minimum requirements for the installation of a crossing guard at Valencia and Pomona, as defined by the State of California Traffic Manuel and adopted by the City, were not satisfied. The minimum requirements for the installation of a two-way stop at Pomona Avenue and Ash Avenue were also not satisfied.

    Staff proposes posting the east end of Ash Avenue at its terminus with the school for "No Parking Anytime". This will reduce congestion at the exit driveway to the school and improve circulation within the schools parking lot. Staff also proposes installing sixty-five feet of white curb (3-minute passenger loading/unloading) on the south side of Valencia Drive within the turn-out in front of Maple School. This will assist in the drop-off and pick-up of children.

    Staff proposes installing two-hundred feet of yellow curb (20-minute loading/unloading) on the south side of Valencia Drive west of the turn-out in front of Maple School. This will provide short-term parking for those parents needing to load/unload passengers while still allowing others the opportunity to conduct business on campus for up to 20-minutes. Staff also proposes adding sixty-five feet of red curb on the south side of Valencia Avenue between the turn-out and Lemon Street. This will open up the west leg of the intersection and allow vehicles to turn right and proceed southbound onto Lemon Street without having to maneuver around parked vehicles.

    Maple School informed staff that they will provide additional staffing to assist parents/students with loading/unloading on Valencia Drive during peak periods to improve circulation. The Police Department will be providing increased enforcement within the surrounding area. Maintenance Services will be installing additional red curb.

    Staff would like to have a public meeting with their PTA and parents. Staff has made themselves available to spend an evening with the parents to help educate them in traffic safety on the road and in the school.

    Staff recommends that a 4-way stop be installed at Valencia and Pomona, the installation of a 2-way stop on Ash Avenue at Pomona Avenue; the installation of sixty-five feet of white curb on the south side of Valencia Drive; the installation of two-hundred feet of yellow curb on the south side of Valencia Drive; the installation of sixty-five feet of red curb on the south side of Valencia Drive; the installation of "No Parking Anytime" at the easterly terminus of Ash Avenue.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked if it would be prudent to put "No Stopping" instead of "No Parking" so that the property owners could still utilize in front of their property. Mr. Langstaff said that the "No Parking" signs would be sufficient and that staff would monitor the situation.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if staff spoke to the property owners regarding this request or was the PTA and school the only ones involved. Mr. Miller stated that all of the property owners were notified but there were no responses.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if the solution is going to cause a better flow of traffic or more congestion. Mr. Miller does not believe it will cause more congestion.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Glenda Thompson, 1701 Camino La Vista, Principal at Maple School, stated that although they may not be getting all that they requested, they are very pleased with staff's recommendation. Mrs. Glenda thanked staff for being very responsive to all the parents. She mentioned that the majority of the children walk with their parents to school.

    Ceaser P. stated that he has two children that attend Maple School. He said that on Ash Avenue there should be a "No Parking" zone or it should be striped red due to parents constantly arguing in that area.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked Mr. Plow if he feels that putting in the "No Parking" at the end of Ash Avenue and the stop sign at Ash Avenue and Pomona Avenue is a good way to approach the problem. Mr. Plow replied yes. He mentioned that the yellow lines at the stop signs sometimes fade away.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Lindstrom said that she is in favor of the request. She is surprised that the residents did not respond to the recommendations requested.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR A DISABLED PERSONS PARKING SPACE IN FRONT OF 1861 WEST AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report for a disabled person's parking space in front of 1861 West Avenue. Staff was contacted by Mr. Bertram Hunt, the property owner at 1861 West Avenue. Mr. Hunt and his wife are both permanently disabled and Mrs. Hunt recently broke her hip and makes walking any distance difficult. Painting the curb blue does not mean that they could park there between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 p.m. Others with a blue placard can park in this area.

    Staff recommends the installation of a 25-foot disabled person's parking space in front of 1861 West Avenue.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked if there is bus usage at this location. Mr. Miller replied no.

    Commissioner Nowels stated that their garage is located at the rear of their property and they have difficulty getting there but they do need to park there at night. She asked what makes the garage difficult. Mr. Miller said that they are trying to accommodate the situation.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Bertram Hunt, 1861 West Avenue, stated that his wife has trouble breathing and has broken her hip. Mr. Bertram has two knees that are replaced and his right knee has a disease. He mentioned that the church that is located near Brookhurst have cars parked outside after their church services.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  4. STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO MODIFY THE EXISTING PARKING RESTRICTIONS WITHIN THE CITY PARKING LOTS ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDE OF ELLIS LANE EAST OF HARBOR.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report proposing a change to the lot designations in an effort to provide additional long-term employee parking for the businesses in the area and to make enforcement of the existing restrictions more effective.

    Staff requests that both lots be posted for "2-hour parking" between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays exempt; and that an additional ten yellow (long-term/employee parking) spaces be added to the northerly lot. The two parking lots are currently designated for 2-hour parking between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays exempt.

    Parking in the surrounding area is heavily utilized by Fullerton College, Fullerton High School students, and employees of local businesses; as well as contractors working on ongoing construction projects in the area.

    Several of the local restaurants/businesses have complained about insufficient long-term parking for their employees and the need for greater enforcement of the 2-hour parking restriction to make available spaces needed for customers. Employees at Angelo & Vinci's Restaurant in particular find it difficult to find available yellow parking spaces (long-term employee parking) by the time they report for work. The yellow parking spaces allow employees who display a Downtown parking pass to park long term. The general public can also park in these spaces but are limited to 2-hours of continuous parking.

    The Police Department notified staff that they were finding it difficult to enforce the restriction due to the posted times. The Police Department would like to change the restriction to read "2-hour parking from 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m." This will assist the Police Department with enforcement since they can start the two-hour countdown earlier. Staff recommends that the Transportation and Circulation Commission approve and recommend to Council that ten parking spaces currently designated as "2-hour parking" be designated as yellow long-term employee parking spaces.

    Staff recommends that the Transportation and Circulation Commission approve and recommend to Council that the City lots on both sides of Ellis Place between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue be designated as "2-hour parking" between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays exempt.

    Commissioner Nowels asked if the students move their cars during their morning break or do they know what time enforcement begins. Lieutenant Stanko replied that the students are constantly moving their cars and the frustration is due to the lots being posted at different times.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if there is sufficient parking at Fullerton High school. Mr. Miller replied yes.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked what the benefit of having the yellow parking spaces is. Mr. Miller stated that the benefit is that the employees park away from the businesses. The public comment segment was opened.

    Joyce Capel, spoke on behalf of Florence Crittenton Services, 600, 602 & 604 Ellis property owner, appreciates the consideration that staff has given to the dilemma on Item Number 5. Mrs. Capel asked if there is a possibility of more than ten spaces being allocated.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that ten spaces do not seem enough but unfortunately with the construction near the college staff thinks that ten spaces are what they can utilize at this time. Mrs. Capel stated that she is a business immediately adjacent to the property and will have a problem if Item Number 5 is approved.

    Chairman Cochran asked how many employees Mrs. Capel has. Mrs. Capel replied that Monday thru Friday at their peek staff time they have approximately eight to ten therapists and case managers that park on Harbor Boulevard.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked if they have parking on the back and on the side. Mrs. Capel stated that they have sufficient parking on Ellis and adjacent to their Brookdale property.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked how many spaces are on each property. Mrs. Capel stated that they have about eighteen spaces.

    Dale Rosenblum, 704 N. Harbor Boulevard, stated that he is a victim of the Florence Crittenton parking problem. Mr. Rosenblum stated that there are cars on his lot every Wednesday during street cleaning.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that the agenda is regarding the "2-hour parking" and to start it at 7:00 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. He thinks this is the best solution and supports staff.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if the 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. is consistent with the other public parking spaces not shown. Mr. Langstaff stated that most of the lots that are posted in the downtown area are posted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. He stated that staff will be going to the business owners to ask if they are interested in changing any of the restrictions.

    Commissioner Lindstrom said she does not think the yellow spaces will make any difference because customers will be able to park there.

    Commissioner Bailey believes they are placing the yellow spaces because of the proposed elimination of the parking on Harbor Boulevard and to compensate the business on Harbor Boulevard.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked staff if the yellow spaces are related to Item Number 5. Mr. Miller stated that it is related but there is still a need for additional yellow spaces. He stated that staff was originally going for the yellow spaces and then the issue of the student parking came up and staff decided to take two issues at the same time.

    Commissioner Lindstrom made a motion to amend Item Number 4 recommendation to specify the changing of the "2-hour parking" from 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. without making any commentary on the yellow employee parking space recommendation. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion.

    AYES: Bailey, Lindstrom, Nowels
    NAYES: Cochran, Hardwick, Olmsted, Robeson

    The vote was 3 to 4 and the motion was denied.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that this issue has come up many times and that the yellow spaces do work. Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion.

    AYES: Bailey, Cochran, Hardwick, Olmsted, Robeson
    NAYES: Lindstrom, Nowels

    The vote was 5 to 2 and the motion was approved.

  5. STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL "NO STOPPING ANYTIME" ON THE EAST SIDE OF HARBOR BOULEVARD BETWEEN CHAPMAN AVENUE AND BERKELEY AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report to install "No Stopping Anytime" on the east side of Harbor Boulevard between Chapman Avenue and Berkeley Avenue. Staff made the request in an effort to reduce the number of accidents on this segment of Harbor Boulevard between Chapman Avenue and Berkeley Avenue and to improve traffic circulation. If approved, staff proposes to re-stripe Harbor Boulevard between Chapman Avenue and Berkeley Avenue to accommodate two-lanes in each direction, left-turn pockets or two-way left turn pockets, and parking on the west side of the street.

    Each side of the street differs significantly in their need for on-street parking. The properties on the west side of the street are predominantly small businesses with insufficient off-street parking availability. The properties on the east side of the street are a mixed use of residential and small businesses with adequate off-street parking availability. Staff met with various property owners who would be affected by the removal of on-street parking adjacent to their businesses and/or residences and received no opposition to the recommendation.

    The addition of the left-turn lanes will reduce accidents and congestion in the thru lanes by providing storage for the left turning vehicles. It will also provide better sight visibility when turning left.

    Staff recommends the installation of No Stopping Anytime on the east side of Harbor Boulevard between Chapman and Berkeley.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked how this will affect the OCTA buses. Mr. Miller stated that the buses drive near the curb when they pull over to the bus stops.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked if there will be a left-turn on Union, Brookdale, Malvern, Glenwood, and Ellis Place. Mr. Miller replied yes. He stated that there is a striped pedestrian crosswalk on Ellis Place that has a very poor sight distance.

    Chairman Cochran asked if the left turn lanes will be north and south bound. Mr. Miller said that it will be a continuous striped two-way left turn pocket.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if the property owners had any feedback for the removal of the parking spaces. Mr. Miller said that he did speak with the residents and they had no opposition.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if most of the accidents that were reported were rear end accidents. Mr. Miller replied yes. He said that they were also left turn vehicles that were turning in front of opposing thru vehicles.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked what the maximum cars parked per hour is. Mr. Miller stated that there were seven cars on the east side at 9:45 a.m. in December.

    Mr. Langstaff stated the owner of the Fox Fullerton was in full support of the recommendation.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if staff considered any other alternatives to enhance the safety. Mr. Miller stated that there was a study done to accommodate the parking by widening the road that would narrow the sidewalks. The City decided they did not want to widen the roadway at this time.

    Commissioner Olmsted said that a "No Left Turn" is a possibility. Mr. Miller stated that a number of cities have posted "No Left Turns" during peek hours.

    Chairman Cochran asked if the narrowing of the lanes is going to create a problem for SUV's. Mr. Miller replied no.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if the narrowing of the lanes is going to affect the truck drivers. Mr. Miller replied no.

    Commissioner Lindstrom said that she is concerned of the business owners that will be losing parking spaces. Mr. Miller stated that they have sufficient off-street parking.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Dale Rosenblum, 704 N. Harbor Boulevard, stated that he is not opposed to traffic but asked if a traffic light would be better. He stated that he has fought Florence Crittenden parking for years. He believes a traffic light would be better.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked Mr. Rosenblum if he is concurring with the fact that he has sufficient off-site or off-street parking. Mr. Rosenblum said that he has a sufficient lot if he gets to use his lot. He said that on Wednesdays he posts "No Parking" signs and people tear them down.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if he is objecting to this recommendation because he will be losing on-street parking. Mr. Rosenblum said that if he has his lot for his employees then they should be ok. He does not know whether or not a cut out lane is sufficient.

    Mr. Miller stated that a traffic signal will not make a difference on left turn and rear end accidents. He said that in the last ten years there have been 4,000 vehicles less on Harbor Boulevard.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson thinks that there are too many people that are being rear ended and hit. He thinks that staff's recommendation will be best for the citizens of Fullerton.

    Eugene Bastanchury, 616 N. Harbor Boulevard, suggests that the speed on Harbor Boulevard be reduced.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked Mr. Bastanchury if he likes the idea of the parking going away in the front. Mr. Bastanchury stated that his concern is the traffic speed.

    Mr. Miller stated that staff is finishing the radar survey for the next five year cycle.

    Joyce Capel, Florence Crittenden, stated that she is not opposed to the proposed change. Her concern is that the ten additional parking spaces will need to be shared with Angelo & Vinci's who also have a parking problem. Another concern of hers is whether the school buses are going to be allowed to stop.

    Robert Engemann, 807 & 813 N. Harbor Boulevard, stated that parking is extremely critical east and west. Mr. Engemann tried to negotiate buying some property to pick up some additional parking spaces. He would like to recommend that there be no left turns. He asked if staff has ever considered having Lemon and Harbor Boulevard one way streets. Mr. Miller stated that it has been discussed.

    Chairman Cochran stated that he tries to avoid the stretch between Chapman Avenue and Berkeley Avenue when he goes down Harbor Boulevard. He does not like to lose parking spaces in the City because they are at a premium; however this seems to be a good solution. Chairman Cochran supports staff's recommendation.

    Commissioner Bailey stated that one of his employees was recently rear ended in the area. He is in full support of the recommendation.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson also has had an employee get rear ended on Harbor Boulevard. He is in full support of staff's recommendation.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if the parking on the west side of Harbor Boulevard would ever be removed. Mr. Miller replied no.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to support staff's recommendation. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  6. STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REVISE THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY MAP.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report to revise the Federal Highway Map. Staff will be re-classifying a number of streets that are now classified as collectors on the Federal Map and classify them as residential. The Federal Classification Map started several decades ago when the cities were seeking funding from the federal government for bridges and storm drain improvements. The California Vehicle Code is tied to the Federal Classification Map in light of designating types of roadways. The California Vehicle Code states that if a road is designated anything else but a residential it has to be surveyed. This prevents cities from indiscriminately posting a street for 25 miles per hour because it looked like a residential street.

    Chairman Cochran stated that in the staff report it says that proposed changes allow the Police Department to issue citations for excessive speed with use of radar without posting the speed limit. He asked if these streets are posted. Mr. Miller replied yes and that some are posted for more than 25 miles per hour. He said that they do not have to post residential streets.

    Commissioner Bailey asked how many of the streets are posted in excess of 25 miles per hour. Mr. Miller said that they are all posted in excess of 25 miles per hour.

    The public comment segment was opened and closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to support staffs recommendation. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NON AGENDA ITEMS

None

COUNCIL REVIEW

Mr. Miller said that Council reiterated their support of the existing Overnight Parking Exemption Policy.

Mr. Miller mentioned that the red light cameras are up at Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue. Orangethorpe Avenue and Harbor Boulevard had 114 tickets issued in one month. The third intersection at Orangethorpe and Magnolia will be going online next week. Staff is looking at five additional locations in the city.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Commissioner Nowels commented that she will be trading Parking Hearing dates with Commissioner Olmsted. She will be attending the June 17, 2003 Parking Hearing and Commissioner Olmsted will be attending the August 19, 2003 meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

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