Fingers crossed. We are hoping our initiative petition preventing parking meters downtown will be through the City process this week so we can begin gathering signatures to put this on the Nov ballot. . . . .
Watch for us during FIRST WEDNESDAY on June 5th – sign the petition!
The City Recorder has been, as usual, very accommodating, and Randall Tosh, city attorney, has been helpful (we think), but it has taken longer than any of us imagined. We are working with attorney, John Gear, on the petition language. We highly recommend John if you ever need legal help.
As of today, here is our petition language:
(A) Within the Downtown Parking District described in SRC 7.010, parking meters and time limits are prohibited for any city-owned parking (on or off-street), except as permitted below.
(B) The city-owned multi-level parking structures (Chemeketa, Liberty, and Marion Parkades) are exempted from the prohibition of (b) above.
(C) Except when authorized by a valid parking permit, the following persons may not park a motor vehicle in the Downtown Parking District in any on-street parking zone or in an off-street parking facility, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. except Sundays and legal holidays:
(1) A student, during the time the student is attending a class at an educational institution. This subsection shall not apply to any student attending the first scheduled day of class in which the student is enrolled;
(2) A person working in his or her place of employment;
(3) A person engaged in the conduct of his or her business or profession at one location within the Downtown Parking District for a period lasting two or more consecutive days;
(4) A person summoned to serve as a juror in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Marion County;
(5) A person who is an unsalaried employee or volunteer worker who is assigned to or working at any agency, office, or business establishment, including nonprofit organizations located within the Downtown Parking District, but not including volunteers who are working temporarily within the Downtown Parking District for recognized nonprofit charitable organizations whose immediate purpose is the temporary promotion of their organization whose normal place of business is located outside the area described in SRC 7.010.
(D) Within the Downtown Parking District, the city may designate up to 50 on-street parking spaces with 30-minute parking limits and signage, with enforcement.
(E) Increased annual assessments to finance the operation of the Downtown Parking District, SRC 7.110(a), is capped at the lesser of the percentage increase in the Bureau of Labor Statistics general consumer price index for the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area for the preceding calendar year or 2.0%.
Watch for the petition booth on the street from 11 AM -2 PM Monday through Friday (corner of Court/Liberty). Can’t find the booth – visit any of the downtown businesses with a “Sign the Petition Here” poster in their window – make a new friend – go in and ask to sign the petition.