FW: Action Alert 6.16: One Last Vote for SJ Parking Reform! #VTA

Eugene Bradley

Live, work in, or know someone who works or lives in San Jose?

Want to have developers build to ensure better access to public transit, walking, and biking for travel instead of the usual "build for driving only?"

It will be one of the last acts for outgoing Mayor San Liccardo and many City Council members. Only when YOU help make it happen tomorrow, of course.

See below for details on how YOU can help influence City of San Jose policy tomorrow.

Eugene Bradley
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users
phone/text (408)888-2208

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From: Catalyze SV <info@...>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2022 9:10 AM
To: Eugene <ebradley@...>
Subject: Action Alert 6.16: One Last Vote for SJ Parking Reform!

Join Catalyze SV & a broad coalition for tomorrow's final vote to help new development emphasize more ways of getting around

Alert Summary:

Tomorrow, November 29, beginning at 6:00 p.m., the San Jose City Council will hear staff recommendations on item 8.4 <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=fb27d55285&e=3f89c07195> to reform a policy that hasn't changed much in ... you're not gonna believe this ... 57 years.

It's a policy that, if approved, will shape new developments to better balance walking, biking, public transit, & other forms of mobility with parking. It will eliminate outdated, expensive mandates on how many car parking spaces must be included in new development projects. Instead, it will allow each project to include the amount of parking needed for that project and its location.

E-mail the City Council today, or join via Zoom <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=295c54f618&e=3f89c07195> the day of the meeting.

Yes to Better Connectivity & Mobility for San Jose

At Catalyze SV, our members strongly believe in building for the future, not the past. Join us before the City Council via Zoom, or e-mailing above in support of staff's recommendations to build a more connected, healthier, and sustainable San Jose.


Two weeks ago -- five months after the San Jose City Council resoundingly approved a broad framework to eliminate arbitrary parking mandates <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=a94f477323&e=3f89c07195> -- the Planning Commission adopted Part 2 of this memo to encourage other ways of getting around through Transit Demand Management (TDM) plans.

Building upon that work, City staff are now presenting their final recommendations on implementation measures. They include a menu of over 25 ways developers can make it easier for people to use alternate modes of transit <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=9f4647272b&e=3f89c07195> . Some examples include:

* Street improvements (sidewalks, transit stations, etc.)
* Lyft's Bay Wheels <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=96c6457d23&e=3f89c07195> bike station program
* Carshare programs
* Shared parking between existing businesses
* Providing free transit passes <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=97dcf89eb8&e=3f89c07195> to residents

For over 5 years now, Catalyze SV members have provided feedback & evaluated Silicon Valley projects <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=4002a969ee&e=3f89c07195> . We focus on affordable, vibrant, & sustainable projects. Yet with growing environmental concerns and changes in technology, Transportation <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=c60c565843&e=3f89c07195> has also become another factor we emphasize -- "the importance of mobility solutions, including transit, walking, biking & micromobility."

We've approached this issue in two ways: Policy & Education. First, we shared Policy input from our members & what we've learned from our project advocacy work:

* May 2021 - Catalyze SV members & our staff met with the City of San Jose <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=f9e19765d3&e=3f89c07195> to discuss changes to the parking policy and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies.
* July 2021 - CSV shared with City staff our members' input <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=14a717cbe5&e=3f89c07195> for the proposed parking changes.
* February 2022 - Our staff produced a white paper through the Mineta Transportation Institute <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=c352e506fd&e=3f89c07195> showing that Silicon Valley projects are already choosing to build fewer parking spaces, especially on projects next to good public transit and/or with affordable housing.
* May 2022 - Helped lead a coalition of a dozen organizations <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=2b481000ec&e=3f89c07195> to show deep support for major, essential reform.

Meanwhile, we've now hosted/co-hosted 3 Education events about parking:

1. September 2021 - organized a conversation <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=b438a8a559&e=3f89c07195> with parking expert Professor CJ Gabbe about the need to reform parking policies.
2. May 2022 - showcased 5 innovative mobility companies <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=23eb653fbd&e=3f89c07195> providing solutions to make replacing parking spaces easier.
3. November 2022 - joined a dialogue <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=84bf742e3f&e=3f89c07195> with partners to discuss parking innovation and emerging technologies we'll be piloting and pioneering together.

Now, we're at the finish line, ready to support the City finalizing its vote to reform these policies after 50 years. Join us for one last push before the City Council!


Tell the City what YOU Think!
Ways to Engage:

* Email the City Council: Click the large button above to share your opinion. The suggested message makes it quick and easy. You may also submit your written comments through Tuesday until 1:00 p.m. to: city.clerk@... <mailto:city.clerk@...>
* Join virtually via Zoom <https://catalyzesv.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db5d0722e937bfa4a2ae89e49&id=a94ef49e45&e=3f89c07195> on Tuesday, November 29th beginning at 6:00 PM and provide public comment.
* Participants who'd like to join telephonically, dial (888) 475 4499 and when prompted, enter meeting Web ID: 961 4021 2594. If you would like to speak you may click *9 to raise a hand to make a comment.


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